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Blog Tour: ‘Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris’ by Marissa Moss Review and Guestpost

Blog Tour: ‘Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris’ by Marissa Moss Review and Guestpost

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris’ by Marissa Moss Review and GuestpostMira's Diary by Marissa Moss
Series: Mira's Diary #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on September 4th, 2012
Genres: Friendship, Historical, Middle Grade, Time Travel
Pages: 210
Format: Hardcover
Source: blog tours
three-stars
Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris. Her father decides it's time for a trip to France to search for her.

While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn't run out on them but is a prisoner of the past.

Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?

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review

Mira, our main character is sent off on a family trip to Paris, France with her father and brother Malcom. The reason? Her mother has sent them a postcard stating she’s sightseeing, and having a marvelous time, so Mira’s father decides to take the entire family on a trip. What Mira finds in France isn’t just French baguettes, and art, she stumbles upon political intrigue, a mystery, and gets stuck in a period in time where Antisemitism is running rampant.

The time traveling bit in this book is done rather well. I also like how there’s a huge mystery in it too. I’m also in love with all the little illustrations that were dropped in the book. I couldn’t help but smile at them whenever they would appear on the page. It’s always nice to see a visual picture of what the author is writing about, and this one is no exception. The illustrations are cute and add a whimsical touch to the book.

As for the characters, why is Mira so eager to kiss Claude? Isn’t she just in junior high? I’m assuming junior high is 10-12 years old? I must have missed how old Mira actually was. Her feelings and thoughts seemed a lot younger than I’m used to. Not that it’s bad, but I’m just guessing her hormones were all over the place at the time. I mean I’d probably be the same way if a cute French boy did the exact same thing. There is definitely a mystery surrounding Mira’s mother and the whole time traveling gene, so I definitely want some answers.

I also had a problem with the history and the amount of detail that was dropped in certain chapters. It felt overwhelming at times, that I had to stop and re-read the book. I’m not familiar with the Dreyfus history, and it felt so complex to even be fiction. I wasn’t surprised when the end let me know that part of the history was in fact real. I like my history now and then, but I always have trouble understanding or perhaps relating to that time period. This is my trouble with historical fiction.

Overall, a good read for any age, and you will learn a little bit of French history, and a little bit of art as well, once you pick this one up.


quotes

I almost expected to see nuns leading two straight lines of little girls dressed in blue and white black hats perched on their heads.
Like the word “interesting,” which basically means “I don’t like it but don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings.
The only way to see history clearly is when it’s all in the past and you’re looking at it from a distance.

guestpost with Marissa Moss

Around the World

I’ve lived in Paris and Rome, each a wonderful experience. Living in a foreign city broadens your sense of who you are and how you want to live in ways that are delightfully unpredictable. In both cities, I explored the cultural riches in a way you can’t during a brief visit, but more than that, I learned the rhythm of a different lifestyle. There’s no such thing as rushing in Rome, no sense of urgency – or, frustratingly – of efficiency. You learn the Italian shrug of acceptance.

Travel in general demands that kind of flexibility. Planes are delayed. Connections are missed. A drive into the Amazon jungle that was supposed to take five hours ends up taking ten because roads have been washed out. But being open to what happens during travel mishaps means you end up having tea with Bedouins in Petra or are invited into a house-raising for a newly married couple in Vietnam. I love the expected parts of travel, the amazing sites, the great art, but I also love the completely unplanned, the moment you have to be open to in order to experience it.

I’ve been to more than 30 countries. The ones that have been the most difficult, have also been the most rewarding – India, Peru, Vietnam, Jordan, Egypt. I hope I can keep adding to this list. I’d love to see Indonesia, South Africa, Namibia, anywhere new. But the place I keep going back to, the city that has my heart, is Rome. Must be the gelato.


rating

3/5

three-stars

9 Comments

  1. Cassie

    October 21, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    This looks fun 🙂

  2. Karina A.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Love the guest post! One of my to-do things before I die is to travel around the world. That’s so nice! I wish I can do that too! Marissa, you should visit the Philippines!
    I love learning new things! Thanks for the review!

  3. amel armeliana

    October 20, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Your review is great. I always enjoyed it. The story sounds interesting, but I don’t know. Maybe I’ll read it, but not soon.

  4. Kelly

    October 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    you’re always so good with your reviews… plus I love time-traveling but they always confuses me…

  5. Stephanie @ Bookfever

    October 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Not a fan of timetravel stories but willing to give this a chance!

  6. SweetMarie83

    October 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I LOVE this guest post! It’s making me want to travel. *sigh* I visited Paris when I was 17, but I’d love to live there for awhile and get a taste of what it’s really like. I’m going to have to see about getting this book, it sounds good and the cover is too cute. Great review, Giselle!

  7. Dorine White

    October 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Great review. I agree.

  8. Tiff @ MostlyYALit

    October 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    I actually really like the sound of this book – thanks for the review – eager to read it!

  9. Grace Lo

    October 19, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    I have the same issue with historical fiction! A few years back I picked up a book narrated from the point of view of Queen Anne, wife to Henry VIII and went onto Wikipedia just to get a hold of the background information. Needless to say, after I finished the book, I had exhausted several Wikipedia pages and knew extensive information on all six of Henry’s wives, his offspring, as well as several other people c:
    While right now I’m not too keen on Mira’s character, I’m fascinated by the time-traveling bit in the story as well as the Dreyfus history. (Never heard of it.) I’d probably get this and read it, then pass it to my younger sister.

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