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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!


6 Time Traveling Book Adventures I Really Think You Should Go On-B.I.R.T.Y.S.R Volume 15

14 Apr



It’s time for April’s roundup of Books I Really Think You Should Read! This month’s theme is about books where the characters time travel to the future or the past; yay! I have plenty of great reads that I can’t wait to share with you…

Titanic Cover

The Time Traveling Fashionista Series by Bianca Turetsky / Read my review of the third book here.

Not only are there plenty of beautiful full color drawings throughout this fashion-savvy series, there’s also lots of adventure and history hidden in the pages. Join 12-year-old Louise Lambert as she time travels to all sorts of places from the Titanic to the set of a Hollywood movie; all because of gorgeous fashions she finds at the mysterious Time Traveling Fashionista sale! What could be better?

A Year Without Autumn

A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler / Read my review here.

I just adore Liz Kessler’s wonderful use of fantasy and magic in her other series Emily Windsnap and Phillipa Fisher, but for this post I wanted to feature her book: A Year Without Autumn. In this wonderful novel, the main character Jenni accidentally transports herself a year later than her own time when exploring a vacation resort. Now her family has gotten one person larger, her best friend’s family is suffering a tragedy, and Jenni can’t find a way to get back to her own time!!! And if you want more time traveling excitement, try reading Liz Kessler’s other adventure: North Of Nowhere!

The magic half

The Magic Half by Annie Barrows

This is a shorter read than the other books featured on this post, but it still has plenty of great time traveling fun! When Miri Gill finds a magical piece of glass in her attic bedroom…she’s suddenly not in her bedroom. It’s still the same room of course, but it’s not even the same time period…Miri soon discovers she’s traveled to the year 1935, where she meets a girl named Molly who insists she needs rescuing. Can Miri help Molly and get back to her own time period?


The Mira’s Diary Series by Marissa Moss

I’m actually reading a book by Marissa Moss right now, so maybe I’ve just been thinking about her books lately, but when I decided I was going to write a post about Time Traveling books, this was the first thing that popped into my head! The Mira’s Dairy series is about a teenage girl named Mira, who while on a trip to Paris, discovers she can time travel when visiting certain places. The books are decorated with amazing drawings and the writing is just as fun and entertaining; you should definitely check these out!

Listening for Lucca

Listening For Lucca by Suzanne Lafleur

This book may not qualify exactly as time traveling, but it is still pretty awesome:) The main character, Siena moves to an old beach house with her parents and younger brother Lucca, who has stopped talking. When Siena is exploring the house, she finds an old pen that belonged to a girl her age over fifty years ago, and when she writes with it, Siena is able to see into the past! Cool, right?

The wells bequest

The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman

Polly Shulman is an amazing author, and I loved reading her fairy-tales themed book, The Grimm Legacy. I quickly started the companion book, The Wells Bequest, almost immediately, and I was so interested in the complicated time machines and ideas from all sorts of different books…plus I just like the setting of the New York Circulating Material Repository:) But seriously, you should read this.

What are your favorite time-traveling reads?