on 21 April 2006
When Georgia finally saves up to buy a model of an Etruscan winged horse, she knows she must keep it away from her stepbrother Russell, who lives to make Georgia's life a misery.
That night, she falls asleep with the winged horse in her hands, wishing she could be in another world, far away from her troubled life.
When she wakes, Georgia is in a completely different world and city. She has Stravagated to Remora, much like Siena, in Talia like Italy. The Etruscan horse is her means of getting there.
Georgia balances her life well, living in London by day and Talia by night. She befriends other Stravagante and is swept up in the heat of the Stellata, a horse race in which each twelfth of Remora takes part in. The twelfths are named by the zodiac signs.
City of Stars is a refreshing, exciting novel which will leave you hooked. Mary Hoffman has created a world that is totally believable. Talia is a delight. It will keep readers wanting for more. Thank goodness City of Flowers has come, the wait was unbearable once I heard there was a third book.
on 28 August 2009
City of Stars in Mary Hoffman's Second book in the thrilling Stravaganza series. In it we follow our tomboy heroine Georgia's story. A horse lover, Georgia is thrilled when she finds herself in the City of Stars, Remora in Talia. The City is just warming up for the big horse race, the Stellata, that takes the City, and Georgia, by storm.
You will soon be swept up in this thrilling tale of love, adventure, mystery, music, death and that other-worldliness that just makes Mary Hoffman's books so great to escape to.
With favourites from the City of Masks joining in, if you liked City of Masks, you will love the City of Stars. This is my favourite of all the Stravaganza Quartet-the plot just has so much more to it, and the bonds between characters make this book one I can enjoy forever.
on 26 October 2003
The sequal to "stravaganza City of Masks" is a amazing book and its better than the first. Marry Hoffman has out done herself in this book. The book contains old charectors and new ones in a totally different city. It see's Georgia transported to another world just like our Italy Rome but with big difrences. The main part in the story is when Luciano,formally from our world,and Georgia help transport a handicap boy to our world to get treatment on his legs,as in his world it is the 16th centuary,but he will never be able to return again. the twist is the boy is part of a mean but powrful family and his father will do anything to get this way of transporting to other worlds.
on 15 January 2004
i would say that the first book of this series Stravaganza: city of masks was much better. this follows a relatively similar pattern and has a slighly different cast, but the storyline is very predictable. Well written, but based for younger readers. possibly best to wait for the paperback version, as this is not really worth the extra for hardbacks. However, a cleverly thought out idea, but could have been made into a better story.