TITLE: Nights of Cakes & Puppets
AUTHOR: Laini Taylor
RATING: 4 stars
E DID I RECEIVE THIS: HachetteNZ sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review

his stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first date—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 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.

this is my favourite Laini Taylor book! This story follows two side characters as they meet for the first time, and fall further in love.

This book is all sorts of adorable, as Zusana sends Mik on a wild goose chase that leads to her, and as he sends her on one. It’s filled with magic and hope and it’s so poetic I just honestly fell in love.

The art work was all beautiful and worked perfectly with the story, allowing us to see further detail in the character world and honestly, I think the images made the book all that much better for me!

A friend once said to me, don’t read Laini Taylor books for the plot, but for the beautiful characters and poetic writing. And I genuinely have to agree with that sentiment. While I enjoyed the plot of this story, I loved the characters and seeing their depth being explored more. If you pair laini’s poetic writing with actual magic, you get this warm and fuzzy feeling in your chest and that’s what this novel left me with, a wish for scuppies in my hand, and something as cute as what Zuzana and Mik share.

I think, you definitely need to have read book 1 ( Daughter Of Smoke and Bone ) before reading this novel, otherwise the background plot of the main characters would confuse you. And while this book is recommended to read after book 2 ( Days of Blood and Starlight ) I actually read this after book 1 and was only confused over a minor detail so I think it’s 100% readable after book 1

If you’re into short fantastical and whimsical fantasy novellas, pick this up right away!

Until next time


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