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Night of Cake and Puppets

(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  18,789 ratings  ·  3,496 reviews
In this new stand alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor comes the story of a 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
OMG! I loved this little book so much! And I want y'all to see the beautiful cover when you take off the dust jacket and the inside front pages. There are also beautiful illustrations through-out the book but I haven't added them.

This is a sweet story of Zuzana and Mic ♥ Karou is in it as well.

I loved it so much and like I said before, it's a short little book but it's so freaking awesome! I highly recommend it if you love Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

Happy Reading!

Mel ♥

MY BLOG: Melissa Martin
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okay, so this is just a perfect, sweet love story. and i don't usually go in for perfect, sweet love stories, but i loved these characters in the first two smoke & bone books, and here they are allowed to experience their first meeting and first kiss without any pesky tensions like supernatural war or death mucking it all up for them.

and it is so charming.

two sweet quirky kids finding love and magic in a snowstorm in prague. and there is cake! and it is written by laini taylor with all of her
C.G. Drews
This news just in: THIS BOOK IS FREAKING GORGEOUS. So I brought the hardcover and like omgggg it's the most darn attractively beautifully put together book I've ever had the pleasure of devouring WITH MY EYES. I love Zuzana and this book was super cute and super fluffy. Which is weird considering most of Laini Taylor's books end in WAR. MONSTERS. GODS. DEATH. All things I love and appreciate.

But holy heck did I mention this book is BEAUTIFUL. Okay so what's inside is:
• when you take off the dus
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Cute. Cute.

I really enjoyed this!

Question: Is it necessary to read this for the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy?

Answer: No. It's not necessary but if you have a heart and you like it to be happy then you should read this!!!!

Mik and Zuzana were my favorite characters in the trilogy, so I was more than happy to come along on the night where it all began!

Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

The electric thrill of young love and first kisses captured through a lens that spies a rabid fairy, a poison cafe, and enchanted marionettes.

Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Shelves: five-stars

I may be stricken with the forever in awe syndrome for this author goddess called Laini Taylor.

I didn’t expect to like this novella as much as I did the main trilogy but if it’s possible, I may have even liked this a bit more or perhaps just in a totally different category. While every book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series always has this bittersweet tone from beginning to end, this is purely sweet and adorable and thus the title is truly very fitting. (Jonnie, are you reading this? T
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“Life doesn't need magic to be magical.”

How sweet it is ! Zuzana and Mik are my favorite characters from Daughter and Smoke & Bone. Zuzana took a big part of the story and I wanted to see her being happy. And I finally got thier short story and catched up their love lives since the main series didn't mention them much.

Zuzana has a plan for Mik. If he truly wants her, he has to find her. This concept was kinda weird for me at first. But this was Laini Taylor ! And her book can't be simple. S
5★ | Life doesn’t need magic to be magical.
(But a little bit sure doesn’t hurt.)

OMG! 😍
Me: Novellas shouldn't be long.
Also me: Why was this is so short?

I can't even... This was BEAUTIFUL! the humour and the romance and the tiny little scuppy magic. Those cute notes in Latin, and best-friend-goals-texts with Karou. ALL WAS PERFECT! I don't think I've ever rated a novella with 5★. This though, totally deserves it!

this book really lightened my mood! It gave me so many smiles and giggles that I'm jus
Whitney Atkinson
This was sweet and written really nicely! I don't remember the original trilogy very much at all so I didn't quite understand the timeline but Laini Taylor is such a brilliant writer and the art in here is gorgeous. Even though a few lines of dialogue were corny and un-teenager-like, it really made me want to reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone. ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
9/19/17: Got my beauteous hardback in the mail last week and forgot to post about it. DEFINITELY worth adding to the rest of the collection.

So in DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, we know that Zuze is mackin' on Mik, and we know that they're together *waggles eyebrows* when Karou gets back from her gallivanting, but we don't know the details . . . here are the details . . .

It's told in dual POVs (which I love), and it opens with a (HILARIOUS) flashback into Zuzana and Karou's early friendship. This fl
It was bound to happen at some point. I have never before acquired one of these ½ books or companion books if you prefer. So why now? We are talking Laini Taylor here, goddess of words, high priestess of literary magic. And I needed a fix. It has been a long time since I finished The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy and I had a deep hankering for more of this woman’s magic pen.

So enter Night of Cake & Puppets, which is really just a little novella about the night that Zuzana and Mik got togethe
I can't decide if Zuzana is annoying or not. The novella is uber sweet, possibly syrupy sweet, and yet fit my holiday mood just right. Illustrations are gorgeous, and I am going to say it again, there should have been graphic novels made of the whole series.

The audio narrator reads this story with a "Czech" accent, making it sound as if Melania Trump is reading it to you. That's an experience in itself.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
You realize you can fall forever and never run out of stars.

4.5 stars. Magical. Magical. Magical. Laini Taylor is absolutely magical. Her words are beautiful, her characters are quirky, and I am in love with the atmospheric charm.

I want my own Night of Cake & Puppets.

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Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Laini Taylor’s writing is incredible. Beautiful and magical. And so is this novella.

Fans of her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series know Karou’s best friend Zuze. I loved her in the first two book so I was excited to read her novella. Zuze was great, but Mik’s pov made this novella for me!

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With the third book in the series coming out soon, I am glad I read this now. I am even more excited to jump back into this fantastical world! For those who haven’t read this series, I’m not even a huge
♛ may
book #1 completed! for the reading rush, under the challenge of: "read a book in the same spot the entire time"

laini taylor has full rights to be the director of my grand epic love story, we'll be in touch, thanks

buddy read with emily 😍
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That simply was the cutest thing ever. I think that's something we can all agree on.

