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Lost You Forever
January 20, 2018
Status: c50
This novel is a b*tch. You have been warned. At first, it lures you in with sweet candy, promising cute and sweet and happy. And then from then on proceeds to continuously and calmly stab you in the heart with a candy cane. Playing with your emotions as easily as a butcher cutting meat: with precision and no emotion. Like a little kid playing with his new yoyo. He just doesn't know when to stop. That b*stard.

My thoughts about the shipping and the ending:

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I knew a lot of people shipped the Xiao Yao with Xiang Liu, but he wasn't for me. XL was too mean to XY. He didn't appreciate her. Didn't treat her well. I liked Jing the best, and I thought that he was the best suited for her. And till the very end I still think that this is the case. In those circumstances, in that time, he was the best choice for Xiao Yao. However, this does not lessen my heartbreak for XL. To be honest, for most of the novel, I still clung to Jing as my favourite ML. There was one time when he had thoroughly disappointing me (when he fell for someone's scheme and got his evil fiance pregnant), however, it was proven that he stayed true to XY and didn't actually betray her. BUT towards the end of the novel is where I really noticed XL's love and devotion. His love is the type that does not act for the sake of recieving anything in return. In fact, he goes through extra lengths to ensure that XY and other people don't realise that he did anything. He did not do it for the recognition. He simply did it because he loves her and wants her to live, and live happily at that. The epilogue gutted me. The MC and ML got their HE, but I was not happy. XL was selfless in his actions towards XY, however, he chose to remain true to his promise and fight with the rebel army to the very end, despite the hopelessness of the situation. If he had given that up, I believe he would have been able to be with XY. But he couldn't. But that didn't mean that he didn't love and help XY. There was one line that really killed me in the epilogue. When they first met, XY said that she didn't know how to protect herself, didn't have anyone to depend on, and didn't have anywhere to go. And XL thinks to himself:

After several decades of archery, you have the ability to protect yourself; in a desperate situation you no longer need to use your body to shield the person you want to protect. An adoring lover, you already have a person to depend on, you no longer need to be by yourself. The sky and ocean are so large, you have a place to stay and will no longer be chased by people with no place to stay.

Xiao Yao, from today on, I can no longer protect you. You have to take care of yourself well, I wish you an eternity of peace and happiness!

And the killer is that, ultimately, he made all these things possible for her. He personally taught her archery to protect herself, even if he disguised his motives to her. He saved Jing by sending out mer-people to look and rescue him from certain death. He is the reason XY and Jing can reunite to love happily ever after. He have XY his blood so she feels as comfortable in the ocean as she does on land, opening up a world of opportunities for her. He did all this, and it kills me inside that he didn't get his happily ever after. Someone in the comments on Sushengbar said that this really spoiled her worldview, because the belief is that if there are soulmates, then the two will naturally find each other and be together. However, this novel did not do that. When Jing (fake) died, I thought to myself, I will be satisfied if the ending of this novel was similar to the ending of Hamlet: wherein everyone of importance dies. And after real ending, I think I still would have preferred everyone to die, because the character who never made his feelings known, but acted his love out in secret, died, while everyone else still is alive. And that just hurts because he deserved such a better ending. I wasn't a fan of XL in the beginning. To harsh and bullies XY like she's a servant. However, by the time the novel ended, I really wish he was the one she choose to give her heart to. But it could never be. And now I'm depressed.

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Light Beyond (LN)
August 3, 2017
Status: v3c1
Honestly, until halfway through volume 2, I found the MC to be so naive, annoying, and stupid. Is she a good person? Undoubtedly. But does that make for an enjoyable read? Absolutely not. The MC has been reincarnated into the body of a saint, who form the looks of it was a very horrible person. What annoys me is her soft personality i.e. Stuttering every time she starts a sentence, repeatedly saying sorry to everyone, and asking permission for everything.... more>>
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There is this one incident that really had me bashing my head against the wall. So the previous owner of the body was horrible, as stated before. Throwing people in jail and having them tortured for very petty reasons. But the new MC has taken it onto herself to rectify this and make it better, which I admit is a very admirable attitude. HOWEVER, what I do not agree with is her helping them personally. Mainly because the cause of their suffering and torment (aka her) appearing before them will not only freak the f*ck out of them, it will might even tempt them to take revenge. But NO, she, in her stupid stubbornness, decides that she must help them. And when someone tries to kill her (she had his wife killed because he annoyed her), she stubbornly refuses to have him executed even though it would set a dangerous precedent and put her in more danger, and her naive reason is that "there is a life st stake." !?!?!?!?!? Her naive and stupidly simple optimistic outlook is displayed in her thought that "she needed to get him to be positive somehow." Really? REALLY!? YOU KILL HIS WIFE AND YOU EXPECT HIM TO BE HAPPY DANDY ONCE HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL!? WHAT KIND OF WEIRD MUSHROOM JUICE HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING?!?!

