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Kikiji
There are a lot of contradictions made in the setting in order to put the main character in a better light and even most of the misunderstandings are forced. In addition, nearly all of the characters are reduced to shallow foils for the protagonist- an 100% Mary Sue. I ended up skimming the last few chapters, hoping that at least the general plot would be good but even that disappointed me. The only good point I found- the original idea of a fluffy, amusing story about a revenge character spending... more>> time with the Demon Lord. Unfortunately everything else spoiled it. So if you're into Mary Sues right now (everyone has a phase like that once in a while) then by all means give it a chance- I'll recommend it. But if you're not, I think you have better things to spend your time on. <<less
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Kikiji
The main characters in this story are a refreshing break from the usual in this type of reincarnated/transmigrated to Ancient China type of story. Jing Yue is very bold and daring, never afraid of retaliating when someone goes against her. It's always satisfying when she fights back, but I sometimes feel like a mother, a bit anxious for her and hoping that she won't get into so much trouble that she won't be able to dig herself out of it. That's usually when the male lead comes in. At first... more>> glance, he seems like the typical ML who's possessive and overprotective and though Xiao Chen definitely shows hints of that, 99% of the time Jing Yue already took care of the situation so he has little to no opportunity to show off (lol). The two also have some amusing bickering going on whenever they interact and it really draws me into their romance.

Jing Yue lived in the forest and mountains for all of her second life with nearly no human contact. That, along with the fact that she has experience being a person from modern society is what gives her her bold personality yet it also means that she is unused to ancient time etiquete and way of interacting with others. This part of her (the fact that she doesn't care too much about it doesn't help either) angers some people but she also has a charming side of her that strongly attracts others (like me- the person who generally doesn't like this kind of character).

Xiao Chen is powerful, ruthless, and cold- characteristics commonly found in other MLs in this genre. However his attitude towards the Jing Yue doesn't quite adhere to the pampering type that appears in say... Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss. (On that note, Jing Yue is indeed the retaliating type like Jun Xie from that story but their ways of going about it and personalities are completely different.) On one memorable occasion, (small spoiler)
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he threw her out of the carriage when she's was chattering too much while he's trying to rest. Or maybe he was just annoyed about her insulting his favorite carriage. (You can judge their actions once you get to that part.)

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But despite all of that, you can tell he's slowly falling in love with her.

This story isn't flawless. The ML's attraction to her started slightly too suddenly in my opinion. And there are some details considering why she was abandoned that I hope will be cleared up later (I think it was heterochromia eyes maybe? But it's strange that no one commented on her eyes yet so I could be wrong). So yeah it's not perfect but I liked the characters and the story so my rating would be a 4.5 out of 5.

(Also, I may have used the main characters of Genius Doctor as a comparison but these two stories are totally different so there's no specific meaning behind my choice in story.) <<less
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Kikiji rated it
Sovereign of Judgment
March 28, 2017
Status: c82
This is the novel that completely dragged me out of my usual type of stories which belong on the entire other end of the spectrum. The setting, storyline, and especially the characters were enough to get me to pull an all nighter to finish reading it and it quickly became a top favorite of mine.

There are a lot of things I can elaborate on but I don't think I could do it justice even if I did. My biggest impression, though, after reading the latest chapters is that it's... more>> so refreshing to finally have a character that pushes through on solely power. We've been seeing a lot of intelligent and sly protagonists and yes I love them too but it's been so long since we had someone who has the capability to win through overwhelming power. Of course that's not all there is to our protagonist in this story- there's a lot of growing to do and he's not the strongest outside of the, uh, earthlings. Also he has some wonderful subordinates (awesome characters themselves) who helps him with the itty-bitty details and politics and scheming, all of which he often ignored anyway. But that's what excited me in the latest chapter. He doesn't necessarily need to rely on that to reach his goals. <<less
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Kikiji rated it
A. R. G.
October 8, 2017
Status: c5
Aswang is correct in that you shouldn't dismiss a novel just for its bad ratings. The star ratings are simply a reflection of what the majority of the people thought of the story, and you may happen to be a part of the minority- a situation I often find myself in and therefore the reason why I don't trust it all that much. However remember that there's a reason why so many people gave it such low ratings and it's especially significant on a website like this where many novels... more>> of varying quality usually have a ton of 5 star votes.

I gave this a chance and couldn't continue reading to the end just for the sake of writing a thorough review. It was just that bad for me personally. The writing is flat and shallow, I feel no attraction or attatchment to any of the characters, and the plot is acceptable at best. To me, it seemed as if this story was a whole clump of American teenage novel cliches written by a kid.
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They've got the "I think this guy is such a bastard but I feel weirdly attracted to him, " "he also has a beautiful ex-girlfriend who still has feelings for him and I feel inferior and hi now she's coming over to sneer at my unsuitability to be his partner, " and a "no one believes me when I say I can see dead people but this guy says he does because it's me saying it even though we haven't even known each other at all outside of this fake fiancé arrangement besides (oh I just remembered!) that one encounter when we were kids and you gave me ice cream. Of course you remember it like it was yesterday."

