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The Girl with the Dragon Heart

(Tales from the Chocolate Heart #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  91 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
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.

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
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
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 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
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.
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
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
Lepus Domesticus
At first I didn't like this one quite as well as the first in the series, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, because it was much darker and scarier than that one, but as Burgis wrapped up the story, it was perfectly age-appropriate and also deeply moving and important. There are real villains in this story and they are very scary, and several times good characters are in genuine mortal peril at their hands, but rest assured that everything works out beautifully in the end and no one is in fact s ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
We return to the Chocolate Heart, the best chocolate shop in the kingdom of Drachenburg, however where the first book followed our favourite young dragon, Aventurine, this time we follow her friend, Silke. Silke, who also works for the chocolate shop (when she's not helping her older brother at the small stall they have) who has a silver tongue and could either be an excellent media mogul or perhaps a conwoman... however, she is soon hired by the royal family instead.

When Silke first came to Dra
Mark Buxton
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Silke, and I have a special talent for spinning stories. It usually gets me out of sticky situations, but I'm not so sure this time. The crown princess has asked me to spy on the visiting faeries to discover their real reason for visiting. I have no trouble spying, but a wharf rat impersonating a member of the royal court will be a challenge. I once helped the king forge a treaty with the dragons, but some citizens are now suspicious and fearful of them. My best friend Aventurine can ...more
Thank you to NetGalley, Bloomsbury Children's, and Stephanie Burgis for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Silke, a young girl with a talent for spinning stories, who winds up involved in a power struggle between the royal family of Drachenburg and the royal elves of Elfenwald. Silke was orphaned when her parents were stolen by faries in Elfenwald six years earlier and currently lives a ragamuffin life along the beach with her brother, selling
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl with the Dragon Heart (Tales from the Chocolate Heart, #2), by Stephanie Burgis, is a delightful middle-grade adventure that fills the senses and captures the imagination. It's also a story about overcoming adversity and living your dreams, even as those dreams transform and change with life's unexpected experiences.

Silke is a distinctly-voiced heroine with multiple talents, but the skill that shines most and the one she treasures is her ability to tell stories. She has risen from a ho
Nannette Demmler
Arc provided by Bloomsbury Children via Netgalley for an honest review.

This book was so much fun and really made me crave hot chocolate! (In fact I’m drinking some now as I write this) It was a lot of fun reading Silke’s story. She was one of my favorites from the first book. I can’t remember how much of her back story we got in the first book, but this story just suited her personality so well.

Silke continues to be a brave young lady, that can talk her way into and out of many difficult situa
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're worried about reading this without reading the first in the series, don't be. All you need to be immersed in this world is this book. The first couple of chapters fill in any gaps that you might need, and have left me wanting to pick up The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart in the near future.

Silke is a refugee and an orphan. She makes a living by working part time in Chocolate Heart, alongside her best friend, Aventurine (who just happens to be a dragon!) One day, when she is doing her s
Kathy Martin
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great middle grade fantasy about a young girl looking for security and a place to call home. Silke is an orphan who lost her parents to faeries when she was six. She has been living on the beach outside Drachenburg with her older brother. They are eking out a living selling used clothing.

But Silke has talents and dreams that keep her looking for more. She's a gifted storyteller and a wonderful promoter. She is using her talents to promote the Chocolate Heart where her best friend is
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
Jackie Bleich
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing!

In this book, the story of Drachenburg continues from Aventurine’s best friend Silke’s perspective. Silke is told from the first book is an amazing storyteller and can essentially talk her way through anything. When she is summoned by the crown princess and given a task that hits a little too close to home, she takes on the job in hopes to learn more about her past gone awry.

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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 Girl with the Dragon Heart) and wildly romantic adult historical fantasy novels and novellas (most recently Thornbound).

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