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Eight Treasures Trousseau
October 22, 2016
Status: Completed
The similarity between this novel and "To be a virtuous wife" is stunning. Anyone who enjoys TBAVW would absolutely enjoy this one. Contrary to the translator, despite reading TBAVW first, I actually like this novel a bit more hehe. As a side note, I don't think the English title for the novel is quite correct. 八宝妆 Isn't referring to a trousseau. This really supposed to be something like "The eight treasure dowry".

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This isn't up in the story until the second last chapter, when she presents it to the male lead. It has a specific meaning within the story for the protagonist and represents the central theme of the story. However, you are not told of it until you finish reading the story basically. This is no impact on the story itself.

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For those who are not familiar with TBAVW. This novel is a Chinese historical political drama with royalties contending for the crown. The plots and schemes within this story tenders to be more realistic than some of it's novel counterparts. Readers are expected to enjoy the characters and their roles in a particular troubled and contentious time within the universe, rather than be in awe at the greatness and brilliance of the protagonists and their abilities.
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The Transmigration (more so reincarnation) in this story is mainly used to explain the protagonist's personality and ideals which doesn't not conform to the moral and ethics within the novel universe, while playing no other roles.

The protagonist in this story is one of the more unique one that I've read. She's basically my hero, with her attitude and choice of lifestyle. Definitely the best part of the novel itself. Being able to live the lifestyle that she wants, while showing occasional brilliance when needed to stay safe and protect the ones she cares about.

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The story is very very well written, with great pacing, foreshadowing, descriptive language, and a great cast of characters with interesting personality. This is one of the very few novels that I would expect almost all readers to enjoy. Absolutely give this a shot if you have the time. <<less
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Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss
March 1, 2017
Status: Completed
夜北's second novel and the writing definitely improved over it's predecessor "The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady". This story is a continuation to "The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady", and settles some of the loss ends for that story. There are some background details for the MC from the last novel that's used to set up this novel but isn't actually available in this one. Here a brief summary if you care:

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The MC, Wu Xie, is a doctor in the same organization as Shen Yan Xiao. They are best friends who commonly hangs out possibly due to their loner personalities. As you can tell their occupations by the title of the novels, "Extraordinary godly thief" vs "Extraordinary godly doctor". Wu Xie used to be an veterinarian, but was found by the organization and was made to work as their doctor in return for funding w/e needs she have, of course not like she has much of a choice. As the organization's best thief, Shen Yan Xiao constantly gets injured. And as the organization's best doctor, Wu Xie's responsible for treating most of the agents and thus frequently works with Shen Yan Xiao and gotten to known her.
On a side point, Wu Xie actually has a lot of experience with interacting and working with other people. Not a hermit as some people misunderstands.
When the organization got raided, Shen Yan Xiao sacrificed herself to give an opportunity for Wu Xie to escape, and thus returning Wu Xie favor for treating her all of those times when she was heavily injured during missions. Wu Xie was angry at Shen Yan Xiao for doing so, because as obvious in the first novel Shen Yan Xiao had the opportunities of escaping by herself. This caused her annoying at the smell of blood and over reaction sometimes. Thus begins the two novels.

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This part is a bit more of a spoiler if you already read the other novel.
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There are more on the MC and the male lead in "The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady", especially on the male lead, but those are too much of a spoiler.
If you want to know why the male lead is such a jack ass and why he's so obsessed with the MC, reading "The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady" is highly recommended (unfortunately the translation is no where up to that point though).

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Common to 夜北's 3 novels, they are all focused on a extremely well developed MC with a lot of character growth over the course of 3000 chapters, best males lead of all the novels I read (with female protagonist), and an epic story with a lot of depth and just the right amount of foreshadowing. I judge male lead on 3 factors
- Character development in the story
- Doesn't prevent the MC from showing her full potential
- Isn't annoyingly interrupting the story.
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The weak part of 夜北's novels is the MC's little buddies. Once introduced they never get any real character development. Sometime part of the group in just sitting there not really saying or doing anything. One person in the group is the clown who's always saying and doing stupid things to lightened up the novel. This one is the only one that really have any important in the story itself, the other don't even have to be there. These buddies get ridiculously unreasonable upgrades but never really have any real use; pretty much just allowing them to hang around.

