Night of Cake & Puppets

Night of Cake & Puppets

eBook - 2013
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In this new stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor comes the story of a romantic, funny, and fantastical first date. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
ISBN: 9780316373661
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Night of cake and puppets
Call Number: eBook


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Zuzanna, Karou’s best friend from the "Daughter of Smoke and Bone” trilogy, is determined to get her man, even if it takes a little magic. Page count: 79

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Feb 28, 2019

I have not yet read The Daughter of Smoke & Bone, but I still adored this short, adorable story about two misfits' first date.

Dec 13, 2018

This is the book of my heart. While I am over the moon about Daughter of Smoke and Bones, this spin off is so quick, fun and light hearted, while keeping me on edge seeing the main characters fall for one another. In one magical night everything comes together, even if a little manipulation is necessary. The added illustrations by the husband of the author only serve to enhance the tale.

PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 09, 2018

This book is just plain cute. It's so cute I want to cuddle it and wrap it in a blanket. While Karou is off saving the world, her best friend Zuzana is back in Prague, pining after Mik, aka Violin Boy. A confection of a novella, with illustrations, this is the kind of intermission story in a series that fans love.

Zuzana is a puppeteer in a theatre and Mik is in the orchestra of the group, but she's too afraid to talk to him directly and so leads him on a treasure hunt through the city. Taylor offers up her usual acerbic yet charming writing. Zuzana gets lines like, "I bet all stalkers believe they’re being romantic. I did it for love, officer" and about Karou's ex-boyfriend, "Kaz might deserve First Class status for Crimes of High Douchebaggery, but he’s just not quality enemy material."

Night of Cake & Puppets is a petit four of a story, sweet, light and leaves the reader ready for Taylor's next big project.

May 07, 2018

This novella is an adorable little addition to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone universe. DoSaB is so dark, so intense, and yet, Taylor gives us this sweet romance between light-hearted and quirky characters Zuzana and Mik. While Karou is globe hopping gathering wishes and teeth, Zuzana is planning how to ensorcel (her word) Violin Boy. She gives him a treasure map where the X is herself, and with the scuppies that Karou has gifted, she sets about getting Mik to fall for her. The drawings really help make this work and tell the story just as well, if not better, than the actual words. The only thing that brought this down a star is I desperately wanted MORE. I wanted to see more of them after this night, falling in love and getting to know each other. I can only hope I'll get to see more of them in the final book of the trilogy.

JCLHebahA Apr 29, 2018

This was a lovely interlude in the heaviness of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. The meet-cute of adorable couple Zuzana and Mik was just as enchanting as was only hinted at in other installments. The illustrations highlighted the whimsy of the Amelie-esque pursuit perfectly. A read that demands putting away your cynicism and just enjoying this confectionery treat.

Mar 10, 2017

A sweet, flirty, witty, quotable little e-book novella; this is Laini Taylor at her best. The sizzling chemistry in this had me beaming. Winter in Prague has never felt so magic-spun, like icing sugar on a dark chocolate torte. Carpe noctem!

Jul 07, 2015

I loved being able to get back into the daughter of smoke and bone world, but i also loved how this was a lot more fluffy and adorable. Don't get me wrong it still had magic and the creep factor, but it defiantly didn't have killing or wars in it

May 10, 2015

If you are a fan of Zana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone you will go "Yay!" for this ebook. It is only about how she and Mik got together and mostly takes places on one wintry night in Prague. If you aren't already a fan of Laini Taylor start with D of S & B. What are you waiting for? Get started!

Mar 28, 2014

So funny. Sooooo sweet.


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Jul 07, 2015

If you have read the daughter of smoke and bone trilogy you know Karou's lovable best friend Zuzanna. In this short novella we get to learn how Zuzanna and her boyfriend Mik, met and fell in love


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