Rating – 4 stars
Laini Taylor sure has a way with words.
I am honestly exasperated and baffled by her Mik & Zuzana in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. They are loyal to a fault as friends and sometimes quite silly and even annoying. Honestly I am a tad bit critical of them. But it does not take away the fact they have a sweet love story.
In Night of Cake & Puppets, Taylor explores their romantic relationship as she takes the reader along the journey of Mik & Zuzana’ first date and their first kiss. How the couple is attracted to one another and get together with Zuzana making the first move.
The short novella, being the penultimate release before Dreams of Gods & Monsters hit next year is a refreshing break from the series which mostly revolves around the battles between Angels & Demons or in this case Seraphs & Chimaeras.
Taylor infuses the book with loads of charm and humor and I found myself smiling at the little antiques and silly dialogues all along the way. My favorite quote from the book happens to be
If this night is a fairy tale, then this is the happily ever after, right, or at least the beginning of it? And the thing about happily ever afters? Those princesses and woodcutter’s sons have bodies under their coats, too. I mean, what do you think happily ever after means? (I can’t be the only one who thinks this.)
Of course at the end of the book I also found myself craving for a cake, despite my resolution to loose a few pounds. Ouch!