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Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. City of Stars Georgia is an ordinary girl, living in London with her mother, stepfather, and bully of a stepbrother, and coping with the difficulties of growing up. Also by Mary Hoffman. About Mary Hoffman Mary Hoffman has written more than 70 books for children, and her powers of observation bring vitality and humour to all her stories and retellings. Inspired by Your Browsing History. The Truth Beneath the Lies. Jen Bartel and Tyler Bartel. The Book of Dust: The Knife of Never Letting Go. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. Confessions of a Teenage Leper.

Kingdom of Ash and Briars. The Letter For The King. A Line in the Dark. Beasts Made of Night. Hole in the Middle. The Second Life of Ava Rivers. Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Ik kon me meer inleven in haar angst en strijd tegen haar stiefbroer Russell met wie ze noodgedwongen moet samenleven en het feit dat ze een buitenbeentje op haar school is wegens haar jongensachtige uiterlijk en haar onzekerheid om met zo weinig mogelijk mensen contact te leggen. Dat alles veranderd wanneer ze in een antiekwinkel een prachtig beeldje in de vorm van een gevleugeld paardje koopt.

Georgia weet op dat moment echter niet wanneer ze met het beeldje in haar armen in slaap valt en op dat moment vurig droomt van een uitweg van haar leefsituatie thuis dat ze in een geheel andere wereld terecht komt. Ze beland in Remora de hoofdstad van Talia, de twaalfde van de Ram waar ze al gauw kennis maakt met Cesare en zijn familie en tot haar verbazing een prachtige paard met vleugels.

Alsof dat niet wonderbaarlijk genoeg is komt ze tot haar grote schrik een oude bekende tegen, iemand die in haar wereld was overleden maar nu in deze vreemde stad springlevend voor haar neus staat. Georgia blijkt net als Luciano een stravagante te zijn, iemand die tussen twee werelden kan tijdreizen door middel van een talisman, in Georgia's geval het gevleugelde paardje. Stravageren gaat echter niet zonder gevolgen en daar komt Georgia snel achter wanneer ze de gehandicapte Falco ontmoet, de jongste prins van de Chimici's familie en de aartsrivalen van de Stravaganza genootschap.

Hertog Niccolo de Chimici broed wederom een plan uit om meer macht te krijgen over het land en probeert de Stellata, de grote paardenrace die ieder jaar in Remora wordt gehouden op alle fronten te manipuleren in zijn voordeel. Maar wanneer Falco de hulp in roept van Georgia en Luciano en hun zogenaamde magie wordt de strijd tussen de Chimici's en de Stravaganza's nog heftiger dan het al was. En dan heeft Georgia haar eigen strijd nog te strijden thuis met haar familie De schrijfwijze is net zoals Stad van Maskers precies hetzelfde. Allemaal binnen 1,2 of 3 pagina's.

Bij het eerste deel moest ik daar gruwelijk aan wennen of beter gezegd ik kon er niet aan wennen. Wellicht kwam dit wel omdat veel personages uit het eerste deel in dit verhaal ook terug kwamen, zodat je niet met een hele nieuwe meute mensen moest kennis maken.

Het verhaal vond ik tevens ook vlotter geschreven en vooral de herkenbaarheid van de personages raakte me. Al met al een grote opluchting dat het 2de deel meer een succes was dan de 1ste. Hopelijk blijft de serie in grote lijnen vooruit gaan. Mar 14, Ajita rated it liked it Shelves: City of Stars revolves primarily around Georgia O'Grady, who buys a wooden horse with wings and thus stravagates is that the right English term? Like in the first book, the story is not told from the protagonist's POV.

I have no problems with that, but I do with it the number of characters that are introduced, and there for are also told from their point of view. It can be said that Georgia, Cesare and Falco are the most important new characters. Cesare is the boy whose family Georg City of Stars revolves primarily around Georgia O'Grady, who buys a wooden horse with wings and thus stravagates is that the right English term? Cesare is the boy whose family Georgia enters in Remora. Falco is a young son from the Di Chimici family. The story is set around a horse race, the Stellata.

