The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Hardcover – Illustrated, 30 May 2017
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"Chocolate and dragons, together at last! Like sipping hot cocoa on a cold day, reading this book was an absolute delight. And by the end I felt like a dragon sitting on a pile of gold, knowing I'd found a treasure. Readers of all ages will love this deliciously charming adventure and its feisty dragon-transformed-into-a-girl main character, Aventurine!" - Sheila Grau, author of the Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions series
"In The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, Aventurine is turned into a girl, but inside she remains ALL dragon, every fierce, lovable inch of her. This story is a delightfully delicious blend of magic spiced with adventure and a heart as sweet and warm as molten chocolate. I completely adored this book!" - Sarah Prineas, author of THE MAGIC THIEF and Winterling series
"The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is a perfect confection: rich, satisfying, and remarkably delicious." - Caroline Carlson, author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series
"A gloriously fresh story to be read with a steaming cup of chocolate at hand." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews
"Burgis creates a feisty protagonist with a temper that suits her dragon heritage. . . . Readers will be rooting for Adventurine throughout this well-paced, colorful narrative. An appealing chapter book for young fantasy fans." - Booklist
"Aventurine’s fiery spirit is immediately endearing, and a diverse cast of fully realized supporting characters fill out a fantasy world that readers will love to inhabit. Pair with chocolate for maximum enjoyment . . . will satisfy readers who hunger for feel-good tales that pack a girl-power punch, like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or the movie Moana." - School Library Journal
"Burgis’ debut title rides on its swift pace and the delightfully feisty Kat, whose fearless and frequently impulsive actions will have readers cheering her on." - Booklist on KAT, INCORRIGIBLE
"Regency romance and fantasy adventure all in one, this is a satisfying read and a promising beginning to a trilogy that is sure to be popular." - School Library Journal on KAT, INCORRIGIBLE
"Romance, humor and magic mark this brisk debut novel." - Kirkus Reviews on KAT, INCORRIGIBLE
About the Author
Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband and two sons, surrounded by mountains, castles and coffee shops. She is the author of the tween fantasy trilogy, Kat, Incorrigible and the forthcoming historical fantasy adult title, Masks and Shadows.
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- Item Weight : 363 g
- ISBN-10 : 1681193434
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681193434
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- Dimensions : 14.45 x 2.6 x 21.67 cm
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Illustrated edition (30 May 2017)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #648,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aventurine is such a great character – she’s stubborn, feisty and wholly enjoyable. But she’s also a hard worker and a good friend. The way she talks herself into Marina’s kitchen is so funny to read. It’s really heartwarming to watch her settle into human life and realise that there is nothing wrong with her for being exactly who she is. On a side note, I really love gem names for dragons (and princesses)!
The pace is fast, and the writing is witty. Aventurine adjusting to human customs is cause for much snarky fun, and there’s a nice slice-of-life feel to the chocolate house portion in the middle of the book, which stops the story from ever dragging. The conclusion is very satisfying, but I’d happily just read books upon books about Aventurine learning to make chocolate perfectly. You can almost taste the spices she adds and the richness of the chocolate. I love the idea that dragon like their hot chocolate with a kick of chilli pepper!
A great MG book that ticks all my boxes – dragons, female friendship, found family, snark, and tasty atmosphere!
I definitely loved the first book in this series. This sequel follows Silke, Aventurine’s best friend, and is written from her perspective. Silke was engaging, funny, witty, and realistic in the first book, but in this book I just utterly fell in love with her. The plot is much less focused on The Chocolate Heart (the chocolate shop where Aventurine works), but instead follows Silke as she is hired to investigate a mysterious delegation of fairies visiting the royal family – and her attempts to find out what happened to her parents so long ago.
It’s hinted at, in the first book, that Silke’s background is less than happy, and she and her brother live parentless in the dodgy end of the city, but it’s not until this book that the extent of this is seen. Silke’s life has made her street-smart, hard, and quick, and has tested her gift for story-telling. She appears at first glance to be your typical kind of smooth-talking, self-sufficient rogue sidekick, but in this book we get to see right to her heart, and it’s the greatest portrayal of a flawed character I’ve seen in children’s literature.
I love Silke so much, okay? She worries; she over-plans; she fantasises about situations and is disappointed by the way things turn out in reality. She’s constantly seeking approval, whether from her brother, or the Princess, or the people at The Chocolate Heart, but she hates that she wants that approval. She finds it hard to believe that people love her as much as they clearly do. I have never seen imposter syndrome written about so vividly and so well. Silke is angry. She’s powerful and smart. She loves fiercely and would do anything to protect her chosen few. She’s so, so clever, and so, so afraid of being found out.
I would read "The Adventures of Silke Putting The Washing On". I’d read "Silke Goes To The Supermarket". I’d read "Shh, Silke Is Sleeping". I just love her.
This, of course, is not to say that this plot isn’t wonderful too. Stephanie’s writing shines, as always, with what I’m coming to understand is her trademark charm and masterful control of pacing. The story absolutely rollicks through the fairy visit, and comes together with a glorious set-piece ending that I would love to see animated. There’s plenty of that gorgeous chocolate, too, and found family (in more than one sense). There’s space for a whole series of books in this world, and I hope to see them!
If you have a child, buy them these books. If you’re not a child but you still love MG, then buy them anyway!
With a vibrant, beautiful cover, this is a delicious feast of a book. A fast pace, witty fantasy with a perfect combination of dragons, friendship, betrayal, deception and chocolates. A wildly delicious atmospheric book, brilliantly written, that left me with a deep craving of chocolates and to get a pet dragon. A stupendous 5⭐️ Read, highly recommended.
But what is that intoxicating smell? Chocolate… She quickly discovers this is no ordinary human, and it's no ordinary chocolate. Aventurine finds herself transformed into a puny human - wingless, clawless and with stumpy little teeth - and has to learn how to adapt to her new form. The one thing she does know is that she's found her passion; chocolate! And she must have more.
Once in Drachenburg, Aventurine seeks out an apprenticeship in a chocolate house, and must learn to trust other people as well as herself. She needs to find a way of staying true to her dragon heart, while adapting to life as a human, with her new family of human friends.
Bursting with characters that pull you into their world, this is a beautifully crafted, page turning fantasy, full of adventure and suspense. It's as warming to the soul as a hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night.
Great for fans of How to Train Your Dragon, Eva Ibbotsen, fantasy, adventure and chocolate.