Book Review: Night of Cake &; Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5) – Laini Taylor

5 stars

Title: Night of Cake and Puppets
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance


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 trilogy—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 of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

My review of Days of Blood and Starlight.

Life doesn’t need magic to be magical.

This must be the most adorable and cute novella I’ve ever read. Just look at that title!

I’m going to admit that I never expect much from novellas. 90% of the time they just feel like a way to make more money out of a best selling series and they just don’t add anything of value to the series. This one was actually such a good novella. It just made me all warm and fussy inside. I love Zuzana, most characters like her are too over the top for me. But, she’s just perfect!

This book is about Zuzana and Mik and you get to know them so much better. The parts that were narrated by Mik were especially nice, because we really didn’t get much info on him in the previous books other than that he played the violin.

After the darkness of Days of Blood and Starlight, this was so welcome and needed. I don’t think I could have handled more of that darkness in the third book without reading this book first. Being back in Prague was like coming home. This book was as fluffy as a book can get!


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