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Ancient Strengthening Technique
April 13, 2016
Status: --
The MC is a gamer who was reborn with his past memories. Raised by his loving mother, he sets off on a quest to reunite his family for her sake (while creating a new one with every woman he meets).

AST’s most distinctive aspect is that the MC is constantly horny, with a taste for mature women who resemble his mother (and also his mother) and the real purpose of his reincarnation is to explain his preference for MILFs. While most XX/WX novels feel like they’re split 50:50 between... more>> training and women, AST appears more like 10:90. It’s called Ancient Strengthening Technique but there’s really only one muscle he’s training.

Other than the MC’s tale of two heads, there’s nothing particularly distinct about him. Coming from the gaming world, his cheat includes his memories and a set of skills he currently can’t use. He trains hard (kinda), he enters fights (occasionally) and does/will do all the things and women a normal MC does (mostly the women). <<less
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Black Bellied Prince’s Stunning Abandoned Consort
March 30, 2016
Status: --
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The female lead is described as relatively plain but is smart and well versed in medicine, music and other arts. However her defining feature is her ability to silently endure anything thrown at her in situations with no alternatives, and have the reader feel sorry for her.

While the male lead is not only cold and insufferable but also emotionally slow (still trying to figure out whether he liked her or not when she ‘died’… by then does it matter?) and has shown no redeeming qualities.

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The female lead is granted in marriage to the male lead as an attempt by the emperor to mock him with his leftovers, and the male lead feels disgraced by her, so he mistreats her. After she saves him, they interact more and he’s given the opportunity to disappoint her time and time again, while she for some reason falls for him… leading to her death.
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There were times where it was more logical to abandon her i.e. a wife compared to a general or military seal, but there were other times where he could’ve rescued her/reduced her suffering with very little effort but didn’t bother - a large part of her suffering is due to his actions (i.e. agreeing to take on the woman who attempts to kill her as a concubine) and belief that since he can justify his actions to himself there’s no need to explain it to anyone else… And if he actually cared a little he’d realize how badly she was mistreated in his home.

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She’s reborn, this time as a beauty, and interacts with the same people from her past life as well as characters in her new life, while the male lead is currently attempting to redeem himself by 'protecting' her again, in his own emotionally stunted way.

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The characters aren’t particularly likeable and the plot is mostly getting the readers to rage at the injustices the female lead faces, while begging for the very brief and shallow moments of ‘affection’ that the male lead occasionally shows (i.e. noticing her existence, not actively abusing her, hesitating before abandoning her yet again). One of the saving graces of the story (or rather the only one) is that it was summarized and we don’t need to go through an extended version to face a similar disappointment. Unless this was a parody of bad romance novels and we completely missed the tone.

Would’ve been better if she could get a fresh start with her new life and learn to live freely and value herself. Instead she’s caught up in the past and everything just picks off from when she died, except she’s prettier now.

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tl;dr version – The female lead is a poor little cabbage so starved for love and affection she falls for a wood block that keeps falling on her head because while it hurts, at least it isn’t actively going out of its way to do so. And while it’s sitting on the dent in her head, it occasionally blocks other things like the rain, leaves and blunt knives. <<less
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Against the Gods
February 28, 2016
Status: --
ATG feels like a 2.5 if there ever was one since some people can't stop reading it while others cringe at the thought of it. On one hand there’s the momentum of following an OP MC with very little setbacks, who gets things done fast and ruthlessly. While on the other, there’s having to suffer his increasingly arrogant, justified and petty personality. Your call.

While these traits exist for most XX/WX novels, there’s just something about YC that’s hard to like. Mostly because ATG overdoes everything to the point that it's... more>> become a parody. In the raws he's even spent over 10 chapters lecturing others on injustice.... yeah....
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Throughout the series, he’s been able to defeat so many groups of people several levels higher than him it’s way past unbelievable. I always see it as a level 30 Weavile defeating a level 50 Garchomp – yes there’s x4 weakness, Weavile is naturally fast, has perfect IVs, EVs etc but a level 50 Garchomp, and in this case hundreds of them, when the difference between each level is like “comparing heaven and earth”. Other WX/XX novels usually go with a few stars and when pushed, 1 level. But they also get to level up faster.

