A Tangle of Knots: A Book Review


A Tangle of Knots

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Summary: In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born.  And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.  However, these encounters hold the key to Cady’s past and how she became an orphan.  If she’s lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent.

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: This book was awesome and amazing and such a delight. That is all :) In all seriousness, though, A Tangle of Knots has to be one of my favorite reads of 2013 so far. It’s not often that I find an elementary school geared book that I end up loving so much!

Cady lives in a world where everyone has a Talent. Whether it be knitting, spitting, or knot-tying, ask anyone, and they would have something that they excel at. For Cady, it’s baking, especially baking cakes. She has a sense of exactly what cake to make for someone, in just minutes of knowing them. It’s clear from the synopsis that the story is mostly about Cady. And, in the end, it truly does. All of the storylines connect back to her, and, of course, there is a happy ending in store. But what I was pleasantly surprised at was that Cady wasn’t the only person on an adventure. There was the Owner, who has a devious plan up his sleeve. There’s V, who we learn little by little about. There’s the Asher family, who are all struggling to fit in. I liked how the author set it up that way because it kept you guessing. The characters were also well-crafted, and you really knew them at the end. My favorite would have to be Cady, though, because she is a baker at heart :)

There were many storylines going on at once. I honestly can’t imagine how in the world Lisa Graff came up with such a fun, quirky plot, because it is insane when you think about! Everything connects together in the final pages, and even the smallest details end up playing a major role. I think it’s because of it’s delightfully weird plot I loved this book so much. Where else are you going to find a hot-air balloon, a powder-blue suitcase, and a ferret in a story that all works together? Personally, I found it to be similar to the style of Wendy Mass’s The Candymakers, and the books by Sharon Creech and Polly Horvath.

In the end, A Tangle of Knots is a book I’m sure to recommend in the coming months. And, for all cake-lovers, there is an added bonus. Yummy sounding cake recipes sprinkled throughout the entire book!

Pros: Developed bunch of characters and well-written story.

Cons: Nothing!

Heads Up: Nothing to be concerned with.

Overall: I give it 5 stars {*****} and I recommend it for ages 10 and up.

I reviewed another Lisa Graff book here.

Have a lovely rest of your day!

Bella :)

9 thoughts on “A Tangle of Knots: A Book Review

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