Friday, July 13, 2018

Advanced Review: A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Title: A Touch of Gold
Author: Annie Sullivan
Publisher: Blink
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Format: ARC Paperback

Page Count: 320


Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.

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.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost? (taken from

"Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watched
as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing to wrap her up in an icy cocoon."

I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

I've always been a sucker for myth and fairytale retellings, so obviously I was excited to get my hands on this version of the Midas story. Princess Kora has been haunted by her father's touch ever since he accidentally transformed her into a gold statue. Thankfully, she's now a living, breathing human, but her skin has always held onto the golden sheen it once acquired. Plus, she's got some magical powers, to boot.

In many ways, this novel reminds me of that animated Sinbad movie. You know, the one with the snarky pirates and watery sirens? Imagine that movie, but with some extra mythology and a golden girl thrown in. You've got pirates, fight scenes, and plenty of stuff to keep you entertained.

As great as the concept of this retelling was, there were a few things that bothered me. First of all, the romance was one of the most predictable ones I've encountered in a while, which bored me and left the story lacking. Secondly, Kora is kind of... uninteresting? I hate to say that, but truly, I just didn't see that much spirit or uniqueness in her character, other than the fact that she's been cursed since she was a small child.

Still, I wouldn't say I disliked this book. I was intrigued by Sullivan's take on the Midas legend and happy to see that she wove some character development into the various magical scenes. I certainly don't regret reading A Touch of Gold, but I just wouldn't label it as one of my favorite retellings.