When he meets his birth family, he spends several chapters ranting to the other noble families over the injustices his Yun clan has suffered – most of which he wasn’t there for but seemed to know about, and adopting an unbearably righteous tone. While he takes revenge for any little grievance he has – you gave me a dirty look, your clan must die.

His luck with women as well… it’s like any woman near him, no matter how proud, strong, independent they are, just automatically open their legs. During his time at Frozen Cloud Asgard, they were literally lined up naked, for him to play doctor with. While he has a 2 wives, a baby mama, a semi-incestuous commitment and counting all grateful for his love. Clearly his 'junior' is actually his 'senior', while these women can't even respect themselves.

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Actually a lot of the times I feel like I’m reading about a warped version of BTTH and several characters seem to overlap, which probably proves how unoriginal the series is.
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Xiao Yan as Yun Che, Medusa (in loli form) as Jasmine (fulfilling the Yao Lao role), Xun Er as Xia Qing Yue, Yun Yun as Chu Yue Chan, Han Yu as Cang Yue, etc.

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Overall I can't shrug the feeling that the author might've been bullied as a kid (nothing too major, just a few wedgies, rejections from women etc) and is still bitter and taking his revenge out on his characters for equally petty reasons. <<less
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Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss
June 19, 2016
Status: c300
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This appears to be like every other female revenge story, but is actually fairly decent since the female lead isn't OP, but she manages to stand on her own and acts fast and ruthlessly to protect those she cares about using her intellect and political influences, rather than just mercilessly beating them up with overwhelming strength.

The pacing is quite fast, and the tone isn't overly arrogant, bitter or dramatic, making it a very smooth read that easily wraps up each arc. The male lead is protective but not too overbearing since he isn't really present for a lot of the story. While the MC is more restrained since she has people she actually cares about and can settle grudges quickly. (Though it doesn't quite make sense, why someone who lived in isolation can understand human nature so well.)

Overall it's a nice story, the translations are good, and I'll keep it on my reading list, but I'm not quite sure if I'd follow it for +2000 chapters. 4/5

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E: It's a series that's hard to put down at first, but once you do it's hard to get back in.

The MC is too OP and most of the story is people's shock when she overwhelms her opponents, even though the reader is never in doubt of her OPness. The plot itself is merely a backdrop while the main pull is having readers anticipate and revel in OPness of the MC and all the drama she creates. 3/5 <<less
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Black-Bellied Dad
August 28, 2016
Status: --
As the translator, there'll obviously be some bias, but it's a cute story with a nice mix of romance, comedy and a little drama. Since it's short, it doesn't really cover a lot, nor does it contain several twists that will leave you in awe, but it's well paced and well written, covering everything it needs to deliver a sound story without dragging things out.

The male lead, Xu He Jun, finds out he's a father when his child is left on his doorstep. Not knowing what to do, he... more>> finds an unlikely supporter in Huang Shang Rong, his boss and the company demoness. As they interact, he realizes she isn't the severe woman he thought she was, while she discovers he isn't as simple as he seems, allowing them to develop a deeper respect and understanding of each other in their own way.

As for why it's only 4, when I read a story this closely, I tend to nitpick at all the flaws. But honestly, while it does what it sets out to do, it was never intended as an unforgettable classic or a must read masterpiece. Just a really good, solid short story. <<less
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My Daoist Life
April 17, 2016
Status: --
MDL is a very charming story that’s a little different from standard Xianxia novels. The MC is a child in the countryside who ingested a Dao seed, causing him to become more attuned to nature and Daoist practices. His weirdness causes him to be abandoned by his parents and is cared for by his grandfather, and the current story follows his childhhood and growth towards Daoism.

The pace of the story is quite slow, but develops nicely, with a unique setup and likeable and convincing characters. Set in modern China,... more>> the author does a wonderful job blending cultural sentiments of the time with the story, from the two child policy, rural to urban migration, etc.

The MC is also quite realistic for his age. While it’s clear the MC’s abilities are not normal to the reader and other characters, the MC himself retains a childish naivety and is unaware of this, acting freely according to instincts. He has yet to display the arrogance, ruthlessness and calculating nature of normal martial arts characters, and it’s clear that he values those close to him.

