Monday mornings are the toughest mornings. Knowing the weekend is over and you’ll have to go to school or work again… But here is my solution: Blue Mondays! Every Monday I will pick an awesome book, which I hope will make the week almost bearable for you. Cause reading it will make you forget about everything else! And before you know it, weekend has started once again ^^
In modern-day London, Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments, 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 Talia. Lucien can return only if he can get hold of the book again. In this colorful other world, rich with court intrigues and magic, he feels vibrantly alive, as opposed to his pain-ridden days back in England; his hair has grown back and he eats with relish. Bellezza is also where, as “Luciano,” he meets lovely 15-year-old Arianna and Rodolfo, who created the book that acts as Lucien’s “stravagation” talisman. Rodolfo explains that a stravagante is “a wanderer between worlds,” and also the history of this magical travel. Now the secret brotherhood dedicated to keeping the two worlds separate is being challenged by a faction with evil intent. Soon “Luciano” is caught up in their power struggle and learns there is a cost when one cannot stravagate properly.
This is one of my all-time favorites when I was younger. It has everything a young girl ever wanted: mystery, history, tragedy, blossoming love. I reread it often, it’s a worthy Blue Monday. Especially when winter is coming, who wouldn’t want to be in warm Italy? Or something close to that 😉
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