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City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) chapter 1 City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) , meaning City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) , genre City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) , book cover City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) , flies City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) , City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4) 812eb51678620 When Matt Is Unexpectedly Transported To The Scriptorium Of Padavia University, He Discovers He Is A Stravagante Who Can Travel Through Time Using His Talisman, A Leather Bound Book Together With Luciano And Arianna, He Must Fight The Dangerous Di Chimici Clan Who Are On The Verge Of Making A Terrifying Breakthrough Into Our World


10 thoughts on “City of Secrets (Stravaganza, #4)

  1. says:

    Is this worth five stars based on a literary merit No, I don t think so But based on personal enjoyment, it definitely is This series is pretty much the only one that I don t judge harshly and question whether it s five stars or not I ve read it so many times, I know it inside out, it feels like an old friend.


  2. says:

    First I have to say that I love Italy, so when I first got my hands on the first Stravaganza book I was really excited and it was great.This one is the 4th one of the series and it travels us to a 16th century Padua of another world Matt is sad in his 21st century London life, with dyslexia and self confidence problems, when he finds a book that travels him to Padova in Talia There he meets a professor in a uni that tells him he is a Stravagante and he can travel with his talisman between the First I have to say that I love Italy, so when I first got my hands on the first Stravaganza book I was really excited and it was great.This one is the 4th one of the series and it travels us to a 16th century Padua of another world Matt is sad in his 21st century London life, with dyslexia and self confidence problems, when he finds a book that travels him to Padova in Talia There he meets a professor in a uni that tells him he is a Stravagante and he can travel with his talisman between the two worlds.He also meets another stravagante Luciano, who is actually a dead boy from his school and lives his life in Talia In his world he comes across all the Stravaganti from all the previous books and together they help him adjust in his new life.Everything seems great, a new life in a world where Matt can read, new friends and a new city, until the di Chimici decide to trace Luciano and make him pay for killing a member of their family All magic becomes forbidden in Padua and the adventure begins The book is simple writen, enjoyble and full of magic scenes I loved it And I can t wait to get my hands on the next one


  3. says:

    An book about travelers from England in the 21st century, to a new found universe, quite similar to Italy, an amazing place, called Talia, where great and kind rulers have power over certain areas, but a new Grand Duke of Giglia, wants to take over all of Talia Now, a new Stravagante the name of these travelers Matt Matteo will help to save Padavia the city he s in along side fellow Stravagante to oppose the di Chimici, knowing their opposing to the laws of magic, with the penaltyDEATH.


  4. says:

    My least favorite of the Stravaganza books so far This review will contain spoilers Our hero makes no sense What s his problem That he has an inferiority complex I just don t buy it As much as the plot goes out of its way to remind the reader again and again that he s so unlike Luciano, the reminder isn t needed He isn t like Luciano He s a dead bore His issue apparently seems to be petty jealousy and inferiority, he somehow develops this great magical power that is weird, unexplained, My least favorite of the Stravaganza books so far This review will contain spoilers Our hero makes no sense What s his problem That he has an inferiority complex I just don t buy it As much as the plot goes out of its way to remind the reader again and again that he s so unlike Luciano, the reminder isn t needed He isn t like Luciano He s a dead bore His issue apparently seems to be petty jealousy and inferiority, he somehow develops this great magical power that is weird, unexplained, and fairly easy to take care of, and his entire purpose apparently amounts to getting beat up I felt again and again as if the author was trying to prove that she could write four books and give each character a distinctive personalty So sure Matt isn t like Lucian or Sky And I couldn t stand him I felt it in the book before, but now I m seriously irritated What is with the Stravagante from our world being all like one great purpose and never return Why do the Talian Stravagante keep bringing items to our world It would be much easier to find a way to have the same people come back and forth instead of having to train a new person each time And how come none of this was happening before Lucien showed up Or was it Random plot elements and new characters forced in I m sick of the old characters and old relationships I know it is hard to write a sequel, and I m sure it is equally hard to keep true to the same characters for four books, however, whether it is Nick glancing anxiously at Georgia every time the name Lucien comes up, whether it is Arianna apparently entirely forgetting she was never going to use a double again and putting her maid at risk again, whether it is even Sky s nonchalant attitude about his experience in Talia I find his not going back ever the strangest of all I was sick of it Same old, same old These characters are starting to become downright bores And this new one, Matt, is the worst of the lot The relationships Oooooh boy, let me drag out my soap box Did you know that one out of every four high school students in England has an STD If parents act the way they apparently do in City of Secrets, I m no longer surprised Teenage sex thrown in novels is one of my greatest pet peeves I understand sometimes it adds realism In this book that is not the case I realize that it is never explicitly spelled out that Matt and his girlfriend have sex, but it is insinuated A lot Matt is just turning 17 Maybe their are parents totally okay with their children sharing their beds so young, I am not naive I realize it happens However, it is not needed here Having sex is not some casual, well, goes with the relationship deal But that is exactly how it is portrayed And this book is littered with comments about these teenage relationships Sky and Alice deeply intertwined making out at a party Matt s girlfriend staying over.quite a bit Does it add realism Maybe, but I don t find it necessary It does not add to the story It makes the characters nolikable It promotes a casual, shallow mindset towards relationships Because if you look at almost every relationship in this book, it boils down to the physical Touching, kissing, hand holding.are not all bad things in and off themselves But that is about all these relationships consist of There were other things that bugged me I did not find Luciano s speech that impressive or persuasive I sort of snorted in a most unladylike way when he went how do we know their religion isn t true This book has a flavor of political correctness that I disliked The plot wasn t all consuming The writing wasn t as good Enrico switched sides really fast and as useful as he was, I thought it sort of made his character less dimensional He became a convenient plot tool NothingIn conclusion, disliked Matt Disliked a lot of the old characters Found a lot of the stuff thrown in unneeded