It has to do with astronomy. The theory behind it was a little too complicated.

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Each horoscope belongs to a city — I believe? Mary could have made this story a little simpler, especially because there are so many characters. Apart from this the book was very pleasant to read. The enmity between Bellazza and the Di Chimici family can be seen as the thread of the series. Characters from the first book, such as Luciano and Arianna come back. No matter how lovely Georgia is and how much sympathy you'll get for this girl, I wish Mary had written the books entirely around Luciano and Arianna.

Their story remains the most interesting. Dec 30, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: What to say about this book? It was freaking amazing! Can we just take a moment to wonder at how well Mary Hoffman worked the two worlds? They're just enough different to be interesting, but not so much that it goes overboard. Sadly though I have mixed views about Georgia, in some ways I loved her, but the stupid mistakes she made where horrible.

In some ways I wished Lucien was still the main characters, but in other ways I was glad he wasn't, there would have been far too What to say about this book? In some ways I wished Lucien was still the main characters, but in other ways I was glad he wasn't, there would have been far too much Arianna, which is ok for one book, not for two! I was very pleased to find out my matchmaking came true.

Every couple I thought perfect, came true. And that's a good thing because if they hadn't it would have ruined the whole book! I can't wait to get onto the third book which I do have! May 24, Dzung Bui rated it it was amazing.


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My most favorite from the first trilogy. City of Stars focuses on a new protagonist named Georgia O'Grady, a 21st London girl who is being bullied by her step-brother.

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A who with low self-esteem but with a love for horses, Georgia fell asleep holding a miniature figurine of a horse and found herself teleported through time and space to Remora, an alternate version of Renaissance Siena, a city divided into 12 factions based on the western zodiacs Aries, Saggitarius, etc. Georgia meets her maste My most favorite from the first trilogy. Georgia meets her master Stravagante, Palio, and discovered that she, too, is a traveler between time and space!

Jun 13, Jean Carrier rated it really liked it. I am enjoying this series more than I did the first time around. I had mistakenly thought that the whole series was going to follow the same characters, but each book adds a new character to the cast and focuses on them for that book. The first time reading City of Stars I was sorely disappointed that the characters in City of Masks played a smaller role. This time round I really enjoyed the new character Georgia! I also really enjoyed the story of the annual race in Remora and the good di Chimi I am enjoying this series more than I did the first time around.

I also really enjoyed the story of the annual race in Remora and the good di Chimici brothers. Good plot and awesome world building. Prachtig boek, bijzondere en boeiende personages en een spannende verhaallijn. Jun 21, ArtemisKate rated it liked it. These are fun reads. I think this book was too slow for me to finish. It's been a few years, but I do believe it was just too dry or simple for my little 16 year old brain.

Top notch Renaissance-Italy style imagery, world building and style plus a great fantasy rendition of the real-life famous horse race in Italy.

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This is the second book in the Stravaganza series. If you like horses then you will love this book. Though the story follows the same vein as the first, showing the struggles between the brotherhood of the Stravangi and the powerful di Chimici family, the main theme of the book and the climatic events of the plot all centre around horses. Georgia is This is the second book in the Stravaganza series. Georgia is an unhappy teenager from London suffering with isolation and constant torment from her step brother.

After finding Remora, a place where everyone understands and shares her passion for horses, she is reunited with Luciano, who she thought had died. The events that occur in Talia give her a new found confidence in London and she eventually finds justice in both worlds. The di Chimici family are more prominent in this book and more family members are introduced, including the head of the family, the formidable, Duke Niccolo.

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However, through the events of the book the infamous family becomes more humanised, particularly a few members of the youngest generation. Jun 03, Laraemilie rated it it was amazing Shelves: City of stars takes us to sixteenth-century Talia again, but this time we visit Remora, a city similar to Siena. Georgia loves horses, but she is unhappy because her stepbrother persecutes her.

