Read Ö City of Masks å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free


  • Paperback
  • 345
  • City of Masks
  • Mary Hoffman
  • English
  • 20 June 2019
  • 9781582349176

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 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 ma

  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 i

  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 Fernandez – L'invitation à VenisePaul Cardall – The TravelerLucas Vidal – New Found LifeGenre AU historical fantasy teen ish YAStuff time travels AU Italy 16th century canc

  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 you really want to visitIt's been long since a dream for me to visit Venice As a little girl I was always mesmerized by the beauty of its watery streets colorful city scape and mosaics This wanderlust have not s

  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 read

  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 tha

  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 mother was already very sick and the memories we spent taking turns reading pages to eachoth

  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 on

  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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Mary Hoffman ï 5 Read

City of Masks

Aid 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 footsteps.. 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

Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï Mary Hoffman

Lucien is seriously ill but his life is transformed when City of PDF an old Italian notebook gives him the power to become a stravagante a time traveller with access to th 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 o. 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 of elements that are never deeply explored into a plot seuence which never links together The idea of Stravagation is lost two or three chapters in and it takes any intrigue with itThe plot isn t terrible just unrefined and unfocused The main problem that had me struggling to continue was the lack of good pacing and tension Nothing binds this novel to a climax the story just flits from moment to moment Lucian is taken as a mondolier and then becomes an apprentice to a scientist for no real reason regardless of the need for consistency and forgets ideas as it runs Hoffman doesn t linger on anything and conseuently her characters are dull her world is contradictory and her climax ineffective Characterisation is poor Lucian s illness acts as a cheap tactic to draw sympathy from the audience and it doesn t work I never cared for any of the characters Their plights seemed childish and without conditioning or backdrop and they carry no depth or humanity Dialogue is forced and often only two or three lines long so inter relations between characters is stagnant and nearly always told as oppose to shown Lucian and Arianna are supposed to be in their mid teens but I thought they were nine based on how they conversedPOV switches every couple of pages sometimes three times in one spread to characters I had forgotten existed and who held no real ground in the story at all Again Hoffman seems to take the story on a whim just going where she wants to write about and not bothering to fill the spaces left behind I never had a solid grounding on where I was or who I was with It s a case of too many characters spoiling the broth some individuals only appeared twice in the whole plot and yet I was supposed to empathize with their mind set I simply couldn tPersonally the book bored me Nothing really happens Conflicts are almost always resolved a few pages after they appear and no antagonist is involved We hear about the dreadful di Chimicii but all they seem to want is a treaty signed which would unite Talia with a perfectly functioning republic I couldn t see anything sinister behind their actions uestions asked like Why is Stravagation important what s it s purpose are never answered I don t understand why Hoffman created a parallel world and didn t just use Renascence Italy for Lucian s escape There is a scene in which Lucian goes to the real modern day Italy and alludes to the differences between Bellazza and Venice which I couldn t see Apart from butchering Italian words nothing is really altered I feel the scene would have been affective if the protagonist had been contrasting contemporary and historical Italy rather than an almost exact replica of it I suppose the author alludes to magic a couple of times but again she never explores what it is and how it is influential to her created world Talia is boring and childish and contains no realism or logicI think Hoffman underestimated her intended audience is all Like I have said the story isn t terrible just misguided and too uick to get to it s end This is not a YA novel This is a children s book I could honestly see children between the ages of 9 12 enjoying the contents It s an easy read designed for settling kids at bedtime but anyone above that age group would probably be disappointed I certainly was Who knows perhaps the realm is explored better as the series progresses but I m not sure I ll ever find out Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers yet I was supposed to empathize with their mind set I simply couldn tPersonally the book bored me Nothing really happens Conflicts are almost always resolved a few pages after they appear and no antagonist is involved We hear about the dreadful di Chimicii but all they seem to want is a treaty signed which would unite Talia with a perfectly functioning republic I couldn t see anything sinister behind their actions uestions asked like Why is Stravagation important what s it s purpose are never answered I don t understand why Hoffman created a parallel world and didn t just use Renascence Italy for Lucian s escape There is a scene in which Lucian goes to the real modern day Italy and alludes to the differences between Bellazza and Venice which I couldn t see Apart from butchering Italian words nothing is really altered I feel the scene would have been affective if the protagonist had been contrasting contemporary and historical Italy rather than an almost exact replica of it I suppose the author alludes to magic a couple of times but again she never explores what it is and how it is influential to her created world Talia is boring and childish and contains no realism or logicI think Hoffman underestimated her intended audience is all Like I have said the story isn t terrible just misguided and too uick to get to it s end This is not a YA novel This is a children s book I could honestly see children between the ages of 9 12 enjoying the contents It s an easy read designed for settling kids at bedtime but anyone above that age group would probably be disappointed I certainly was Who knows perhaps the realm is explored better as the series progresses but I m not sure I ll ever find out

Free read City of Masks

Ne of 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 m. 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 night This is as I recall the best book in the series as of yet LucienLuciano is an extremely likable character and the ending I think was perfect I cry every time I read this which is pitiful because it is written for 12 year olds but also not pitiful because you love the characters so much it doesn t even matter I wish the Duchessa actually existed so then I could admire her beautiful clothing and scull her mandola through the winding canals of Bellezza which is the 16th century alternate universe counterpart of Venice Along the lines of the Chrestomanci series it takes the idea of a child s dream life and takes it to an extreme next level filled with political intrigue romance magic also known as natural philosophy and adventure Definitely a must even if you aren t still in middle school Charming and uick this book transports you to a past that is almost absolutely better than reality and entertains your imagination with lush description and with a plot as complex as the city of Bellezza itself Brava Mary Hoffman


About the Author: Mary Hoffman

Mary LassiterMary Hoffman is a bestselling British author and reviewer City of PDF \ born in 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 books including the aforementioned Stravaganza series and the bestselling picture book Amazing Grace Mary is also the editor of a review magazine Armadillo for kids.