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Rebirth of an Abandoned Woman
January 16, 2019
Status: Completed
As a romance novel, the plot and the relationships between the characters falls pretty flat. However, as a 'historical' drama backyard intrigue type novel, it is kind of tolerable IF you have an itch for it.

Instead of a mature and experienced MC who had undergone torture, betrayal and abuse in her past life to be reincarnated as a cunning, ruthless bad-ass who is hell-bent on seeking revenge on those who had wronged her; you get the neglected wife who kinda just faded into the background whilst her sh*tty husband lives... more>> a happily ever after with the cousin before silently dying.

Also her 'rebirth' doesn't really intertwine that much with either the story narrative or her growth as a character. She still maintains that traditional patriarchal mindset that enables her to be oh so tolerant about the unreasonable circumstances that she is subjected to, not forgetting the fact that she had already been forsaken in her past life. Every character from the MC to the supporting all prescribe to the Ancient China mentality towards women's submission to men and their confinement to the home. The ML himself is nothing to dream about either really.
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If anything, I feel pity for both the MC and the scheming cousin in that he himself is not a sincere or committed man to either of them, he prescribes to the notion that these women must shape themselves into this ideal and once that mould cracks even a little, he becomes disillusioned and dismisses them without thinking further into it or questioning the reasons behind their change, because to him, these women are just dolls in a play to act out a performance of this 'perfect woman' for him

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The ending itself was pretty predictable, and realistically speaking, its not surprising that the MC chose to stay in her marriage out of practicality as well as societal judgement, I would have preferred if her feelings were slightly more ambiguous towards the ML, like it would have been more empowering if even though she did choose to resign herself to this marriage, she never truly fell in love with him due to distrust or trauma from her previous life or even just due to her resignation about her role as a woman during those times. Also, I feel pretty pissed that the ML got his happy ending in both the past and present lives. F*cking b%stard

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Chongfei Manual
May 20, 2018
Status: c98
This series is pretty much the same old overrated, standard rebirth revenge story about the typical self-insert, Mary Sue type character who has everything practically falling at her feet...... a loving father and brother, standard rich noble family, standard "jaw -dropping" beauty, standard OP black-bellied, domineering, cold-hearted to everyone except the MC ML.

The fact that she was reborn again after dying in her previous life is also kind of redundant in regards to the MC's personality or the actual story line; furthermore she is inconsistent, narrow-minded, self-righteous, ruthless and honestly... more>> kind of a bitch who just has everything conveniently fall into her lap because plot armour. Not to mention the predatory nature of the romance between a 13 year old girl and a 22 year old GROWN ADULT MAN in which he takes advantage of the unbalanced power dynamic and her immaturity to "eat her tofu" without consent. The ML is like any typical ML that you'd find in chinese light novels, except with the added PEDO factor. <<less
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Adorable Food Goddess
November 3, 2018
Status: c301
Putting aside the controversial introductory rape scene at the beginning, the plot itself is not written too terribly when compared to its peers in the transmigration genre, no ruthless assassin or cold blooded doctor Mary Sue type MC, just a girl who is well versed in cooking which when translated to Ancient China, surprise surprise, everyone is astonished with modern world cuisine. The supporting characters and the 'villains' are not one dimensional cardboard cutouts, and have a little more complexity to their personalities and their relationships with the MC than... more>> the norm.

Whoopdeedoo, once the ML comes onto the scene, he starts wanting to control everything, forcefully doing things against her will. The ML is definitely the biggest downfall for this novel and for a slice of life type romance novel, the drama between him and the MC gets pretty serious, highlighting the fundamental issues within their relationship that just gets swept under the rug.

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The ML, after returning from a trip comes to a misunderstanding about the ancestral heirloom that the MC picks up on accident, after rejecting the confession of the 2nd ML, and later makes the MC serve him and this female performer that she already had insecurities about. Later on, the MC is framed by the princess to make her look like she was cheating on the ML with some business associate of hers. Without trusting or even listening to her, he pushes her aside and gets excessively drunk, later on becoming intimate and getting caught in bed with the MC's bitch half sister.

