Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2.5
Published by Little Brown and Young Readers on 11/26/2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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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.
So, Night of Cake and Puppets gets mentioned in the periphery during Days of Blood and Starlight, but I didn’t know it was an audiobook until I happened to come across it while still listening to book two. And that’s when I realized I had to know more about Zuz and Mik, and how they came to be together. It is the cutest little love story ever. Zuzana is her usual spunky self, but since she is the narrator, we get to see her insecurities for the first time. It was lovely to listen to how she set the stage, and led Mik through a small scavenger hunt through Prague to finally see her at the end. It’s a HEA in a series that is wrought with tension and heartbreak, and I was completely tickled by it.
Khristine Hvam as Zuzana is really something else to listen to. She manages to adapt a specific accent that makes Zuz all the more charming. Hvam’s voice is magic. Kevin T. Collins did an excellent accent. In fact, he was so good, I actually thought they had hired a voice actor from the Czech Republic, because it sounded as though he was struggling through the English language. He gave an authenticity to the role of Mik, and it was exceptional.