Night of Cake & Puppets – Laini Taylor

34733250Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Publication: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: YA, Short Story, Romance


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 date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.


This surprising, illustrated edition of the short story featuring Zuzana and her love interest as they gather their courage to admit their attraction to one another is a love letter and a gift to fans of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE series.

It’s a better gift than the one Twilight fans got with the gender-reversal Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined ‘‘experience’’ that’s for sure. Living Zuzana and Mik’s first date through poetic writing and illustrations—by a great illustrator at that—is perfection.

I read this in a single sitting. Thanks to the he said/she said narration, this first date is cuter than ever. How often have you wished to know your sweetheart’s impressions of your first date together? Lucky us, omniscient readers, we see all and we know all!

Zuzana and Mik are adorable. Granted, it is a fairytale, meaning that it may feel realistic, but this unique date is unique because it was designed by Laini Taylor—magic is included! The feelings, however, are extraordinarily real.

It is perfection. Zuzana definitely deserved her own book, however short it may be—make it longer, I want more! She is a great friend to Karou (very loyal) and a strong character. It’s too bad my advance copy was missing lots of what I imagine to be enchanting artwork. But I’d be silly to complain about having had the chance to read this edition early.


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2 thoughts on “Night of Cake & Puppets – Laini Taylor

  1. Awesome review, I read this novella in ebook format when it was released a few years back & it quickly became my #1 fave novella of all time! I LOVE Zuzana & also was left wanting more after inhaling this read lol. I’m def picking up a copy of the final copy for the additional content *excited face* 🙂


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