Release Date: August 14th 2019
Format: Physical, 313 pages
Genre(s): ya, fantasy, romance, retelling
The light coming in from the stained glass windows reflects off the silver of golden skin visible in the gasp between my gloves and sleeves.
A Touch of Gold is a wild spin on the story of Midas and his gold. To those unfamiliar with the original story, here is a super short version: King Midas made a wish to the god Dionysus for everything he touched to be turned into gold, of course, King Midas did not think his wish through, and Dionysus being the trickster he is turned the old king’s wish into a curse. EVERYTHING touched by King Midas now turns into gold including people and the food he eats.
This retelling, however, is centered on King Midas’s daughter along with the physical and emotional effect of her father’s curse had on her and those around her. Here skin having being turned to gold, Kora is subjected to horrified looks and behind the hand gossips. After multiple failed attempts of securing a marriage partner, Kora but all give-up accepting that she will forever be alone wants nothing more than be by herself with her books. Maybe even one day travel beyond her castle. all she wants is a good book and maybe one day travel, and as fate would have it she will soon have the opportunity to dod so.
The world-building: both the physical setting and the magic system were not very strong nor were they explained in detail. Besides little snippets here and there, the set up of the world was weak.
Beware there is a love triangle, and though I am one of the few who enjoys this trope I must say I did not really like this one. It was unnecessary and with a lack of chemistry. I felt that the story should have stayed more focused on the adventure and action instead of the romance.
Expressed in the first person, the story was written beautifully. The writing itself lacked nothing. It was simple to understand yet not to the point where it pokes fun of the reader’s intellectual ability to read. to challenge readers with some of its diction.
Kora: making you want to cradle her and protect her in Kora did not have much of an arc. As someone who has been protected her whole life naive, she was, and even after she embarked on a ship adventure naive she stayed. But I’m hoping that the second book would bring out more from her.
Hettie: without her outspoken and open ways bland would the story have been. Opposite of Kora, Hera brings the laugh and sometimes frustration out of readers.
TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY: 7/22/19 – 8/9/19
Prize: 5 BLINK Summer Reading Tour Book Bundles (A Touch of Gold, Meet the Sky, No Place Like Here, Pretty In Punxsutawney, and Swing by Kwame Alexander ) (USA)
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