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Let me just say that I love cliches when they are done right. But this author's lackluster writing isn't capable of it at this point.

I have no idea how Aswang was reminded of the Earl and the Fairy while reading this. There is absolutely no connection beyond a "supernatural" label. Unless the ghosts or main character herself turns out to be a type of fairy, yeah no. They have nothing in common. Not in plot, characters, setting, etc etc etc.

I concede that some of the above can end up proven false by some sort of plot twist or new information reveal at the end but the writing quality is unchangeble in such a sort period of time. So unless the last half of this story was written three years after the first, chances are you'll be dealing with the same bad writing till the end.

I also love cute fantasy and romance novels. However I can't see this as one of those. No fluff so far, maybe something that was supposed to be angst in there.

Keep in mind, I only read up to Chapter 5. Maybe you'll enjoy it like Aswang. But I need to give the other side of the story.

[I sincerely hope that this didn't sound like a personal attack on Aswang's review. That review made comments on this story that I disagreed with so I was just stating the differences I found in our POVs.] <<less
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Kikiji rated it
The Wolf Lord’s Lady
July 11, 2017
Status: Completed
True to its reputation, it really does contain enough painfulness to be classified as angst. However the sweetness really balances it out, especially the fluff at the end.

I love this story because the further you get into the story, the more things are uncovered. Sure, some of the information revealed doesn't drastically flip your world upside down like some of the more exciting plot twists I've encountered, but the ones that do appear simply changes your perspective gently (and occaisionally bittersweetly). Additionally this gives all of the characters- even... more>> some of whom the readers could not have the chance to personally familiarize themselves with at the beginning, like her family- more depth than before. The things that I ended up finding out makes the story a worthwhile reread, in my opinion, to catch the parts that were missed or misinterpreted the first time. <<less
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Kikiji
As a frequent reader of both fanfiction and Chinese novels, I seriously can't recommend this. I often find people who have misconceptions of both types of stories (and admittedly I was one of those people before) but while it's true they both have their good and bad points, I think in particular case, it's as if the story is an abomination born from every ill opinion formed of fanfiction and Chinese reincarnation novels that had ever existed. And even if you disregard the content, the writing quality is also very... more>> lacking. For me, the problem isn't the mix of western and eastern culture or an overpowered MC because I've read some amazing stories with both of these elements so I know there are cases in which that can work. However this is definitely not one of those stories. <<less
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[Online Gaming] Love You 59 Seconds
August 19, 2017
Status: c69
It was hard for me to find the words to describe how I felt about this story but I think I finally figured it out. The story is just really really awkward to read. It feels like a joke that fell flat. Not that the story is a joke, but its the feeling you get when you know something is supposed to be funny yet the delivery ruins it. This is supposed to be heartwarming, humorous, etc etc but I just can't feel it. There were a few moments of... more>> second-handed embarrassment, (again) lots and lots of awkwardness, some "heh... that was kind of funny" or "eh, that was sweet of him...", irritation towards the two dimensional villains, and- what makes me really upset with this story- "why the hell did he do that?!" I can go on about the last point but it basically boils down to dissatisifcation with the two leads. I can't really feel them falling in love or having affection for then other and I hate how unbearably (again for the third time) awkward their interactions are. I can tell it's supposed to come across as sweet and cute but I can't see it. From his words and actions, I think the shou, Wu Han Ying, is subpar character- he just doesn't have any substance. The gong, Xia Chen, is marginally better but sometimes acts way over the top or unnaturally/illogically. An example:
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handing over his entire company to a lover who has shown no capability in managing one (has he even graduated?), has a known and established tendency to act foolishly and thoughtlessly (an "endearing point"), is someone he has only known the existence of for less than a year, and has only been in a relationship with for a couple of months. Look, dude, no matter how much you love him and no matter how much you want to show that, you don't make someone like that the boss of the company you made.

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You know 'show don't tell'? Well I don't like that advice much since there are appropriate moments for show and appropriate moments for tell. Good writing involves balancing them appropriately for your specific writing style, but this author seems to have a horrible handle on it. There are so many moments that could have been fleshed out and shown while there are others that could have just been told. That's a major flaw that keeps popping up when I read these chapters.

(I have to admit, I only stayed till the end in hopes of finally seeing that little cousin of his get what's coming for her but for those of you who want to know- that never happens.)

From the other reviews and the star ratings, I can tell that there are a lot of people who like this story. I can't pretend to understand why, but from that, I guess it's just a matter of personal taste. <<less
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