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City of Stars (Stravaganza #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  6,319 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
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. But all that changes when she buys a tiny figurine in the form of a winged horse and suddenly finds herself swept up into the world of the Stravagante. Her talisman, the figurine, transports her to Remora the Talian parallel t ...more
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Madison I personally accidentally read City of Stars before I read City of Masks and I enjoyed it and understood ~most~ of it with very little problem.…moreI personally accidentally read City of Stars before I read City of Masks and I enjoyed it and understood ~most~ of it with very little problem. However, looking back, I wish I had read City of Masks first just because that book DOES come first and the book makes a lot more sense when you have knowledge of the first book. Also it spoilers nearly the entire plot of the first book if you read City of Stars first(less)
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Katerina Kondrenko
5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Genre: AU, historical-fantasy, teen-ish YA
Stuff: time-travels, AU-Italy, 16th century, races
Fail: annoying females, childish stuff, same twists
WOW: Remora
POV: 3rd-person, multi
Love-Geometry: harrrrd

"Remember that nothing lasts for ever. The bad things as well as the good."

Jan 04, 2009 Shawne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, Italy buffs
Recommended to Shawne by: Jet
Shelves: fiction
It's not like I didn't REALLY enjoy the first book in the Stravaganza series - I did. But City Of Stars, the second, very welcome installment, is a marvel. It expands on the universe introduced in the first novel. In scope, of course, as a new Stravangante Georgia escapes her unhappy real life (tortured as she is by her brother Russell and her lack of self-confidence and friends) and lands in another Talian city-state - this time the intoxicating city of Remora, on the brink of its annual horse ...more
The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 The Book Queen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This series has become a part of my soul.
At first I didn't think I would like this as much as the first book, as the description didn't sound as interesting. However, I really ended up enjoying it and couldn't put it down, just like the first.
This book was set in Remora (Siena in our world) and most of the book was about the Stellata, a great horse race held once a year but celebrated all year. A whole new set of characters, in addition to Luciano, Ariana, Rodolfo, Dr. Dethridge, Silvia and the Di Chimici family. Georgia, a classmate
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Συμβαίνει κάτι παράξενο με ορισμένες ιστορίες. Ενώ αρχικά φαίνονται τόσο οικείες, όσο βαθύτερα προχωράς μέσα τους, ενώ η αίσθηση της οικειότητας αυτής δεν χάνεται, σου δημιουργείται ξαφνικά η εντύπωση ότι διαβάζεις για κάτι ολότελα καινούργιο και άγνωστο. Μια τέτοια περίπτωση είναι και η τριλογία "Στραβαγάντζα" της Mary Foffman η οποία, αν και σε ταξιδεύει σε μια χώρα που μοιάζει πολύ στις ρίζες της με την Ιταλία, στο βάθος της έχει μεγάλες διαφορές που την κάνουν να φαίνεται τελικά στα μάτια μα ...more
Stuti T
Throwback review!

This right here, ladies and gentlemen, is my undisputed favourite of all the Stravaganza books. Coming from someone who's read and loved every single one of these books for six years, that is no light compliment. City of Stars was the book that really put Stravaganza on my favourites shelf. The story follows Georgia, horse-crazy tomboy, who's constantly being tormented by her stepbrother. Georgia finds a little winged horse statuette in an antique shop, falls in love with it, an
Apr 06, 2009 Annelien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet, but also 'realistic' book, highly recommendable for girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 15-16.

Georgia O'Grady is a teenaged girl who likes horses, but is a bit of an outcast at school and has a terrible stepbrother who likes to torment her when she's at home. When she buys a little statue of a winged horse in an antique-shop, she discovers a whole new world, with a different Italy and a horserace that will change her life.

While there are some times strange jumps in the stor
Jan 29, 2015 Butterscotch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-books
This book is one hell of an amazing book. Flying horses are too good to be true.;) Thank goodness they are not real. It would be a shame to this mind blowing book...xD
Jul 10, 2013 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na het teleurstellende 1ste deel van de Stravaganza serie ''Stad van Maskers" begon ik met lichte huivering aan het 2de deel van deze boekenserie ''Stad van Sterren''

Gelukkig voor mijn portemonnee was dit boek geen miskoop. Stravaganza: Stad van Sterren is een stuk vermakelijker dan zijn voorganger met dank aan de hoofdpersoon Georgia. Haar achtergrond verhaal (of beter gezegd haar leven in Londen) was in mijn ogen veel meer boeiender en het hield me aan het lezen. Ik kon me meer inleven in haar
Mar 14, 2014 Ajita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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?) to Remora. 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 ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
What to say about this book? It was freaking amazing! I loved it.
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. I love it!
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
Jan 04, 2017 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deze boeken zijn gewoon in één woord: betoverend!
Tanith Grant
Oct 01, 2016 Tanith Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Stravaganza series. Though some familiar faces do pop up, this book has a new protagonist, Georgia O’Grady, and is set in a different city in the land of Talia, Remora. 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
Jun 03, 2012 Laraemilie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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
Charlotte Phillips
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 ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Ally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
I read this when I was probably around 12...which was a while ago, but for the benefit of any young adult readers looking for a good read, I figured I would throw in my thoughts on some of my favorite books from that time. 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 ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Janine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
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 ...more
Nov 06, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in the trilogy that moves in a slower gear than the first:

