Purple Panda Points: Mira’s Diary – Bombs Over London

6 May


Hello everyone! Sorry for disappearing for a bit, (I was in the middle of tech week for my school’s production of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever) but there’s no need to worry – I have loads of fun things planned for the rest of the month! Today’s post is a review of book three in the Mira’s Diary series by Marissa Moss. It was a very fun read that I’m sure any time travel-lover will enjoy. Check out my review below!

Here’s a quick recap of my book review system for any of you who aren’t yet familiar with it:

My book review format is called “Purple Panda Points”, where I talk about three elements of the book (setting, plot, characters) in brief points. Hopefully this will help to keep the reviews informative, interesting, and spoiler-free!

The books are rated using the ice cream rankings (because, delish!)…

1 Panda PointOne Purple Panda Point: One point means that the book was just plain bad. I would never read it again. It’s the book equivalent of spinach ice cream.

Two PointsTwo Purple Panda Points: Two points means the book was okay. Fine. Nothing remarkable. The book equivalent of vanilla ice cream with no toppings in a dish.

Three PointsThree Purple Panda Points: Three points means the book was good. I enjoyed it and would read it again. The book equivalent of vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream in a wafer cone.

Four PointsFour Purple Panda Points: Four points means the book was great. I loved it actually! The book equivalent of cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a sugar cone.

Five PointsFive Purple Panda Points: Five points mean that the book was one of the best ones I’ve ever read. Amazing! Awesome! Cool beans! The ice cream equivalent of chocolate cookies and cream ice cream in a sugar cone with chocolate sprinkles. Yum!

Woo, that made me hungry! And now onto the review…

Purple Panda Points MiraToday I’ll be reviewing Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London by Marissa Moss. You can read my full thoughts below or a quick overview of them in the image above.

Summary: Mira has spent the last few months traveling across Europe and through time. After receiving  a post card from her time-traveling mother, she finds herself in WWI London amongst soldiers, suffragettes, writers, nurses, coders, detectives…and other time travelers. As Mira intercepts coded messages and attends rallies, she begins to doubt whether or not changing the past is the right thing to do. Can Mira figure out what’s right and find a way to get her mother home?

Plot: Unfortunately, I feel that Bombs Over London suffers from a slow beginning and stilted dialogue in the modern world. When it gets to the history though, that’s where it really shines! I loved reading about Mira’s experiences throughout London, and the author did a lovely job of weaving history into the story. I can’t wait to see what happens!

Characters: I definitely enjoyed the interactions between Mira and the different historical figures – the writers’ meeting and suffragette speech were some of my favorite parts of the book! The Watcher and Mira’s mother are quite interesting, although Mira herself didn’t leave a very strong impression.

Setting: Reading about historical London through Mira’s eyes is one of the best parts of this book – it helps combine the history and story in a way that is both informative and interesting! The descriptive language and sketches throughout the book really helps you visualize the famous British landmarks as well.

Favorite Character: I’m not sure if I have a favorite…Beatrix Potter was pretty cool though. 

Recommended Reading: If you enjoyed Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London, you’ll love the Time Traveling Fashionista Series, North of Nowhere, Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure, The Wells Bequest, and The Magic Half.

Overall Rating: Three Purple Panda Points

Four Points

Have a great rest of your week!



2 Responses to “Purple Panda Points: Mira’s Diary – Bombs Over London”

  1. Xyra June 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    Sounds like a neat book. I like when authors incorporate a bit of history in the plot.


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