Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5) by Laini Taylor

night of cake and puppetsFrom goodreads: In Night of Cake & Puppets, Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy—the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Told in alternating perspectives, it’s the perfect love story for fans of the series and new readers alike. 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 meet him, 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 finally leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy’s not going to know what hit him.


Laini Taylor is a brilliant author.  She has created a massive world with incredible characters that command my complete attention.  Normally with novella’s I can take them or leave them.  Seriously, I’m not always DYING to read them and sometimes I find them disappointing because they seem like a filler in the series that’s pure fluff without any substance.  I can count on one hand how many novella’s I actually like, let alone LOVE and this is one I adore!!!

“His eyes are blue, and blue eyes up close are a celestial phenomenon: nebulae as seen through telescopes, the light of unnamed stars diffused through dusts and elements and endlessness. Layers of light. Blue eyes are starlight.”

Zuzana and Mik’s story is absolutely magical, both are quirky but so perfect each other.  It’s a sweet story about how these two fall in love with and their magical first kiss.  I don’t often like sugary-sweet stories but in this case, it worked and it worked well because they aren’t your typical characters you would find in a YA story.

“Around Mik, my powers desert me. I lose basic motor function, like my brain focuses all neural activity on my lips and shifts into kiss preparedness mode way too early, to the detriment of things like speech, and walking.”

If you are a fan of Zuzana’s voice in books 1 and 2, then you will continue to love her in this book but what makes this short novella so fantastic is Mik’s POV.  Everyone needs a Mik in their life.  He’s the perfect mix of wit, humbleness, beautiful and self-assuredness (I made that word up) that makes him irresistible.

“Milquetoast girls raised on princess stories might sit tight and bat their eyelashes in desperate Morse code–notice me, like me, please–but I am not that girl.”

Don’t go into this story thinking you are getting a complex plot or a super long story because you aren’t.  What you will get is the much-needed story of how Zuzana and Mik came to be and even though it’s 2.5, it should be read after book 1, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  What you WILL get in this story are the colorful characters we’ve come to love in this series and beautiful prose that will make you laugh and move you all at the same time. ;)



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