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Doomed to be Cannon Fodder
February 6, 2018
Status: c74
Was ok at first, but as the plot progressed I never felt anything for the characters besides mild annoyance. The MC always acts scared and frightened around the ML because she's afraid of her original fate, but that's only because her original was scheming and selfish? So why does she assume the same thing will happen to her? Also, some logic in the novel doesn't make sense, but the characters insist on the logic to make the plot progress or to explain things that never really name sense in the... more>> first place. For example, the mother in law got her sons 4 concubines, and places the MC, who is the best looking out of all of them, in the furthest and most remote courtyard so the ML will share his "favour" with the other concubines first and isn't so enamored when he finally reaches the MC. Ok, I'll accept that, but then when the ML favours her and only her, the mother in law has nothing to say about it because MC is a nice girl. Um, ok. And then the issue of the heroine running away/possibly eloping from the marriage and having her reputation ruined. The ML brings her back and wants to break off the marriage (so does the mother in law), but they reason to themselves that they can't because if they do the heroine's reputation will be ruined and no one else will marry her.... whut? You don't owe the heroine anything... if she ran away form marriage and was consorting with who knows when she was out and about, then her reputation is already ruined and is diffident reason to break off the marriage. But no, the ML can't break off the marriage yet. And then wait and waits until the very last minute to reveal that the heroine is pregnant and that he's not marrying her. Could have saved the MC much heartbreak as she watched her man about to marry another woman if the ML just resolved it earlier...

Also, the ML never misses an opportunity to remind us how scheming/stupid/disloyal/weak women are, and conversely sets a very stupid and unrealistic standard for men. Some examples:

<i>'Long Heng had not once considered that loyalty might be a trait found in women' </i>

Thank you Long Heng. I never considered that either. I though all women were back stabbers and green tea bitches. I think he forgets that his mother is also a woman.

<i>'She was obviously small and weak, but she still knew the value of keeping her word. She wasn’t a man, so why did she have to do something like this?'</i>

So it seems that if you're not a man, your words mean nothing....

I had to drop this novel. I really wanted to smack the ML in the face. <<less
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Beginning was ok, but then I just became really disappointing in the novel. MC was supposed to be smart, but how come what he does makes no sense?? ML remains your typical short tempered violent ice cube emperor type. I didn't like the relationship dynamic between them. ML had too much power, and for most of the novel the MC is always scared he will inadvertently offend the emperor and lose his little life... which is a legit concern. How can you have a trusting fulfilling relationship when one person... more>> has all the power, including the power to take your life on whim. It just really felt like an abusive relationship dynamic, where the MC always has to be careful of what he says and does in case the ML get's angry. That's not the type of relationship I want to read about.
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Also, the MC wanting to disperse the harem at the end, while is sounds cute, it's just not that realistic. I know no one's here for the realism, but come on. The laws of the novel universe still have to be taken into account. If the emperor is smart (and we're made to believe that the ML is basically omniscient), why did he disperse the harem just because the MC wanted him for himself?

