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City of Flowers (Stravaganza #3)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  4,710 ratings  ·  104 reviews
The "Stravaganza "series returns with ever-more-dangerous politics and intrigue. Sky, a new Stravagante, is whisked away from his dreary life in London to Giglia, the Talian version of Florence. Featuring favorite characters from the first two titles in the series, including Georgia and Falco, as well as a host of exciting new characters, this breathtaking adventure will n ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2005)
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Jan 07, 2009 Shawne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Shawne by: Jet
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This third book in the Stravaganza series proves - beyond the shadow of a doubt - that author Mary Hoffman has captured lightning in a bottle with these surprisingly mature fantasy novels about time travellers (the Stravaganti) who move from our world to a parallel, magical Italy, several centuries in the past. The city in this novel is Giglia (our Florence), the Stravaganti Sky Meadows, a teenage boy who has grown up with a dad known to millions of adoring fans but not to him, and a mom sufferi ...more
This was the hardest Stravaganza book to get through - and not because of its length. There was just something about Sky - perhaps it was mainly in the name - that I just did not like, and out of the three family situations so far presented, I found his to be the least interesting and the most irritating because it is a family situation which authors and day-to-day people seem to beat to a pulp. This, combined with the fact that compared to Lucien and Georgia, Sky was a little on the cardboard s ...more
The Stravanganza series never disappoints me. I have this annoying knack to take a long time before I read the next one in the series, usually at least 6 months or even one or two years. And everytime I return to the series and venture back into Renaissance Taila, the world welcomes me home and leads me into the story. You know that feeling you get when you read or watch a spinoff series or TV show and you see old characters from the previous series? Everytime I read these books, I always get th ...more
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Μιλώντας για μια ακόμη φορά για λογοτεχνικές σειρές, είναι λίγες οι φορές που φτάνω στο τέλος της ανάγνωσής τους και αισθάνομαι βαθιά μέσα μου μια θλίψη. Ο λόγος δεν είναι άλλος από το ότι δεν ξέρω πως να εκφράσω με λόγια τα όμορφα συναισθήματα που μου προκάλεσε η ανάγνωσή της ενώ παράλληλα, πόσο μεγάλο κενό αισθάνομαι να αφήνει πίσω της μια ιστορία στης οποίας το τέλος δεν θα ήθελα με τίποτα να φτάσει. Σε αυτές τις σειρές ανήκει και η "Στραβαγκάντζα" που παρά το αλλόκοτο του τίτλου της, η συγγρ ...more
The last in a trilogy that is not

Since reading this book I have discovered that there are more than three books in the series. And I guess that there is scope for the story to continue beyond this third conclusion. This book continues almost straight away from the previous and the quick pace continues throughout.

I enjoyed reading this book but once again found the large number of characters confusing. This book introduces another new Stravagante and it is clear by this point that they are, in so
third installment in the series, and you do notice it. The plotlines grow a bit thin, and the characters grow a bit rigid. The newly introduced characters are, to me, not as likeable as the previous ones.

