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Gentle Beast
December 13, 2018
Status: Completed
I was surprised to find this by the same author as Chongfei Manual. This one has almost none of the other one's flaws. The MC is surprisingly strong and independent; despite being human and physically much weaker than the beastmen, she is able to use her intelligence, knowledge (and help from the hidden space) to escape predators and aim to return to her own world. The story was paced well and progressed logically.

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I like that the MC separated from the ML eventually in order to figure out her own feelings clearly and not be another Stockholm syndrome type character. I dislike how abundantly OP the ML was. I think the author could have used the chance of the ML being in an unfamiliar place to inject some humor or give him some understandable flaws/foibles. Unfortunately, perfect!ML is perfect at everything and figures out how to drift a car just by watching people on TV.

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Great translation; overall nice, not too long, survival romance story. <<less
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Hear My Heart: My World Falls into the River of Love
October 18, 2018
Status: Completed
Come here to get your low-melodrama, smart, capable, and well-dressed MC!

This is a sweet, well-paced, well-translated, light-hearted modern romance about a highly successful manga artist and a successful upper management of a mall. It's a more mature romance as the characters are older in age and deal with troubles regarding work, competition, and management. It's pretty refreshing to have a female MC who can pull her own weight. She's hilarious, hardworking, and low-key. Both MC and ML have troubled pasts but eventually learn to rely on each other. ML is... more>> not too unique, but he has his own charms. Their relationship is pretty cute, and you definitely get the feeling that the ML respects the MC a lot.

I haven't read Chestnut's other novels, but I would definitely give them a try after this one!

Overall, a nice fluffy break if you're tired of reading angst/melodrama/misunderstandings/lots of low IQ characters. <<less
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A Slight Smile is Very Charming
October 14, 2018
Status: Completed
Edit: Watched the drama, surprisingly (and pretty rare) followed the original novel pretty closely, with a few changes that made the plot more detailed and a bit more exciting. I think the events in the novel translated onto screen really well (perhaps even better than the writing) and in many ways, the acting made the friendships (the girls and guys' sides) much fuller. It was nice to experience their bonds of friendship, family, etc. Visually on the screen. I'm tempted to raise the rating of this novel after watching the... more>> drama!

Sweet story, humorous and cute and brought back a lot of feels for MMORPGs I played in the past. Overall, a pretty standard romance with MMO setting, very lighthearted, not much drama or angst so it's a nice fluffy 'break' story to read in-between heavier stuff. I really liked the MC, who's an emotionally mature, generous, and intelligent gal who doesn't bother with petty love rivals or backstabbing idiocy. Unfortunately, the ML was a bit too perfect and was literally a genius in everything. Completely worshiped by everyone. He's literally the top hacker, top musician/composer, top video director, top gamer, top athlete, top designer, most handsome looks, etc, etc. The ML would have been much more bearable if our MC wasn't also part of his fanclub and seriously put him on a pedestal the whole time (which made the relationship feel a bit unnatural/extra awkward). <<less
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Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil
September 26, 2018
Status: Completed
My first experience with "fast wear" type multiple-realms/reincarnations story. I am still hooked on this genre! I love the idea of seeing the same MC experience different scenarios. Each arc is like a mini-story. Just realized the name should be Quick Transmigrations: Face-Slapping Devil (or similar).

I love how clever/OP/shameless the MC is. To me, the MC is one of the best parts of the novel. He's totally confident, successful, and knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. It's refreshing to have a strong MC who is unafraid... more>> of using all his advantages to manipulate everything towards the desired outcomes.

The ML is pretty standard fare: tall, physically fit, wealthy, powerful, possessive/stalkerish. But the MC can totally stand his ground so the relationship is pretty cute!

I took off a star because the characters other than the MC and ML do get a little repetitive.
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There is very little in terms of redeemable side-characters. Pretty much every 'protagonist' that the MC beats in every world were secretly evil. While the novel's premise revolves around revenge, it would have been nice to see the formula changed up a bit; or at least the main antagonists changed up a bit.

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Even so, I still go back to reread my favorite arcs~ (Arc 9 absolutely amazing, Arcs 3, 5, 10, 11 are favs too.) <<less
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Jiang Hu’s Road is Curved
September 26, 2018
Status: Completed
I was definitely not expecting the events in the book at all! The first half is absolutely hilarious. Yes, MC can get really annoying (despite the humor) in the beginning, but if you stick it out, you'll be able to see such a flawed/naive/spoiled princess grow into someone super cool and awesome. I absolutely love the character development and the unpredictable twist in the middle. I highly admire the author for writing it.

ML was a bit refreshing as well. He doesn't fall for her at first sight and wasn't affected... more>> by her looks at all (also MC's looks are just nice, not world-defying or gorgeous, to her depression haha) ; their relationship was more of something that slowly grew over time. Pretty cute!

I recommend this to people who want a break from the conventional web novel plots. The first half of the novel is pretty much a complete parody of stereotypes. <<less
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