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Renegade Immortal
November 2, 2016
Status: c301
This is a fantastic novel!

I keep reading for the worldbuilding. The concepts are just so fresh compared to the other xianxia novels I've read! Or they at least put a new spin on things. Like (I don't think these count as spoilers? But just to be safe)

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weird cultivation methods and creatures, mysterious law-defying trial realms, soul devourers and wandering souls, different cultures, and -- this part really stands out from most xianxia -- having to revert to a mortal to make a breakthrough. I also find it refreshing that not all foreshadowings actually come true in this novel, and that he joins so many sects at different points in time XD.

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Admittedly, some ideas have holes in them like being able to travel through space, but I'm the type of reader that's like meh.

The MC is likeable. He's decisive and smart, and he knows when to take risks. He's ruthless but he has his reasons for it, plus he mellows over time, in certain situations. He's not humorous like Chu Yang (again, Lone Wolf tag), but he's not bad compared to other MCs.

There is some romance. Barely. Sadly.
But it really is impractical for him to have a serious romance at this stage, as an unaffiliated lone wolf. That would just get the both of them killed.

Sometimes there are clusters of chapters where he just fights and it feels tiring to read. But his devils give some comic relief in the middle. And it all pays off when you get to his experience in the mortal world! It reminds you that our MC is still human. Plus, it's NOT just fight-kill-repeat. His situations and environments change enough that it keeps you interested and on your toes.

Overall: MC is average. Romance and humor are nearly nil. 3 stars for being likeable.
BUT BUT the worldbuilding is awesome!!! Plus that heartwarming experience in the mortal world. So 5 stars!!!

PS: I nearly missed out on this amazing novel because of the 4.0 rating. More people, please rate it 5!! XD <<less
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Kingdom’s Bloodline
July 26, 2018
Status: c14
The chapters definitely aren't fillers. The world-building is well-thought-out. The power system and setting seem different from other novels, and the side characters get really fleshed out, with their own backstories and motivations.

The MC is just the right balance. He's smart, clever enough to infer things and motivations based only on details. At the same time, he cares about and tries to protect the children in his group (he's 7-8 years old physically), but he's not the selfless, stupid kind of MC. He's trying to make the best of his... more>> situation with calculated decisions, but he still has a heart.

He's not a wimp. He can take beatings but he has a back-up plan. He's not OP yet either. In the first 14 chapters, he already meets plenty of people who could kill him in a heartbeat.

The first few chapters do have dark violence and a bit of gore, but there are hints of comedy afterward, so there's a chance the tone might lighten up after the action-packed buildup finishes.

Overall, it seems like a promising novel without the braindead, obvious plotlines other novels have. Don't mind the 1-star ratings. Give it a try first~! <<less
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Phoenix Destiny
November 30, 2017
Status: c37
9 1-star ratings and only 2 reviews for such a good novel. So I have to write my own review!

The first part made it seem like the usual "neglected child joins sect" trope. But it became much better after that. MC meets the sect founder's skeleton and a 9x9x9 Rubik's cube (It was called a Heavenly Wheel but I know better *smirk*). And she gets a legacy after solving the cube. Did I mention it was a frickin 9x9x9 cube?!! (Btw, the MC likes to do things by calculating and... more>> using math and deduction, even in combat situations.) Through this "cube, " she can communicate and trade with other worlds and go there for short periods of time for combat practice. The other worlds have their own systems, and her take on them is interesting.

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The other worlds include no-magic scientific worlds like ours (she got a compass and math books from one of them), magic worlds (probably the western-fantasy-hero kind), and other xianxia worlds like hers.

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It's not too OP yet because she can only use limited parts of the "cube, " but this has so much potential.

This MC is quite likeable. Even at 8 years old, she's quite smart and tries to be strong. Having her mother and grandfather die one after the other so quickly must be devastating, but she makes the best of her situation. (This happens in the first few chapters so I don't consider that a spoiler.)
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It's a good thing she met a master whom she considers a father figure. He doesn't care about much in the world but slowly he begins to care for her, unlike her good-for-nothing biological father.

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MC also has this cute friend/playmate who stood up for her and is just as strong as her. In ch37, he fully trusted her and even put his life in her hands, which is really touching. I'm totally shipping these two!!!

