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Stad van bloemen

(Stravaganza #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,935 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Sky's moeder is aromatherapeute in Londen, maar door haar ziekte kan ze weinig doen. Als Sky met een parfumflesje in zijn hand in slaap valt, stravageert hij naar een andere tijd en komt terecht bij een monnik in Giglia, bij ons beter bekend als Florence. Daar leert hij over de vorige Stravanganza's en de bedreiging van de di Chimici's. In het hier en nu wordt hij iets ...more
Hardcover, 471 pages
Published 2005 by Van Goor/Unieboek
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The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
What can I say. Perfection.
Pauline Zander
And finally they are together yay!!!
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Katerina Kondrenko
6 out of 10

Keep reading this series only for the characters from the first book. Everything regarding them is great while other parts are so so. Again too many POVs. It's not a GoT, ok? So thoughts of a nobody who would disappear in a few chapters are unnecessary. There more installments to finish... Ugh.
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 ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...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
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 ...more
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up, ya-fic
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.
Jo Lin
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
I can see now why I fell out of love with this series. I liked Sky but we don't really get to know him like we do the other kids; there is so much else going on in the story that he's more like a backdrop to link the recurring characters together than a character in his own right. The plot line with his father seems awkward and a little forced because we don't get to see any more of his personality once the other characters start showing up. It's also awfully convenient that he's into Georgia's ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
As others have said I really didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series. It feels a lot like Sky doesn't have much to do with the story at all, and he's just there as a fill-in. Very disappointed with this one. Here's hoping #4 is better!
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really remember this last one. Maybe I should reread it.
Josie Corkill
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 didnt 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 thats what makes a book a good escape. ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grad-school, 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.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, teens
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
Emily Eastman
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Tucker
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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 its 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 is
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-12
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 citys two ruling families, and must help to prevent this power struggle from resulting in heartbreak. Even while ...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.

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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.”
“There are some choices you can only make once. You can't go back to where you made a choice and then take the other one.” 91 likes
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