Overall the story is relatively new and hard to predict, however it started off quite well and has a lot of potential. It disregards a lot of the cliches of the genre and reads more like an actual book than a standard XX story with a modern twist. Leaving it unrated for now but am looking forward to how it progresses. <<less
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Love Me Again
November 21, 2016
Status: --
LMA is a solid short story where a couple that was never meant to be ended up together after being granted a second chance. It's a simple plot, but the story does a brilliant job of alternating between bittersweet, cute (then raunchy), with likeable leads who aren't too self absorbed.

Traumatized by her parents' failed relationship as a child, the MC was never given a chance to open up to anyone during her first life, and only realized how much the people around her cared after she died. Reborn as... more>> her younger self, she decides to relinquish some of her hatred, though not all of it. Luckily it's enough of an opening for the male lead to swoop into her life, giving her a chance to experience the love she had missed out on in her first life.

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By all means, the hatred the MC felt in her first life was entirely justified given the circumstances, and it was easy for her to continue hating them, which is why the second chance was so important.

While half the reason she turned out the way she did was because her father never really bothered to reach out to her or show her affection. Part of the reason why love bypassed her was because she never knew what it was in the first place.

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The only thing worse than falling for the ML is having him fall out of love with you.
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The ML treats women like tissues, using them until he gets tired, then disposing them to some corner of the palace if they're lucky. The MC endures the ML's abuse since he's furious he needs to rely on a woman to secure his kingdom, while his various jilted exes target her left and right, including his half sister.

When their relationship starts to improve, she's kicked out of the palace after being framed for forcing his concubine's miscarriage, giving her an escape route. While various suitors offer to run away with her. Instead, she sits and waits until the ML seeks her out again, and for some reason instantly falls for him, despite all the cautionary tales before her since he's different this time, leading to a lot of angst and heartbreak before their happily ever after >>

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Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!!
May 27, 2016
Status: c40
The MC wants to get dissolve her engagement and ends up doing something generally regarded as stupid, but works out well for her. As remy911 said, the story very much resembles one of those Harlequin or josei romances, though the author didn't really bother to pretend the MC is smart or independent. Other than that there's nothing too bad or too brilliant, though the openness towards casual sex for women (other women, not the MC) is kinda new for light novels which is good - a win for feminism/reduction in... more>> double standards... if you ignore the main story...

As for deductions:
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1. The MC's actions aren't that illogical - few people want to have their marriage arranged for them or to be part of a harem - but her approach and thought process is flighty and abrupt so you do question what kind of person she is based on how she does things and the thought pattern that led to it i.e. doesn't want to share her man so she decides to sleep with a random sleazy guy...

2. There is legit is no plot - or at least no consistent one. Basically they get together and have sex and probably get up to other stuff while they wait for their wedding. Not sure what else might happen, but it's probably one of the many negligible arcs since a larger plot doesn't seem to be forming.

3. Same problem as Common Sense of a Duke's Daughter in that the tone makes the character seem flat (obnoxious for CSDD, dumb for this) and the use of multiple POVs to describe the same scene is redundant - we're not that dumb, we can infer what the other characters think, it's fine. It's probably more frustrating when you wait for 1 chapter at a time, only for them to rehash what you read last week.

4 Not buying the romance. The male lead falls in love coz hot body + good sex... and makes a lifelong commitment. Well good for him, but not sure if love is the word, or if sealing the deal was a smart thing to do. Well at least it puts him on par with the MC so they're intellectually compatible .... Also his first appearance was creepy and gave a sleazy feeling.

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Ultimately it's not perfect, but if the synopsis is your thing and you have the time, why not? <<less
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Jiang Hu’s Road is Curved
March 11, 2016
Status: --
At first glance, the MC is a silly and slightly deluded girl who believes herself to the the lead of a story (which in this case she is) and randomly casts famed warriors as her leading man. However she is also the heir to an evil sect and having survived under these circumstances, clearly has more skill and intellect than what readers assume. Unleashed into the martial arts world, we see her interact with various famous figures, and encountering harsh trials which really test her character.

Despite her appearance Pang... more>> Wan truly is the pure lily type, that remains true to herself throughout the story. Though, rather than graceful and otherworldly, she’s more resilient and vibrant, making her very cute and adorable. While the actions of the other characters, having been warned by other readers, did make sense and feels more realistic than their first appearance.
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The male lead: While he wasn’t the best male lead ever, he was the only one who never hid his true nature from her and his situation would give her a peaceful life. So in a way Pang Wan chose the one most suited to her… after going through all the others….