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The pattern always follows with the ML not believing the MC out of sheer jealousy and possessiveness and making his own preconceptions about something before doing something awful and then being forgiven later on. There is no trust whatsoever and I kinda was wishing for the MC to just dump his ass, become an independent business tycoon and make him regret it forever. <<less
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Demon Wang’s Golden Favorite Fei
October 10, 2018
Status: c90
Typical Mary Sue-esque type novel where the MC is the same old one dimensional, ruthless, overpowered unparalleled beauty who is ignorant of the affections of her select harem of attractive, powerful, stupidly infatuated love interests not to mention the cookie cutter domineering, war god virgin ML who falls hopelessly in love with her before they even exchange one word.

A major issue that readers should find with this novel is how the author portrays almost all of the female characters as jealous, spiteful, irredeemable bitches who try to scheme and compete... more>> for the favour of one of the MC's harem. It just follows the standard mentality that is oh so common in these types of novels where women must always treat each other as competition in an already patriarchal society.

There is no substance or depth to the story or the characters or even their dialogue; just copy and paste from like 90% of all other transmigration novels and you get this recycled salad of blandness. It wouldn't even matter if the story kinda meandered off into a volcano if it was at least well written, but pacing is sh*t and the transitioning between scenes kinda throws you in a loop at times. Only recommended if you are truly a devotee to the whole transmigration, weakling-turned-OP goddess MC type shtick <<less
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This seems like the typical shameless rebirth, self-insert story with the same old cliched Mary Sue type character who is an all rounder in everything with OUTSTANDING LOOKS/ SMARTS/ TALENT and a cheat space from her genius ancestor. Once she is reborn, she goes through the motions where she SHOCKS everyone around with her new personality, gaining friends, money, a good reputation and surprise surprise all of her former enemies just get comeuppances where everything goes her way. TBH, its the writing that irritates me more than the story line;... more>> The MC is irritatingly dull and things are repeated over and over, pacing is slow and if I read anymore of this, I think my eyes will roll to the back of my head from my frustration. <<less
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Jun Ye Can’t Help But Tease His Wife
February 27, 2019
Status: --
*I have not read that much so far but the chapters are fairly long and to save anyone else the trouble, I am just going to review what I have noted so far.

Firstly the writing style and plot are quite disjointed, not really stating much about either the environment or characters whatsoever and completely devoid of any use of poetic or descriptive language. It's basically just a summary of events and actions by the characters that are used to drive this non existent narrative forwards.

Character development? What is that? No... more>> really, the characters themselves are paper thin in terms of any depth in their personalities or relationships between one another. There is not a lot of description or complexity to how they actually FEEL or think, I guess emotive language is probably just an alien concept to this bland, paper thin world that the author has created. The MC herself has little to no personality whatsoever from what you could extract from her overly-simplistic dialogue, that reads off like it was written by an immature 12 year old. Also, her reasoning behind cross-dressing and hiding her gender for most of her life is not really well developed in the slightest and rather than finding it to be empowering, it seems more like submission to the patriarchal values of the family that has neglected her for most of her life which dictate how a male is inherently worth more than a female, wherein she doesn't really try to prove her worth or take pride in her role as a woman.

Another note to add, but the current translation so far (by Babel) is done quite poorly, with a confusing mix up of gender pronouns and names as well as the typical grammatical issues. <<less
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Eight-year-old Princess: Phoenix Reborn
November 14, 2018
Status: c41
The concept itself is nothing original, same old rebirth story with the same old type of vengeance-seeking MC who becomes disillusioned once betrayed by everyone she trusted, yadda yadda................. dead baby, slag husband and backstabbing bitch of a sister. Its basically ticking almost every cliche in the book, and this wouldn't even be that big of a deal if it didn't read off like it was written by a 12 year old.

There is no complexity or literary style to the writing, the characters are flat with little to no depth... more>> or substance, they are basically all cardboard cutouts of the same character archetypes you'd find in other novels. There is no consistency whatsoever and maybe this would not be such a big deal for hardcore readers of the classic rebirth genre but for me, it's kinda like chewing a stale water cracker, tasteless, dry and not worth the effort. <<less
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