[BLINK SUMMER READING TOUR] King Midas’s daughter tells her side of the story in this retelling with pirates and sirens | | A Touch of Gold (A Touch of Gold #1)

A Touch of Gold

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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?

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Release Date: August 14th 2019

Publisher: Blink

Series: Duology

Format: Physical, 313 pages

Source: fantasticflyingbookclub

Genre(s): ya, fantasy, romance, retelling

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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.

Character love

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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A Touch of Gold

Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc.publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram (@annsulliva).

                                                                                                                                          

(Posts in red were not posted by the blogger.)

July 22

That Artsy Reader Girl – Summer Reading Tour Kick-Off

July 23

Pages & Pugs – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
Mangeuse de Livres – Q&A with Annie Sullivan (French & English)
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Christina June Guest Post
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Kayla Reads and Reviews – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Meet the Sky

July 24

J.R.’s Book Reviews – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Book-Keeping – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Shelf-Rated – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
Reading Authors Network – Book Review of Swing
Read At Night – Interview with Christina June
YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of Swing
Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
Inky Moments – Creative Post

July 25

Marshmallow Pudding – Christina June Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Creative Post for No Place Like Here
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
FictitiousWonderland – Bookstagram Post for A Touch of Gold
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Will Read Anything – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Kait Plus Books – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Bookstagram Post
 

July 26

Adventures Thru Wonderland – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
What She Will Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
Starlight Reads – Book Playlist for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Will Read Anything – Book Review of Swing
Inky Moments – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes

July 29

Beauty In the Binding – Author Q&A with Annie Sullivan
Onemused – Book Review of Meet the Sky (Instagram Photo)
A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
A Dream Within a Dream – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
FictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for Pretty In Punxsutawney (Instagram)

July 30

What She Will Read – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Starlight Reads – Book Review of Swing
YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
YA Media Consumer – Meet the Sky Book Spotlight
Some Books and Ramblings – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Instagram Post

July 31

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Book-Keeping – Book Review of Touch of Gold
Utopia State of Mind – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Book Review of Swing
Kait Plus Books – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney

August 1

Reading Authors Network – Creative Post for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with Christina June
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
The Secret Reader – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Creative Post
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Swing
A Dream Within A Dream – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Adventures Thru Wonderland – Book Review of Meet the Sky

August 2

Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
The Secret Reader – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton + Creative Post
Kait Plus Books – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Faery Tales Are Real – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Read At Night – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Swing
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