The day she saves up enough money and manages to buy the model of a winged horse, she cannot imagine that it will transport her to another world which reminds her of Italy, but has evolved in quite a different way. There, in a city full of intrigues and dangers, she must find what her mission as a Stravag City of stars takes us to sixteenth-century Talia again, but this time we visit Remora, a city similar to Siena. There, in a city full of intrigues and dangers, she must find what her mission as a Stravagante is before it is too late.

Although the concept is the same as in the first book of the series and the following ones — an unhappy twenty-first century teenager who finds themselves sent to Talia by their talisman and has to accomplish a mission — the story is very different, and even more thrilling. A different setting, new characters amongst the ones we already know, more intrigues Horses are central in this book, not only because they are what Georgia loves most. In Remora, they are extremely important and every year a famous race takes place, the Stellata, which can be compared to the Palio our Siena.

The way Remora is organised is extremely interesting because it mixes reality with belief, history and magic, and everything revolves around horses and the preparation of the Stellata. We are drawn into this strange universe and introduced to several Remorans such as Cesare and Paolo. At the same time, other characters from the first book reappear —and their meeting could be full of surprises. However, the plot is understandable even for those who have not read it — I actually started the series by City of stars — because the main events and concepts are repeated as an introduction to Georgia in Talia.

We also get to know better an extremely important family: The first pages in which their names appear might be quite difficult to understand to start with, but there is no need to worry about forgetting who they are as the protagonists will later meet with each of them — and develop relationships from hatred to friendship. Again, the descriptions are vivid and full of colours, sounds and emotions. It is interesting to meet new characters, but also to see how the ones we already know have developed since their adventures in Belleza finished.

We follow the Stravaganti and their friends of course, but also their enemies — most of the di Chimici and their spy Enrico — as well as more neutral characters, for example the Manoush. After the introduction, the story unfolds quickly, full of twists and turns — which are most of the time unexpected.

In the middle of the court intrigues, love stories develop or evolve, as well as friendships. We get to know more historical details — be it because of the comparisons between Italy and Talia and their differences — and more about the Stravaganti, which are a really fascinating brotherhood. I particularly enjoy the character of Rodolfo, who seems very human and realistic. City of Stars is the first book I had read of the Stravaganza series — quite a long time ago — and probably my favourite one.

With scenes full of tension, the plot is well built and the ending quite surprising. The amount of historical references is incredible, as well as more hidden morals and theories, and every re-reading will bring some more details into light. Dec 16, Charlotte Phillips rated it liked it. I remember a friend recommended me this book, or well this series of books, a while ago because they said it was different and that it put together history and present times together. And I admit, that after reading it, it was a little interesting because it seemed to make you think about what you would do to change the past if you had the chance to control it and the actions and consequences.

The story was mythical and powerful and overall engaging because it seemed to invite the imagination to I remember a friend recommended me this book, or well this series of books, a while ago because they said it was different and that it put together history and present times together. The story was mythical and powerful and overall engaging because it seemed to invite the imagination to open up and really take a look at everything that was there within its pages and at all the different characters. I was a little tired when reading it so I probably didn't take in the entire fall dept, but I did enjoy it a lot.

I think when we are children we all imagine that flying horses exist, as well as unicorns and all sorts of magical creatures. We believe in magic and creatures and we believe we are industructable. Its a powerful write and it really seemed to make me feel like I was living in my childhood and that of course meant that the book became more vibrant.

Georgia is living in a very difficult life, where there is a brother, or well step brother, who is bullying her but no one else can see it. She needs an escape from life and yet she can not seem to get it because he is alwaysthere, always spying on her and telling on her. She is tired of this life and wants to live but its become hard. That is until she finds an escape through a tallion she just didn't know she had, a tallion in the formation or a winged horse. In the other part of the world there is a boy with a flying horse that needs to be hidden for its own safety and there is another boy who is being sent to priesthood because he is not fit to be married off due to a gammy leg.

