Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: A Book Review

In Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim we join Shiori, the princess of Kiata. In this YA fantasy, Shiori’s biggest problem seems to be avoiding her betrothed, until her step-mother curses her and turns her brother into cranes. Without money and her voice, Shiori has to not only survive without the perks of her title but also find a way to save her brothers and free them from the curse.

The fairy retelling was an excellent concept that was executed really well. I fell in love with the culture, the tales and the song. Lim had created a wonderful world that I was able to be dive into.

The characters were so interesting, especially Shiori, Seryu, Raikama and Takkan. Speaking of Takkan, he is such a cutie! I loved these characters and felt like there were so many dimensions and layers to them. My only issue with the characters were probably her brothers, I couldn’t tell them apart except maybe two? They all seemed the same and I hope we get to know them a bit more in the upcoming books.

I loved the romance in the book, it wasn’t overwhelming or in your face. Subtle, and slowly burning in the background.

There were some bits I found to be a little predictable and other bits that caught me off guard. I don’t want to say too much and spoil it, but I love the direction this book went in.

I haven’t quite made up my mind on the pacing of this book. It was fast paced and kept me hooked but there were some bits that gave me whiplash and felt rushed. This felt jarring and would bring me out of the book, and it would take another few chapters to get back into it.

I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I stayed up to read more of it. And I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

I highly recommend this for anyone that loves an action-packed book.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

August 2021: My ‘To Be Read’ List

I confess: I haven’t been reading much for someone who claims to be an avid reader. So in my mission to make time for reading, I’ve compiled a TBR list to share with you all.

Confessions About Colton by Olivia Harvard is a young adult mystery novel that follows Elliot, who’s best friend Colton, was brutally murdered. After Elliot gets a note from someone claiming to be Colton’s killer, Elliot has to follow the clues to find out the truth behind Colton’s death.

Confessions About Colton is one the books published by Wattpad and its high time I read more from my fellow Wattpad writers. I’m so excited to get into this one. I’m working on ‘Where the Light Ends’ and it has me in a really mysterious reading mood.

You Have A Match by Emma Lord is a young adult contemporary that’s slipped into my TBR. With my contemporaries, I prefer to go into it without knowing too much and I’m doing the same with this one. What I can share is that it’s more family focused than most young adult books we see.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao has been pitched as dark academia but think Asian American. And the pitch has me hooked, line, sinker.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is one of the most hyped books that book tube has made me buy. As soon as the book came out, I had my hands on it. And since then, it has sat on my bookshelf, untouched. I even made my sister read it. I can’t share anything about the book with you, because I don’t know. But this time, I’m determined to tick it off my list.

Now that you know what’s on my TBR, what’s on yours? Have you read any of these, what were your thoughts?