The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart

The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart

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After drinking enchanted hot chocolate, a brave young dragon is transformed into a twelve-year-old human girl with a passion for chocolate.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781681193434
Branch Call Number: J BURG
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 22 cm

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darladoodles
Jan 29, 2018

Loved this story about a preteen dragon who gets tricked into drinking a pot of hot chocolate by a food mage and turns into a girl. That bad news is that she can't go back to her family, but the good news is that she has found her passon: CHOCOLATE. The descriptions in the book of the chocolate confections being sold were mouthwatering and how perfect that Aventurine finds the hot chocolate with chili pepper accents to be her favorite drink ever. Looking forward to reading the second installment in the series and finding out if Aventurine gets the opportunity to face the food mage who transformed her to save his own life.

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haminheadley
Sep 22, 2017

Juvenile level fiction always takes me a bit to get into, but Dragon with a Chocolate Heart charmed me from the beginning.

Aventurine is a dragon trying to find her path in life and getting frustrated with other dragons not taking her seriously, so naturally, she sets off on her own to prove herself. Unfortunately, she's distracted from her first hunting attempt with the scent of something heavenly and life-changing--enchanted chocolate that both sets her on a new path of purpose... and turns her into a helpless, clawless, wingless human girl of about 12 whom, it turns out, still doesn't get taken seriously by adults and definitely doesn't understand humans, aspects that create moments of gentle humor throughout.

Aventurine may be stuck as a girl for now, but she remembers that she is truly a dragon, a fact that leaves her a bit arrogant and rather surly. I appreciated this depiction since it sympathetically shows a girl who's allowed to be, well, not that nice at first. She learns a lot, of course, about friendship, about humanity, about working hard for something you're passionate about, about failing and getting back up afterwards, about diplomacy, about treachery, and ultimately, about learning to come to terms with both aspects of herself, the girl and the dragon. And, of course, how to make the perfect hot chocolate. Throughout most of the tale, though, Aventurine has a healthy dose of self-assurance and confidence, which I adored. Her mentors are also strong women, confident and competent in different areas, helping Aventurine navigate her way through the confusing world of humans.

Overall, a very fun romp, perfect for anyone looking for strong heroine stories, chocolate lovers, or fans of Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

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