Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
In this fantasy novel, dragons can take human form. The protagonist is Seraphina, assistant to the court composer and a half-dragon hybrid. She learns about her dead mother’s identity as a dragon and begins recalling her mother’ memories in overwhelming visions. To control her visions, she creates a mind palace full of “grotesques,” and has to stroll through this garden every once in a while to keep order there. That was the part of the book I liked the least; it seemed silly and overly interior. But I enjoyed the court intrigue, politics, mystery, and romance of the rest of the story. The country of Goredd has been at peace with the dragons for years, but a plot threatens that peace. Seraphina and Lucian Kiggs, royal bastard, are attracted to each other and have a few adventures investigating the death of his uncle the prince, but she can’t be honest with him about her heritage or her feelings. The ending, which I liked much more than I thought I would, necessitates a sequel, but it’s not coming out until next year.