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Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she's ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single cAventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she's ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.But she's still the fiercest creature in the mountains -- and now she's found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she'll be conquering new territory in no time...won't she?...

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ISBN : 9781408880319
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Number of Pages : 249 Pages
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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-03-29 22:01

    If a book promises (A) dragons, and (B) chocolate -- I ALREADY KNOW I'M GOING TO BE A HUGE FAN. So obviously I absolutely loved it. It was cute and quirky and sassy, with a dash of magic and a whole lump of dragons, and the best middle-grade characters I've read in a loooooong time. Plus chocolate. So. much. chocolate. If you're not sure if chocolate could save a life, read this. It will convince you.(This book is basically what would happen if Willy Wonka and I co-wrote. #justsayin)So obviously my very favourite parts are the dragons (!!) and all the chocolate (!!). It basically features Aventurine who is a sassy little viper of a dragon and sneaks out from her family's dragon cave to have an adventure. BOOM. She gets turned into a human and discovers a passion for chocolate. As we all do. A lot of it is set in a chocolate shop so we get to see Aventurine doing lots of cooking!! With chocolate!! Actually all the characters here basically exist on drinking hot chocolate and eating chocolate tarts. So. This book will most likely kill your stomach with longing.Excuse me, I'm just packing my bags and moving into this chocolate shop. Forever.I also ADORED the characters. Aventurine was just amazing because she totally stood out from the other MG books I've read lately. She's like a clueless feral little child of AWESOME. When people insult her her #1 thought is "I'm gonna bite 'em" which #relatable. And since she's only newly human, she's clueless on a lot of human culture which makes her ADORABLE. She felt like Romana Quimby as a dragon basically.And the side characters were amazing too! The chocolate shop owner was a bundle of bitterness with her OTP being chocolate (so so relatable). And Aventurine makes this epic friend named Silke who's basically a conartist waiting to blossom. She's quick talking and a business woman and will work for chocolate.(I'LL WORK FOR CHOCOLATE TOO HIRE ME PLEASE.)The story lagged a wee bit in the middle. But the rest of it was funny, engaging, and I totally had a warm happy fuzzy glow while reading it. Plus it had people of all different skin colours which is something we REALLY need in fantasy!! Plus Aventurine has a great epic loving family of dragons AND she meets the most epic humans. And she wants to bite annoying people! And she refuses vegetables because she is a DRAGON and shan't stoop so low. I mean, what more can you ask for in a book!You should definitely toss whatever vegetable sandwich you're eating right now, and come eat this book. Immediately. I'm looking at you. Sure it's aimed at 12 year olds, but I thoroughly adored it and considering this is only a debut I HAVE SUCH LOVE FOR THIS AUTHOR ALREADY.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-04-15 21:28

    This book is a treasure chest.It’s one of those fantastic reads that are so under-the-radar you have to look for them for a long time before you find them. But when you do find them and you do read them, stars explode. As a fan of middle grade books, I had to give this one a try. Hello – dragons + chocolate? Need one say more?I will anyway. This is a very original story. A girl-dragon seeks a human to destroy and is transformed into a girl-human in the process. I’m aware that it may look like it, but this isn’t one of those empty delights – you know those books that are extraordinarily entertaining but not at all moral or full of themes. On the contrary, Stephanie Burgis has a lot to teach us about finding your passion, dealing with disapproving parents and trusting yourself to do great things. Not only was I entirely charmed by Aventurine and her adventures, but I was also impressed by how creatively the author made chocolate an essential element to the story. So essential that without it, there wouldn’t be a story to tell.I’m only the more delighted to learn this is a series. I’m hoping there will be many sequels in the future. Aventurine’s story has only just begun! Will she ever find the mage who changed her life? Now that she has discovered something important about herself, will that change the course of her destiny? Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-29 19:24

    My new MG novel! It's out NOW in the US and Canada as well as the UK and Australia. Hurrah! I have been waiting for so long to share this one with you guys.You can read Chapter One online now: www.stephanieburgis.com/books/the-dra...And you can buy it from IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/978168...Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-d...Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Chocola...Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Dragon-Chocolat...Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-...Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Choco...The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Dr...I really hope you guys enjoy this one! It was so much fun to write. :)And can I ask a big favor? I am grateful for every single Goodreads review, good or bad (I swear this is true! EVERY review helps spread the word), but if you could possibly take five minutes to cross-post your review to Amazon as well, that would make a huge difference for me. I really appreciate it!

