Book Review

A TOUCH OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan

Rating: 3.5 / 5

A TOUCH OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan was suggested by a friend when I needed a title with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title for one of my Popsugar Reading Challenge prompts. My library hold came through a bit sooner than I had anticipated, so I picked it up a bit ahead of my plan to add it to my February TBR!

A TOUCH OF GOLD is a YA retelling of the story of King Midas. King Midas wished to have the ability to turn anything he touched into gold and he was given this ability with a tragic outcome when he turned his daughter Kora to gold as well. He was given the ability to change her back, but didn’t fully meet the requirements so his daughter Kora is now living, but still golden hued. Anyone around Kora with any amount of gold in the vicinity is in danger of being turned to gold themselves.

The story gets going when some of the items that Midas turned to gold to which his life is inexplicably bound are stolen. Kora has been very isolated due to her unusual appearance and ability, but she alone can sense where the stolen gold is heading. With the aid of a duke who has come as a potential romantic match, Kora sets out to save her father by tracking down the gold.

This book was a lot of fun and it was the exact light read I had been hoping for when I picked it up. I finished this one in a single afternoon/evening. On Kora’s journey she faces pirates, creatures and romantic entanglements which keep the pace fast and the read very enjoyable. For the most part, I could see pretty well what was coming in terms of plot twists as the story progressed, but I didn’t mind that in this case because I was having fun in the reading even ask I suspected I knew what was coming.

Overall I am glad this wound up on my TBR! It is a book I would recommend for those looking to fulfill the prompt that I chose it for or who need a myth retelling.

Reading Challenge Categories:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title

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