ARC Review: Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini TaylorNight of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor, Jim Di Bartolo
Pages: 256
on September 12th 2017
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

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.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of my all-time favorite series so I was absolutely thrilled when I found out that Night of Cake & Puppets was going to be released as an illustrated physical book (it had previously been available as an ebook). Here are the top five reasons you should read this book!

  1. It’s the story of the most magical and wondrous first date you could imagine.
  2. The atmosphere is the perfect mix of romantic, creepy, and astonishing.
  3. You’ll understand why Zuzana is a rabid fairy.
  4. My copy didn’t have them all but I’m sure the illustrations are going to be incredible.
  5. The writing is just unbelievably stunning.

This is one of the very few books that I’ve reread twice within a week. After reading it for the first time, I had reread the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bones series because I missed the world so much. Then I read this one again and appreciated it even more. If you’re a fan of the series, obtain this one as soon as it’s released. If you haven’t read the series, do the same thing and then read the entire series, I promise you won’t regret it. Night of Cake & Puppets is one of the most magical, exquisite, and fun books I’ve read all year.






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