Georgia could very well be the thing, the person, that helps to make the final changes that need to be made to make there society better. She soon becomes a popular person over there which isnt hard considering there is another boy of her time there who is living there because he died back in her world.

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The only problem was that they all thought she was a boy, because of the style of her hair and the way that she dresses and acts, but that isnt too big a problem and it is one that she works around. We see a lot of mysteries unravel in this book though and we can see that times are hard. Georgia really wants to help everyone, and she does things that she never thought she could do. It seems to make her a better and stronger person, someone who now knows what it means to survive and to enjoy life.

I felt that there was a whole lot of morals and meanings here within the lines, a lot of things that were meant to challenge us and to make us look at our life in a whole new aspect and formation. I do think that the book was well written adn I actually look forward to reading the rest of the series. Aug 01, Ally rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this when I was probably around I loved this series, waited for the newest edition to the series, and devoured the whole book a few hours after buying it.

They are all, especially the first three, a perfect blend of fantasy and slightly backwards Italian Renaissance history, as well as a good dose of lessons I read this when I was probably around They are all, especially the first three, a perfect blend of fantasy and slightly backwards Italian Renaissance history, as well as a good dose of lessons on the problems of not fitting in with other kids.

While some books for this age group can be a little heavy handed when doling out advice to pre-teens, I felt like Hoffman had a good idea of how to create a character that evolved over the course of the story by becoming more confident in who they are but also did not make the story overwhelmingly centered on that. Most importantly though, I loved this book most because of its story. First off, the condensed myth of Italy is that there were two brothers raised by a she-wolf and their names were Romulus and Remus. When they were older, they fought and Romulus won - founding Rome.

In the series, Talia is formed after Remus wins thereby forming Remora. Going off of this if you basically think of every historical fact being just a little different and a little more magical, you can actually get a pretty good basic understanding of Italian history. Funnily enough years after I read this, I went to Siena, Italy which is what the city in this book is based off of and as soon as I walked into the main square all of these random pieces of City of Stars popped back in my head. It was one of the coolest feelings, we had just decided to stop last minute and I thought I had known absolutely nothing about this city But as soon as we walked into the square everything about the Palio horserace flashed back into my head!

I also think this book provides an excellent female character to lead the story. Georgia is probably one of the characters that changes the most drastically over the course of the story and it is nice to see a girl who becomes confident in her own skin and solves major problems on her own. Oct 26, Janine rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's safe to say that the Stravaganza series is my favorite book series. Granted I'm really not one for series but this is just so good!

I love how this book tied in with City of Masks but was it's own thing entirely with completely different characters. I just loved it from beginning to end. City of Stars is a special book. I've heard people say that it was a really great sequel and just held a special place in everyone's heart and I completely agree.

What I loved was how I got to know every cha It's safe to say that the Stravaganza series is my favorite book series. What I loved was how I got to know every character intimately. I especially enjoyed seeing more into the di Chimchi point of view and seeing them as a family as opposed to power hungry monsters.

I have to commend Marry Hoffman on that because it made the story all the more interesting for me, and I liked how everything seemed so gray. It wasn't predictable at all and I was especially surprised at the ending. I just had no idea what to expect from this book! And Georgia is a great character I came to love so much. To see how she develops and grows was touching to me, especially as she had to face the constant bullying of her step brother.