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. Plus at the end I got really annoyed with the MC (I was always kind of low key annoyed with the ML because he's such an ice block with no character besides being emotionally unpredictable and violent). MC just became a brat and it's hard to believe he was the same character from the beginning of the book. MC should have gotten together with Lan Wei tbh. They would have made a much better couple. <<less
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Slow Prison Life
July 3, 2019
Status: c24
Was interesting in the beginning. I love a good psychopath MC, but after staying in the dungeon for too long maybe it eroded her brain and personality. MC has elite shadow team and capable people yet chooses to stay inside dungeon? Ok fine. But just staying there while idiot Prince with his losee idiot followers try to fight her with their stupid attempts was funny after one or two times, but it just went on for too long. MC might have the patience to deal with these idiots, but I... more>> certainly don't. <<less
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The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass
December 25, 2019
Status: c56
I like villainess novels as much as the next person. I don't however, like it when said villainess turns out to be a lame goody two shoes and is portrayed as some sort of perfect goddess that can't do no wrong and everyone falls in love with her. Japanese otome game novels tend to go down this path. This novel however, goes down a different path. Although MC does act like a villainess, she does it in a way that's really petty and boring. She's lived another life already, so... more>> why are her schemes so boring, ineffective and useless? She seems to measure her success by how much her evil sister's face crumples when she does something. She gets giddy with excitement when she imagines how much her sister's face will scrunch and how much agony she will experience. But within the first 50 chapters, all MC has done is done some classes to change per reputation, which is a smart move I admit. And she has sort of flirted with her sister's crush/love interest. And she does this by acting like a pure lotus that is being bullied, gives him a handkerchief, asks to be pen pals. And each of these for some reason is supposed to jeopardise her sister's marriage? I don't see that happening. But it somehow makes her sister fume with rage and occasionally make her mask of pure lotus almost crack. I'm just saying, if you've lived an entire life before where you were supposedly a villainess and go back in time to face a 13 year old girl, if you don't unilaterally crush her spirit then I feel like you might have lived you first live in vain. Yes so basically what I'm saying is that MC's villianess game is weak af.

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Also I'm going to just say that I'm 99% sure the ML is the crown prince, but so far he doesn't seem that attractive to me. But then neither is MC.

Also, her OP cheat with the hourglass that can turn back time... was that really necessary? 1 chapter into finding out is usage and she has began to physically torment her sister and then reversing the time. Which really serves no purpose except probably using up more of her life force and momentary satisfaction in abusing her sister. Her villain goals are very low.

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LITTLE GOBLIN: Master, Don’t Come Here!
March 7, 2018
Status: c64
Your typical fast transmigration system novel, expect for some reason the way that this novel is written makes me unable to connect with the characters. I have no feelings towards them. And this makes me no want to read anymore.
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Into the World of Medicine
February 23, 2017
Status: c13
Not many chapter so far, however the novel does update quite regularly so I'm not fussed. From what I've read so far, this looks like another typical transmigration story however I would but it on the high end of the transmigration genre spectrum as the pacing is steady and the side characters don't seem that stupid (... yet. First family confrontation coming up so we'll see how shameless and annoying her family can be). I'm just hoping that we get some good villains and side characters with some brain since... more>> it's kind of boring if the only characters who have any level of intelligence and common sense are the MC and people on her side. <<less
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The Male Lead’s Villainess Fiancée
July 29, 2019
Status: c8
Not that interesting. Typical MC transmigrates into novel and somehow without doing anything makes ML fall for her without her realising. MC doesn't look that smart.
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Falling Dreams of Fang Hua
January 13, 2017
Status: c65
I really liked the first half of this novel, however the second half where she has amnesia really confused and frustrated me because I had no idea what was happening or going on. I felt like I had amnesia...
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I Don’t Want to Be Loved
February 8, 2020
Status: c21
This is going to be the typical bs drama where even after ML treats her like trash and hurts her and eventually kills her, she, like a saint, still loves him and forgives him because she realises there were "misunderstandings" that prevented their love from happening. She also gets amnesia and forgets all the times he hurt her and how bad her ending was. I don't need a novel like that.
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Secret Wardrobe Of The Duchess
September 30, 2019
Status: c38
MC never had the courage to confess to the guy she liked before she died, and now in her second life she's making it out like they had some undying eternal love. Gurl you didn't even confess to him, and if it wasn't for the power of plot-sama he probably would have rejected you even if you did confess.

MC acting all high and might, touting her "love" in front of ML. Kind of pisses me off. And her plan to help her divorce isn't exactly the most well thought out.... more>> She plans to spend all his money, and I don't know how she gonna do that when he is "the richest man eva." And I doubt the author will ruin her white lotus character by making her spend money recklessly without making her efforts seems charitable or good looking.

