Title: A Touch of Gold
Series: A Touch of Gold #1
Author: Annie Sullivan
Release Date: August 14, 2020
Page Length: 313
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE Rating: 8.29/10
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
I decided to reread A Touch of Gold because I started the eARC of A Curse of Gold and realized I didn’t remember as much detail as I originally thought. If you’re curious, check out my original review first. So what did I think after my reread.
Honestly, I didn’t love it as much. Originally, I had rated it 5 stars (although I was rating differently then). Normally I would say that’s because I’ve already read it an the “mystery” is gone – I already know what’s happening – but in this case I really didn’t. I think mainly the reason is because I’ve changed how I rate. I no longer rate the second I’ve finished the book (which usually causes a much higher rating when I love them), plus breaking the rating down into CAWPILE I think allows me to be more aware of my thoughts of the book. I do want to say I don’t disagree with all my original thoughts, but now have minor changes in opinions that means I can’t give it 5 stars.
Ok, nitty gritty of it.
Honestly, I still really love this book. Annie’s writing is so accessible and easy to get into. Once I picked it up I really didn’t want to put the book down. There were slower moments that I didn’t necessarily like, but they were few and far between.
The characters were well written and everyone played their part. I felt Kora and Hattie grew the most and we just learned more about Aris and Royce. Some of the other side characters were entertaining when on screen, but no one I was really dying to learn more about.
There were moments that seemed less than logical – just in comparison to other moments. There would be times were it felt like they were forever getting somewhere, but then the next thing we knew it travelling became fast. Don’t get me wrong, majority of the book was logical, but with the lower score I felt there could have been more. The main point that was bothering me about the logic was the time period. It had creatures and myths of Greece, but the writing and atmosphere of everything felt London (Victorian maybe?).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and easy to pick up and read. I think if you liked Daughter of a Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller then I think you’d like A Touch of Gold (although no where near the sexual tension). I now can’t wait to pick up A Curse of Gold!