Monday, May 27, 2013

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

A Tangle of Knots
A Tangle of Knots 
by Lisa Graff
288 pages
Library- Philomel 
February 2013

Book Jacket Summary
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.

Lisa Graff adds a pinch of magic to a sharply crafted plot to create a novel that will have readers wondering about fate and the way we're all connected.

My Thoughts
 Any book that has a hint of magic and cake recipes will be a winner in my book. This one has both and a well thought out plot that really is tangled up but Graff has a way of making it all come together in the end.  This is a world where most of the population has a Talent or a gift, if you will. Some can knit an afghan blanket within eight city blocks or be able to bake your favorite cake. This last one is Cady's gift and although it is an incredible Talent she has been unable to find a permanent placement. 
She lives in Miss Mallory's Home for Lost Girls in Poughkeepsie and is usually the only orphan in residence because Miss Mallory has a Talent for pairing up things. This is a set up for crazy shenanigans and plot conveniences. However it is well done if you suspend your disbelief. I did and I enjoyed the ride. I would hand this one off to anyone who like a contemporary book but with a small bit of magic thrown in. It is not overwhelming and quite enjoyable. I really liked the characters and it is told through many perspectives so we know what some of the motivations are for the characters. There are also plenty of cake recipes, which always make me want to go on a baking binge. So off I go to cook up a storm!  

Book Pairings
Pie by Sarah Weeks 
The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter 
Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage
Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood


1 comment:

  1. Ha, I think I love it that the woman who runs the orphanage has a talent for pairing things. That just seems so clever!


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