  • Zyra
    2019-04-19 20:08

    3.5starsreally cute & cozy :)

  • Shira Glassman
    2019-03-23 02:11

    Wow, this is going to be a great rec for girl-centered YA fantasy. On the page, it's written as having completely no romance, but it has great potential for f/f subtext with at least two different characters -- three if you absolutely push it. (And yes, I mean at the level appropriate to the characters' ages, before someone gets upset that I said that. If you don't like that's where my mind goes because I was that young queer teen at their age, please read a different review. There are plenty of others.)Anyway, no romance at all is also a positive for some readers, so if that's what you want this book may be a good fit for you. It's high fantasy in a vaguely German setting but with racial diversity, both of which were super validating for me as a marginalized ethnicity with German roots. (No, there is not specific, explicit Jewish representation, but that's okay.) The setting is mostly a small city, where our dragon protagonist --prodragonist? kick me -- travels after a man she was going to eat uses his magical hot chocolate to turn her from her original dragon form into an adolescent human.She's angry and upset, but also completely besotted with chocolate now, and still filled with the rebellious teenage angst and lust to prove her adulthood that got her out of her parents' safe cave in the first place. So she ends up in the city, learning to become a chocolatier while dodging both the kidnapping attempts of a rich woman determined to use her as a Cinderella-style slave, and political attempts to sink the chocolate shop because the proud, talented, mercurial chocolatier won't kiss ass.The book is filled with memorable characters -- Marina, who makes amazing chocolates but has trouble keeping her emotions from eating her alive; Silke, a smartass teenage girl of color who's ready to help out with schemes and persistence and loyalty (and the main f/f potential if you want that); the princesses of the city, who far from being pretty faces under their father's thumb, are fully realized characters with different goals neither of which is focused on marrying a random prince. See how girl-centered this book is? There are still male characters and it never feels like Themiscyra, which for me is even more valuable because it reaffirms that you can have a girl-centered fantasy story without creating an artificial gender monopoly.Can I just say again that it's nice to read about fake historical Germany? And dragons?I like the twists and turns of the plot -- they felt original and I truly didn't know where the book was going to take me from one chapter to the next. The author's writing was so evocative that I had to buy and eat some chocolate after reading a few chapters, so be well prepared! And it's neat to see sympathetic adult characters being overemotional and flawed and realistic. This may be high fantasy in a world with dragons and battle mages but since it's so focused on relationships between characters it felt very intimate and familiar, and the adults' moods helped with that.Special note: I am not trans so I may be offshooting the mark here, but there are several places in the book where the protagonist experiences distress as a result of having her dragon body removed from her without her consent, and it's possible that some people may need to skim those passages. It isn't presented as a trans metaphor, but since her body was radically changed without her consent and she's upset about it, I figured I'd play it safe and at least mention. (In the wizard's defense, he was trying to not be eaten.) The resolution to this dilemma was truly beautiful, in my opinion.I suppose trigger warning for the kidnappy lady (who is pretty much a textbook Emotional Abuser) and also for all the times the main character feels lonely and depressed and like she's not good at anything.

  • TheBookSmugglers
    2019-03-27 00:16

    Delightful!

  • Amber
    2019-03-21 20:08

    This is a pretty good story about a dragon who after getting her first taste of chocolate which she loves is turned into a human girl and must try to live in the world of humans while wanting to live somewhere she could eat chocolate all the time. Definitely check it out at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  • Laura Florand
    2019-04-18 19:21

    Adorable. It has my two favorite things in it combined into one--a dragon chocolatier. A delicious, fun read with a dash of fiery dragon temper to spice things up. :)

  • Simona Stoica
    2019-04-03 19:21

    Oamenii au ceva mai bun decât erudiția. Au ciocolata.

  • Y.S. Lee
    2019-04-09 21:28

    I love this novel! Specifically, I love its bold, flawed, impetuous heroine, Aventurine. I love its gloriously playful humour and adventure. Most of all, I love how Aventurine's dragon sensibilities reveal so much about human behaviour and motivation - the hideous, the good, the indifferent. It's an utter delight.

