Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Mac on the Road to Marseille

Mac on the Road to Marseille

By Christopher Ward

Blurb: Fifteen-year-old Mackenzie returns to Paris to attend the Christmas Eve wedding of her Dad's old friend, Rudee Daroo, and the love of his life, dancer Sashay D'or. Mac is told about the annual New Year's taxi road rally, this year hosted by the Marseille Marauders, the nastiest lot of drivers you've ever seen.

Partnered with hulking cabbie Blag Lebouef, Mac manages to convince her parents that the road rally is more like a carefree drive in the French countryside than the death-defying cutthroat rivalry it's always been. Negotiating brutal weather, cryptic signage, outright sabotage, random flocks of sheep, and zigzagging back roads, Mac and Blag might be the perfect combination of cunning and brute strength, though they are both extremely strong-willed and rarely agree.

On the road, she makes the startling discovery that the clues the drivers have been given during the rally could lead to the discovery of some valuable missing artwork. Is that worth losing the rally over?

Genres: Juvenile/YA, Realistic Fiction, Adventure 

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 164

Series: Sequel to Mac in the City of Light

My Rating: 4 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well, I should probably start off by saying that this book is actually a sequel to a book I've never read. (Oops, didn't realize before I started reading, but whatcha gonna do?) Yet I still really enjoyed Mac on the Road to Marseille. It was fun and nothing really heavy. Perfect for getting out of a small little reading slump I've found myself in.

The mystery of this book really isn't that much of a mystery to the reader; we are introduced right from the start to the person who is stealing famous artworks and replacing them with well done frauds. However, we don't know a lot about him at first, and that means there still were some reveals at the end of the book. It's cool to see from his POV how he pulled off the heists, and doesn't sound too far fetched, though I doubt that someone could pull of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in real life, no matter how good their plan is. *Knocks on wood*

It's pure entertainment to read about Mac as she discovers fake paintings, participates in a huge race, and much more. The story always seems a bit humorous; even its more serious moments are never truly serious, because it's plain to see that Mac will be able to get out of those situations.

The characters are all really fun to read about too. Like the plot, none of them ever get too 'serious', except for maybe the thief. Mac is a brave girl, who has really interesting friends and has a habit of getting into exciting adventures. She's not afraid to stand up to the art thief on television; this causes some problems for her later. I liked her a lot. Mac's friends Blag and Rudee could best be described as 'quirky' but they never seemed to get too silly for me to like them, and I liked that.

Definitely a recommended read for younger readers, but if you're older don't feel ashamed to pick it up as well.


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