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There are no major plot holes in the novel. The story tend to be very thought out and is the best reason for reading it. Highly recommended. <<less
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Hate it or love it. I would imagine the reception for this novel is quite bipolar. I love it for the back story, the overall story line, and the MC. Despite nearly 8000 chapters, I still feels like there's so many more interesting stories to tell, so much more plot to uncover. At the same time, there are many chapters which feels like torture to read and should be completely ignored. Before anything else, the author pretty much makes it her mission in life to write 6 chapters (6000 words)... more>> per day. In a good month, 8-9 chapters per day. This pretty much leads to nearly all of the problems everyone has with this novel, which may or may not include entire chapters describing just all beautiful and perfect the male lead is (using the same words and phrases!). During time when the author have something she wants to tell, you'll get interesting and possibly enthralling plot. Other times, you might get tens of chapters of the absolute cheesy descriptions of how just about everyone is surprised at how great and perfect the male lead is (i hate this). What you would be able to truly be able to enjoy is the overall story telling, not well written chapters and the miscellaneous stuff that happens, or else will only lead to your disappointment. Unfortunately, I think you can't truly grasp the story until after 1900 or even 3000 chapters. Forgive my selfishness for rate it as a 5 even though it doesn't deserve it. I just love the world built in this novel and want to read more about it.

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Reading some of the other reviews, I feel the need to point out that this really isn't a romance novel by any means, it's pretty terrible in that regards. This is a Xianxia and adventure novel in truest words. The story is very slow as you can probably tell by the 8000+ chapter. And the main story doesn't really start until 700+ chapters, aka this part currently being translated. And it's from this point onward that she really starts improving herself in a Xianxia way. There are romantic moments here and there, which are mostly for word padding. There are moments where they have random relationship problems, which are used to temporarily separate the MC and the male lead so she can go on her adventures. No surprise, the best parts of the novel are when the male lead isn't around. How the male lead is portrayed is definitely the worst parts of the novel (perfect, all capable, always being able to solve all problems no matter how ridiculous it was). I am actually surprised that the male lead hasn't already become the MC instead of Su Luo. The author uses the male lead as a swiss army knife to problems and situations that he MC shouldn't currently be able to handle. The MC needs to face these situations due to her background, which is slowly revealed (think like 5000+ chapters and not yet fully), and the fact that she needs to keep challenging herself to complete her mission. She's also very spoiled and eccentric, also sometimes very childish, which causes some problems. My personal attitude to this last point is that this is the way she should have been but couldn't be so due to her situation, which makes it kind of cute when she shows this side of herself (when she have someone around that she can rely on).

The second worst part of the novel is how everything is exaggerated. In summary, many of the complaints in other reviews in regarding the romantic relationship and lack of character growth are not the reason why this is still a popular novel with almost 8000 chapters. The MC, her background and her adventures are definitely the mean draw of this novel. This is a "long term novel". Having 10, or 50 or even 200 sh*tty chapters while the author plans out future parts of her story shouldn't be unexpected at all. <<less
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Demon King/The Parting of the Orchid and Cang
April 18, 2017
Status: Completed
What can I say, this author delivers on romance novels. Like her other novels, Sansheng, Zhao Yao, Mulberry Song and others. The main characters are Dong Fang Qing Cang and little Orchid. Dong Fang Qing Cang is the demon king, undying and unstoppable. No one know he want and what he's trying to do. On the other hand, who is little Orchid exactly? Hmmmmm.

This novel is extremely tragic to little orchid. All the little Orchid want is to safely and peacefully pass each day, but it seems like no one... more>> agree with that. Ever since she meets Dong Fang Qing Cang, everyone she meet is trying to kill her. Ironically, the only place where she can find any semblance of safety is beside Dong Fang Qing Cang, despite him being the most evil existence, despite him constantly scheming and plotting against her, despite him trying and almost succeed in killing her on several occasions.

How will the relationship between the two grows over time? Will they realize their love for each other on time?

