A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

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“A Touch of Gold” is a retelling of the Greek Mythology story of King Midas. The story focuses on the daughter of Midas, Kora, and the curse her father accidentally gives her. Kora is somewhat of a legend in the castle, concealed by most until a thief steals some of her father’s cursed gold. With Kora’s connection to the cursed pieces, she goes on a seafaring journey with the charming young Duke Aris and his hired crew of pirates.

Kora is the main character and the daughter of King Midas. I was honestly not her biggest fan in the beginning. I found her to be indecisive and just muddled as a character. As the story progressed she began to grow on me. She was a sheltered character with a distant father and no real friends aside from her cousin. But I truly felt like she had some of the best character development and by the end, she became a great character.

Why you might like reading A Touch of Gold

 

The Twists and Turns in the plot

The romance was huge in the first half of the story. I’m not the biggest instalove fan, and so I was a little wary of whether I’d like this book or not. But about halfway through the book, the romance takes a turn and it was surprising to me. The turnaround was one of my favorite parts of this book, and I think that’s when I really started to enjoy “A Touch of Gold”

A Touch of Gold ticks a lot of my favorite boxes: Magic, sirens, curses, and pirates. But what is so fun about this book is that it’s not bogged down by one specific trope. It’s a fun mix of a light fantasy YA story.

 

The Character Relationships.

My favorite scene in the whole book was between Kora and Hattie. A high-risk scene, Kora, and Hattie work so well together and it was just brilliant. The two characters, who I was most wary, have this one scene that was so great, it made me love them even more.

Hattie also has a great relationship with Rhat. He acts as a great foil for Hattie and constantly keeps her on her toes. It was fun to watch Hattie come out of her shell and learn to love adventures.

 

A Touch of Gold ticks a lot of my favorite boxes: Magic, sirens, curses, and pirates. But what is so fun about this book is that it’s not bogged down by one specific trope. It’s a fun mix of a light fantasy YA story.

I read A Touch of Gold during my reading slump of 2018. I didn’t know much about it at the time of reading, but I really enjoyed it. The ending felt a little rushed but overall this standalone was fun and unpredictable. I was surprised by many of the twists and turns.

A Touch of Gold is perfect for fans of Daughter of a Pirate King and Song of the Current.

           ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

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