I love Mik and Zuzana in the original trilogy so I was more than happy when I learned this story was a thing and that it was being published in physical form. I just knew I needed it.

It's the one story you need to read when you want something cute, adorable, fluffy, you name it. I needed more Mik and Zuzana in my life, I really wanted to know how they came to be an actual couple and they're goals. Honestly.

If Lai
Elle (ellexamines)
This is a purely sweet romance between Zuzana and Mik. That’s honestly it. And I absolutely loved it. It’s cute, it’s lovable, and it’s heartwarming.

While Daughter of Smoke and Bone is narrated in third person, Night of Cake and Puppets is told in first person. It’s a seamless transition for her, somehow. This woman really is incredibly talented.

My favorite part was the humorous narrative voice. Zuzana and Mik each have distinct voices, of course, but each are funny in their own ways.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If it wasn’t currently storming outside, I would go out on to my roof and shout to the world how much I love this book❤️❤️❤️❤️

I am now demanding that all books be as magical and as lovely and as wonderfully-innocent-but-still-insanely-swoon-worthy as this!

Also, I have always believed that books have ruined any chance at my finding love due the insane expectations it has given me, but this book is the final nail in the proverbial coffin (pretty sure that is where my cold, dark heart is hidden🤷🏼‍♀
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a sweet story! I’m rating this as what it is: a sweet little story within the Daughter of Smoke and Bones universe (and definitely not a standalone of its own!) and as that it was perfect. Even though Zuzana and Mik are one of those super cute couples, I was surprised at how much I loved them throughout the series, and that I did not find them annoying at all, which definitely speaks for Laini Taylor’s writing. Speaking of writing, it was beautiful and humorous and it just makes me ...more
amy ☂︎
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
everything about this was wondrous and magical

book #1 for the READING RUSH: read a book with purple on the cover ✔️



Laini Taylor is such a brilliant and magical force of creativity. I want her to be constantly telling me bedtime stories and narrating my life and being my friend. GAH. HER WRITING IS SO PERFECT. I wish she would write a whole book from these characters' perspectives. It was just so WOW.

Whoever you are, you should totally read this. It will warm your soul.
I mean it was cute... cute and insta-lovy and teenagery (not sure if that's a word but bear with me). I need more than that to be invested in a relationship. It was too easy, too cheesy too *insert word that rhymes* What I'm trying to say is that I didn't really care. There. I said it.

Ps: My friends are going to murder me in the comments. Send help.
Oct 11, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I was on the verge of dying in agony when I was notified that the publication of the final book: "Daughter of Smoke and Bone : Dreams of Gods and Monsters" was moved to next year. Yes, next freaking year! (Can you believe that? Because I can't even!)
So I just found myself wandering outside for nowhere and just wanted to climb into my bed and cuddle the sh*t out of my blanket and basically sleep for a week so I never have to face this news again!

BUT not until Laini Taylor an
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perfection.

Zuzana and Mik were some of my favorite parts of the original series and getting to see how the date happened was everything I could have wanted. The artwork was a fantastic addition and I can't wait to see the added pieces that weren't in the arc.

Now I reaaaaally want to reread DoSaB.

**Huge thanks to The Novl for providing the arc free of charge**

OMG the 12-year-old-girl in me is SOOOO melting in the hotpot of this whirlwind courtship featuring a Rabid Fairy aka Porcelain Doll aka never-been-kissed firecracker ventriloquist and her far-off crush, the boy with the violin. :)

Yeah, yeah, this MIGHT be a part of the Smoke & Bone series because she, like, shows up and is quirky and delightful while this delightful MC goes off and does her stuff, it's all LOVE-LOVE..

But when we get right down to it, the story of Zuzana and Mik can and s
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars


My loves! I got them back for a novella! Zuzana & Mik... This book was a rabid fairy whimsical DREAM!
I am twirling around in the proverbial snow (with peacock footprints around me! and origami butterflies taking flight! And fireworks igniting in my heart! ) right now.

This was nothing short of brilliant, heartwarming, & hilarious!

I loved seeing more Mik POV, he's absolutely hysterically, whimsically funny & the perfect puzz
♛ may

Buddy read 3/5 (??? what are you doing to me??) with the honey nugget, Pragya ♡♡♡

Me rn:

There’s no better way to describe this book than
P E R F E C T I O N in its purest form.

I don’t want to find love I want to find whatever this is.

Night of Cake and Puppets is a hundred paged novella that honestly completes the breathtaking series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Giving us a glimpse into Zuzana and Mik and the crazies that follow, I am absolutely infatuated by these characters, this seri
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
A soft 4 stars for me, maybe 3.75. It's the ultimate meet-cute story, a night of romance, just a little magic (courtesy of some scuppies, magical beads given Zuzana by her friend Karou), and yes, cake and puppets too.

17 year old Zuzana, a petite but sharp-edged puppet maker in Prague, has been crushing on Mik, a hot violinist who works at the same marionette theater as Zuzana. She freezes up every time she gets near him, though, so they've never really MET met. So Zuzana finally decides to seiz
Julie Zantopoulos
I can’t stand how much I loved Zuz in the trilogy but when I got to see her and Mik as their love story starts—swoon. Honestly, so damn cute. I adore Zuz and I’m thrilled she got a chance to tell a bit of her story. Such a sweet novella and I’m so happy I gave the audiobook a listen.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Review Edit: 12/20/13

I listened to the audio of this today just for fun and it was fantastic. I love Laini Taylor books on audio and this is no exception. The Voices for Zuzanna and Mik with accents were great. Just as good the second time through.

Original Review: 11/26/13

Laini Taylor I just love you. If you liked Zuzana in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone then this is a novella for you. It has the same beautiful language that Laini Taylor brings to all of her work and the zinginess that is Zuzana
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