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Publisher's Summary

In this new stand-alone novella from New York Times best-selling 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 listeners 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.
©2013 Lani Taylor (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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By Amy on 02-24-14

Rabid Fairy + Violin Boy = Magic

It was nice to spend time with YA Fantasy's favorite secondary couple and have them in the spotlight. Zuzana's fiesty, humorous, intelligence was the recipe for insta-love. Her embrace of magic and endearing friendship with Karou has us friends for life.

The romance between Zuzana and Mik in DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT had me wanting to know more about them. How they met? How they fell in love? I mean the dude traipses through the Moroccan dessert with the woman he loves, because he wouldn't want to be anywhere else but where she is. AMAZING!

NIGHT OF CAKE & PUPPETS started a little slow, while Zuzana establishes the backstory of her work with puppets. But it doesn't take long for you to be wrapped up her in tale of the "Biting Puppet" and on to how she stalks the quiet Violin Boy. I was swept away once again with TAYLOR's language as she sets out to create the perfect meeting for the Rabid Fairy and Violin Boy. It was beautiful, playful, romantic, and full of imagery that dances around in your mind and in your heart. I WANT A STORY LIKE THIS ONE.

I want to do some living with my lips.

KHRISTINE HVAM captures Zuzana's spirited soul and the evening is magical. I wasn't quite ready for KEVIN T. COLLIN's Mik though. He was fleshed out in my mind in KHRISTINE's likeness and KEVIN's brusque Eastern European accent hardened the sensative Mik for me a touch. But overall, it made for a beautiful Valentine's Day listen for me. I can't wait for GODS & MONSTERS on audio.

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By anne on 08-03-14

Just straight up ADORABLE!!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Night of Cake & Puppets the most enjoyable?

Zuzanna!!! she is one of the cutest characters ever to hit the page!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zuzanna of course...but Mick was super cute too...and the narration was awesome...2 of my fave narrators...

What does Khristine Hvam and Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They become the characters....with a little humor, some teenage angst and new love...they were so sweet!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This was a light quick listen...and the whole thing was adorable from beginning to end!!!

Any additional comments?

I loved this little short..Zuzanna and Mick were meant for each other...well worth the 3.50....and I would listen was a perfect first date!! 2 thumbs give us one with Liraz and Ziri!!! lol

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