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City of Flowers

(Stravaganza #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,753 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Sky stepped out into the sunshine, blinking, still holding the bottle, and a black man, robed like the others, took him by the arm and whispered, 'God be praised, it has found you!'

Everything changes for Sky when he finds a perfume bottle that whiskes him away to the city of Giglia, an ancient city similar to Florence. This may be the beautiful City of Flowers, but things
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Paperback, 489 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Bloomsbury (first published 2005)
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The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
What can I say. Perfection.
Pauline Zander
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
And finally they are together yay!!!
Shawne
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Shawne by: Jet
Shelves: fiction
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
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
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
Sarah
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Mara
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
Izzy
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Annelien
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Katja
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a bit more challenging than the first two books. On one hand the growing relationship between Lucien and Arianna was so very interesting, not to mention everything connected to Georgia and Nick (those two are my favorite!). So I liked that tension and suspension but then on the other hand when it comes to the main protagonist of this book, Sky, I'm kinda torn. He wasn't all that bad although that Alice chick really got on my nerves but I just think Sky didn't play an important role in t ...more
Jo Lin
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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
merg
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Josie Corkill
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dzung Bui
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
My least favorite from the first trilogy. It felt as if too many events were crammed into one book. However, it was still a great read. Love the new characters and the villains were fleshed out here and there. However, it feels as if some parts of the book could have ended better, but Mary Hoffman makes up for it in the sequels. The new main Stravagante of this book, Sky, seemed to have a less interest backstory. Not saying that it's silly to have a teenage boy suffering from taking care of his ...more
Nellie
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just like the previous two in this series, City of Flowers is amazing. It continues the story of the Stravagante, travelers to another world. It starts with Sky, a teenager who finds himself in a country called Talia in the time of the renaissance. He is a Stravagante and is there to do something helpful for the good of someone or something. Sky finds himself in the middle of a deadly feud between two ruling families in "the City of Flowers" or modern day Florence. Sky finds out some devastating ...more
Belinda
Wederom stravageren we naar Giglia. Deze keer is Sky de hoofdpersoon. Sky is de zoon van een moeder met ME en dus veel van de taken komen op hem neer. Sky is het resultaat van een one night stand met worrior een beroemde muziekant. Alleen moeder heeft contact met deze man. Sky heeft nog nooit contact met hem gehad.
De vierdubbele bruiloft van de Chimici's dreigt een bloedbad te worden door de vete tussen hun en een andere familie. Het leest zeker fijn weg. En vormt eigenlijk een goed beeld van de
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Emily
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first 2 books in this series as a child (with their beautiful purple covers), I was disappointed to find the remaining books in the series didn’t follow with the same cover art. Nevertheless, I went ahead and ordered the rest of the series, and this is the first one I have read as an adult. An easy, light read, where the characters from the first 2 novels came back to me quickly. Fantastical, but that’s what makes a book a good escape.
Anu
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14 v. poikani tämänhetkinen suosikkisarja ja 16v koulukirjastopojan mulle vinkkaama. Neljä tähteä jo siitä että pojat löysi tämän ensin.
Tarina viihdyttää ja juoni etenee. Salaliittoja, teinejä, aikamatkustusta, perhehuolia, magiaa, taistelua kuolemaa, paljon uskollista ystävyyttä ja pieni ripaus romantiikkaa. Vaikkei sarja olekkaan siitä uusimmasta päästä, taidan ottaa tämän vinkkaukseen vitosille ja siitä ylöspäin.
Iria Cardoso
Não me convenceu. Não li o primeiro ou o segundo, e já nem me lembro como este livro me chegou às mãos - penso que foi num passatempo - mas no início deste terceiro livro depreende-se muito bem o que aconteceu nos outros dois. Porém, tal como disse, não me convenceu, a história é algo confusa e a aventura não é "perfeita", a meu ver.
Manon
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, read-in-2017
Mooi verhaal, goede personages en zeker spannend. Het zou alleen handig zijn geweest als de lijst met personages voorin had gezeten. Een goed einde van een trilogie die uiteindelijk geen trilogie bleef.
Emily
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2014, shit, svenska
Eftersom jag inte fattade någonting så sög den. Jag började inte med första boken i serien heller så det var kanske lite dumt. Fast det stod inget på om att det var tredje boken. Den hade inte ens någon text på framsidan så...
Fabio Manni
Molto deluso stavolta. Protagonista insignificante rispetto ai primi due, e pochi eventi veramente degni di nota. Fatico davvero a trovare un senso a questo libro, brutta battuta d'arresto per una saga che mi stava piacendo molto. Vedremo nei seguiti, che toccherà recuperare in inglese...
Anna
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
3.25 stars
Sydney Bylsma
I would recommend Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to someone who likes fantasy. Personally this book and series is my favorite because the of the adventures and journeys it takes you on. The series is a long and carried out plot all solved in the end but each book has its place in solving the mystery, also the book is full of magic and an endless amount of imagination.
Laraemilie
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
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Amy
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Linna
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
Emily Eastman
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens, fantasy
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
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Līga Sproģe
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Es centos. Nudien. Jau vairāk kā piecus gadus neesmu lasījusi vairākas grāmatas reizē, bet šo atstāju čunčināt pamazām. Ja ļoti aizmiedza acis, varēja piedot tos loģikas caurumus.

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'The Nucci could have been useful,’ said Sulien thoughtfully, ‘but not since the death of Davide. If they see the opportunity to attack the di Chimici they will be caught up in that, not looking out for the Duchessa.’
‘We need more Stravaganti here,’ said Giuditta. ‘I would have Rodolfo summon others of th
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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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“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.
"Would?"
"If you are asking me."
"I'm asking."
"And if I accepted."
"Do you?"
"I do. With all my heart.”
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