I had a few annoyances throughout the book:
- people don't seem to change much.
- everyone is deeply in love with someone. I know it's a YA novel and that to a YA it seems very important, but to me all the different pairings and the tensions got a bit much.
- Dr Dethridge, again. we know he speaks
Jo Lin
And this is where the Stavaganza series starts to wane a tiny bit? I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two, mainly because I felt that parts of the plot were just...loose. Perhaps it's because there are a couple of threads that Hoffman plans to take up in previous books. And with someone like Rowling I'd feel like I was in capable hands and all would be explained/sorted out eventually. But at the end of City of Flowers, I just felt as if parts of the plot could have been done better. T ...more
This was quite good for the first half of the book. The world of 16th century 'Talia' (Italy in our world) was wonderfully evoked and there was all kinds of cool stuff going on - family feuds, murders, poisonings, etc. The characters from this world were interesting too, especially Giudutta and Sandro.
The '21st century' world and characters were a little plain, though. I really disliked the character of Georgia, she was over-emotional, while her friend Alice was over-dramatic and kind of a drip.
Emily (ofpagesandink)
This book started off a little better, in my opinion, than the last book (city of stars). It might've been because I was a little more familiar with some of the characters than I had been while I read the previous book, or it was simply a better squeal. However, as I continued to read, it grew more and more difficult to continue especially once it had passed, what I assume to be, the main climax of the story where the princesses marry the princes and the battle breaks out. After that, it slowed ...more
Once again, I'm going to say that I liked the first one best in this series. I almost wish that the author had kept it at one book and not made it into a series...I just don't like it too much anymore, unfortunately. They're definitely interesting, but I haven't enjoyed any of these as much as I enjoyed the first one.
Zum Inhalt: Sky Meadows, der allein mit seiner kränkelnden Mutter in London lebt, gelangt in den Besitz einer blauen Parfümflasche. Über Nacht gelangt er als Stravagante in die Stadt Giglia, in der vier Hochzeiten der Familie di Chimici stattfinden sollen. Er lebt als Mönch getarnt dort in einem dominkanischen Kloster, das Parfüm, Medizin und Gifte herstellt, und erhält Rat durch Bruder Sullen. Doch bald merken sie, dass sie alte Stravagante reaktivieren müssen, um sich anstehenden Gefahren stel ...more
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Lo Stravagante di turno e' Sky, portato a Giglia (Firenze), città dei malvagi De Chimici, grazie a una misteriosa boccetta blu. Strepitoso finale in crescendo per una saga immeritatamente rimasta nell'ombra. Non smetterò mai di ringraziare una amica di sci per avermela suggerita! Anche lei ci si era imbattuta per caso rovistando tra i volumi in esposizione in una piccolissima e vecchia "libreria" di Ceva. Letto in gran parte nella sala d'attesa dell'ospedale Santa Croce e Carle di Cuneo, in atte ...more
I must first admit I barely remembered what happened in this book, having read it last about ten years ago. It was fun to reread a book that I knew in the back of my mind, but in the front of my mind everything was hazy. In the Stravaganza series each installment has a different main character, but the characters from the other books always show up. There is a lot to keep track of in these books, and despite having read City of Masks and City of Stars both at least twice, keeping characters stra ...more
Sky finds a perfume bottle that takes him to Giglia, the city of the Di Chimici family. There are four weddings coming up and threats from everywhere to turn the big day in a big disaster. Every stravaganti has its own purpose to fulfill and it’s just a matter of time until Sky finds out why he had to travel to another world.

To my own surprise I really liked City of Flowers. There are still too many characters but I now understand how they evolve around each other – at least, I think I do. Sky i
Emily Eastman
Really I'd give this book a 3.5 not a 4 but since they only have 1,2,3,4, and 5 stars I rounded up. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the others I loved City of Masks and City of Stars. I think as Mary Hoffman brings more stavaganti into the story it gets worse. I didn't like the part where they where in Easrtyh not Talia. The Sky's father thing being the Warrior seemed very childish and not very well-written to me espially him suddenly deciding to show up randomly in Sky's life after 17 ...more
I would've given this book five stars had it not been for the insane dragging out of events in the middle of the book. I understand that it takes months to plan royal weddings, but the story could've been a lot shorter.
The basic story was that Niccolo Di Chimici decided to marry off two of his sons to their cousins and two more of his nieces to other nephews in the family. This is to take place in their capital city Giglia (where modern day Florence was). Arianna, as Duchess of Belleza gets inv
It started out really well. Sky reminded me a bit of Nick from Infinity, which in my book is always a good thing. I liked his relationship with "Nicholas Duke" and Georgia. I enjoyed his interaction with a different city. It is always good to experience 'old friends' in books as well, so having Luciano and all the rest of them was great. As far as the straightforward plot went, I enjoyed it, although I found Sky's "purpose" in Giglia confusing. And where did this whole 'you must have a single, d ...more
I cannot restrain myself from giving another Stravaganza book five stars - true there were some things which annoyed me, for example, Sky's story was never really developed during the novel. I was totally baffled by the confusing ages of some characters - at one point Beatrice says that Arianna is younger than her (Beatrice is nineteen) but during that encounter with the maid Barbara, Arianna reveals that she is a year older than her maid (who is eighteen). I was also annoyed by how everyone see ...more
OMG, I bought this off Amazon and the seller said it was in "good" condition... like 100 pages are LOOSE! And annoyingly I'd already given the seller 5-star feedback before I noticed this. Sure all the pages are there and in order, but that's hardly acceptable condition, let alone good. Bah, humbug.

