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City of Masks

Lucien is seriously ill but his life is transformed when an old Italian notebook gives him the power to become a stravagante a time traveller with access to 16th century Italy He wakes up in Bellezza Venice during carnival time and meets Arianna a girl his own age who is disguised as a boy in the hope of being selected as one of. Cute That a the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book Cute and mostly harmless Adorable and sweet but unfortunately just not too memorable Like a decent fast food meal it s satisfying but not too nutritiousThis is a story of a teenage boy dying from cancer in contemporary England who accidentally discovers a way to travel to an alternate reality that closely resembles medieval Venice He makes friends with a powerful scientist magician and a perky tomboy girl foils a few political intrigues and as his life ebbs away in the real world realizes that this alternate reality uickly is becoming real than real worldIt s a book that seems to be aimed at uite young readers perhaps age 9 or 10 It s gentle and sweet with simple plot and easy to follow hints of the predictable plot twists with never too real dangers relatively harmless villains and generally happy resolutions to conflicts The depths that could have been explored in characters as well as the plot were left unchartedThere were a few points where it could all have been taken to the next level to the place that can arouse strong conflicting emotions and create necessary tension but they were sweetly glossed over for instance Lucien s experience of loss and dying addressing the pain of grief the difficult choices Silvia makes the introduction of some ambiguity into the events there were such opportunities for making the shades of moral grayness prominent and memorable Alas any possibility of moral upheaval and emotional effect were softened and made sweet and cute and very easily palatable which I thought was a real missed opportunityIt s overall a feel good book probably unlikely to cause deep discussions between children and their parents probably unlikely to change any kid s perception of the world probably a lovely read on the cold rainy day when kids have to stay inside however I m probably thinking of those long away days of my own childhood when there were no video games and TV programs were uite limited and library books were the perfect go to entertainment It s a lovely book to help pass some time before moving on to better challenging literature It has no teeth it doesn t bite and that may be a good or a bad thing depending where you stand on the idea of literature in lives of young readers At least it does pass for a decent bedtime storyNot a bad read but you may find it hard to remember much of it a few days later Interesting enough to finish reading it but not captivating enough to pick up the seuels 3 stars The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) life is transformed when an old Italian notebook gives him the power to become a stravagante a time traveller with access to 16th century Italy He wakes up in Bellezza Venice during carnival time and meets Arianna a girl his own age who is disguised as a boy in the hope of being selected as one of. Cute That a the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book Cute and mostly harmless Adorable and sweet but unfortunately just not too memorable Like a decent fast food meal it s satisfying but not too nutritiousThis is a story of a teenage boy dying from cancer in contemporary England who accidentally discovers a way to travel to an alternate reality that closely resembles medieval Venice He makes friends with a powerful scientist magician and a perky tomboy girl foils a few political intrigues and as his The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, life ebbs away in the real world realizes that this alternate reality uickly is becoming real than real worldIt s a book that seems to be aimed at uite young readers perhaps age 9 or 10 It s gentle and sweet with simple plot and easy to follow hints of the predictable plot twists with never too real dangers relatively harmless villains and generally happy resolutions to conflicts The depths that could have been explored in characters as well as the plot were Incubus left unchartedThere were a few points where it could all have been taken to the next The Sharpe Companion The Early Years level to the place that can arouse strong conflicting emotions and create necessary tension but they were sweetly glossed over for instance Lucien s experience of Tantra y salchicha. La vía sabrosa al sexo sagrado loss and dying addressing the pain of grief the difficult choices Silvia makes the introduction of some ambiguity into the events there were such opportunities for making the shades of moral grayness prominent and memorable Alas any possibility of moral upheaval and emotional effect were softened and made sweet and cute and very easily palatable which I thought was a real missed opportunityIt s overall a feel good book probably unlikely to cause deep discussions between children and their parents probably unlikely to change any kid s perception of the world probably a Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics lovely read on the cold rainy day when kids have to stay inside however I m probably thinking of those Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed long away days of my own childhood when there were no video games and TV programs were uite Down and Out in Paris and London limited and The French Cafe library books were the perfect go to entertainment It s a Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry lovely book to help pass some time before moving on to better challenging PHP Pocket Reference literature It has no teeth it doesn t bite and that may be a good or a bad thing depending where you stand on the idea of Signaler un problème literature in The Face on the Milk Carton lives of young readers At Winds of Enchantment least it does pass for a decent bedtime storyNot a bad read but you may find it hard to remember much of it a few days The Odds Against later Interesting enough to finish reading it but not captivating enough to pick up the seuels 3 stars

