Here's my latest book review! I've done it on another one of my favorite books, A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff.
"In this remarkable world, everyone has a special Talent...
And eleven-year-old Cady's is a phenomenal ability: she can bake the absolutely perfect cake for any person, anywhere. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born, leading her to a mysterious address, a family of children struggling to grow beyond their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever."
First off, I'd just like to say this is one of the better middle-grade books I've read. It's a great family read because, even though the synopsis doesn't mention it, the book really seems to be based off family. The story is told from a lot of different views, so it keeps winding every which way until, like the title suggests, the stories all get tied together.
There are quite a few characters in the book, including Cady who can bake any cake, Marigold who can't find her Talent, Will who loves to adventure, and V who can play the oboe, but I was never confused or got the characters mixed up. The switch of perspectives every chapter was a style of writing I like but don't see often.
I would rate this book five stars and say it's a good read for anyone, even people older than the suggested audience. The tale bounces through a lot of different settings and places, but it doesn't move either too fast or too slow. It has a lot of adventure, but it's all understandable and comes at an easy-to-digest rate.
All in all, A Tangle of Knots is a good read for anytime and (almost) any age. Also, sprinkled throughout the book are recipes for many unusual cakes. The end of the story is pretty conclusive, so it's not one of those cliffhangers that makes you so mad you don't want to read the next book. I'm not completely sure if there's another book in the series, but this one ends off in such a manner that if there is a sequel, you really don't have to read it.
What are your favorite books? Do you have a suggestion of a book I should review? Tell me!