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A Touch of Gold

(A Touch of Gold #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  381 reviews
King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Hardcover, 313 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Blink
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Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
“I’ve only ever turned one person to gold, and that was an accident.”

I had a lot of expectations for this. I mean I read the synopsis and all I could think was “thieves, pirates, curses and gold, is there any better combination?” , but this book just wasn’t for me.

I found it lacking, the description of the world or of anything really, was almost never there, the romance was not good - the development of it was complete bullshit, she like someone and then bum suddenly she likes someone else,
Feb 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, own
Reread: damn I loved this book even more the second time around.

The characters were all really cool! There was a lot more pirates and sailing than I was anticipating (which was a big wonderful surprise plus) and the betrayals! OMG poor Kora! Girl is gonna have some trust issues going forward! Especially for a stand alone, I'm really impressed with the world development, problems, amount of questing, plot twists and character
Lea (drumsofautumn)
A Touch Of Gold was so very different from what I thought it would be but in the best way possible.

Maybe it's because I'm bad at reading synopses or remembering them but I really though that this was gonna be about a princess in her castle, dealing with her "curse", a swoon-worthy romance and a little bit of "I'm being rebellious and leaving the castle even though I'm not supposed to."
But what I got instead was a sea adventure, including pirates and sirens, and if you know me just a little bit,
Kelly Brigid ♡
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

What a pleasant surprise! I have this awful habit of reading the synopsis of books only once or twice, and having nothing more than a vague idea of what a story is about, before diving headfirst into it. There's romance, curses, pirates - *squeals!* - all wrapped up in a short, sweet plot with action and excitement. I've never had the pleasure to read a retelling of King Midas, but loved this spin on his tale. A charming debut
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-blurbed
Official Comments: Utterly charming! This fresh take on a classic tale will be treasured by fans of myth and romance alike.

Unofficial Comments: Annie's writing is gorgeous! WOW. This story is such a treat!
Wendy Higgins
Ah! Such a wonderful adventure!!
Melissa Souza
3 stars!!!

I'm a huge sucker for Greek mythology and YA fantasy. So I was pretty pysched to get into this novel and I would say that I really liked this retelling of the King Midas story. However, there were many aspects of the story that just didn't pique my interest enough to give it a 5 star rating.

Firstly, there was a lack of worldbuilding. The story wasn't immersive enough for me. From the descriptions, I had the sense that our characters lived in a medevial sort of setting where there were
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I really loved this retelling of King Midas.

I think it's best to go into this book without knowing too much. I knew a little of the King Midas story, but not very much. I had read the synopsis awhile ago, but I didn't reread it before starting the book and I'm glad I didn't. I was just able to read and really enjoy the story.

This is mostly Kora's story. Her father, King Midas, turned her into gold by accident when she was young. He was able to turn her back, but he didn't do everything he needed
Oct 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
God, this book was painful.

I listened to the audiobook and I just wanted it to end the entire time, but I felt committed. I don't know why I kept going. I guess I hoped it would get better. It did not.

First of all, the MC in this story was so pathetic I wanted to scream. Her defining characteristic could literally be "meek." Except that all of these characters felt so flat I'm not sure I would give them any real characteristics at all. Homegirl falls in love with a guy in 0.5 seconds. Then she
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What happened after King Midas relinquished his ability to turn all he touched into gold? We come in 10 years later when princess Kora must leave her insulated life to save her father… She still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide, but that won’t stop her from her quest! Add in a charming young duke, a sea
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
King Midas could once turn anything he touched to gold, but after he nearly killed his daughter, Kora, he relinquished the touch forever, but not without leaving his daughter with the consequences. Her skin shimmers gold and rumors follow her around everywhere. Kora tries to ignore the rumors and the looks she gets. She stays locked in the palace, hiding behind a veil and gloves. But, when someone steals gold from the palace and leaves King Midas vulnerable, Kora goes on a journey to track down ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it

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Iryna KL
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
I received an egalley of this title via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!

1 out of 5 stars

What did I just read? When I first heard of The Touch of Gold, having just finished Circe by Madeline Miller, I was extremely excited. However, this book fell short, so short.