Love interests: one planned out and fell for her future self, another is tied strongly to her past and cares for her platonically while the third did truly see her for who she was and loves the current her.

Ending: By the time the story finished, it truly felt the MC (and the reader) was just so tired of everything she just wanted out. I had wanted her to mature, but not to retirement age.

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The Adonis Next Door: 100 Days of Forced Love
January 1, 2017
Status: --
Yet another story condoning rape and domestic violence, where the deluded MC acts as a substitute for the male lead's wife to be near him, enduring endless abuse since the male lead was forced into the marriage by the original wife, but eventually 'winning' his heart through her devotion. Unfortunately no refunds.
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The MC Qin Zhi Ai waited 8 years for her high school sweet heart Gu Yu Sheng, whom she went on a single date with and didn't remember her the second time they met, even agreeing to act as a substitute for Liang Dou Kou, a famous actress and the daughter of a family friend who convinced his grandfather to push for their marriage since she and her grandfather had both saved his grandfather's life.

The MC is raped, and physically and emotionally abused throughout the marriage since the ML hates the original wife. However her docile character (usual for DV victims), innocent eyes, and the nostalgic feeling he gets from holding her causes him to soften and fall for her.

Before they can understand each other, LDK then returns, crushing the MC's originally low self esteem. After a lot of unnecessary angst solved by day time drama tropes to make everything better(yes, amnesia), they end up together, allowing the ML to spoil her, as per the synopsis.

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Chongfei Manual
May 1, 2016
Status: --
The MC lived a life of suffering, having been caught off guard as a child and abandoned by her stepmother. Dying at 15, she reincarnates as her 6 year old self and is able to fend for herself with her developed mental age. Chongfei Manual is pretty much just another female do-over story that’s not too shabby if you don’t mind following a very, very young girl around. The main differences are that:

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1. The story begins when she’s 6. And she meets the 15 year old male lead a few chapters in… And they go around picking fights with under 10s. Mentally they’re the same age but physically …. He doesn’t fall at first sight but a lot of affections did emerge during puberty (hers coz he’s near the end of his) and they spend the middle of the story just waiting it out until she’s legal.

2. It starts out rather quick since the story begins with the female lead getting her revenge on like 3 people coz she didn’t live that long. It’s not extremely calculated, but fast and ruthless, getting the job done. However, after that it’s just the male lead watching over her until she’s old enough to marry, going through puberty, other people’s relationships and a bit of politics at the very end.

3. The female lead doesn’t actively hate her father and every other woman in the story. She actually has more than 1 female friend, while her father’s bias towards her is why her step mother hates her. Though her father is still disappointing – the only reason her half-sister ended up so badly was because both parents failed her, but at least her mother actually cares.

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Similar stories: Overall the story takes after The Princess Wei Yang at the start, the second half of Mei Gongqing near the middle and To Be a Virtuous Wife near the end. Though the outcomes for many characters resemble Chu Wang Fei. It's not a bad read, but you get the same results reading the stories listed. 6.5/10

Additional: I wonder why it wasn't titled Wife Spoiling Manual/How to Spoil a Wife. <<less
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World Defying Dan God
April 13, 2016
Status: --
Adjusted at ch140: Like all XX/WX novels, the MC begins as ‘trash’ before receiving some divine windfall, taking up pill popping, women and the extermination of larger arseholes than him, allowing him to be the largest arsehole.

WDDG was decent at the start since the MC didn't spend a lot of time describing the injustices he's faced, or sexually harassing women as badly, so his ego was reigned in. Making the story very plain but inoffensive. While there was the potential for a larger backstory to develop.

However after a while... more>> you realize it's just him breezing through various opponents with little effort, and temporarily retreating when they're stronger until he's OP enough to dominate. There's very little to anticipate about the series, and it still lacks any real development - he'll just remain on par/slightly below primary antagonists in terms of levels but his real strength will just overwhelm them. He'll occasionally have friends to praise him and to care about, but he'll just act alone anyway. And the women are standard beauties for the genre, who occasionally drop by, but they're easily interchangeable.

