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City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
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May 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy-and-sci-fi, young-adult
Read from May 30 to June 01, 2010

I loved this book! It's about a young boy who has the ability to "stravagate" or jump between 21st century London and a parallel dimension of Italy called Talia to the city of Belleza (Venice). I liked the juxtaposition of the main character Lucien battling cancer in the real world and feeling lethargic, but as soon as he enters Belleza, he is energized and feeling better than ever! I liked that the city was always ruled by women and that the pagan goddess who vanquished a dragon with her tears is the equivalent of Mary Magdalene in our world. Arianna, the other main character in the book, starts off by sneaking off her island to get to Bellezza so she can join mandolier (gondolier) school even though it's for boys only. She runs into Lucien, who she names Luciano, and has to save him. So begins their adventures together. I'm curious to see how the story progresses in the next book.

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