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  • Writer's pictureSofiya Pasternack

Review: The Girl With the Dragon Heart

Author: Stephanie Burgis

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Tales From the Chocolate Heart #2


Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was a girl so fearless that she dared to try to tell the greatest story of all: the truth.

Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that just years after arriving as a penniless orphan, she has found her way up to working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city (oh, and becoming best friends with a dragon). Now her gift for weaving words has caught the eye of the royal family, who want to use her as a spy when the mysterious and dangerous fairy royal family announce they will visit the city. But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting fairies ...

Can Silke find out the truth about the fairies while keeping her own secrets hidden?

What I Liked

I have this bad habit of grabbing up book #2 in a series without having read book #1. This was one of those times, but it didn't even matter. I couldn't NOT read a book with a cover like this one! I fell right into the story and the characters immediately. They're all so unique and fun that I had no problem catching up to the story. Silke is independent and feisty, but has a secret soft heart that is so endearing. Her best friend Aventurine is a dragon... but she looks like a girl most of the time. Unless she gets mad. Then the claws come out! Aventurine and Silke's interactions are a blast, and they have an easy friendship that is a joy to read.

What I Would Have Liked To See

More dragons! I get that this is Silke's story, not Aventurine's this time, but uhhhh pretty much everything in the world is improved by adding dragons, IMO.

My Favorite!

There were so many wonderful things about this book. So many of the characters were layered, deep, and surprising. The sinister fairy court was sufficiently creepy, and the princes insufferably obnoxious. Silke's resourcefulness and determination made her such a great heroine, so I'm going to have to say Silke was my favorite. ^_^


Feisty orphan with a dragon for a best friend saves everyone with the gift of chatter and chocolate. So fun, and a great sequel to whatever book #1 was about!


I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!



meet sofiya!

Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories.

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