The overall impact of this novel is like water – there’s not much flavour or a distinctive style, barely containing the essential elements of a Wuxia series, but enough to somehow form a story. Unfortunately, the most unique part of the novel is still how he raises herbs... <<less
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Emperor of Solo Play
May 12, 2016
Status: 55
A gamer dies and reincarnates... in order to replay his game...

Concept aside, the main charm of the story is the writing style. The author takes a light and humorous approach, occasionally building up more tense scenes just enough for the readers to develop an interest and sense of momentum, but not to overwhelm them with technical information or descriptions. While the MC comes across as proud and independent, but not overly arrogant or self-absorbed. The fact that the story is only 200 chapters long doesn't hurt either. It's enough... more>> to build a world and finish a well written arc, without becoming repetitive.

The only real thing to watch out for is that right now, the story is still building its foundations. In order to maintain its quality, the MC needs to start developing as a character, while the story itself will need good recurring characters, and a clear goal. <<less
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Dragon Life
March 30, 2016
Status: --
Reviewed at ch25:
A girl from modern Japan wakes in the body of a man-eating dragon in some medieval alternate reality. Disguising herself as a human girl, she interacts with the local populace where she makes friends and a potential love interest, while trying to avoid the glory and duty of becoming assisting the country in its war as a legendary dragon.

The female lead is a dragon with a human conscience who adapts remarkably well to her new circumstances, although she occasionally struggles between identifying humans as friends or... more>> food (until she gets hungry). While the male lead is an airhead knight with a love for dragons and would willingly present himself on a silver platter for the MC to eat if she asked (he kind of does, only he didn’t have time to prepare the platter). His hair is kinda weird though.

The story is quite creative and very cute, with a sensible MC who sometimes loses to her dragon instincts, especially around dinner time. The humour is very well done, while the female lead is very believable and somewhat relatable. The ditsy male lead and the romance are still in its beginning stages, and hopefully as they interact more, his character and their relationship will be give more depth.

Overall it’s very enjoyable, very funny and has the potential to develop into something epic (if they go into battle...which they will since he'll honey trap her into it) although it’s still good if it follows its current tone. <<less
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Blazing Sunlight
March 15, 2016
Status: --
Blazing Sunlight follows a similar plot to Silent Separation but is told in a slightly different way. While SS picks up from when the main couple reunite, BS follows the female lead slightly after she separates from the first male lead, and becoming a strong person in her own right.
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Similar to SS, the lead couple separate based on a misunderstanding, as well as the male lead’s inferior background and social position compared to the MC. Thinking that she’s disliked, but also due to frictions with her friends, she distances herself, moving to a new city and undertaking training to take over her family’s business. The MC soon encounters the second male lead, who she clashes with at first but is a more compatible match with her.

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The leading characters are the female lead – Xi Guang, her past love Zhuang Xu and current admirer Lin Yu Sen. XG is actually the best character in the story. She’s slow and naive, causing people to underestimate her but displays a strong will and integrity when it matters. Facing a broken heart and insincere friends, her loneliness, vulnerability and dignity make her appear very real and human. While her willingness to compensate for her shortcomings makes her a character with a huge growth potential.

ZX so far has mostly been described through the MC’s eyes, and while he appears cold his actions show a different story.
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He’s probably similar to the male lead in the SS, struggling with the contradictions between his pride and inferiority, unable to express himself until he proves his worth. However I feel like the MC’s affections are wasted on a troublesome person.

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LYS is similar to the MC – good appearance, wealthy background, slightly petty and naive but open in his feelings, acting as a foil for ZX.

Predictions:
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The second half will probably be filled with more angst, but also more interactions between the characters and insight into ZX’s thoughts and feelings.

In recent chapters, I do get the feeling she might end up with LYS, since the MC her self is such a resilient character. LYS also has more screen time and makes her happier. While due to her relationship with her father, she wouldn’t go for the reserved, overly ambitious types who go out of their way to create misunderstandings.

