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City of Stars (Stravaganza #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  5,329 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Dreaming of a city with flying horses was one thing... But coming face to face with someone she knew to be dead - that was something else again.

Georgia would love nothing more than to ride horses every day and avoid her annoying stepbrother at all costs. But she could never have guessed that a tiny, antique winged horse figurine would be the key to her escape to another wo
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Paperback, 459 pages
Published March 24th 2005 by Bloomsbury (first published 2003)
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Shawne
Aug 19, 2014 Shawne rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Rachel
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
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Annelien
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
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Malie
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
Kat
Jan 02, 2015 Kat rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Joan
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
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Ajita
Nov 11, 2014 Ajita rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
Ally
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
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
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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
Mauro
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.

Questa

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Nadjab
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
Lana
City of stars is definitely my favourite stravaganza book. Having winged horses in it definitely had nothing to do with this. Yup. Nothing. Anyway, Hoffman really starts improving her writing in the second book. Its hard to describe why it's so much better than the first. The series really starts running from this book. Georgia is such a great character. You can really understand her escapism and dreaming. Unfortunately, the dream world she escaped to was not quite as harmless as she first thoug ...more
Kate
Georgia would love nothing more than to ride horses every day and avoid her annoying stepbrother at all costs. But she could never have guessed that a tiny, antique winged horse figurine would be the key to her escape to another world and another time. When Georgia arrives in a sixteenth-century city called Remora, she is plunged into a dangerous and treacherous world of horse-racing, family honour and deadly rivalry. And there, as a new Stravagante, Georgia will have a dramatic and extraordinar ...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
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Alex Matsu
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
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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
Sally
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
Nichelle
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
Laraemilie
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
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Janine
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
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Suze
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
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Sarah
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
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Christine
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
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Alyssa
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
Rebecca Veight
I am very pleased with how Hoffman continued the story in this 2nd book of the Stravaganza series.

We do have characters we love from the previous book, but great new ones in a new city Remora, more ruthless & dangerous than Belleza. The new stravagante is a girl but not in Remora (!), & in her way she has troubles (I think it will be a theme for the stravaganti, like the talismans "look" for good people who have been wronged) The way Georgia's bullying is dealed with is mature, sensitive
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Kostis Christodoulou
A friend of mine proposed this. I didn't expect I would like it this much. When I saw all this about astronomy and zodiacs, I was like "wtf was I suggested to read?". It turned out to be a really interesting story though. Little Georgia, who had problems with her bigger brother, happens to find a way to make herself forget about the problems and live a second magical life, when she can.
Jessica
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
Rebecca
Actually more 3.5 than 3 stars - and if I hadn't had the first book in the series to compare with it would probably have been a 4 (and if I would have been more interested in horses - there is a lot of them). After the first part of the series, City of Masks it was hard to get used to new main characters and a new place and it took me quite some time to feel all that much interest in Georgia and her adventures. It wasn't made easier that Lucian and Arianna both appear in this book and I found my ...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)
City of Masks (Stravaganza, #1) Amazing Grace City of Flowers (Stravaganza, #3) City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) City of Ships (Stravaganza, #5)

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