  • Brandy Painter
    2019-04-15 02:22

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Stephanie Burgis became an auto-buy author for me because I know I can always count on her books to be both well written and the among the best of whatever fantasy angle and age category it falls in. Her newest release, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, is a perfect example of this.Aventurine is a young dragon who has yet to find her passion in life. All dragons have them. Her brother studies philosophy. Her sister is an oh so perfect epic poet. Adventurine doesn't want to study books and she doesn't want to stay safe inside her family's mountain. Knowing she is old enough and just needs to prove herself, she sneaks out of her mountain. In doing so she finds her life's passion: Chocolate. Unfortunately for her, the chocolate comes from a human who enchants it. Aventurine finds herself in a human body quite incapable of avenging herself on the Food Mage she was planning to take back to her family as a treat. Alone and forced to find her way in her new state, Aventurine makes her way to the city of Drachenburg where she manages to force her way into an apprenticeship at a chocolate house. As she learns the ins and outs of working with her passion, she also learns a lot about humans. When her family come to the city, and both the dragons and humans she loves are threatened, Aventurine must find a way to save both and learn how to balance her two natures.Aventurine is the best. She is determined, stubborn, brave, and reckless. As a dragon, she is loved, sheltered, and adored. As a human, she has to learn to survive, make allies, and navigate a strange world of feelings. It is no small feat to write a well developed and rounded personality of a single species. That Aventurine is very much a dragon and very much a human at the same time is a marvel. At times her dual natures are in conflict. Watching her find her way as a human, is a fascinating study in nature and character dynamics. I enjoyed how much of a dragon she remained. I read for pages getting used to thinking of her as a girl and suddenly there would be a line like: "I just wished that all the horses I passed didn't look so delicious." It is delightful. The way Aventurine boldly finds her way in life is wonderful too, but I love that there was a flip side of this. As a dragon, she did something reckless and paid a high price for it. As a human, she makes mistakes too and learns how her actions as both dragon and human affect all those who love her. (And eventually the whole city of Drachenburg.)Joining Adventurine, is a wonderful cast of supporting characters in a novel that is packed full of girl power. Silke is a savvy city girl who takes Aventurine under wing when she is newly arrived in the city. The girls develop a business partnership based on mutual respect that blossoms into a great friendship. Marina is the prickly, artistic, driven yet recovering from a failure she finds difficult to move on from mistress of the chocolate house Aventurine works at. Aventurine and Marina learn mutual respect and assist each other in facing down their fears and achieving their goals.The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart will appeal to those who love fantasy and magic. It is a comforting sort of read (at least for me) that was reminiscent of the Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles. It had the same sort of humor mixed with empowerment. I think this novel will appeal to a slightly younger audience, but is certainly for people of all ages.Warning: Have chocolate on hand. You will want it.I read a copy made available by the publisher, Bloomsbury Children's US, at ALA Midwinter. The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart goes on sale May 30th.

