Books I want ( I actually need as much as air) in 2020

A new decade and a new year is here. Along with this comes a list of books I want to read that come out this year. I am sure that this list will just continue to grow throughout the year but here is my list so far with the release dates.

January

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim – January 7, 2020

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna – Marie McLemore – January 14, 2020

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani – January 28, 2020

February

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland – February 4, 2020

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace – February 4, 2020

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De Cruze – February 4, 2020

Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal – February 11, 2020

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley – February 11, 2020

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – February 25, 2020

March

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – March 3, 2020

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski – March 3, 2020

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie – March 10, 2020

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban – March 17, 2020

Thorn by Intisar Khanani – March 24, 2020

April

Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey – April 14, 2020

Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova – April 28, 2020

Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross – April 28, 2020

May

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust – May 12, 2020

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess – May 12, 2020

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins  – May 19, 2020

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – May 26, 2020

June

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles – June 2, 2020

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown – June 2, 2020

The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell – June 16, 2020

The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae – June 16, 2020

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee – June 23, 2020

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross – June 23, 2020

Hood by Jenny Elder Moke – June 2020

July

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim – July 7, 2020

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal – July 7, 2020

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning – July 7, 2020

Shielded by KayLynn Flanders – July 21, 2020

August

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons – August 4, 2020

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar – August 11, 2020

Reign by Cora Carmack – August 25, 2020

September

Fable by Adrienne Young – September 1, 2020

The Other Side of the Sky by Annie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – September 8, 2020

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco – September 15, 2020

A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan – September 22, 2020

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A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Image result for a touch of goldKing Midas was able to turn items into gold but he relinquished the power when he almost lost his daughter to this supposed gift.  Ten years later Princess Kora still bears the consequences with skin that shines golden and gifts that continually grow harder to hide.  

Kora remains hidden in the castle attempting to ignore the swirling gossip of the courtiers but when a duke arrives he seems to be able to see beneath the golden skin.  Their courtship is interrupted when a thief steals the golden pieces needed to keep the King alive.  With the unique ability to sense gold Kora sets out on a journey to recover the missing gold learning that everything is not as it seems.  And that gold and the power it holds is more dangerous than she ever imagined. 

This story based on the tale of King Midas and his golden touch was a phenomenal adventure that dragged me through the mind of a girl turned to gold by her father and his curse.  The characters pranced through my mind and the world building painted a vivid story that left me wondering what happens next.

The main character, Kora struggles to find her place in a world that is disgusted by her mere presence due to the golden hue of her skin.  In this story we see her go beyond the girl who is afraid and resigned to the hatred that surrounds her to one finding her acceptance and way in the world.  She begins to realize that her curse does not shape her and that she can be free and in control.  It was phenomenal as a reader to watch Kora’s growth and I loved her character even if I was at times annoyed by the fear that seemed to consume her.

Image result for predictable gifThe other side characters added a vivid array of emotions and flaws that made a complete cast.  I will state now that I knew immediately who the love interest would be and that the Duke (slight spoiler here) was not all that he appeared to be.  In the romance aspect, the tale was predictable but besides that, I loved pirates and their effect on the tale.

Besides the characters, the world building was gorgeous.  We see pirates, a lawless island, and sea creatures which all added to this stunning book.  Not to mention, the evil pirate of this tale who’s obsession with skulls was fascinating.  I will say that this book did not do a good job of sticking to Greek culture or history but if one simply takes the tale out of Greek context and sees it as a separate world it is perfect.

So, in the end, despite its flaws, I loved the tale of King Midas’ touch and the resulting consequences of the golden touch.  A sequel for this book called A Curse of Gold has been announced but will not be coming out for some time.