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The Girl with the Dragon Heart

(Tales from the Chocolate Heart #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  138 reviews
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 chocola
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published August 9th 2018)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Stephanie Burgis follows up last year’s award-nominated middle grade fantasy The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart with The Girl with the Dragon Heart, the second book in her TALES FROM THE CHOCOLATE HEART series. The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart followed the escapades of Aventurine, a chocolate-loving young dragon enchanted into the shape of a young girl. The focus now shifts to Aventurine’s friend Silke, a dark-skinned girl with short black cu
C.G. Drews
I maintain all books of ever should have dragons and chocolate in them. This MG series is just perfect? It has all the warm and good things, plus I loved how this sequel was by Silke's perspective, our little ambitious entrepreneur! There's not as much chocolate-focus in this one, but it's still a huge theme, and Silke is just a chaotic mess of bad spying as she works for the crown princess and spies on the maybe-evil fairy royals. And I love the found-family theme. 🥺
Jul 19, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
*ETA: And it's out now in the UK! Hooray! I am so happy to finally get to share it with you guys.*

Silke was one of my favorite characters in The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, and I loved getting to give her an adventure of her own! (Although obviously Aventurine is still deeply involved in this story, since it takes place a few months after The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. Dragons do not abandon their friends EVER! :) ) This book is about friendship, family, and what really makes a home; it's
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A huge thank you to NetGalley, Bloomsbury Children's, and Stephanie Burgis for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I found out there was a SEQUEL to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, I'm pretty sure I flipped a table. What I originally thought as a stand-alone is actually now a series! How exciting!

While the first book is told from Aventurine's point of view, this book is then told from Silke's perspective, a character introduced in the previous book.

Aventurine's friend Silke is the best storyteller and is good about spreading the word about things. When her storytelling gets her in trouble, Princess Katrin hires Silke to be a spy for her to see what the Fairy Kingdom Elfenwald want with Drachenburg. Will Silke succeed in her mission or will she disgrace the kingdom? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great installment of the Tales from the Chocolate heart series. If you like stories about chocolate, dragons, and more then be sure
Angela Oliver
Wonderfully fun with a delightful heroine.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I wasn't convinced of the world this time around. Everything moved so quickly, with a rushed, inexplicable ending centering around the magic of the word "bargain", in an almost cardboard-cutout girl-empowerment way - and I just didn't buy it.

Closing out the year with a "meh" read feels right on target, though.
Brandy Painter
The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis is her brilliant follow-up to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. While this book could be read independently, I think it would be better read following the first book. If you haven't read it yet, you have two exciting and excellent books to look forward to! I, of course, may be biased as these books contain all my favorite things.

"But there's one other truth I know for sure: if you have the courage to tell your own story, you can remake the worl
Cute story!
Christina Reid
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! More of what I loved in the first book, with characters who wriggle their way into your heart so you celebrate and commiserate with them. Loved meeting the fairies and exploring Silke's background more. Full review below:

Once upon a time in a beautiful , dirty, exciting city full of people and chocolate and possibilities, there was a girl so fearless and so daring that … No, wait. I’ve always been good at telling stories. But this time, I want to tell the truth. The truth is that, for
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
3.5 stars
katayoun Masoodi
lovely, prefect read
This book was sent to me by the publisher, Bloomsbury, at no cost. I believe it comes out in Australia at the start of September; RRP $14.99. 

I heard about this book from Tansy, who adored it, so when I got to a chance to review it I was pretty stoked. But a thing I did not realise: this is a sequel! When I read the first chapter or so I wasn't sure whether Burgis was doing something quite ambitious for this middle grade/ YA book (the protagonist is 13: I don't know how to classify books for you
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, 2018
Silke has started working for the Chocolate Heart as a waitress and delivering handbills to drum up sales. She's an adept salesperson and really knows how to entice people into coming to the store to sample their delectable chocolates. She's diplomatic, determined and perhaps a bit overly confident, but she knows what she wants. She has dreams and aspirations of one day having her own place to call home, one that can't be taken away from her. I quite enjoyed her desire to be in control of her st ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

In the beautiful kingdom of Drachenburg, there once lives a bright young girl who told stories like no other human. Silke's ability to weave stories is so good, that even the crown princess has noticed it. And now that she has, she will need Silke to work for her on a dangerous task that requires a lot of intelligence.

The fairies are coming to the Kingdom of Drachenburg, and nobody knows why. Hav
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a fantasy story, the second in a series, with a wonderful premise. Silke, the secret heroine of the first book in this series, is a thirteen year old orphan, who lives in a tent by the riverbank together with her older brother Dieter. They sell second and third hand clothes at a market stall. Also, Silke has a job as a waitress in a chocolate shop, her best friend is a dragon turned human, who is an apprentice chocolatier, and Silke spies for the crown princess.

