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Chongfei Manual
June 7, 2018
Status: c150.1
At first the plot was very interesting-- she suffered a lot at the hands of her step-mother in her previous life. There was a lot of angst knowing that her brother also suffered just because of a selfish girl's unwillingness to marry. I was impressed with how she handled the scheme that ruined her life before and how she got the attention of Zhao Jie. However, right after ... more>>
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Du-shi got locked up in an isolated courtyard

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, the flow of the story became somewhat less exciting.

It was still able to hold its own with how the storyline portrayed WL and ZJ's innocent and fluffy relationship considering she was just a child. As she grew up, I started to dislike the MC more and more.
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I just can't get over how she broke off her engagement with Song Hui the last minute.

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She knew from the start that she didn't like him (and for a selfish reason too!), but she chose not to lose to her half-sister even though she knew the latter liked him. Wasn't WZ a better option than WL?
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It was sooo so heartbreaking when he chose to walk away from her door when he heard she got sick and chose to respect her feelings (thank god he did though lol).

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Other guys would've surely chased the MC 'till the end of the earth, but this move of his really made me tear up.

In addition to that, I didn't like how she handled Li Song when Chang Hong got injured. Sure, you pay them back tenfold or heck even a hundred or thousandfold. HOWEVER,
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you have to make sure you've got the right person instead of suddenly just stabbing them with a hairpin!

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At this point, I was really disappointed with WL. I feel like she was on a power trip and had the mentality of a 12 year old child when she actually lived until 15 or so in her previous life. Seeing someone else taking a punishment like that for someone else can really make a reader feel dissatisfied and a bit of heartache as well. After that scene, I seriously felt bad for LS and started to root for him instead of the ML. His character's depth is just... wow.

Overall, I think this story would be a good read if I haven't read Chu Wang Fei, Princess Wei Yang, and especially The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage. They set my standards way too high for a revenge c-novel. This story did have a lot of potential, but the author's writing seemed too shallow with how WL was always described beautifully and every action she took to maintain her beauty. I get that this story appeals to girls and is very shoujo-istic but it seemed too excessive at this point, especially when WL wasn't that likeable. After pushing to read more chapters, I just couldn't do it anymore. Moreover, I did skip to the extra chapters instead and was extremely satisfied with it more! I'm a fan of LS so I'm happy that he got to be with the girl he likes. ehem.

I would recommend this novel to those who haven't read most of the titles I've listed above. This wouldn't hold a candle to those novels but at least it is a lighthearted and short read that will fill you with fluffy emotions. It just wasn't my cup of tea, but I'm certain a lot of people would like this story. <<less
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