Title: Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes #1)
Author: Elizabeth Lim
ARC provided by Random House Children’s through NetGalley.
Elizabeth Lim has written another whimsical story. As with Spin the Dawn, her talented writing brings a dreamy quality to this fairytale retelling. Six Crimson Cranes is an Asian-inspired retelling of The Wild Swans and I was very impressed how the author was able to create something wholly unique while still staying to the bones of the original story.
While I was interested in the overall story, there was a lot going on in Six Crimson Cranes. There are multiple different plot threads and storylines that were all happening simultaneously and, unfortunately, the book seemed to suffer for it. The many different elements and plots made it hard for the story to feel coherent or seamless.
This is actually the first book of a duology. I honestly feel like Six Crimson Cranes would have been better suited as a standalone. Most (although not all) of the plotlines were tied up by the end of the book. I’m not totally against a sequel, it just felt like conflict was fabricated to allow the story to continue when there was a perfect opportunity to wrap the entire story up nicely.
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Interesting, this is the first less than glowing review I’ve read! I will admit multi POV is tricky sometimes, and I’m super curious about this book
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I was really expecting to love it too 😔 It’s actually only one POV, with multiple plotlines occurring to/around that character which is why it felt so convoluted. There was just wayyy too much going on
great review!! i’m not really a fan of those big multi pov books, so i;m unsure how i’ll find this one.
Great review, Breanna! I also really hate it when a book has too much going on, especially considering this is a first book in a duology some of the plot points should be able to be spared for the second book…
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That’s exactly how I felt reading. It feels like there was too much going on in this first book, but there won’t be enough in the second