Continuing the series, `City of Stars' did not grip me as much as the first instalment to this trilogy. 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
Zum Inhalt: Georgia findet sich über Nacht plötzlich in einer fremden Stadt im 16. Jahrhundert wieder namens Remora. Remora ist die mächtigste Stadt in Talia und es finden gerade die Vorbereitungen für die jährliche Stellata statt, einem Rennen, in dem jede der zwölf Bezirke benannt nach den Tierkreiszeichen einen Reiter stellt. Sie gelangt in den Bezirk des Widders, der die Herzogin von Belezza unterstützt, und ist plötzlich inmitten von Intrigen, Politik und Pferden gefangen, wobei sie auch je ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Nichelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-12
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 ...more
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| This is book number two in the series. |

The Stravagante welcome a new member in their midst. A girl named Georgia... or Georgio will be nxt to travel back to Talia. Di Chemichi family members, flying horses and amazing races will initiate the new time-travelers.

Get ready to get sucked into the fantastical fictional world that Mary Hoffman waived. It's not about Lucian this time, though we do see him into this story as well, but about a young girl named Georgia. Her adventures are marvelous. Th
Oct 25, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be the first to admit I was skeptical about this book before I read it. Not that I was judging by the cover (I happen to like it) but I was judging by the summary.
My thoughts: Horses. Hmm. Scary. (I don't like horses) A bully of a brother? Sounds like a spoiled girl who can't handle it.
But then I read it, and my first realization was thus: Russell is seriously a piece of work. It's not at all that Georgia is weak, but that her step brother is seriously a jerk, and really messed up. It was r
Alex Matsu
Sep 06, 2009 Alex Matsu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-8-ir-books
This book is about a girl named Georgia who lives in present day England. She buys a tiny marble horse and falls asleep with it in her hand, transporting her to another dimension which looks a lot like Italy in the 1700's, but everyone there calls it Talia. She makes all kinds of friends there, and re-meets a boy who died from Cancer that used to go to her school. She finds a horse like her statuette, except it's real, and has wings.
The connection for this book is a text-to-text connection. I
Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden
I gave it a 3,5 star. I really like Hoffman's historical view and her alternate reality. It is very brave of her to create another book (and more!) in the same setting, but with new main characters.
Although I would have liked to have the story mainly about Arianna and Lucien/Luciano, it is easy to think that would have been a bit of the same.

In this case a new character (and as far as I can tell so far, the only female in the series)is introduced. But she looks so much like a boy that it doesn't
Emily (ofpagesandink)
Through a great deal of this book I was completely lost because the character point of view switched so often, the amount of character names that needed learning, and the amount of character names that needed learning, and the amount of Italian words that needed definitions. I was also greatly confused as to where this book fit into the Stravaganza series. The connection between books wasn't revealed until much later in the story. Most book give this information sooner so the reader is either re ...more
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 Remora (Siena), e racconta della Corsa delle Stelle, in cui le dodici contrade si sfidano in una corsa equestre.
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.
Aug 01, 2010 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I liked the first book of the series better for a few reasons I will elaborate on later. The plot was just ok, the characters were good, and the setting was pretty good. I wish the author would have gone into exploring the city more than she did. I also don't always like how the author starts her books -It's kinda hard to follow. There are also some parts of the book where her stepbrother is being mean ans saying inappropriate things. I did like Georgia since I can relate with her -liking horses ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I am so happy that Mary Hoffman kept the characters from City of Masks. It made the whole thing more complex, interesting, and AMAZING! (If you haven't read the book, don't read on) I was so happy when Georgia won the horse race! And everyone else in the Ram was happy too. But, I can't believe I'm saying this, I feel kind of bad for the Duke. I mean, he lost his thirteen year old son! It was really bitter sweet at the end when Falco soared over the crowd on Merla, the flying h ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Emanuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo secondo libro di Stravaganza mi ha impegnato qualche mese, ma non perchè non mi piacesse, semplicemente perchè la stanchezza aveva il sopravvento. Comunque, ieri ho impiegato ben 2 ore e mezza per terminarlo, non riuscivo a staccarmi dalle sue pagine tanto era intrigante sapere come sarebbe terminato il libro. E non mi ha deluso. Naturalmente lascia una porta aperta al terzo e ultimo libro della serie e sono indecisa se cominciarlo subito oppure no. Temo di arenarmi nuovamente. Comunque d ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Stravaganza (6 books)
  • City of Masks (Stravaganza, #1)
  • City of Flowers (Stravaganza, #3)
  • City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4)
  • City of Ships (Stravaganza, #5)
  • City of Swords (Stravaganza, #6)

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