  5. says:

    Well, this book was just so, Wow Out of all the main characters there has been through the series, Matt is the most like a normal teenager He has two parents, perfect health, a girl friend, he s working towards his licences In a way it makes me want to knowabout him.But sadly Luciano wasof the main character than Matt I ve come to the conclusion the series is really his story through the eyes of everyone else But it s interesting.The only thing I would have wished was there to be Well, this book was just so, Wow Out of all the main characters there has been through the series, Matt is the most like a normal teenager He has two parents, perfect health, a girl friend, he s working towards his licences In a way it makes me want to knowabout him.But sadly Luciano wasof the main character than Matt I ve come to the conclusion the series is really his story through the eyes of everyone else But it s interesting.The only thing I would have wished was there to beMatt I d have loved to really get to know him, like we did the others In the other books I felt like the characters were really settled and sorted out, but not Matt I felt he need to do something else That he wasn t quite better I felt like he was still brand new in Talia Hopefully they ll beabout him though in the next book I d like that.But the plot with Flillipo and Luciano, it was just too awesome to sum up How do you talk about something like that It was just so sneaky and Luciano fell for it That was just so amazing that they played it out so perfectly


  6. says:

    The series concept remains very good, but it is becoming a lot of the same That won t stop me to continue reading, though We finally get to go to Padua, which we heard of in the first installment of the series as the place where Dr Dethridge teaches During my honeymoon, my husband and I went to visit modern day Padua, so it was a very fun read It really is a university town, and that feel came through in the book very well, even though there have been quite a few changes The evil eye part o The series concept remains very good, but it is becoming a lot of the same That won t stop me to continue reading, though We finally get to go to Padua, which we heard of in the first installment of the series as the place where Dr Dethridge teaches During my honeymoon, my husband and I went to visit modern day Padua, so it was a very fun read It really is a university town, and that feel came through in the book very well, even though there have been quite a few changes The evil eye part of the story I understand that superstition is very big in that era, and that it had to be mentioned some time, similar to the Zinti who we meet again, yay , but unlike the Zinti, I do not have the feeling that the evil eye storyline adds anything.I m looking forward to how the story will continue and how the problems with the Chemici family will resolve themselves if they ever will


  7. says:

    I m sort of hoping there might NOT be 12 books in this series after only the fourth this one it is getting a bit tiring to read about people finding an object they are strangely drawn to, falling asleep, and stravagating to Talia From there they are bewildered and generally think it s a dream but still go on Haven t any of the talismans chosen not so well and the stravagante has freaked out Anyway, the books could make up for that themselves, but after the first two which I thought were re I m sort of hoping there might NOT be 12 books in this series after only the fourth this one it is getting a bit tiring to read about people finding an object they are strangely drawn to, falling asleep, and stravagating to Talia From there they are bewildered and generally think it s a dream but still go on Haven t any of the talismans chosen not so well and the stravagante has freaked out Anyway, the books could make up for that themselves, but after the first two which I thought were really good , the plots haven t been as original


  8. says:

    Zeker, ik was enorm blij om weer terug te zijn in Talia, want wat een heerlijke wereld En wat blijven de personages leuk Alleen worden de boeken wel steeds minder Deze was langdradig en de ontknoping was maar heel kort in vergelijking met de 400 pagina s van het boek.Een uitgebreide recensie volgt binnenkort op www.thebookdiaries.nl.


  9. says:

    i m a huge fan of the series and i love it i just wish i knew a littleabout the some of the characters from the previous books


  10. says:

    Stravaganza is a wonderful series name, and the setting, a parallel version of late 16th century Italy, is magnificent The author has a talent for description, making you feel she has been to the places she speaks of.Where she lost me, though, was that the story was laced with far too many elements of the occult, which I find utterly distasteful, and which mar the story for me Therefore, I was only able to rate the story two stars instead of the four it would otherwise have received.


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