This is a romance novel through and through, with a happy ending. Sansheng from the author's other novel will make a cameo, as the only living person who don't think the little Orchid should die. If you enjoyed 九鹭非香's other romance novels, you will also enjoy this one. <<less
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Cultivating to Become a Great Celestial
September 21, 2016
Status: Completed
This novel is really good. In terms of the quality of the story and written, it is comparable to "My Disciple Died Yet Again". In my personal opinion, it is the better novel of the two.
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The MC is lovable and relatable. Of the novels I have read, she's probably the closest one actually person. She's not going out of her way to do that right thing or to save the world, nor it does she only care for herself and goes about her own business. She's not a mindless person as in some stories, nor is she so overpowered that she can solve any and all problems.
There overarching story of the world doesn't really only move around her, but it is told as we follow the MC and her role in reaction to everything that is happening in the world.

As for the Transmigration, her past and other life isn't a major point of the story unlike in "My Disciple Died Yet Again". It only serves the role that she isn't from this world and is the cause of everything that happens to her in the story.
The novel is at time funny and at times emotional. The story is well written with good use of foreshadowing and pacing (except the ending).
The romance in the story develops and her relation with various male characters improve. It doesn't follow most story with love at first sight or destined to be together. You get to experience how her relationships change and improve overtimes, and how it turns to love and romance. As a result, it's hard to tell who the male lead ends up being and the second half of the novel.
The story is not very focused on power level progression. The story never relies on her become strong enough to defeat the bad guy. In fact she often isn't the one to solve the problem, she just plays her role in the story. She does becomes more powerful as she changes the body she possesses. Each time she changes her body, it is well tied into the story and not just for the sake of her getting stronger. She never reaches the end of the power spectrum and relies on her strength on the final fight. She simply doesn't her best just as everyone else, and watches as the pieces and cogs that was set up throughout the story comes together.
The story line isn't episodic like "My Disciple Died Yet Again", but is the more concrete of the two.
Both "My Disciple Died Yet Again" and "Cultivating to Become a Great Celestial" suffers most at the ending parts of the novel. As "My Disciple Died Yet Again" ending makes your wonder why anything happened in the first place, when the story could have just started at the end and have everything worked out as good or even better, "Cultivating to Become a Great Celestial" makes it seems like the author can't wait to get the the ending she's written, so she gives random characters unreasonable, abstract and out of place powerups to prepare everyone for the final fight.
"My Disciple Died Yet Again" could have used a better reason for her perform her various missions in the story; perhaps better ties her into the history of the 3 realms as the author probably initially intended.
"Cultivating to Become a Great Celestial" could probably use 60-100 chapters to expand on the immortal realm and better pace the story before the ending.

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To summarize, if you enjoyed "My Disciple Died Yet Again" then I think you will enjoy "Cultivating to Become a Great Celestial" as well. <<less
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Eastern Palace
October 13, 2016
Status: Completed
This is a top tier tragedy novel in my opinion.

Personally I am really glad to have finished this novel.

If you are looking for a tearjerker, this is a good choice.

With that being said, and some what unfortunately, all of the payoff is at the end of the novel, literally the last 2-5 chapter + epilogue or so.

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The entire novel to structured to setup the ending. In fact most of the novel isn't all that great by itself, it's pretty bland actually. Definitely not worth reading if you are not willing to stick it to the end.

The novel can pretty much be divided into 3 part, the present, the past and the conclusion. The first part is relatively lighthearted and calm, with no major conflicts. The second part more serious and emotional. These two part actually seems like 2 different novels, and to be honest, at the time of reading, pretty random.

However, all of these end up setting up the conclusion really well if you could believe. I definitely couldn't help but cry as the novel was reaching the end. It's remembering everything that happen in the novel, no matter how random and meaningless they were at the time, and the epiphany when you realized how each of those events meant for the characters that really delivered for the story.

Personally this kind of progression for a tragedy novel is not a bad choice. Although the early parts of the novel really doesn't deliver very much from an emotion stand point, there nothing like that sudden unexpected punch in the gut.

In summary, read it if you like tragedy and can stick through a reasonably long novel. Else if you are expecting a satisfying experience throughout, this is not worth it.