  • Artemis
    2019-03-28 02:16

    Who knew that dragons and chocolate could mix so well together? For an adorable, luxurious, fire-breathing and mouth-watering recipe of a children's book?Welcome to this generation's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. 'The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart' will make you want to eat every chocolate in every chocolate shop you see. It is inspirational, imaginative, clever and joyous. There is a pinch of 'Oliver Twist' to it as well, with its "outcast-on-the-streets-guided-by-poor-rascally-urchins" plot.Aventurine is a young and restless dragon living in jewel-hoarded mountains with her territorial family. She is too impatient to think of a clear life goal or passion, unlike the other dragons, who are passionate about things like poetry and philosophy. Not wanting to wait thirty years for her scales to harden and her wings to develop fully for flying, Aventurine sneaks out of her mountain and, on her first hunt for humans, she is tricked by a food mage into drinking a cauldron of his wondrous, aromatic hot chocolate. It is an enchantment made in fear for his life at the hands of the naive beast. Aventurine was never as ready, or knowledgeable about humans, as she once thought - for on her first day of freedom, she is transformed into a human herself! The hot chocolate gave her a twelve-year-old girl's body, and when the food mage leaves her to her own devices, she finds she can never return home under threat of fireballs to warn puny humans away from dragon families. But through all the hardship, this life-changing experience has helped Aventurine to finally discover her passion - chocolate! "Please sir, can I have some more?" became additionally badass. So she sets off for the nearest town of Drachenburg to become a chocolatier's apprentice, and build her own territory. Nothing is going to stop this fierce dragon heart...Aventurine is a strong, determined, snarky and funny heroine. Unusual in that she is a dragon in a child's body - only her golden eyes and dragon-skin cloth are what remain of her old self - it is just one of the many characteristics that make her extraordinary. She is like a feral girl raised by dragons, always thinking about biting and clawing at people whenever they annoy her. She knows what she wants and she will take it, and after her encounter with the food mage she has learned her lesson of being too trusting of humans, and so she is cautious and plays them at their own game in the impoverished streets of Drachenburg. She won't become the prey. Money means nothing to her, and typical human behaviours of blending in, following the leader, and not standing out in bright colours baffle her. Nobody is going to take advantage of Aventurine, or stomp on her dreams. By the end of the second act of her story, as it were, she feels at her lowest point and begins to allow herself moments of weakness, and the reader feels it with her, because they've grown to care for her deeply. Anybody who is unused to failure and learning that life isn't as straightforward as one hopes will understand Aventurine's journey, and identify with her, scales or no scales. Terrible, unfair stuff happens sometimes, and we move on from it. We keep going, because what else are we to do? Self-pity never helped anyone. It's not all fantasy, chocolaty-bliss in 'The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart': it is an emotional and social, intellectual study that is much appreciated in children's literature.Other characters are equally colourful and memorable, like Silke, the dark-skinned, cunning-as-hell street rat girl who easily fills the Artful Dodger role in this 'Oliver Twist' retelling. In fact, quite a lot of people are described as having dark skin, which is great. Marina is a stout, golden-skinned chocolatier who makes the best chocolate in town, but has the worst people skills and business sense, caring only about making her chocolate taste perfect, much to her partner Horst's distress. Aventurine warms up to Marina immediately, and loves being her apprentice.The only things I didn't particularly like in 'The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart' are what I've noticed in Stephanie Burgis's previous book, 'Kat, Incorrigible', which I disliked. Both these books contain a twelve-year-old rebellious, ahead-of-her-time heroine who hates older, snobby women, with far more vehemence than how she views snobby rich men. And in 'Kat, Incorrigible', the main character, Kat, punches a woman so hard on the nose she breaks it, and doesn't regret it; in 'The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart', Aventurine kicks a nigh-indistinguishable woman-from-high-places in the shin - the only time she actually attacks someone in the story. These instances of physical violence are seen as normal, with barely any repercussions. Both girls also dislike their successful and beautiful older sisters. Overall there is the stereotypical envy, condescension and competitiveness between females. I hope this unchecked internalized misogyny isn't a pattern in Burgis's other books. But at least 'The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart' has much more happening in it, and more positive female relationships, than in 'Kat, Incorrigible'. The less-obvious, not-cartoony villain roles are a welcome surprise, too. Really, all Aventurine does in her book is live her new life, loving the rich smell and taste of cocoa, mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, spices, and chilli; reminding her of the dragon breath she once felt in her throat. 'The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart' is similar to 'Kiki's Delivery Service' in book form; in fact I can clearly picture it as a animated film. Make it happen, Hollywood! Think of all the chocolate and dragon plushies it'll sell!'The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart' is a delightful treat. It is a well-cooked, well-prepared, dark and light sugary tart: full of the delicious, grounded taste of family bonds, sweets that will change the world, humour and, of course, heart. I cannot recommend it enough. My compliments to the author.Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to buy more chocolate.Final Score: 4/5

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-04-19 02:28

    ARC provided by publisher at ALAAventurine is a young dragon who is bored with being in the family cave and doesn't want to study the way her brother Jasper does. To prove that she can take care of herself, she ventures out and meets a good prospect for dinner... until her dinner turns out to be a food mage who offers her a cup of delicious smelling hot cocoa that turns her into a human girl! Confused and irritated, she heads off down the mountain to the town of Drachenberg with a kindly couple who advise her. They also want her to become an unpaid servant, so she runs away. She is enthralled with the whole concept of chocolate, so seeks an apprenticeship with the two biggest chocolate houses in town. They laugh and kick her out, but she happens upon a third, lesser known house with the help of Silke, who makes everyone's business her own. She comes at a fortuitous moment. Marina and Horst need an apprentice, but Marina is famously hard on them because they don't feel as passionately about chocolate as she does. Aventurine does. Business isn't good, but with Silke's help, The Chocolate Heart manages to get more customers, only to have them scared off when the king and his daughters visit at the same time that the town council carries out a disastrous inspection. That's just the beginning of the problems. Dragons are seen flying near the town, and the battle mages are convinced they need to kill the dragons with poison. Can Aventurine save the town from the dragons, the dragons from the town, and The Chocolate Heart and Marina from leaving Drachenburg?It's easy to forget that Aventurine is a dragon, until she decides to kick the town council's adviser or roars her displeasure in a way quite unbecoming to a young girl. She feels passionately about chocolate and has trouble understanding the concept of friendship, but her reckless pursuit of what she loves most is charming. Together with Silke's busybody ways and Marina's blustery dedication to her art work Aventurine's dedication creates a supportive world where even dragons can't stand in the way of her success. The traditional old world setting is given a fresh feel by the addition of chocolate. The descriptions of both the chilly Germanic town and the delicious chocolate creations are wonderfully vivid. It's hard to create a fantasy that feels fresh, but The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart does a great job of introducing amusing new characters and setting them against a backdrop filled with adventure and chocolate! I enjoyed this book tremendously.