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The Duchessa's mandoliers Arianna gives Lucien her boy's clothing and he is selected as a mandolier himself becoming a friend of fellow stravagante Rodolfo the Duchessa's lover and saving the Duchessa's life when she is threatened by an assassin hired by the powerful di Chimici family For state occasions the Duchessa uses her mai. DNF at 22%I was very excited to start this one because one of my all time favorite concepts is TIME TRAVEL There s nothing better than the fascination one gets when they find themselves in another place in another time be it in the future or in the past I love that sense of awe and wonder characters get in such books I think it s related to my love for both history and traveling so you really can t blame me for the major excitement I had prior to reading this book And I guess that s why my disappointment was huge as well I couldn t even get past 25% of this novelThere s nothing wrong with the plot per se Lucien is a teenager stricken with cancer He can barely move and eat and he has to have his dad read to him One day his father gave him a rather peculiar book with the instructions to write anything on it Then when he goes to sleep he wakes up and finds himself in a strange place and later finds out he traveled to a parallel universe akin to 15th 16th century Venice Could have been a really great story with lots of star crossed lovers potential know what I mean Unfortunately the writing really ruined it for me You know I would let third person omniscient pass as long as it does it right I wouldn t mind as long as there is good pacing but man this was the most disjointed novel I ve ever read There was absolutely no build up and pacing We re given the POV of this character then two paragraphs later we jump to another character s POV from OUT OF NOWHERE and then we jump back to another POV with an ongoing dialogue with no context given whatsoever It was bugging the hell out of me but when it started having THREE POV changes in ONE PAGE I lost it I can understand the POV of side characters but random ones that don t contribute to the overall story people whose existences I would forget later on Come the fuck onThe writing is very important to me It encourages me to read on It can have a tragic plot and maybe even a ridiculous one but if the writing is splendid I would ALWAYS give it a chance and read it through But this Ugh If I were a cellphone and you opened an app called City of Masks I d be drained out of battery in no time That s how much this book demotivated me Incubus lover and saving the Duchessa's The Sharpe Companion The Early Years life when she is threatened by an assassin hired by the powerful di Chimici family For state occasions the Duchessa uses her mai. DNF at 22%I was very excited to start this one because one of my all time favorite concepts is TIME TRAVEL There s nothing better than the fascination one gets when they find themselves in another place in another time be it in the future or in the past I Tantra y salchicha. La vía sabrosa al sexo sagrado love that sense of awe and wonder characters get in such books I think it s related to my Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics love for both history and traveling so you really can t blame me for the major excitement I had prior to reading this book And I guess that s why my disappointment was huge as well I couldn t even get past 25% of this novelThere s nothing wrong with the plot per se Lucien is a teenager stricken with cancer He can barely move and eat and he has to have his dad read to him One day his father gave him a rather peculiar book with the instructions to write anything on it Then when he goes to sleep he wakes up and finds himself in a strange place and Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed later finds out he traveled to a parallel universe akin to 15th 16th century Venice Could have been a really great story with Down and Out in Paris and London lots of star crossed The French Cafe lovers potential know what I mean Unfortunately the writing really ruined it for me You know I would Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry let third person omniscient pass as PHP Pocket Reference long as it does it right I wouldn t mind as Signaler un problème long as there is good pacing but man this was the most disjointed novel I ve ever read There was absolutely no build up and pacing We re given the POV of this character then two paragraphs The Face on the Milk Carton later we jump to another character s POV from OUT OF NOWHERE and then we jump back to another POV with an ongoing dialogue with no context given whatsoever It was bugging the hell out of me but when it started having THREE POV changes in ONE PAGE I Winds of Enchantment lost it I can understand the POV of side characters but random ones that don t contribute to the overall story people whose existences I would forget The Odds Against later on Come the fuck onThe writing is very important to me It encourages me to read on It can have a tragic plot and maybe even a ridiculous one but if the writing is splendid I would ALWAYS give it a chance and read it through But this Ugh If I were a cellphone and you opened an app called City of Masks I d be drained out of battery in no time That s how much this book demotivated me

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D Giuliana as a body double but Guiliana commits the fatal mistake of revealing the secret to her fiance Enrico and a seuence of devastating conseuences unravels Meanwhile Lucien has met the original stravagante the Elizabethan alchemist William Dethridge and he begins to understand that he may be called to follow in his footstep. recently re read this series for the hundredth or so time and once again the story did not fail to draw me in Original fascinating exciting love it


10 thoughts on “City of Masks

  1. says:

    Cute That a the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book Cute and mostly harmless Adorable and sweet but unfortunately just not too memorable Like a decent fast food meal it's satisfying but not too nutritiousThis is

  2. says:

    Unfortunately this is another example of a great concept ruined by bad storytelling Our 'protagonist' and I use that lightly is Lucian a boy with cancer who discovers he can travel to a different world a pseudo Venice as it were through the acuisition of a magical notebook However this ability is never really the foundation of the plot; instead Miss Hoffman tends to write where the wind takes her forming a mix match o

  3. says:

    75 out of 10 Ревью в моем блогеThis review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives please use ChromeYandex browser or AndroidIOS to see the page; otherwise spoiler tags I use to make my post compact may not workShort SoundtrackNilda

  4. says:

    This year I'm doing a Reading Challenge; so I have 26 books with specific subjects that I need to readBook 24 A book set somewhere yo

  5. says:

    This is a book from my childhood circa age 11 that I am so happy to have picked up again now I'm not even really that interested in Italy but I certainly dig the idea of inter dimensional space and time travel I'm re reading all of the books in the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman in accordance to the release of the newest seuel City of Sercrets So far I've read City of Masks and I started City of Stars last

  6. says:

    DNF at 22%I was very excited to start this one because one of my all time favorite concepts is TIME TRAVEL There's nothing better than the fascination one gets when they find themselves in another place in another time be it in the future or in the past I love that sense of awe and wonder characters get in such

  7. says:

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars maybe even 35Wait what?? uite a low rating to be on an all time favourites list I know I won’t lie objectively this series may not be the best ever written Frankly I am not even sure I am capable of judging them in that aspect I read these books together with my mother when I was probably 11 My mo

  8. says:

    recently re read this series for the hundredth or so time and once again the story did not fail to draw me in Original fascinating exciting love it

  9. says:

    Summary view spoilerLucien Mulholland isn’t what you’d call a normal boy Despite becoming ill from a tumor and recovering from chemotherapy Lucien’s life was somewhat normal compared to the situation he finds himself in now For after being given a red and purple marbled notebook by his father as a gift Lucien falls asleep only to dre

  10. says:

    In modern day London Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments due to the cancer plaguing his body but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him he is transported or stravagated to an enchanting 16th century Venice like city called Bellezza in the country TaliaLucien can return only if he can get hold of the book again while thinking of Belleza In this colorful other world rich w

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