Hey everybody! I’m super excited to be on the tour for “A Curse of Gold” by Annie Sullivan. I absolutely loved the first book, so I was ecstatic to be chosen to be on the tour for the sequel. You can find the rest of the tour stops here!
Title: A Curse of Gold
Author: Annie Sullivan
Published: September 22, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling
Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. This highly anticipated sequel to Annie Sullivan’s enchanting A Touch of Gold, the story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, is the gripping crescendo to this sweeping fantasy adventure. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance.
After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates, and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening her overthrow as heir to the throne – a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.
As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.
First of all, I really enjoyed this book! The first one gripped my attention from the get go, and Curse is no different. It picks up pretty close to where the first one left off, and automatically draws you in to the story. Annie Sullivan is very good at producing compelling characters that draw you in to her stories.
I decided last minute to not reread A Touch of Gold before jumping into A Curse of Gold. It had been over a year since I had read the first book, so I was anticipating being kindof confused going into the book. However, Annie does a really great job of setting up the beginning of the book in a way that reminds you what happened in the first one. I think she was more successful in that than many other series’ writers. I think that her reminders also did a really great job in drawing me into the story of book two.
The one critique I have of this book is that it moves very fast. I really would have liked the pacing (especially in the beginning) to slow down a little. The first few chapters did a wonderful job of drawing you in, but I felt like the book was moving at a breakneck pace to get to the parts that the author wanted to focus on. I found that to be a bit disappointing because there is a section towards the beginning (no spoilers!!) that I really would have liked to be drawn out a little more and give us a little more time before they jump back onto a boat for their voyage.
Overall, I think this was a really solid book! The cast of characters was just as loveable as they were in the first book, and I found myself rooting for them even more this time around. I love the relationships between the characters, and I really enjoyed seeing how they grew as the book went on. Annie has done it again, this book is definitely a keeper!
For my playlist, I went with a lot of Autumn-sounding songs. I don’t know why, but this book gave me massive Fall vibes! Cardigan, Almost (Sweet Music), and Exile all fit that vibe that I got from the book, but they also reminded me of certain aspects of the story as well. Cardigan reminds me of Kora and Royce, Almost (Sweet Music) reminds me of the scene on the ship when they’re dancing, and Exile reminds me of how Kora feels in relation to her country and people. I had to include Touch by Little Mix, both because of it’s content (which reminds me of Kora and her love for Royce), but also because of the cheeky reference to…well, her golden touch! Finally, Save Myself reminds me so much of Kora. It’s all about how she needs someone there for her to support her, but ultimately, she has what she needs within herself.
About The Author
Annie Sullivan is the author of the young adult novels A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Senior Copywriter at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. She loves to hear from fans, and you can reach her via the contact form on her website or on Twitter and Instagram.
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