Everyone knows this is a play off of a classic story, right? About the king named Midas who made the wish to have everything he touches turn to gold? And he ends up alone because he kills everyone he comes in contact with? Well this is a play off that where a princess can turn things into gems that she touches when her heart-rate is raised.
Things that I love:
01. There was wonder world building in this steampunk/medieval setting.
02. We have a brother who doesn’t let his physical restrictions hold him back from his passion for scientist and creating an easier life for his kingdom.
03. Not the romance.
04. Wil and his politically placed wife and her son.
05. Not the pace of the book
06. The cliff hanger and reason why she has this power.
So the pace was a little slow for me. I thought it dragged a little. But, the romance was a little… weird. We have Wil, who is already married to someone politically (the whole reason for that is so heartbreaking and I want to hug that woman and her son so much). I do appreciate the originality of it though. Not many young adult books have young people who have kids and there are a lot of young people who have kids these days.
I hear this book is going to be a duology and I am happy to hear that. I don’t think this could be stretched out into trilogy. I will want to know what happens with these characters though. I am on the fence with this book but over the right side enough to want to know more about it.