[City of Masks read online] PDF By Mary Hoffman


  • Paperback
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  • City of Masks
  • Mary Hoffman
  • English
  • 18 July 2017
  • 9781582349176

10 thoughts on “City of Masks

  1. says:

    Cute That a the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book Cute and mostly harmless Adorable and sweet but unfortunately just not too memorable Like a decent fast food meal it's satisfying but not too nutritiousThis is a story of a teenage boy dying from cancer in contemporary England who accidentally disc

  2. says:

    Unfortunately this is another example of a great concept ruined by bad storytelling Our 'protagonist' and I use that lightly is Lucian a boy with cancer who discovers he can travel to a different world a pseudo Venice as it were th

  3. says:

    75 out of 10 Ревью в моем блогеThis review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives please use ChromeYandex browser or Android

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    This year I'm doing a Reading Challenge; so I have 26 books with specific subjects that I need to readBook 24 A book set somewhere you really want to visitIt's been long since a dream for me to visit Venice As a little girl I was always mesmerized by the beauty of its watery streets colorful city scape and mosaic

  5. says:

    This is a book from my childhood circa age 11 that I am so happy to have picked up again now I'm not even really that interested in Italy but I certainly dig the idea of inter dimensional space and time travel I'm re reading all of the books

  6. says:

    DNF at 22%I was very excited to start this one because one of my all time favorite concepts is TIME TRAVEL There's nothing

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    Rating 4 out of 5 stars maybe even 35Wait what?? uite a low rating to be on an all time favourites list I know I won’t lie objectively this series may not be the best ever written Frankly I am not even sure I am capable of judging them in that aspect I read these books together with my mother when I was probably 11 My mother wa

  8. says:

    recently re read this series for the hundredth or so time and once again the story did not fail to draw me in Original fascinating exciting love it

  9. says:

    Summary view spoilerLucien Mulholland isn’t what you’d call a normal boy Despite becoming ill from a tumor and recover

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    In modern day London Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments due to the cancer plaguing his body but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him he is transported or stravagated to an enchanting 16th century Venice like city called Bellezza in the country TaliaLucien can return only if he ca

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City of Masks

The Duchessa's mandoliers Arianna gives Lucien her boy's clothing and he is selected as a mandolier himself becoming a friend of fellow stravagante Rodolfo the Duchessa's lover and saving the Duchessa's life when she is threatened by an assassin hired by the powerful di Chimici family For state occasions the Duchessa uses her mai. This year I m doing a Reading Challenge so I have 26 books with specific subjects that I need to readBook 24 A book set somewhere you really want to visitIt s been long since a dream for me to visit Venice As a little girl I was always mesmerized by the beauty of its watery streets colorful city scape and mosaics This wanderlust have not since diminishCity of Masks gave me an opportunity to visit not only VeniceItaly but also its counter part BellezzaTalia The country of Talia is both like and unlike theItaly of this world It exists in a parallel dimensionand diverged hundreds of years ago from the Italywe know Hoffman paints a beautiful world full of realistic relics with just the slightest variation form our own world This makes the setting extremely believable I especially appreciated the part where Lucien visit the real Venice and points out the differences between this world and the parallel of Talia s Bellezza This is one of those guilty pleasure reads It leans to a Middle grade read than Young Adult so it is a uick fun read Even with the darker topics of cancer and death that is mixed with in I think if you sit still you ll be able to finish these books in one sittingThere was a few things that bugged me thoughThe adults of Talia behaving like spoiled children especially the DuchessaThe shocking ease with which death is dealt with or rather not dealt withAnd all the chapters ending in cliffhangers it got really annoying But still I own the whole Stravaganza series so I ll sneak in a book every now and then

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D Giuliana as a body double but Guiliana commits the fatal mistake of revealing the secret to her fiance Enrico and a seuence of devastating conseuences unravels Meanwhile Lucien has met the original stravagante the Elizabethan alchemist William Dethridge and he begins to understand that he may be called to follow in his footstep. Rating 4 out of 5 stars maybe even 35Wait what uite a low rating to be on an all time favourites list I know I won t lie objectively this series may not be the best ever written Frankly I am not even sure I am capable of judging them in that aspect I read these books together with my mother when I was probably 11 My mother was already very sick and the memories we spent taking turns reading pages to eachother are ones that I will treasure for life now that she is no longer with me The Stravaganza series is displayed on my shelves as a reminder of this memories than a testimony to the content of the books At the moment I don t plan on ever rereading them neither do I go too far out of my way to recommend them to others They are very enjoyable early 2000 YA fantasy novels about teens travelling to a parallel Italy The plot is uite interesting but nothing you haven t seen before probably Nonetheless the beautiful atmospheric description of Venice and other Italian cities in the later books is already a good enough reason on its own to pick this one up Stravaganza was originally intended to be a trilogy until 3 books were added on later I personally recommend stopping after the original trilogy as they go down hill from there in my opinion Again it s a very enjoyable first book in a series but objectively I have read better ones For sentimental reasons it just feels wrong to not include them on my favourites though