A Touch of Gold is a story about Kora, the daughter of King Midas who has to save her father’s life. In order to do this, she sets out of a quest to find the pirates who have stolen the gold that keeps
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
While reading this I really enjoyed the adventure filled with pirates, mystery and deceit. But now that it's been a couple days since I finished, I can't say that I really remember anything special about this story. It was decent, Kora was a likable character. However, she was mainly afraid, afraid of the curse on her family and how that made people act around her, afraid of her power, afraid of being close to other people. While these are all normal and rational fears to have for someone in her ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
I really enjoyed this book. I had no expectations, but what I found was a creative spin on the Midas story. It started with the myth but then expanded quickly from there, focusing on Midas' daughter who was turned to gold and now has mysterious powers because of the curse. The book ended up being reminiscent of the daughter of the pirate king with its own spin. I enjoyed all the characters and the twists. While I called the twists early on, I still enjoyed how they played out. The characters ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy because the patrons in my library and myself included are die hard fans of modern versions of classic fairy tales. Sullivan examines a whole new range of conflict of the classic tale of King Midas battling his curse of the golden touch and how he turned his daughter into gold. Now with a whole new twist and a new story line added, Sullivan does a tremendous job taking the reader away to a side of Midas that not everyone has seen before and this ...more
Anne Meester
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Why are there dukes (and villainous archdukes, let's not forget) and pirates in this book? Why is there a pirate named Captain Skulls? Why are there cobblestone streets and taverns? This is supposed to be a continuation of a Greek myth, but there is no connection to Greek culture, or any ancient culture at all, here. How does an author forget the setting of her book?
The Book Valkyrie
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
That was a weird ending for a stand-alone novel...
The Nerdy Book Fairy ™ ©
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am not one who likes to give negative reviews, because I feel that each book holds something different for every reader. Just because I don't like a book, it doesn't mean that somebody else won't love it. Book reviews, like most other product reviews, are just opinions. However, since I was asked for my personal opinion of the book, I have to be honest about my thoughts. Keeping in mind that other readers may feel differently, here is my honest, personal opinion on A Touch of Gold.

A Touch of
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a pretty good retelling and a quick read. I liked Kora’s powers and the pirating around. I don’t think I’ve read a King Midas retelling before so it felt unique to me. The side characters were great and there was a pretty good twist that changed who I like and hated. 4 Stars!
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*

I can count on one hand the number of books that I’ve read that are written so beautifully that you end up being completely enchanted and immersed into the world to the point that you don’t even notice how much time has passed by and this book manages to do it within the first few pages of the prologue.

“A Touch of Gold” follows Kora, the daughter to the infamous King Midas as she struggles to come to terms with her curse that has been passed down by her father and when thieves storm
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars | I loved this book! It was refreshingly different! I am a big fantasy reader and this was a nice break from what I have been reading lately. This is a retelling of King Midas and his golden touch. We have all heard this story growing up but Annie takes a fun and interesting approach to this story by following the cursed King’s daughter, Princess Kora. Kora has been locked up and hidden in her kingdom for years after suffering from the curse her father gave her. After a Duke arrives, ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1018
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The story is a very, very well written kind-of sequel to the ancient Greek myth of King Midas, who wanted the power to turn anything he touched into gold. His greed had cost him his daughter and after praying to the gods, he was able to repent and get his daughter back.

"A Touch of gold" takes this myth places it into a different setting and continues with Kora, the daughter of Midas who despite having survived she is
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was a fun YA fable reimagining and adventure story. Think Frozen with gold instead of ice.
Katie (Lost in Pages)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

Because sometimes all it takes is knowing you're not in it alone, that you have a crew who's got your back.

I got the chance to meet Annie Sullivan at BookExpo this past May, and she is a delight. In just the short 45 seconds or so that I had to chat with her while she signed an ARC ofA Touch of Goldfor me, I could tell she really loves what she does — she's super personable and extremely excited for this book! I was really excited, too, to get my hands on an early copy ofGold after reading
Okay, so this book is amazing! This may be one of my favorite review books of the year thus far. "A Touch of Gold" by Annie Sullivan is a delicious, rip-roaring retelling of the King Midas tale. This is a fast-paced adventure with so many wonderful lessons and themes woven seamlessly into the plot.

The main character, Princess Kora (King Midas’s daughter) experiences so much character growth over the course of the novel. She sets out to save her father, but along the way, she finds herself. Cue
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-bookshelves
This was a fun retelling about King Midas's Touch, and how the curse transferred to his daughter, who is the MC of the book. It was a retelling I haven't read yet, so that was fun! I loved the characters and the setting. My biggest complaint that actually didn't bother that much was the twist was pretty predictable. But otherwise, a good read!
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This was a reread for me through audible. I actually enjoyed reading the physical book more for this one. Probably the pacing. But the audio was good, too.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cliffhanger
I need to think about this for a day or two before I write my feelings down. I'm a bit torn.
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