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The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

thanatos_'s review

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Its a wonderful Book, nothing against it...But I caught the reading slump

analyticalchaos's review

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3.0

The Last Cuentista is an incredibly introspective, creative novel. Usually, due to the audience, middle grade tends to pull punches in apocalyptic scenarios. There is less death, complexity, and drastic consequences. I will say this: The Last Cuentists does not do that. The risks taken were incredibly done.

The reason this wasn't a four or five-star read is because of the ending. I felt that it was too rushed and backtracked on the development the first parts established.

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All in all, cool read with interesting themes. Just lacked pacing and direction in some spots.

asienerbrown's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5


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wizardsharks's review

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adventurous dark emotional reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

teachingwithmagic's review against another edition

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adventurous sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

adalton's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

elevatewithmari's review

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adventurous inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.5

vandemon's review

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adventurous dark tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

mattyamazing's review

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hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

_leitmotif_'s review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced

3.75

a great middle grade story of the power of story, culture and connection to resist assimilation and oppression set in space with humanity on the way to a new world. petra is a wonderful character and i loved her fierce resistance and big sibling energy to protect and preserve the lives and stories of the vulnerable around her.