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Lucien is seriously ill but his life is transformed when an old Italian notebook gives him the power to become a stravagante a time traveller with access to 16th century Italy He wakes up in Bellezza Venice during carnival time and meets Arianna a girl his own age who is disguised as a boy in the hope of being selected as one of. 75 out of 10 This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives please use ChromeYandex browser or AndroidIOS to see the page otherwise spoiler tags I use to make my post compact may not workShort SoundtrackNilda Fernandez L invitation VenisePaul Cardall The TravelerLucas Vidal New Found LifeGenre AU historical fantasy teen ish YAStuff time travels AU Italy 16th century cancerWOW world buildingPOV 3rd person multiLove Geometry none and romance is uite non existentuote Core How on earth was he going to fill the time in his world before nightfall It s hard to write a review for this book now I remember why I didn t do it after the first read of City of Masks the world created by Mary Hoffman is too rich for me to describe it fully And how can I tell you about the characters without spoiling some interesting details I ll try to give you a glimpse some clues a few notes but believe me you d better dive into Stravaganza s realm blindlySo we have Talia which is an AU of our Renaissance Italy only with some benefits And the biggest of all is magic which is called there science City of Masks will show you Bellezza AU Venice a city floating on the water and ruled by a woman Duchessa Here you ll meet handsome mandoliers instead of gondoliers visit nearby islands witness traditional celebrations learn about stravagation and see how cunning di Chimichi a la Medici family areStravagation is an ability to move between words and times in your sleep You need a token from the other side to be able to visit it Suchlike travelers are Stravaganti the plural of Stravagante There are a lot of nuances about this phenomenon but the story would teach you everything step by stepMeet Lucien Mulholland He s a 15 year old British boy who s recovering from chemotherapy in our world One day his dad brings home a beautiful notebook for his son to write when he s too weak to speak When Lucien falls asleep with the gift in his hands he appears in Bellezza The problem is the day on which Lucien or Luciano stravagates is the Forbidden Day for anyone who wasn t born on the main island outsiders violated the law will be burnt at the stakeNow let me introduce a young Talian girl Arianna Gasparini She s almost 16 and eager to become a mandolier which is almost impossible cause only boys have this privileged Why almost You can pretend to be a boy after all That s what Arianna planed to do on the Forbidden Day the Day when the Duchessa chooses new pupils for the Scuola Mandoliera until she met a weird guy in a modern pajamas There are characters and POVs like Rodolfo Rossi Stravagante magician the Duchessa s favorite and future mentor of Luciano and his brothers the Duchessa herself always masked always cunning and smart Arianna s family a big one and not without secrets William Dethridge the first Stravagante from our 16th century di Chimici power hungry and slippery plus people of TaliaThe story which would stitch together all the aforementioned guys is fast paced and atmospheric It also deals with a sad topic Lucien has cancer in our world but Mary doesn t push you she doesn t try to play with your emotions she just tells facts and your feelings are totally yoursThe plot is complex but has teen ish vibes I don t even know how to explain this thing you d see it yourself throughout the read There are cruel events and mature nuances but the way everything wrap ups reminds me of fairytales endingsThe romance is soooo subtle you may miss it completely Arianna and Luciano s relationship is friendship like than anything but it s obvious that they like each other and has a future togetherAll in all I highly recommend this series cause it has an amazing world building and interesting setting those would expand with every next bookStravaganza City of Masks 16 City of Stars 26 City of Flowers 36 City of Secrets 46 City of Ships 56 City of Swords 66


About the Author: Mary Hoffman

Mary LassiterMary Hoffman is a bestselling British author and reviewer born in 1945 She is a true enthusiast of Italy and spends a lot of her time there which shows in her Stravaganza novels a series currently in publication In total she has written over 80 books including the aforementioned Stravaganza series and the bestselling picture book Amazing Grace Mary is also the editor of a review magazine Armadillo for kids