Book Review: Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Published in 2013

Illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo

A companion novel to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

190 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first dateβ€”as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her “rabid fairy,” her “voodoo eyes” are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or “Violin Boy,” her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.

New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogyβ€”the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Originally published as an ebook, this new print edition will include breathtaking black and white illustrations, plus bonus content in a gorgeous package perfect for new and current fans of the series.

My Review:

I had been looking forward to this! “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is one of my favourite series and I really don’t want it to end! One more book left to read in the series *whimpers.*

But, back to the cutest book in existence, which I dub “Night of Cake and Puppets.” 

This book was full of cute! I was swooning practically at every page! Okay, so for those that have read the “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series, we know and love Zuze and Mik – easily one of the cutest pairings – but this book here shows them before they actually meet! The lead up was brilliant, I loved how the book was told from both Zuze and Mik’s point of view, and I love how much Karou’s presence was felt! Zuze made me laugh constantly, I love how she freely admits she wants to scare children, it’s classic, she also has a love for chocolate and tea, and cares so much about Karou, I adore their friendship so much! There was a scene at the beginning where Zuze and her brother tried to playfully scare Karou, that made me chuckle so much! And where we have the playful and wicked funny side of Zuze, we have the awkward but equally precious narration that is from Mik! I adore him so much, he’s too cute! Reading about the two separately, and together, made my fangirl heart so happy! 

I only wish this book were longer! I don’t want to let go of this series just yet, Laini Taylor has the most magical writing ever! I love how visual her writing comes across as on the pages, and in this book, coupled with her husband’s illustrations  – which were flawless to be honest and so cute and added such a wonderful element to the story of Mik and Zuze’s meeting, needless to say I devoured this and know I’ll come back to it again and again! 

Zuze and Mik are easily one of my top OTP’s, they have such undying love for one another, and I love how easily Zuze thinks to herself about her feelings for him, the self described “rabid fairy” is such a delight and is fantastic to read about as she navigates her way to Mik and the descriptions (and illustrations) of the puppets and everything were wonderful, too, this is easily going in my favourites list, alongside Laini’s other books! 

Until next time, happy reading πŸ“š

Brooklyn πŸ’–


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