The story starts off w/ the man who the MC loved killing her husband (ML) and her, but the fact is that author just drops us in the middle of the scene w/ no warning and barely any explanation of who is who, what is going on, where this scene is taking place, etc. It makes it extremely hard to connect to the characters, and it's not helped by the fact that..... the writing was really melodramatic and cringeworthy - adding that to the fact that I didn't understand / know anything about any of the characters beyond superficial info, I just couldn't get into it. Like I get it's the beginning and we're not going to know much about the characters from the get go, but it all happened so fast, it felt empty and very unrealistic.
And the shift to the rebirth was so abrupt....I just couldn't. I get the author is avoiding the typical info-dump, but she went too far and it just feels like I'm reading about cookie-cutter characters jumping about lmao. Add to that the typical scumbag and white lotus villainess in the next chapters.....I'm out.
And even when we learn that the person who saved the MC isn't the ML, but someone else, and that's the reason she fell in love w/ him and married him - the ML gets all possessive at the thought of losing her to his friend (the REAL person who saved her).
Which is absolutely disgusting - he hasn't cared for her at all in the 4 yrs they've been married, treats her like sh*t and even humiliates her in front of the press / other rich people, but suddenly he feels the right to 'claim' or something? f**k out of here, shitty ML, honestly.
To be honest... it might be a bit early to review this, but I have to agree with dona. The story starts out with an interesting spin on the typical betrayal of the ex-lover and half-sister and I was eager to see how she would make her way to her country to take revenge now that she was reborn as a lowly slave. And in a different country at that.
As dona said before, there's not much information to go on - whether it's about the MC, her surroundings, her past, etc. It leaves the story sort of empty, and I'm unable to feel much for the MC since I barely know her. So far, the MC is okay but she seems to be a little bit too much like the typical cold and capable fMC that comes off more as a robot than anything.
As for plot, so far, until chapter 18, there hasn't been any progression towards her goal. Which okay, considering her low position is understandable, but since the MC doesn't seem to have a plan in mind, the story just feels like it's dragging.
It's more like everyone is out to get her right now because she got involved with the wrong person - which, granted, doesn't leave her with much time to plan, but even then she doesn't seem frustrated or annoyed...
Or it's more like she hasn't outright decided in what direction to go in, so the story just feels aimless right now. Especially considering that at this moment in the story we're uncovering the story of some palace maid who supposedly got killed after getting involved with a prince.... it feels weird and out of place since it doesn't seem like it has anything to do with her.
All in all, however, it's still has been an okay read so far. The translation is amazing, so it has that going for it. I just feel the author is taking too long to unravel the plot or not giving us simple information that's very important (such as the questions dona posed in their review) which can leave the reader (at least me) confused and / or unable to connect with the MC and her journey.
I figure since I reviewed the story this early, I might as well do the amazing translator a favor and review the story as it goes along every so often. Tho, disclaimer: this is still only a preliminary review, basically just my thoughts on the current translated chapters - that's why I still haven't rated the story.
Anyway, the story is still moving pretty slowly. The MC still hasn't progressed much other than getting a few subordinates tbh, and learning a little bit more about the power plays in the palace.
Thus, if anyone is planning to read this story, I would recommend to probably let the story stockpile to at least 100 chapters before jumping in. It'll probably make the story's slow pace seem not as bad.
I still feel the MC is still too cold, I'm really unable to connect with her. Altho we get her inner thoughts and observations, I feel like there's barely any emotion to her. I get she's focused on revenge but.... you would think she would be a turmoil of emotions, no matter how calm and proud she is usually / was previously. Even when she thinks of Lü Liu (her closest maidservant in her past life), it feels like there's barely any emotion - this might be due to the translation or just the author's writing, but either way, I just don't get much living signs from the MC.
Also... we meet ML pretty early (I won't say who it is, but if you've read enough of these novels, it's easy to sense who it is), and the interactions w/ MC are..... weird to say the least? I don't like him much yet, he's very much a product of the era, so it's kind of hard for me to feel anything but disdain for him tbh.
