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.

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It is the first of the month and a Saturday so I have decided to share with you the book I just finished, my current read, and my plans for the next.

I just finished Sea Witch by Sarah Henning.

I am currently reading The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco.

My next read will be a Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye.

I hope you all have a stunning weekend filled with wonderful reads.

 

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Saturday is upon us once more and today I have decided to share with you a gorgeous photo I took a month or two back.   The profile photo for my Instagram page, writeyourdestinyw is actually this image.  I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

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Beauty by Robin McKinley

Image result for beauty by robin mckinleyBeauty is a nickname for a girl who is as awkward as her sisters are gorgeous.  But her courage may make up for that as she goes forth to keep a terrible promise.  A promise made by her father to a horrifying beast.  But as she fulfills her promise she finds that maybe a beast can be tamed.

Beauty is yet another retelling of the infamous tale of Beauty and the Beast.  This was another interesting take on the story.  It was not horrible but I have read better versions of the story.  One of the main reasons I picked it up was because of its cover and the length of the book which was short.  However, the promise of greatness was not completely fulfilled.  The background and world building were gorgeous and the characters were great but there were a few instances where I hated the book.

The world-building was vibrant, to say the least.  The new take on the castle, the woods, and Beauty’s background was phenomenal.  I adored how the sisters were not mean and the ingenuity of the magic of the castle where every nuance of the castle is run by magic.  The invisible servants added extra luster to the tale and I quite enjoyed the background of the story.

The characters were also stunning.   The main character was not a beauty, she adored books and horses and was easy to connect to.  Even in his own way the Beast won me over as a reader through his sweet nature.  Furthermore, I loved Beauty’s family who supported her and she them through thick and thin.

Image result for im sorry I just cant gifHowever, these could only make up so much for the details I hated.  First of all, the ending.  It was short and rushed. One moment Beauty admits she loves the Beast and then everything just explodes.  Her family is suddenly there and her father’s in love along with her sister and all these people just appear.  Another thing was how old the Beast was.  He admitted that he aged one year for every ten meaning that he had aged twenty years so if he was twenty when he was cursed he is like forty and Beauty is like maybe twenty.  That is a huge age gap which I’m not totally against but I kind of am.  Not to mention the romance wasn’t developed very well and in comparison to other retellings, it was weak.

Due to all of this, I can’t say I loved the book but I am still glad I read it.  I’m just not sure how many more retellings of this timeless tale I am going to read for it is honestly getting kind of old.

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It has been forever since I have posted and I am sorry for that.  I have been so busy these past few months.  Posting has been rough along with reading but here I am ready to renew consistent blogging.  I am excited to begin this but first I would like to thank all of my followers for I just hit my two year blog anniversary about a month ago!

Beyond that, I would like to announce that I officially have an Instagram for this blog.  The account is called writeyourdestinyw and I will use it to post updates about what I am reading, fun book edits and images, along with news about release dates and cover reveals for all those books we can’t wait to read.  Have a wonderful Saturday and I hope to see you on Instagram.

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Saturday is here and today I have decided to share with you a picture I took of palm trees.  I hope you all have a stunning weekend.  Enjoy!

 

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Book Review: Beast A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

Image result for beast a tale of love and revengeChateau Beaumont is said to be cursed but Lucie ignores the warnings not believing that the handsome master of the keep, Jean-Loup is anything but kind and brave.  She is soon relieved of that notion and in revenge, she seeks the help of a wise woman who changes the master into a Beast as ugly as his soul.  However, Beast is not all that he appears to be for no evil man could tend the roses as sweetly as he does, attempt poetry, or express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie.  Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was.  Lucie hopes that the Beast has replaced the chevalier permanently until a young woman shows up with the power to break the curse.  I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This book was published on July 10th, 2018.

This book was an interesting retelling of the age-old fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.  The characters were compelling and in a world filled with magic where everything is not so black and white.  Beauty and ugliness are blurred along with beastliness and humanity.  I liked the book but at times I was bored by it.  However, the unique retelling and plot plus stunning characters still recommend the book.

I was drawn into this tale by the main character, Lucie who suffers greatly at the hands of the Chevalier of the grand estate of Beaumont.  Her growth from hatred to understanding to love was intriguing to read about and the author excellently portrayed her growth as a character.  However, I could not stand the fact that she spent a major Image result for boring gifportion of the book as a candlestick.  It was boring to read about how as a candlestick Lucie would sit in a single place for weeks just ruminating.  There were a couple chapters where I wanted to set the book down. But I powered through and it was worth it to reach the middle to ending chapters.

In these, we realize that Rose also known as Beauty may be more than just a frightened maiden entranced by the Beast.  And the Beast is more than just a frightening creature.  His humiliation and gentle side show through and the constant rejections from Rose are heartbreaking to witness within his character.  I loved the Beast and through every riotous emotion I followed and understood him.  

The Beast was a phenomenal addition to the story but what I really adored was the world building.  The author created a setting in which magic is possible in an extravagant world told from the point of view of a servant. The roses of the Beast and the Chateau in which he lived were wonderfully described and I could almost smell a hint of roses in the air.  It was stunning for the author truly created a gorgeous world.

In the end, I would recommend the book.  It wasn’t a favorite, though and I would rather read other books before this one.  However, it was worth it to see a unique take on an age-old fairy tale.