I loved this third book, but not quite as much as the first two. I wasn't as fond of Sky as I was of Lucien, and I think I really would have just preferred a female main character again! Seeing that b
The third book in the Stravaganza series is about a biracial boy named Sky, who must take care of his ailing single mother. When he finds a small but beautiful perfume bottle, he returns home with it, and after falling asleep with the bottle, drops in to the city Giglia, which is very much like renaissance Florence Italy. Sky finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between the city’s two ruling families, and must help to prevent this power struggle from resulting in heartbreak. Even whil ...more
I loved this book! This series is just, amazing! And I'm freaking out because I put the fourth one on hold and it was due on the 16 but it's not ready yet! I digress. Anyways, there was some swearing which made me really sad. I thought: "Come on Mary Hoffman! You can do better than that!" But alas, it wasn't meant to be. Besides that I really enjoyed it! (If you haven't read this book don't read on...) The climax was kind of messy. Well, the first part anyways. I mean, the wedding was going on a ...more
Sky n’a pas une vie facile, entre un père qu’il n’a jamais connu et une mère célibataire et malade dont il doit s’occuper. Et pourtant, les choses se compliquent encore lorsqu’il trouve devant sa porte d’entrée un flacon de parfum qui le transporte à Giglia, une ville talienne du seizième siècle. Là, il rencontrera d’autres Stravaganti et les aidera à mener à bien une dangereuse mission.
La cité des fleurs, troisième tome de la saga Stravaganza, met à nouveau en scène un adolescent choisi pour vo
For some books, plot is everything. For others, it is the characters that truly shine. And for yet others, it is the setting that sets it apart. City of Flowers, as the title might suggest, is one such novel. Being whisked away into an Italian renaissance fantasy world is an experience that is simply a pleasure to immerse yourself in. The parallel-set-in-the-past version of Italy, Talia, is as dangerous as it is beautiful, and there is some great atmosphere going on in many heart-stopping scenes ...more
In some ways I want to give this book 5 stars - the story is entertaining, I really liked the characters (both the new and the old - I even liked Georgia and Nicholas more in this book than the one that was "theirs" so to speak) and the story flowed well both in modern England and Renaissance Giglia/Italy. All you really could with for in an adventure/YA/fantasy novel.

Three things however make me settle for a lower rating - two which are more superfluous and don't add anything at all to the stor

In this third book, as the story moves again to Giglia, the story turns grim building up for the grand series finale (or is it?)

The story in this book is even more action packed than the first two book. The growing number of characters all make appearance in this book. This always was my favourite book in the series.

This was planned to be the last book in the trilogy, but for some reasons (money most likely) Mary Hoffman decided to create three more books (perhaps there will be even
Un leggero e gradevole romanzio fantasy, in cui persone della nostra dimensione finiscono in una realt alternativa simile all'Italia del rinascimento.
Questo capitolo ambientato nella citt di Giglia (Firenze), e racconta degli intrighi alla corte dei De'Chimici.
E' abbastanza piacevole, anche se forse gli Italiani non sentono gli effetti dell'aura di magia e di meraviglia attraverso la quale gli abitanti delle altre nazioni guardano al nostro paese.
Interesting story about another city of Italy in this parallel universe. I liked that it connected with the previous book and that I saw the same characters again. Although there were too many family names and people that got me confused pretty much. All in all, I saw people dealing their relations in the real world with realistic problems with a hint of fantasy and danger in Giglia.
A fantastic addition to this series. This book was much more fast paced and action-packed than the previous two and all the better for it. Sky has the perfect blend of heroic traits and human flaws and this book has me pumped to read the next one.
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Mary 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 ...more
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Stravaganza (6 books)
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“My guard will run you through if he catches you looking at my face," said Arianna.
"I don't think so. I think it might be treason to kill a duke," said Luciano.
"But you're not a duke," said Arianna.
"I will be if you marry me," said Luciano.
"Yes, you would be," said Arianna.
"If you are asking me."
"I'm asking."
"And if I accepted."
"Do you?"
"I do. With all my heart.”
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