While I enjoyed Six Crimson Cranes & I liked it enough to finish it I was left underwhelmed. Let’s be real, the cover is STUNNING, and I’ve seen it around a tonne on insta and such but I haven’t really seen any reviews until now. Looking at the reviews I don’t seem to be the only one with this opinion however the reasoning differs a lot! Some people had issues with pacing & plot but loved the characters whereas others like me had issue with the characters…
I enjoyed the characters but I never felt a real connection to any of them. The characters felt kind of lacking & 2D which made it hard to invest in them. Even the main character at times felt flat. The only ones that I felt had real depth was the step mother & Takkan. Shiori has 6 brothers and honestly I couldn’t tell them apart because while you were told they had certain traits that never really showed in how they were written.
The plot was interesting & fairly unpredictable throughout. I found myself interested in the story itself and how they were going to sort out this mess. Which I think was the main thing that kept be going. The pacing however definitely let it down. I feel like it brushed over intense scenes that could have been dragged out for suspense but then dragged out scenes that really didn’t need it.
Overall there definitely could have been improvement. It had the potential to be amazing and it just missed the mark a little. I have Spin the Daw on my TBR so I might get to it one day but I’m hoping it will be a bit better than this one in execution. Fingers crossed!