I’ve got at least one fantastically amazing book that I couldn’t pass up, and hopefully you won’t be able to pass it up either, for you all to check out today. I am so incredibly excited, you guys, you have no idea. So, if nothing else you should read the synopsis for the first book here on this list today because it blew me away entirely.

a touch of goldA Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan sounds like the most amazing of novels. I’m already blown away by it and I haven’t even picked up the book just yet. I love, love, love everything about the plot here, from King Midas and giving up his gold touch, to the ways in which his daughter has suffered as a result. I cannot wait to see how the thief bit plays out, especially as now the kingdom is basically bankrupt after the theft. And that commentary on the power of gold? Oh my skies, for lack of a better phrase, this idea is so golden. I am so truly looking forward to reading this book, so much so that I honestly might go out and buy it today. Barnes and Noble has a 15% off sale today, anyway.

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?

how to breathe underwaterUgh, if only How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner didn’t have a thoroughly tempting plot. Initially, my mind immediately went nope because of the cheating bit. I really don’t care to read books about parents who cheat since it’s something I lived through and one hundred percent doesn’t spark my interest. However, I am thoroughly curious about Kate’s friendship with Michael and how the girlfriend plays a role in all of it. Granted, it’s probably something typical that I likely won’t like, but I want to know? I just hope that the girlfriend doesn’t turn out to be some unnecessarily mean sort of girl because that trope is so ridiculous and, for the most part, isn’t always true. Frankly, it needs to stop. Just because we want to root for the main couple doesn’t mean that we should have an easy out with the girlfriend by having her be awful.

Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?

That’s it for today! I hope at least one of these books sparked your interest! Until next time, happy reading!

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5 thoughts on “YA Releases on My TBR [August 2018 Part 8]

  1. When I think about YA, I feel that I cannot read these books anymore as I am an adult now. It’s weird but true, but ‘A Touch of Gold’ sounds very interesting.

    1. Yeah, I’ve never been able to subscribe to that, tbh. I don’t think YA is something adults shouldn’t read merely because they’re adults. It implies there’s little value in literature written for younger ages when read by adults. And I frankly find that idea abhorrently ridiculous.

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