Also, there is only ever one MC. This much is pretty clear fairly obvious after the initial meeting, and the story doesn't attempt to hide this.

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Ostentatious Zhao Yao
February 27, 2017
Status: Completed
Jiu Lu Fei Xiang's novel does not disappoint. Like the rest of the author's novels, romance, specifically how it develops between the MCs, is central to the story. This novel is told in first person by Lu Zhao Yao, but in the past tense. The writing mostly focuses on how Lu Zhao Yao experienced and understood each event, while occasionally pointing out things she didn't pay a lot of attention to at the time. This way, the readers are encouraged to make their own judgement on what's the truth while... more>> experiencing the story from Lu Zhao Yao's point of view. The novel is very well told, as expected from the author, filled with dramatic, comedic and some cringe worthy parts. The story is very complete, with no major plot holes. It reads like a short novel but is actually quite lengthy. Overall I feel like this novel has just the right length for the story it tries to tell. Highly recommended. <<less
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The Substitute Bride
October 12, 2016
Status: Completed
I feel a bit bad for the translators by writing this review. After all, it's after reading their translation that I was convinced to finish reading the raw.
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The story is simple and straight forward. Characters are simple and straight forward. Much more so than the premise of the story and the description of the story would suggest.

The romance and feeling between the couple develops quickly and doesn't really change throughout the story. Much of everything that happens is due to the MC not truly understanding the male leads feeling and the fact that the male lead didn't expose his feeling for her until afterwards.

In terms of the incident that the other reviewers wrote about: it wasn't the greatest thing ever, but it wasn't completely horrible. She was trying to put her relationship with the male lead to the test, while happened to rescue someone she looked up to. She has a simple and innocent personality, so everything is not that well thought out. At least you should expect her to, given how she's written.

The novel isn't exactly going to impress you with how descriptive and vivid it was written, but it wasn't bad for say. The story is written with very short chapters, and is not very long in total. Therefore, the pace is very quick and the writing is very simple.

I would somewhat recommend this story if...........

Well, lets just say if I want to describe this story, I would say that is the unfinished. Major events like the sister goes missing happens and at some point the story just completely ignores it and the ending doesn't follow up on any of that. It's pretty random really.

The author obvious started out with a pretty good idea, but didn't have everything planned out. Therefore, at some point, she just didn't know how to follow up on what she's written and just decided to end it.

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A Match Made in Heaven
September 20, 2016
Status: c54
This is a decent romance story about a young girl who doesn't have a place she belongs to (partially due to a prediction of her fate made by an immortal), finding someone of whom she can spend her life with while fighting/following her fate.

Her personality is "unique", pretty much frustrating everyone who she comes in contact, and is the main draw of the story.

However, don't expect too much out of the story. The story will mostly follows Xin Mei's love life and some of the challenges they face getting together.... more>> There won't be any grand epic story line/adventure of any sort.

The description for the story, unfortunately, lasts about 2 chapters and stops being relevant.

A better synopsis is probably:

When Xin Mei was just one month old, an immortal made a divination of her fate: “Your daughter has a very strange fate. Her marriage... will be a bit unusual. Her future groom will be half-human, half-ghost. It’s her fate to curse her husband.” Due to the fortune, no one in her city is willing to marry her. Thus, Xin mei set out to find herself a good husband and where her fate belongs. <<less
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Enchantress Amongst Alchemists: Ghost King’s Wife
April 25, 2017
Status: Completed
This novel can best be described as a good first try, and that's because this is exactly what that is.

Enchantress Amongst Alchemists is Xiao Qi Ye's first novel, and it clearly shows.

He has 3 novels so far:

... more>> Enchantress Amongst Alchemists - good first attempt

Evil Emperors Wild Consort - solid novel

Ghost Emperor Wild Wife - very much worth a read

Xiao Qi Ye has shown significant improvement's in his writing between novels, and that's the main reason to read this novel. If you have enjoyed his other works, it's nice to get a sense of his humble start.

