Monday, 19 November 2012

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss

Mira's Diary: Lost in ParisMira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss

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Source: ARC from Raincoast Books for review (thank you! <3)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Release Date: September 4, 2012

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?
If you're looking for an enjoyable MG with a little bit of everything -- time travel, culture, history, romance -- look no further! Mira's Diary is a fun and charming trip to Paris that you'll be able to race through in no time.

What starts off for the main character Mira as a trip to Paris to find her mysteriously missing mother quickly turns into a whirlwind of an adventure as she tries to shape the future and hide her identity. I can't say that I was familiar with most of the history and information shared in the book about Degas and that entire scandal but it was interesting to read about. I did feel like the information came a little abruptly at times (I would have liked a bit more of a break between chunks of it) but overall, it was very cool to learn.

Mira herself was an interesting character. I appreciated for the most part what she tried to accomplish throughout the novel but I also wish that her character had been a little more well-developped. At the end of everything, I still don't think I have a good sense of who Mira is.

A part of this, I suspect, is the constant back-and-forth with the time travel. Now look, I get it. Time travel novels usually have lots of this and it's fine! For some reason though, it didn't 100% work all the time with this novel for me. The jumping around got a little confusing for me and I kept having to go back and compare the dates in the chapter titles (super helpful, those).

Overall, a cute MG with great pictures to improve the experience even more! Lots of fun.

Cover Comments: I saw this IRL at a bookstore when it first came out and it looks adorable! I love the diary style of it.

3 Golden Crowns!


  1. Sonia, this sounds FUN. And CUTE. And... Paris. Degas. Le'sigh.

    My inner-art nerd is getting excited.
    Also, you said the magic words: Time Travel.

    I mean... the info-dumps sound like a shame, and I think I read on GR you wanted a little more depth from it, which is fair but...


    1. Of course YOU would know all about it ;) AND DITTO x100 FOR YOU, SARAH THE AUSTRALIANAH <3

  2. Aw, shame the time travel element wasn't a strength in this, because TIME TRAVEL *eyes glaze over* Still, it sounds like an entertaining weekend read and I love that there's pictures! The scrapbook theme in Amy and Rogers Epic Detour really added to the story and when I flicked through Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult - oh my gosh, the illustrations are amazing! So I love seeing stuff like that included in books.

    Brilly review, Sonny Woo! <3