Why did the male lead suddenly fall for the main character? Her legs?... Really? Well, alright.. but why did he almost instantly become obsessed with her? It felt like there was going to be reveal where in the past without knowing him, she treated him really nicely or something and he's always remembered it. I know not all stories need something like that, but the way he acted almost implied that. It just made things kind of never connect, leaving an odd taste in my mouth towards the relationship.
The more important reason I didn't really like this story was because the male lead is kind of a horny a**hole. Every other thing out of his mouth was how he wanted to sleep with her, and then proceeded to. However it wasn't done well. He just came off as a s*x starved pervert who only wanted her for her body.
Also, he shuts down a movie role she worked her to get because there were "intimate scenes" in it. She gets mad because he doesn't respect her and her career and he rightly apologizes. You think he'd learn, right? No.. Later on when she's gone for five days due to a movie shoot, he suddenly flies/drives over there and sees the director yelling at her (and rightly so due to her nervous/poor acting at the time) and in turn yells at the director, telling him not to yell at the main character in front of all of her coworkers. How is that in any way respectful to her career? Yet does she even get upset this time? Not even remotely. Ermm.. ok? He then goes on to tell her to act like a completely different person when she meets his parents, more elegant and restrained. So.. you're basically telling her not to act like herself in order to please your stuffy pretentious parents. She of course screws up and he's actually upset with her until some s*upid thing happens and it's not brought up again.
All in all, he never changes his ways of completely controlling every aspect of her life, whether it comes to secretly setting up the movie deal she becomes famous for or trying to convince her to just stop working and let him pay for everything. I mean, I'm sure a lot of people in reality would love to be in a relationship like that, but this is a story about a girl who was more or less abandoned by her family and worked hard on her own. In the end it just left a bad taste in my mouth
Especially seeing as how that's when the dark beast reappeared. Felt like such a waste in how it was done. "Come back with me". "No". Battle battle battle. "I'll bring you back next time!" eh... ok?
Peeling the skin from the man's body, having her master of disguise servant wear it to provoke the guy's brother into "killing" the guy, making the brother think he killed his own brother? Awesome! Then, taking bones from the guy to carve a flower, using his blood to color it? Crazy, extreme, but ridiculously interesting too!
I absolutely loved the first half, with the MC being a lazy yet greedy ling plant farmer. His personality and interactions with pu and wei were a constant joy to read. Then came the battalions and the battles. After this idea was introduced, it became a completely different novel. Characters that were somewhat relevant completely disappeared. For example, after saving xiao gui and the other girl, they were never even spoken of again! Every other chapter was describing a, in my opinion, dull battle between battalions led by people who's names began to blur together. I don't know what the author was thinking, but I think he should have written a separate novel about war, rather than letting it take over this interesting novel.
Also, the MC's personality which I loved so much pretty much disappeared. I'm all for a character evolving and growing as a person, but I'm disappointed to see that he grew into another generic wuxia MC who could do absolutely anything with a flick of his fingers, walking around with a gentle smile.
The second half of this novel, plus the absolutely horrible and rushed ending really disappointed me. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to find out some crazy fan broke into the author's house and demanded that he finish the novel within two chapters by gun point. That's how horribly rushed it feels. The epilogue was pretty much two sentences of dialogue!!
To cut it short, I almost wished I stopped reading half way through.
P.S. Did anyone else find the explanations and descriptions of cultivation and skills extremely boring? Sometimes I'd even skim over them, and it wouldn't impact the story in any way.
The days were a bit ordinary, but husband and wife got along well, and they treated each other with respect. Yet Dongting was not so lucky. Her past bit by bit once again fell on her. Third Prince put on a hypocritical show of affection and attempted to obtain her and thereby obtain the world.
Dongting saw the vicious, cruel Third Prince and was itching to hack him to pieces, but when she thought of what she had endured in her previous life, she felt that killing him would be too good for him.
She wanted to spare him and ruthlessly torment him instead. With Dongting and Song Yuming working together, they exposed Third Prince’s many evils. The emperor was furious and stripped Third Prince of his conferred title at once and reduced him to a commoner. Third Prince from then on was melancholy and lacking in ambition. After all this, Dongting went to see Third Prince and told him everything that had happened in her previous life.
Third Prince suddenly realized that everything that had happened to him had been Dongting’s doing. In his anger he wanted to kill her, but Song Yuming came to the rescue. Because he had plotted to murder the wife of the crown prince, Third Prince was ordered by the emperor to commit suicide.
Close to the beginning of the novel, when she pretty much first arrives her in her body, she finds out one of her consorts got his eyes gouged out by her elder sister/princess. She then finds out she treated him like garbage after it happened. Her response to that is to first sit down next to the guy and literally just say... "..... Sorry." Then a couple chapters later, she ends up gouging out one of her sister's eyes for pointing a sword at her..... What??? You're both princesses! What the F is going on? You can just gouge out her eye like that? Why do you even care? You literally spent 10 minutes or so with this guy. "No one touches my people." Such a cliche and boring line.
In a brothel auction, she sees that one of the people being sold is a demon. Takes him home, and literally minutes later, another demon trying to kill him shows up and takes her hostage. So.. She bites his neck and drinks his blood..... WHAT!? The guy easily managed to take her hostage, but she can somehow bite into his neck and take the time to drink his blood with him just "pushing her away" after?? He then turns into a wolf or something like that. Just... so childish
Another nice looking guy had a pleasant conversation with her and she's thinking she might fall for him now. How old are you again? It was two lives, right? So you're like 30? And you fall for people because they call you dainty?