  • Jenn
    2019-04-11 00:28

    Aventurine is my kind of hero -- hot-tempered and passionate, brave and sometimes foolhardy. I was rooting for her on page one, even before the chocolate came into the picture. But oh, the chocolate! At one point I had to put the book down while I was reading it (a mighty sacrifice) and make myself a cup of hot cocoa. I love all the behind-the-scenes details of the chocolate shop and the great group of characters that form the created family at the center of this book. (Silke is just amazing!) This book is trademark Stephanie Burgis: fun, fast, and full of heart. I can't wait to start giving this as a gift -- it's going to be amazing paired with a cocoa mug or bars of local chocolate.

  • Christina Farley
    2019-04-10 02:07

    Such a cute story. Plus it's filled with chocolate! Recommended this one!

  • Jodie Humphrey
    2019-04-13 20:03

    An adorably delicious feast of a book!- Dragons - Magic- Friendship- CHOCOLATEWhat else could you possibly want in a book???The story follows Aventurine - a very independent and capable dragon, thank you very much! - as she sneaks out for a bit of an adventure and accidentally gets herself turned into a human. This unexpected twist to her adventure takes us into the nearby city where we meet a whole host of wonderful characters and spend time in the most wonderful of chocolate houses! WARNING:Stock up on chocolate before you start this book. You will crave it like a dragon craves gold!The characters and plot were both so enjoyable. From the diverse range of humans Aventurine got to meet, to her wonderful family of dragons back under the mountain. Every single person was fleshed out and interesting to learn about!The city felt full of life, and I'm dying to visit The Chocolate Heart and sip a warm cup of fiery hot chocolate! The themes of friendship, family, and being true to yourself were lovely to read about, and really well done. I loved following along as Aventurine learned about her passion, started to trust people more, and decided who she really wanted to become. If you're looking for a heart-warming tale of friendship, bravery, adventure, and growing up, then look no further!

  • Beth
    2019-03-29 02:13

    I like this a lot. I don't have a lot to say, because this skews young and doesn't have a lot to dissect in terms of theme. Still - despite how original the plot specifics are, this feels familiar and comforting. There's a great, light tone, the world is very small, and the number of characters are kept to a minimum. This isn't a dense story at all; it's a quick, deftly-plotted one.Which means, because of the slim story, that some plot points feel a little bit like shortcuts - and yet the storytelling is handled well enough that I don't care. As an example: I really liked that (view spoiler)[Aventurine gets to save herself, even if I think the means is a little too convenient. (hide spoiler)] Also, because this skews young, a lot of thematic elements are glossed over, primarily the way Aventurine is shielded from anti-dragon and anti-poor sentiments. But this is positive and entertainingly told, and I'd like to recommend it to a lot of kids.

  • Jess
    2019-04-08 20:27

    A wonderfully delicious read that leaves you wanting another taste!

  • Kristal Kitap
    2019-04-01 21:10

    Minnoşluğundan ölürüm kitabın. Sen ne cesur ne yürekli bir ejderhasın öyle! Seni yerim yerim! Kitabı okurken her yanım çikolata kokusuyla doldu resmen. Şirin mi şirin bir hikayesi var. Çocukların yanında yetişkinlerin bile rahatlıkla okuyabileceği hikayesi ve anlatımı şahaneydi. Ailesine kendini kanıtlama ihtiyacıyla dolan minik bir ejderha, bir gün mağarasının güvenli duvarlarından dışarı çıkar ve hayatında duyduğu en lezzetli kokuyla tanışır: çikolata! Çikolatayı hazırlayan yemek sihirbazı ise ejderhanın kendisini yiyeceği korkusuyla sıcak çikolataya büyü yapar ve ejderhamız minicik bir kıza dönüşür. Eve geri dönemeyeceğini düşünen Aventurine de en azından sahip olduğu çikolata tutkusunu geliştirebileceği bir yer bulma ümidiyle şehre doğru yol alır. Bizler de minik ama cesur ve yırtıcı kızımızın şehirdeki maceralarını okuyoruz böylece. Bana kalırsa sıkılmayacağını düşünüyorsanız eğer, uzunluğundan ve resimsiz oluşundan dolayı, 7 yaşından itibaren tüm yaş gruplarına okutabilirsiniz.😍 10-12 yaş grubu ise bence başına oturduğu gibi yalayıp yutacaktır kitabı.😍

