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review 2020-05-14 21:29
A Touch of Gold
A Touch of Gold - Annie Sullivan

I waffled on 2 or 3 stars, but honestly I was bored out of my mind for the most part while reading this, so 2 stars it is. I liked the idea of a story focusing on King Midas's daughter, but everything with the pirates, the power of her touch, etc. just dragged. I think the world building could have been better (we hear about Dionysus, but what about the other gods) and also Kora's supposed power. The romances felt pretty weak too. 


"A Touch of Gold" tells the story of what happened to King Midas after he got the power to turn things to gold. Hugging his daughter he turns her to gold. When he begs Dionysus for help, he is told to wash everything into the ocean/sea (I can't remember) and do it for everything that he turned to gold. King Midas does, and he restores his daughter Kora back to living flesh. However, he forgets a few items and is cursed forever, she is too, she is a golden maiden brought to life. Ten years later we follow Kora as she has another potential groom paraded in front of her. When she finally thinks she has met someone who can stand to be around her, her father's gold is stolen which leaves him incapacitated. Kora and her cousin Hettie go on a wild adventure to save Kora's father and the kingdom.


I did like Kora, I just wish we had spent more time with her before we find her as a young adult and then dealing with her mooning a bit over the first of the two romantic potentials in this book. She did get more interesting as a character towards the end though. Her cousin Hettie was a delight and I think this would have been a 5 star book if it focused on her. 


The two romantic heroes were blah. Sorry, I didn't like either of them though the twist with one of them I did not see coming. 

The writing was a bit off for me since the dialogue was dry. I just needed something more going on there. I just needed more thing to be happening besides Kora reading a diary, feeling romantic, and eavesdropping. 



The setting of the book really didn't feel like it took place in one of the Greek myths I read as a kid. It's weird that at times the book read as modern or in another part of the world other than where King Midas's story was drawn from which I think is considered modern day Asia Turkey. 


The ending leaves a potential wrinkle in Kora's future which is why I assume there is a second book in this series. 

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text 2020-05-01 21:19
#FridayReads--May 1, 2020
A Week at the Shore - Barbara Delinsky
Her Perfect Life - Rebecca Taylor
A Touch of Gold - Annie Sullivan

Happy May the 1st!


And we are about to end 7 weeks in lockdown (some of us anyway).


Hope you have some books to get you through the weekend.

My books are:


A Week at the Shore, Her Perfect Life, and A Touch of Gold. 

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review 2015-09-04 00:00
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller - Joseph Lambert a truly amazing way to bring Helen Keller to a new generation if you like history and art I highly suggest this book
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review 2013-05-01 00:00
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller - Joseph Lambert I thought at first that this book was going to be just a graphic novel version of the Miracle Worker, and was glad it wasn't. It explores Anne Sullivan's childhood quite a bit and gets into the accusation of plagiarism made against Anne and Helen at Anne's old school, both of which I didn't know about before. I really appreciated the panels depicting Helen's deafness and blindness, but other than that I'm not sure I cared for the drawing style very much.
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review 2012-04-03 00:00
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Center for Cartoon Studies Presents)
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller - Joseph Lambert Good but could have been better.
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