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Overall I liked the MC’s personality and I hope she ends up with Lin Yu Sen. Although the story and romance are still developing, it’s already Gu Man's best work yet. <<less
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Refusing to Serve Me? Then Off With Your Head!
April 25, 2016
Status: c64
READ FIRST: Summary of the first 5 chapters since the story is very confusing at first:
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The MC An Yi is the daughter of a general, disguised as a man for most of her life since her father had no sons. Her country was overthrown, and she flees with Xiao Huang, the previous dynasty's incompetent child emperor, living a life of poverty.

They’re arrested when XH steals a drumstick out of hunger, and her other childhood friend and the man she used to love (until he betrayed them to keep his position as a general for the current Emperor) Yan Ping, takes them to a cell. YP has hated AY since he thought she was a gay man, and denied his own feelings for her, but instantly changes when he realizes she’s female.

On the way to the executioner’s block, XH escapes, revealing that he’s actually smarter than he lets on and stayed by her side and had them arrested to force her to reveal inheritance – her grandfather’s army seal – which she doesn’t have anyway.

YP then delivers AY to the current Emperor, Feng Zhao Wen, whom she’s met on the battlefield and possibly had past relations with. FZW takes her into his palace, seems to treat her well and (insert synopsis here). She ends up climbing into his bed and treated as a concubine by his servants.

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Basically if you can read past the first chapter it starts making more sense and does get a lot better. But honestly, if you had the time you may as well read a better series. Unfortunately I had too much time so I read this one as well.

First 2-3 chapters aside, it’s not too bad a series – MC from a fallen country, betrayed by those closest to her, ends up in the imperial harem of the new emperor, who for some reason seems extremely fond of her. The female lead is pretty ambivalent and emotionally very slow, having lost most of her sensations and emotions due to the war and various betrayals so the male lead has his work cut out for him.

Story could’ve been written better, but I'll give it a 3/5 since it's decent after the first bit. <<less
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The Rice Pot Next Door
March 5, 2016
Status: --
The summary doesn’t really do the story justice.

The female lead, Lan Shan is fairly normal while the male lead, Qiao Feng, has a high IQ but low EQ. After a few misunderstandings, they end up as neighbours, where they start to develop a slow but sweet relationship based on their daily interactions.

LS and QF are both likeable characters – strong, adaptable, flexible but slightly immature in terms of romance and they take their time realize their feelings. The story is not particularly complex, but it reads well. QF... more>> is also a very sweet and caring house husband despite his low EQ.

However I do have a few issues:

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1. Song Zi Cheng was left off lightly despite spiking LS’s drink and attempting to rape her. Since the roofie technically didn’t work on her, she let him off… yeah the story loses a point just for how this situation was handled.

2. Their initial interactions and misunderstandings weren’t paricularly funny and felt rather forced i.e. mistaking him for a sex doll, thinking he was gay, etc did not feel particularly believable or realistic.

3. Aside from the two leads, the side characters weren’t really noteworthy – so much so that I wasn’t even motivated to read the XYC and WW love story. Can’t tell if its because their interactions just werent appealing, or if they were completely overshadowed by LS and QF.

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Enchantress Amongst Alchemists: Ghost King’s Wife
January 1, 2017
Status: c120
Yet another female reincarnation story where the MC cruises through the life she picked up after standing up for herself, barely expending any effort to bat away any 'rivals' that might pop up coz she's just that OP, only to run into new ones ... coz.

Again there's nothing original and nothing that really stand out, but it's not intolerable, especially if you're new to the genre. But if you've read 3-4 of them, they're pretty much all the same. 2.5/5
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A cute reverse harem reincarnation story. But honestly, these scenarios are a dime a dozen and this series doesn't really bring anything new to the table, aside from the world's least convincing child; nor does it surpass other series in terms of quality or entertainment.

Where usual rebirth stories take the stance of a child with memories of their past life, the MC is very much a 20 something year old in the body of a child, and all her actions and speech fall in line with this. Unfortunately, all... more>> the male leads are... really very young, and it's a little weird since she's still an adult in my mind.

In terms of story, it's very much character driven, with the MC's maternal act somehow drawing several love interests towards her. Aside from the mental age gap, the MC's speech is also pretty tedious to read, since it's just an adult woman lecturing kids, but for some reason they enjoy it so... (I sense mother complex)

The world building could potentially be interesting, and there might be a more interesting plot, but judging from the description and the fact that it isn't off to the strongest start, there's still a lot of room for improvement. <<less
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