It was also really cool to see Luciano again and to see how he has changed and continues to change. I really loved this book. It was so good! It just pulled at my heart strings. I was cheering Georgia on, worrying over Falco, confused about Gaetano and Arianna, and overall loving the entire book. It was this great adventure and so exciting. I was a little worried to see how it would compare to City of Masks which I loved so dearly but I felt it was a perfect sequel. Overall I really just loved this book so much. I could go on and on about it forever and probably will.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who read City of Masks and liked it. And to horse lovers! I want to learn to ride a horse so bad now. Oooooooh that was just marvellous: D Although it has been far too long since I have read City of Masks so there were a few small moments of confusion, but they were soon cleared up. At first, I wasn't as sure of this one as I was the last but by midway I just didn't want to put it down and ended up loving it SO much, maybe even more?

I really loved Georgia, she was a great character to follow, but for the start of the book I found myself enjoying more the parts set just in England, rather than t Oooooooh that was just marvellous: I really loved Georgia, she was a great character to follow, but for the start of the book I found myself enjoying more the parts set just in England, rather than those in Talia. Kind of like Amy Amaryllis all over again! It took me more time to get properly into the Talia stuff, I think because the whole deal with the Twelfths kept confusing me a bit.

I was very close to having to take notes! I loved how the younger di Chimici boys proved to be friends and especially adored the storyline following Falco. I was quite worried he was going to be forced to return, or would cave and return of his own accord. I was glad when that did not happen, and the epilogue was an especially brilliant touch.

P I love how the ending leaves you wanting more, and makes it obvious that there IS more, but it's also not a giant cliffhanger of doom. I have City of Flowers as well, waiting to be read, but I might read something else in between to stretch out the joy. Nov 06, Sarah rated it liked it. The second novel in the trilogy that moves in a slower gear than the first: Whether this was because the action has moved away from Bellezza or because it had the theme of a horse racing running through it, this novel took me longer than I expected and I found at times that I was a little bored.

Don't get me wrong, Hoffman uses the same formula as the previous story and whilst the story is set i The second novel in the trilogy that moves in a slower gear than the first: We are introduced to a new Stravagante, Georgia, and the author makes some clever links with her and Lucien in the present day. Unlike the first book in the series, it feels like there is a bit more of a focus on Georgia's present day life, and this intensifies as the plot develops. Whilst I found the book less gripping than the first, the pace certainly picks up half way through and the tension and excitement builds.

The number of characters does become a little confusing and at times you do need to pause and consult the family tree! I think it was this that did take away a bit of the enjoyment because you are having to work a bit more at the story, rather than just let it take you along.


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  6. Although I found this book a little disappointing, it is still worth a read if you enjoyed the first book in the series. I liked the continuation with characters and once again, Hoffman's descriptions do her credit with bringing this alternate, historic place in Italy to life. Jahrhundert wieder namens Remora. Dieses Buch hat mir auch ganz gut gefallen. The second book in the Stravaganza series is about a girl named Georgia who lives in a home with an abusive stepbrother and parents who refuse to acknowledge his abuse.

    Georgia loves horses, and after saving up her money, buys the small glass winged horse she has been eyeing in a shop. Clutching the horse in her hands that night, she falls into another world, where a dangerous horse race will soon be taking place. Mistaken for a boy, she soon learns that the little horse has the ability to trans The second book in the Stravaganza series is about a girl named Georgia who lives in a home with an abusive stepbrother and parents who refuse to acknowledge his abuse.

    Mistaken for a boy, she soon learns that the little horse has the ability to transport her to this world, where she finds herself in a place very much like renaissance Sienna Italy, every time she holds it while she sleeps. Georgia soon finds herself caught up in the intrigue of the city, and the plots of the power hungry family who control it. This book is just as memorable and fascinating as the first one, and while I usually hate when a series changes perspectives and characters, the way the book is written makes it fit in perfectly. The shift introduces us to new places in the world of Talia, and new dangers.

    The story holds a few surprises for the reader, but also provides an ending filled with joy, although being somewhat bittersweet. A very satisfying read, I fully recommend this book. This is book number two in the series. The Stravagante welcome a new member in their midst. A girl named Georgia Di Chemichi family members, flying horses and amazing races will initiate the new time-travelers.