ML seems emotionally repressed and stupid, which is ok, but he's not interesting enough to hold my interest. Romance between MC and ML would probably mainly consist of MC saying she is in love with another man (and if the powers that be are anything to speak of, ML is the man from her past life who she was in love with) and maybe feeling guilty when she develpps feelings for ML, and ML going, she loves another man, but I love her? What do I do? How can I make her feel the same way? What is love? Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more. Also I am rich, and there is a curse plotline in there somewhere but who cares, because LOVE! <<less
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Our Glamorous Time
July 17, 2019
Status: c82
I think it might just be be, but I didn't really feel the chemistry or the depth if feelings between the MC and ML. Also I just feel like MC is a bit to passive in everything. Romance, ML wears the pants. At work, ML wears the pants. In basically all aspects of MCs life he wears the pants. Which when I was reading, really rubbed me the wrong way. I just felt like MC was completely dependent on ML for character development. ML himself admits that he liked it... more>> when he was the centre of her universe. I just don't like it when one person in the relationship is that dependent on the other, it makes for an unbalanced relationship and doesn't sit well with me. <<less
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You’ve Got The Wrong House, Villain
January 18, 2020
Status: c25
MC seemed cool in the beginning. I love me a heartless and morally ambiguous character. But as she befriends the heroine simply because she reminds her of her dog in her previous life, and then saves the ML just because "she wants to do a good deed" is just too much and OCC. And the way the relationship between the MC and ML is developing is just weird. They touch and she somehow feels emotions and gets addicted? That's.... just weird.
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The Second Coming of Gluttony
February 10, 2019
Status: c57
The tutorial part was the best part. Once he entered "paradise" (why they would call it that, and why anyone would want to go there, is beyond me), my level of interested decreased exponentially. And his cheat of "regaining his memories" wasn't actually that helpful. He does change some things in the beginning but it soon becomes irrelevant.
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True and False Young Master
January 6, 2019
Status: c10
This one is much worse than the prequel- Dark Empress. The ML in this novel.... well, the only thing good about him is that he is rich, handsome, and knows martial arts. And he would be my dream guy, except that he was of showing affection is to r*pe his step sister, imprison her, intimidate her, make her scared for her life, and control everything about her. Why the MC fell for this guy.... I don't know. But come on. Consent is important. Like, sometimes the MC is all like... more>> all coy and stuff, 'oh noes don't touch me but actually really touch meeee, ' and she give implicit consent before they do the pa pa pa, and I totally accept that. I don't need them to sign a contract on consent before they do it. I just want both of them to be willing participants, that's all. Except in this case, I can really feel how one person is really, well, not that into it. And I can understand to. How wants their step brother to come to their room every night and torture them with their kinky BDSM shit. And this fart head ML wonders why the MC trys to escape?? And after reuniting after a year, the fist thing he does it go into her room to forcefully r*pe her. Nice move you d*ck. I just don't understand how the MC love for this guy? But besides her lapse of judgement with choosing a significant other, I think she's a pretty ok person. Pretty weak though. Not my type of MC. ML is a douche. Alt ending: MC realises that she has been raped, becomes stronger, opens up like, a business and becomes super rich. People realise that ML is a rapist douche and then they castrate him so he can no longer torment any women, then tied up like a dumpling and thrown into the river. The end. <<less
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Dare ga Otome Geemu Dato Itta!
January 9, 2018
Status: c12 part1
Weird, and confusing. ... more>>
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Chap 1 part 2, as I began reading I thought there might have been an error and I was sent to another novel since it started with a random person having sex. But I kept reading and it turns out it was part of the novel, which still doesn't make any sense to me. No plot, no character development, characters very one dimensional. For some reason, the MC annoyed me. He was too polite with everyone. All the time. Also, I'm not sure if his weird mana-extraction technique should be publicised since there seems to be that awkward side effect of making the person org*sm as the mana is being extracted... Neither the MC nor his servants (who volunteered as guinea pigs) seem to think that orgasming in front of their master is weird either.

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Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise a Dog Instead
December 15, 2019
Status: Completed
Translator dropped this wonderful novel, so I had to mtl the rest of it. And while mtl does reduce the enjoyability of the novel by quite a certain amount, at least my thirst to know what happens was sated.

