Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor, Illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo | Book Review

Rating: 9/10

Format: Paper Book – Owned

Buy it Here:  Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone)

I admit, I am an enormous Daughter of Smoke and Bone fan. The series is so rich and well-constructed and beautiful, I just want to live in it forever. It’s right up there with Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and the Hunger Games for me, and that’s really saying something. So I was honestly surprised myself when I found this gorgeous gem and realized I’d never read Night of Cake and Puppets. Good lord, Dreams of Gods and Monsters wrecked my soul! I should have snatched this little book up literally years ago.

But here we are at the end of 2017 and the illustrated version of Night of Cake and Puppets finally made it to the top of my owned-paper-book-pile (I have an ebook “pile,” an audio-book “pile,” a library book pile, and an owned paper book pile– it’s important to track these things properly).

Zuzana has had a crush on the violinist at the theater for what feels like forever. With her best friend off on a dangerous adventure, Zuzana plucks up the courage to set up a scavenger hunt for her crush. X marks the spot– and the spot is Zuzana!

I am sure this novella was probably glorious with just Taylor’s bewitching words (and oh, they are bewitching) but with Di Bartolo’s drawings the whole thing came to life in such a magnificent way. The image of Zuz and Mik kissing– ugh. I want it on my wall. It’s just too adorable. Though honestly, this is the one more likely to end up on my wall, because it really is the story of the DoS&B story all in one illustration:


“One upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love… it did not end well.”

Ugh did you hear that noise? It was my tiny heart being wrenched. I’m fairly certain hearts emit an audible noise when wrenched. Is that just me? I’ll have to ask my Sweetheart on our date tomorrow, haha.

Of course, I don’t know if I can even TAKE Sweetheart on a decent date after this story, I feel like the dates I’ve planned are lackluster in comparison to invisible peacock footprints and magical boat tea-time! Sweetheart will survive somehow, I promise all of you. Maybe I can get my hands on some Scuppies. I feel like that would improve my chances.

I really have to read the whole series again because I need to know what Zuz used her last scuppy on, and I feel like it’s actually in the books. Don’t tell me, guys. I want it to be a surprise as good as all of the magical surprises in the story. I loved watching Mik’s reactions to the tiny bits of magic Zuz used. It was just so beautiful to see her use those tiny, tiny magic pieces to such great effect.

One of my favorite surprises of the story was getting to hear Mik’s perspective, which I didn’t expect. It’s so lovely to hear from both sides of a mutual crush pair. There’s very little as sweet as two people who are too shy to talk to one another. It’s one of the most compelling parts about this story, I think, that Rabid Pixie Zuzana, Venus Flytrap, she of the voodoo stare, is melted into a little puddle of sweetness by this quiet violinist. Sigh! So beautiful.

Even if you’ve never read the rest of the series, I feel like this charming book is accessible enough that you could just pick it up and enjoy it for a winter read. It’s set during a snowstorm so it’s a fun thing to pick up if you’re frequently snowed in (like me!)

Subjective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5/5

Objective Hearts:♥♥♥♥ 4/5

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