Laini Taylor has done it yet again!
In her first book in the DOSAB series, she tells the story of Karou, a girl who is not all that she seems; she is an art student by day, chimaera errand girl by night. Her best friend, Zuzana, has the typical teenage heart woes of any girl and confides in Karou to help. And then Karou goes off on a mission and comes back to the newly formed couple of Zuzana and Mik. You never get to hear the story of how they truly met. Until now.
This is where Night of Cake and Puppets comes in. Laini finally tells us how it all happened. And with the illustrations from her equally talented husband, Jim Di Bartolo, it brings the novella to life. In this world, wishes are tangible things, and Karou has the hookup through her adopted family, the chimaera. When Zuzana asks Karou for help getting the quiet violin boy at the puppet theater to notice her, Karou does. Armed with five scuppies, the smallest denomination of wish, and tons of moral support, Zuzana makes a plan. A beautiful plan with so many moving parts it’s amazing. Seriously. I was amazed at how gorgeous the imagery was and how much I was rooting for her. It takes you through her journey and all of it’s ups and downs from both her, and Mik’s, perspectives. Personally, when it comes to big romantic gestures, I love hearing both sides of the story. Zuzana essentially makes a treasure map (she is also an artist) TO HERSELF! It’s awesome. I mean, I don’t have that kind of creativity. Laini Taylor manages to pull you along on this magical ride, and the artwork just makes it that much more real to you. I had an ARC so not all of the art was completed yet, but I didn’t feel like I was lacking. If you loved the DOSAB trilogy, grab this when it comes out!
Thank you @thenovl for sending me the ARC!
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