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The author clearly started with many ideas for the story, but Enchantress Amongst Alchemists has many problems, not the least of which are:

  • Extremely disjoint story. The transitions between arcs are random and sometimes mind boggling
  • MC as a ridiculously large number of relatives, something like 4 sets of parents (not counting the family of the male lead), 3 child (all older than her in a sense). Her relationships are so complicated, that every interaction is so awkward and hard to believe. None of the relatives seems real, and all of them end up being one dimensional and meaningless to the story.
  • The author can't write battles at this point, all of the fights result in her standing in place and taking punches, then saying "this isn't even my final form", and the opponent goes "No! How can this be!" and admits defeat without continuing the fight. The alternative is the fights being extremely trivial. However, the author greatly improves on this area in subsequent novels, in particular, the fights in Ghost Emperor Wild Wife are much more descriptive.
  • The author keeps telling you about how some things are important or incredible, and when it comes to push and shove, the actual events are unremarkable and easy to gloss over.
  • After the initial parts of the novel where the male lead is some what different from the stereotypical ones, male lead becomes close to the worst one I've ever read.

Perhaps the best example to this novel's deficiencies is that the final boss have NO name. The novel just refers to the final boss as something equivalent of "super ultra level great beast", and this guy just came out of nowhere. The fight itself is 90% people talking with 10% being the MC setting up some magical array which she learned at a completely randomly time from some completely random person who has no significance what so ever, with exception to the fact that novel mentions that she became really strong at some point for some inexplicable reason that's not explained in the story. And this person also never actually make any cameos in the story.
The author's clearly had many good ideas, but they are just poorly put together. At certain points in the novel you can actually read the author's frustrations in the writing, which becomes very abrupt and rushed. It feels like that author can't wait to end it.
However, everyone has to start some where, and I am actually looking forward to his next novel. Stay to read the humble starting point of one of the better growing authors in this category, this novel is very solid for what it is.

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Your Majesty Please Calm Down
October 14, 2016
Status: Completed
Highly highly recommended. For a lighthearted romance novel, this story is basically perfect.

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The only thing that can be considered a drawback is probably the author's fetish for making the male lead question his sexuality and aided masturbation. Hey at least its pretty damn funny.

Tian Qi is a stunning looking girl who's disguising as an enunch in the royal palace. The original reason and her identity is slowly revealed during the story. However, due to her greed and another hidden reason, she missed her opportunity to leave and was stuck serving the emperor even though her two previous masters died.

The story explores her relationship developed with the people she meet, problems arising from her current identity and her beauty, and a variety of hilarious situations she fell into, while solving the mystery about her past.

Although, there are some tragic and tense situations, the story has a happy and generally lighthearted tone. It does not attempt to envoke any overly emotional response and is not very dramatic. The various situations she faces are generally solved quickly and logically.
The story has a very nice pace and is very well written. It is a pretty fun and casual read throughout.

This story is followed in sequel by "Tiao Xiao Ling" which is also pretty good. No translation though.

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Journey to Seek Past Reincarnations
September 21, 2016
Status: c18
The main character is the familiar mindless type who stereotypically doesn't have common sense. Despite having an important job where she can't afford to make any mistake, she constantly do things without thinking of the consequences. She says whatever comes to mind without thinking of the consequence, doesn't pay attention to what her master warns, doesn't plan things out, reveals what she's not suppose to, constantly slacks on the job, and takes things for granted. Sometimes she even realises this, but treats her job as a joy ride. As a... more>> result, unexpected things happens during her mission. This novel is of her life and fate, and how she interacts with her missions <<less
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Refusing to Serve Me? Then Off With Your Head!
September 9, 2016
Status: c54
This is a pretty worthwhile light-hearted romance to read if you 'understands' it and tough it through. At any point in the story from beginning to end, it will be confusing, non-sensible, just generally lacking in background information in someway. In fact, the whole story (except ending and extras) is essentially about adding detail and background to the previous chapters to solve your questions, confusion, befuddlement about what is going on.

This style of writing is not very reader friendly for everyone and probably will make a bunch of people drop... more>> it straight away. If reading the first few chapters just won't work for you, I advice you read dysry's first 5 chapter summary as a start, or wait for more chapters to read together. <<less
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