Cover Love: I love this cover, it's colorful and whimsical and includes so many elements from the book. I adore it!
Why I Wanted to Read This:
When this book first came out, I saw a lot of comparisons to Savvy, which was a book I adored. It went on my TBR list, but I wasn't able to get it read until now. Wish I had started sooner! Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:
Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. 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.
I really enjoyed this book. The style it is written in makes for a quick and easy read: short chapters told from different points of view. The author nails all of the characters voices. I love that the Talents each person can be simple, like accurate spitting, or more advanced, like baking the perfect cake for a person. I bet the author had a great time deciding how people in this world can be Talented.
I loved little Cady and rooted for her through the whole book. But while Cady felt like the main character, this was a book with multiple characters whose storylines are woven together so smoothly. It was easy to keep track of who was who and what each one was doing. And while I was able to make some educated guesses about where the story was going to end up, I was constantly and pleasantly surprised by the turns in the story. And I LOVED how everything was woven together so beautifully at the end!
And all the recipes! I am going to try some of these cakes. Look for a future "Food From Fiction" post on that!
To Sum Up: Awesome middle grade read. This one is easy to get into the hands of the younger readers in my school!
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