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Night of Cake & Puppets: Daughter of Smoke & Bone

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Re-release of romantic series companion adds keen art.

Book Laini Taylor Fantasy 2017
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This artful and hip meet-cute story keenly illustrated by the author's husband is guaranteed to make you long for first kisses and dessert. Readers of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series who love main character Karou's petite and spunky puppet-maker best friend, Zuzana, are treated to the tale of her blooming romance with Mik the violinist. Her elaborate plans to snare him take readers to the curious corners of Prague. The scavenger hunt will remind art-house movie lovers so much of Amelie. And in both Night of Cake & Puppets and Amelie, the female protagonists have no idea what to do once they have their crush's attention, adding to the delightful romantic tension.

Author Laini Taylor has been one of the strongest writers in young adult literature for a while now. She skillfully and quirkily -- with puppets, of course -- draws out the tension of one night's quest for love and connection in a way that leaves a long-lasting impression. No one describes the lead-up to a kiss quite like she does. With peacock prints in the snow and so much more.

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