The "villains" haven't been dwelled on a lot so far, but they're not too annoying (with one exception. Zhou Yinru, I'm looking at you!) and seem to have depth. Not everyone is determined to push the MC into a hellhole, unlike other novels.

The worldbuilding is just beginning and I'm already excited. MC has spent most of her time in her old rural home or in the sect. Despite the out-of-world trips, we haven't seen much of her world yet.

Seems like this novel has a lot of potential. You never know what's going to happen next because it doesn't go the usual ways xianxia novels do. After 37 chapters, it still doesn't feel draggy, and it feels like the MC's adventure is just beginning. <<less
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The MC finds out about his "low-level" Talent to change the temperature of things he touches, which can actually be a powerful ability. (Think freezing the planet). There is a hidden reason why the appraiser labelled it low-level, which will be explained in the novel.

MC is sent to the lowest-tier high school for Talents where only the low-level Talents or Talents with problematic personalities go.

So far, the people he meets have quirky and fun personalities. His interactions with them are amusing to read. They also have interesting abilities, a concept... more>> which the author further develops.

In short, don't let the 1-star ratings keep you from this novel! ^_^ <<less
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An odd but fun mix of fantasy, sci-fi, heart-warming moments, big reveals, and a fitting end. It has surprising plot depth for a oneshot... Great read!
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Rebirth of a Supermodel
January 22, 2018
Status: c7
Don't mind the 1-star rating. *Rant in the spoiler

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Really people, stop killing reader counts when the novel translation has just begun!!! You are making people miss out on great novels! Temporarily rating this 5 stars to make up for the 1-star rating made by some prejudiced person.

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Ming Yu is not the usual timid, need-to-be-protected shou. He's calm, cool, and determined. He's also not an MC who randomly picks fights. He's amiable and sweet-talks people into having a favorable impression of him.

The novel is off to a great start, and the translation quality is pretty good too. Don't judge it by the ratings just yet! <<less
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Evil Emperor’s Wild Consort
September 29, 2016
Status: c15
It may look like the typical reincarnation-revenge story at first, but things start picking up after Chapter 9. The interaction between the MC and one of the characters is cute, and the girl's actions in the succeeding chapters are bold and a bit different from what the usual MCs in this genre do.

So far, it focuses more on martial arts than all the cefei, yatou, wangfu controversial stuff in most historical romance novels. I found it to be a mix of several tropes (romance, transmigration, revenge, powerful mentor you can... more>> carry around) , but the way it is written doesn't seem cliche at all.

This novel seems to have a lot of potential! It's definitely going on my Reading List. <<less
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Game Loading
June 14, 2019
Status: c227
I didn't think I would, but I like it more than even Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil!

To be honest, I found the romance weird during the 1st two arcs, but it made sense and got sweeter later on. &Lt;3 <3 ML and his worlds have been lonely for tens of thousands of years, so when MC comes along and catches his heart, it has a really big impact on him.

Each arc has a reveal and a beautifully woven plot. My personal favorite was this arc that was the... more>> perfect blend of romance, sci-fi, and mystery.

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In this arc, the world's genders were more of a mental classification of rational/emotional instead of male/female. The conflict was that the emotional ML thought the rational MC never loved/could never love him because rationals don't understand love. But at the same time, the universe was collapsing and as the president, MC had to quickly find a solution. The ending and twist in this arc alone was already so nice.

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Silver Overlord
December 7, 2018
Status: c50
I don't really get the 1-star ratings. The first few chapters got me hooked right away, and though the rest of the novel had a pretty different feel from those chaps, it's quite good. There are a few tropes (like the cheat cultivation manual that he finds out of the blue), but what the MC does with them is different.

He's smart, mature, not arrogant, doesn't get perverted over every girl he sees, doesn't get into a fight with every random guy on the street, and actually cares about people and... more>> considers their feelings. The characters and setting really get fleshed out. Plus, you don't get random words like Spring Lotus Jade Ring or Divine Heavenly Pill or whatever thrown at you every chapter. This MC is what some xianxia MCs could look like if they transmigrated with their brains and maturity, and if their worlds weren't so ridiculous. Great read, imo!

Oh, and just to add info to another review,

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He failed to make gunpowder using the Earth formula because the way this world works is different. That means no OP cannons or weapons here. :)

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