Review: Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss
Author: Marissa Moss
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published: Sept. 4, 2012
Genre: Middle grade, time travel
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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?
Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss is an interesting story about a family struggling to make sense of their missing mother. Mira is understandably upset at her mother for leaving the family without a word. When a postcard shows up out of the blue, Mira just wants to shrug it off, but her dad has other ideas. They leave immediately for Paris to look for clues pertaining to her mother. While in Paris, Mira travels back in time. She's not sure how she got there, what she's suppose to do, and how she's going to get back to her own time. Mira is surprised when she runs into her mother. However her mother runs away from her. Confused, Mira receives a mysterious note that explains 'the rules', and sets her on a path to complete a mission that could change the future.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I like time travel stories, so I though this would be interesting. I didn't expect the books to be based on actual historical events. I really liked that the most about this book. Mira is a good characters. She's young and unsure of herself. Although angry at her mother for abandoning her family, she desperately wants the opportunity to reconnect with her. There's a lot of intrigue in this book, but I was a little thrown off by the attempt at romance between Mira and another character. It distracted from the main story line. I really liked the main theme: If you could change history, should you? It offers an interesting question that the characters find themselves asking. I think this has the potential to be a great series. The author leaves the audience hanging on the very last page, but it just made me want to pick up the next book.