He's pretty misogynistic and so far seems like the typical alpha male, oppressive ML who looks down on everyone, especially women. He keeps invading MC's personal space - it's not too bad compared to other novels, he just gets extremely close and pinches her chin, but still, not something I like. There's obviously more to him that meets the eye, but I'm expecting that he probably have some annoying tragic backstory to "justify" his awful personality - news flash, it doesn't [especially considering he 'collects' women (yuck) and just watches them fight for his favor like some sick bastard].
(I also find it laughably ridiculous that he's so focused on finding out the woman who knocked him out when he was drunk (aka MC).... like apparently, he's the Prince Regent and he keeps coming over to the Palace Side Quarters where the palace maids are to talk to MC.... does he not have a country to run???? Like... why is he so focused on finding MC just because she, idk, hit him? Hopefully, there's a better reason to this obsessive search rather than just his manly pride being hurt that a woman got the better of him -.-
One thing I liked so far was this scene: a fat palace maid was initially made fun of, but the MC stood up for her basically and told her there's nothing wrong with her body shape. It was refreshing, since a lot of CNovels fat-shame or have fatphobic jokes or make the villains fat and use it as something to insult them with. (Altho I didn't quite agree with the MC's reasoning that it was the palace maid who viewed herself as fat that was the problem, rather than other people making fun of her - like yes, she should learn to love herself and not care about other people, but clearly people on the skinny side have the tendency to make fun of fat people / fat-shame them and that's the main problem to focus on: fat people who grow to hate their body do so because of society's prejudices and fixation on beauty = skinniness. And I speak from experience.)
In conclusion, I feel the same way I did in chapter 18: the story is moving really slow, not a big fan of the ML, and still finding it hard to connect to the MC. But it's still a decent read so far, so I would recommend to give it a chance and judge it for yourself.
The MC is married to ML and goes back to his real country of birth.... thus the scum husband from the previous life never really gets his comeuppance. Instead, he still becomes the emperor in the end and I feel like the MC never really took her revenge against him. That was so unsatisfying on so many levels and made me really disappointed in the author since it feels like the MC allowed the ML to work it for her.
There's a male gay couple and unlike most CNovels, even modern ones, it isn't treated as something disgusting or abnormal. I won't say it's 100% perfect, but much better than most.
I really hated how since the female antagonist was very sensual and seductive, this was used to berate her and the FL even looked down on her for it, in a holier-than-thou way. Especially since the FL is the "cold, pure beauty" type. Ugh. What's even worse is that she's from the modern times, but she taunts the female antagonist by saying how would the ML ever like a snake-like, seductive, morally loose woman like her. Basically saying women expressing their sexuality = evil, wrong, etc. Blegh.
And even tho the female antagonist was the usual obsessively in love character, in the end before she's killed by the ML for scheming way too much against the FL she realizes that she was unable to appreciate the one who truly loved her and regrets. It gave her some depth and I thought it really sucked, that aside from being villainized and mocked for daring to be 'sensual', she couldn't have been developed beyond being a scheming binch. I even thought it would've been a great story from her POV if she was reincarnated and chose to do things differently (Actually I liked this character a lot more than the holier-than-thou MC just for this moment LOL.)
I MTL'd up to chapter 17, and take all of this w/ a grain of salt bc things can get distorted w/ MTL, the ML has already choked her twice, has her working as his 'slave' / 'servant', and almost killed her when she mistakenly entered his study when he was there w/ his friend (and idk having an episode or something??) and got her punished by having her whipped instead (due to a jealous maid telling her to go even tho no one is supposed to go to the study during the time the friend is there).
All in all, the ML seems to be the typical cold, misogynistic, psycho CEO, yuck. And while the FL seems to have a cold personality, she endures all of this treatment, so it just makes it even worse.
There's also hints of the ML having had a childhood sweetheart that died who's probably the only person he cares about and as these novels usually go, it's probably the female lead (who's probably forgotten or idk why she isn't telling him and suffering all of this lmao). EDIT: I read a little ahead, and it seems like she wants revenge on him, for leaving her or something when they were children and causing her to be... possibly abused?, which was probably due to reasons out of the ML's control.
But still, I extremely dislike his treatment of her lol, and the fact that she's just enduring it for 'revenge'. Like imagine, if she wasn't his childhood sweetheart after all lol. He would just kill her w/o a care in the world. Ew.