This is as far as I made
Maureen E
Originally published here:

Silke may not feel at home in the city of Drachenburg, but she does have a place there. She has a friend who is also a dragon, and she helps in a magical chocolate shop. She tells stories and writes handbills. But then the fairies who stole her parents away arrive and Silke has to confront her past and spy on them if she wants to stop their plots.

I loved the first book in this series, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, and I was
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as cute as the first!

In some ways I liked the first more as it had more dragons and was a bit more “fun” and light hearted. But I’m others I liked this more because it was that bit more serious and we got to see more of the fantastic Selke! And I loved her and the royals, and her and the fairies.

Poor Selke trying to look after Aventurine was sort of hilarious too. Even if Aventurine definitely needs to learn to chill out and Selke shouldn’t be the only one paying attention. And her relatio
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommending this series to all my friends with daughters ages 8 and up. Perfect for reading under the covers with a flashlight, this is the second suspenseful and delicious tale of young women challenging authority, rescuing themselves, and enjoying hot chocolate with a touch of spices. Less dragons than the first book and more fairies this time around. Would be a nice lead-in to Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching novels.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I loved this more than the first one and I adored that. Silke is such a wonderful character and I love that we got to see more of her cleverness in this book. She is awesome and I was rooting for her throughout the book. Loved it.
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragons weren't the only ones who liked winning battles... And fairies weren't the only ones who could be tricksy.

Golly I adore Silke so much 😍 she's such a strong, loyal and loving character with a profound gift for words! I really enjoyed the fairies in this story too.
Cecilia Rodriguez
The story is set in the fantasy kingdom of Drachenburg, and narrated by thirteen year old Silke.
The tone is humorous, and Burgis's story has a good message about diplomacy.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Not a fan of the fairies.
But Silke, Aventurine, and other characters make this a fun and interesting sequel. I want the next installment.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f, mg
This was a complete delight! I really enjoyed Silke in The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, this book’s predecessor, and it was fascinating to get to explore her point of view. I loved her determination, ambition, keen observation skills and her affinity for her city – Drachenburg and its complexity came vividly to life through her eyes. I also adored her power to tell compelling stories, and the ways in which it’s a survival skill for her in a sometimes unwelcoming world. (The book doesn’t shy aw ...more
The first book in this series, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, won me over with its premise - dragons! chocolate! found-families! - so that I pre-ordered it despite it being a Middle Grade book. That was not a mistake; Burgis writes the kind of MG that packs a punch for adults too, and DwaCH is now one of my all-time favourite books.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I learned there was going to be a sequel!

I admit, I wince a little when I look at how long it took me to finish this -
Anna Rymer
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness…another book that had me welling up and smiling throughout! The Girl with the Dragon Heart is a truly magical book, in all senses of the word, and it caught me in its spell.

You know you really loved a book when you pick up its sequel and find you’re full of anticipation and excitement about returning to its fictional world. That’s how I felt with this one. I read the first book in the series, The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart, earlier this year and loved it. So I was thrilled t
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
So. 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 ...more
Ms. Yingling
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

The chocolate shop in The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart is still struggling a bit, since the owner, Marina, cares more about her chocolate creations than pandering to customers, but Silke is handling the publicity and trying to help. Of course, she tells a lot of stories, and is claiming that the Chocolate Heart products are so good that they helped deal with the dragons! The crown princess Katrin hears about this, and has Silke brought to her. She offers her a positio
Melanie Dulaney
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always searching for more dragon/fantasy for my 4th and 5th grade readers, I read this one with great anticipation, was pleased, and will be purchasing this title for my fifth grade campus and possibly my 4th. Unaware that this book was the second in Burgis’ Tales of the Chocolate Heart, I was put off a bit at the start to all the references to earlier life experiences made by main character Silke. Put off only because I wanted more detail and not because it was confusing! The author provides su ...more
Seraphinah Bellrose
After reading The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart I just had to read the second book, you know? So I quickly got on half priced books and skimmed for the cheapest buy. I waited and waited and waited... then eventually it showed up at my door! And even better, it was an ARC copy! I was so happy.

Overall, however, I wasn’t impressed. Silke wasn’t as brave or spunky as she was in the first one. She crumbled almost immediately under the pressure and never recovered in subsequent chapters. If I was the
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I grew up in America, but now I live in Wales with my husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, our sons, "Mr Darcy" and "Mr X", and our sweet (and extremely vocal) tabby cat, Pebbles. I write fun, funny MG fantasy novels (most recently The Princess who Flew with Dragons) and wildly romantic adult historical fantasy novels and novellas (most recently Moontangled).

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