Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I've read my share of girl-meets-dragon stories. I'm not, by any means, an aficionado, but I have a few personal favorites including Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede, Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey and Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George. All of these stories have great characters, both human and dragon, and are fast paced and entertaining. What makes Seraphina unique is that the author brings something new to the dragon/human tale. Shapeshifting. In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live side-by-side because dragons can shapeshift into human form. The main character, Seraphina, has a foot in both the human and dragon worlds and a secret she struggles to hide. She knows that if anyone learns what she really is her very life will be at stake. This story has something for everyone: great language, vivid description, mystery, suspense, romance, and humor. This books should not be missed whether you're looking for your next favorite read or you have never read a book about dragons.