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  • Puppy ML is killed by that eunuch on the orders of concubine Shen. MC then wakes up in his real body.
  • He secretly swaps himself with the fake emperor while he is out on a trip or something.
  • Comes back, settles everything in court, tries to court MC.
  • MC doesn't trust him, doesn't think he is the real emperor at first cause he is so nice to her.
  • ML gifts her a puppy who looks like A'bao. MC realises that it's not A'bao almost immediately. ML gets jealous of Er Bao, makes a rule that when he is there Er Bao also cannot be there. Also he cannot sleep with the MC in her bed. ML is jealous of a dog lol.
  • ML cleans up the harem. Shen concubine realises that ML is back, but ML doesn't care about her anymore. Kills her family to nine generations, leaves her alive to be tormented by other concubines.
  • One day when they are torturing her because they are so angry that MC is getting all of ML's attention, she reveals to them that the fake emperor has slept with them, making M wear the green hat. They realise that it's lucky they are still alive considering that they have had s*x with another man that isn't the emperor.
  • Some drama with MC's father. He returns successful from the war after killing 100, 000 prisoners of war. People are criticising him, saying he is ruthless and that he should be stripped of his position. ML calls them stupid and makes them realise MC dad is a war hero because he nipped the problem in the bud, whereas the idiot officials would have let the prisoners go and remain a threat to the country.
  • MC dad tries to give back the tiger seal, but ML refuses.
  • Some cute family moments.
  • It's revealed that MC's uncle tried to frame MC dad for something. He basically betrayed the nation and colluded with the enemy state. ML sentences them to death, won't exterminate family cause MC is part of family but also the war merits of MC dad offsets their crimes.
  • After a bit of drama, the concubines are selecting candidates to serve the emperor. One of the candidates is MC's cousins. When MC's cousin is performing, MC faints.
  • ML is informed straight away and gets there faster than the doctor.
  • MC is pregnant. ML is ecstatic, saying he will make her his Empress and the child the crown prince. MC is scared and frightened, begging him not to, saying that she can do anything for him, but to just let her child go. ML realises his mistake, he was too hasty and didn't think about how MC would feel.
  • MC has morning sickness. MC's family is over for lunch is ML is there as well. During lunch, MC throws up and ML helps her like he has a thousand times, people marvel at his devotion to MC.
  • The end: MC and ML have 3 kids. 2 sons and a daughter.
  • 13 years later after ML fell for MC, MC finally returns his feelings, saying "I like you." ML, poor guy, is so happy.
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The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady
November 18, 2019
Status: c2030
In the beginning, this story was still passable. It was slightly above the typical godly-whatever-transmigrates-into-a-waste-and-becomes-mega-OP story. But as with these typical stories, MC levels up at an ungodly rate, and despite this seemingly impossible cultivation rate, other people are only mildly surprised when the find out. And when they have beaten up all the badies at their level, soon they have to leave school to look for higher level bad guys to beat up. And soon they leave the city and then then leave for another continent and then eventually... more>> leave the world, all the way looking for people to fight/recruit/face slap. Also, it annoys me that the levels of beasts are changing all the time. Like in the beginning, thousands of mercenaries couldn't even put up any sort of fight against the phoenix. But then chapters later, we have 2 phoenixes + 6 other same level beasts, and a regular army is enough to fight them head on? My math's isn't that good, but that just doesn't make sense.

Also, I don't understand why a modern woman who was supposedly in some secret organisation, is such a... hm how do I say this?... why is she such a virgin? She blushed when thinking about holding hands with ML? And she becomes super flustered and embarrassed when ML catches her and accidentally touches her boobs? And she cries inside when she learns that ML used the same chopsticks that she used. It was, as MC calls it, the "legendary indirect kiss." Girl calm the fck down, everyone at one stage has indirectly kissed someone else, especially as a baby cause they put whatever they can hold in their mouths. If you blush and get hot and bothered by an indirect kiss, you'll probably die when you actually do a real kiss. Lame. MC's level of cool and badass dropped dramatically as the story continued, especially when the abrupt start of her relationship with ML. No seriously that relationship came out of nowhere. I saw it coming a mile away, but still one day ML was like, I have feelings for her she will be my wife. ??? WHat? <<less
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Stolen Love
February 9, 2017
Status: c10
This novel is promising so far. The MC, Li Xin, seems cool and collected and not one to make rash and stupid moves. I really like her indifference to most situations that don't involve delicious food. Still waiting for the male lead to appear. There have been several guys introduced so far, however I don't believe that they are a good match for her, mainly because they're not awesome enough. I do believe that the male lead is the leader of the Qi Clan, which is a big crime syndicate.... more>> Can't wait till he makes an appearance, so I'm really hoping that the novel gets more updates. It's on hiatus at the moment as the translator is also translating The Princess Wei Yang. <<less
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