  • Georgia Erwin
    2019-04-16 00:04

    Holy mackerel! I left this book feeling just...so very very happy. So very in need of chocolate. And with an urgent desire to give a copy to everybody I know who might enjoy it! Burgis does several things that are difficult to pull off, and I really admire the way she wove a story that's not only funny as hell, descriptive, and delicious, but also makes you feel like you've read a book that has something to say. I feel like so many novels--kid's, YA, adult, la la--can charm the pants off of you...but don't really make you feel anything. It's so extraordinarily hard to create a story that's not only a light read, and fun, but also meaningful. Burgis does it. And as a pastry chef, let me tell you, the chocolate descriptions are just gooey wonderfulness! I've avoided working with chocolate my whole career because it's so temperamental and tricky and there's lots of math involved and, egads, if you don't do it justright the whole thing will turn into a big old mess...but reading this book inspired me to whip up several batches of creamy hot chocolate with chili pepper and cinnamon and all the good stuff, as well as to take a trip down to the local chocolate shop and buy an unreasonable amount of tasty treats to snack on while tagging along with Aventurine. Because really, is there anything better on earth than a good book that makes you ravenous for something, and then indulging in that something at the very same time you're tucked up, reading said book?Anyhow, buy this book, get your hands on a pile of chocolate, then clear an afternoon for pure enjoyment. I'm so very glad I did!(Side notes: I gave this to my niece Lillian, who immediately told her mom, "Aunt Georgia says we can only read this if we have lots of chocolate." Smart kid! And thanks to Snowplum for inspiring me to write up a new review of something I really enjoyed.)

  • Alicia
    2019-04-20 21:07

    I love this book. Not only did it have chocolate —which I absolutely ,whole heartedly love — but it also had endearing characters and DRAGONS. From the moment I picked this book up ,Stephenie Burgis pulled me in with her words . Her writing style flows, and just makes this book easy and fun to read . I enjoyed every moment of it .Let me just start off and say that this book made me crave chocolate every other minute when I was reading it . Any time that chocolate got mentioned and became the main focus in the story, I wanted to stuff my face with chocolate ,or make my own cup of hot chocolate to swig as I read , so I could take part in the author’s description of the thing that is chocolatey bliss . I’m a chocoholic so forgive me if I may be exaggerating a bit. Lol So yah, there’s chocolate . Ahhh, great characters. Those characters who just leave an impression on your heart are the best .The MC , Aventurine, is a fierce and clever child who I immediately took a liking to. She wasn’t one of those characters where I was constantly having to face palm or yell ,”What are you doing?! Why are you dumb?!” at . She actually used her savvy and would face her challenges. Let’s just say I liked being in her head .Then we have Silke, oh I just adored her! I loved her wit and her engaging personality . She has a way with her words , and she just gets things done. She’s a person who’s always ready to jump in and have an adventure. It’d be cool to have a friend like her . Dragons, dragons, dragons . Although the book in itself is centered more around the aspect of chocolate, you get a good dose of your favorites—dragons. I just love dragons , they’re awesome and powerful . In this book, they’re viewed as terrifying, brainless beasts that would attack without reason, but let’s just say you get to see things from their perspective thanks to Aventurine.The heavenly thing that is chocolate , the abrupt yet beautiful way fictional characters just make a home in your heart , and the fearsome concept of dragons was a mixture that I quite enjoyed . All in all ,Burgis did well to keep me entertained . Her lucid writing made this read a nice little ride, and her dialogue was quite hilarious at times to me . This was a first of her books that I’ve heard , and I’m interested to see what else she’s written. Although it was a children’s book, I say that if you’re into chocolate and dragons, you should give this book a go.

  • Jasmine
    2019-04-04 20:12

    This book is perfectly refined joy. Fierce heroine, delicious chocolate, excellent dragons, wonderful families, and AMAZING world. Food mages and battle mages and music mages I need ALL OF IT. AND MORE CHOCOLATE.

  • Chantele Sedgwick
    2019-03-28 23:08

    This book was so freaking adorable. Dragons, plus chocolate? I loved it.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-14 00:05

    If you love Laura Florand's Amour et Chocolat series but also kid's books, this is probably the perfect book for you.

  • Bruce Gargoyle
    2019-03-26 19:02

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:A dragon ventures out of her cave to show her parents she can make it on her own and ends up inadvertently being turned into a human. She then does what any spell-cursed dragon would do - become an apprentice to a chocolatier.If you are looking for a fantasy tale that has an original premise and is guaranteed to appeal to any foodie fans in your life, this is the book for you! The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart blends a dragon dynasty with a nasty spell, a class-based society and business competition to create a completely new storyline in middle grade fantasy reads. Aventurine is a dragon who inadvertently falls under the spell of a food mage and is trapped in a human body. After tasting chocolate for the first time, the determined girl (ex-dragon!) decides that if she must be trapped in a puny human body, the least she can do is apprentice herself to a chocolatier and learn the finer arts of creating her new favourite food. The "dragon" part of the story takes a bit of a backseat during this time as Aventurine learns to navigate the human world and its unfamiliar trappings - two of which being human friendships and social interactions - until her family turns up wanting their darling dragon back and Aventurine's temporary home is in the firing line. While the story is undoubtedly fresh and original, my overall feeling while reading was that this is a strange sort of tale that can't quite decide whether it should be a fish-out-of-water fantasy or a being-true-to-oneself friendship story. While Aventurine is human, the very human experiences of friendship, betrayal, manipulation and position in society play a major role, and even if Aventurine herself never forgot her inner-dragonness, I certainly did at some points during the book, which meant that the story didn't reach the heights of brilliance for me at any stage. Nevertheless, I always welcome fresh takes on familiar tropes in middle grade fiction and Burgis has certainly delivered on that score.

  • katayoun Masoodi
    2019-03-26 00:16

    i loved this and this fierce little dragon. loved the adventure, the growing up and learning and friendship. loved the writing, could so see the city and the streets and aventurine running in them. would love to see more adventures of this crew.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-05 19:23

    SO much fun! Original, fast-paced, I kept imagining all the kids (and librarians) I'm going to recommend this to... I'm so glad I didn't wait to read this. Perfect for readers who loved the Tuesdays at the Castle series or The All Four Stars series...

  • Sophie
    2019-04-07 19:01

    The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is, as the title suggests, a fun book. This definitely reads like it's written for younger audiences, which it is, with the lack of world building and the writing style in general. It's my least favourite of Stephanie Burgis' books so far, though that isn't saying much as the bar was pretty high.The things I did love in this book were the characters (feisty, friendly and a lot of fun), the yummy hot chocolate recipe ideas (I couldn't resist having some while reading) and the inspiring messages of being yourself, nobody's perfect and not giving up. I want to frame some of the advice Marina gave to Aventurine. The dragons were also awesome of course.I didn't like how bland the world was. I know it's a character focused story but in a universe with dragons and magic (where anything could be possible and different to our own) I was disappointed with how boring it all was. The people and their culture could have been more interesting and explored more as Aventurine explored the city. Overall though, this is an really enjoyable book that I'm sure plenty of chocolate-loving children will fall in love with!

  • Miss Clark
    2019-04-13 02:15

    This was just fun. And sweet and full of family and friendship and discovery.Aventurine was just the right amount of lost as she is thrust into the human world, but clever and crafty and quick to learn and adapt. Marina was delightful - prickly and fiercely kind. Silke became such a good friend. And poor Horst dealing with these three.The ending was so much happier than I was expecting! I thought Aventurine would have to choose between human or dragon...I didn't think this would have a sequel as it wraps up nicely, but I saw there is to be one so I will be sure to check it out.

  • Jim From YAYeahYeah
    2019-04-14 22:22

    Completely, utterly gorgeous MG - the best for this age group I read in 2016 - about dragons, chocolate, friends, family and finding your passion in life. I read this with a massive smile on my face right the way through, I adored Aventurine & new friend Silke. I'm left in awe of Stephanie after the ending - close to the end I couldn't see how she could wrap things up quickly enough but she pulled it off perfectly. An absolutely wonderful read!