Chongfei Manual

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Before her rebirth, Wei Luo was an innocent little girl.

After rebirth, she appeared lovable on the outside but was a different person on the inside.

Those who learned of her true nature yielded to her.

Only the prince regent regarded her as a treasure; no matter how much he pampered her, it was not enough for him.

Anything she wanted, he gave her, including the princess position that she didn’t want, which he stubbornly pushed onto her.

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potatosince1992
New potatosince1992 rated it
September 14, 2019
Status: Completed
Personal rating: 2/5
Well, if you want a novel where you can't seem to like the leads, this is the one for you!

I have to say that there are a loooot of times I felt uncomfortable. Too many times, and I cannot shake them off, which is why it took me a long time to finish this one.

First, yes, she was reincarnated, but there is no way you can convince me to be okay with a romance between 6 and 15-years old. Especially when they grew older as he would... more>> be 23 and she's barely 14! Forgive my modern mind, but I cannot get behind this. At all. Especially when the author is so upfront with MLs attraction to her 'young body', even at the end of the story, her body at 20-years old was still the same as a 14-year old. Excuse me, for leaving pedophile-ville.
There's also Liang Yurong and Wei Chang Yin, and Yurong was not reincarnated btw and they had 10-year gap in age! And Liuli and Yangzhen. You cannot convince me it was not deliberate.

Secondly, there's also Chang Hong, he is not the first over-protective brother I've read, but his over-protectiveness borders to sister complex and it's so uncomfortable! Plus, he was just... there. I can't see the purpose of his character except to possibly disgust some of the readers, me, apparently. If the author wanted pointers about overbearing brothers done right refer to Rebirth of Malicious Empress (Shen Qiu - Shen Miao siblings, now that's overprotective brother-sister relationship done right).

Third, I can handle a foot fetish just fine, but to read about men lusting for her barely grown chest? Or that when she had her first period, the male lead took that as signal to finally think she's ready to be pluck like a flower. RED FLAG! PEDO ALERT!

I'm not going to count because there's too many, but the final nail in the coffin in the disgust department.
Gang rape. Of a 13-year old girl.
I am seriously questioning the morality of the author.
I'm probably nitpicking this as well, but did the author really have to make it seem as if it's woman is at fault if she looked haggard after giving birth?

Also, ML always, ALWAYS, pop out wherever FL is. Is he THAT idle? Plus his penchant for stalking.

Most importantly, I can't seem to like Wei Lou, at all. Even with her background or her hardship in the past. I just find her, unlikeable, bitchy, even. As well as capricious. But she's a beauty so we, as readers, and other characters in the story should excuse her for her seemingly looking down on everyone.

BTW, both MC are unreasonable and everywhere this couple go, they seem to cause death and suffering for the pettiest, most insignificant, and sometimes, even imaginary offences.

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I especially disliked how she treated Song Hui. It was so sad and it was so unfair to him. She used him and boosted her vanity with his attention, and was indecisive of letting him go until she was pressured by ML.

She didn't want him from the beginning, but she also didn't want him to be with Wei Zheng. He was so hurt because she couldn't let her enemy have him, as if the man cannot make a decision for himself.

It was very cruel and very manipulative. And Song Hui was such a good person! And don't even get me started with ML, so despicable.

Fight fair and square, man! His underhanded method in eliminating Song Hui was so low. He totally lost the little bit of respect I have for him.

But really, the true victim of this novel is Song Hui and Dan Yang. They both loved selfish and cruel people.

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Pachia320
New Pachia320 rated it
September 8, 2019
Status: c171.3
I personally love this manhwa because it was cute and also detective-like work. There is one thing I am so jealous of though, the food porn is real😭😭😭🤧🤧
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Matpatpat
Matpatpat rated it
November 21, 2017
Status: c22
The premise does not at all justify the MC’s “intelligence” (in quotes because this is another case of “she’s so smart because everyone’s dumb). She was a 15 year old farmer/beggar when she died not an Empress or even just a young girl who actually grew up in a royal or noble household and knows Ancient Chinese Family machinations.

the timeline is so messy it’ll hurt your head. You’ve got ML who at like 12 was such a threat to the throne with his ambition he was sent away as a... more>> general or something *eyeroll* and returns in glory at like 15. The MC gets a stepbrother (who isn’t even born yet but she’s already antagonistic towards) who in the main timeline murdered someone and died in jail at the age of 8??? Also let’s not forget that he was a hedonistic lazy rich kid.

It also flip flops between making the MC our to be the smartest most beautiful and talented person to EVER exist while also trying to make her pitiful and sympathetic. That’s why you’ll have contradicted information on how she’s both the most beautiful girl of her village but also so horrifically scarred by her Step mom’s murder attempt that her family wouldn’t recognize her...

MC is so needlessly antagonistic and basically shitty that you feel more sympathetic and root people she DOESNT like over her. Her Step sister is a shitty spoiled brat but she’s a 5-YEAR OLD. Her mom JUST got isolated from the family and of course she’s going to lash out. They try to justify MC’s shittiness to her sister by say “she knew about her mom’s scheme” but if I were 5 and I had a sister who my dad and brother treated 100000000x better than me and everyone favored who also ignored and was rude to me then if I’m mom told me she was never coming back then I’d be over the moon! BECUASE IM 5! MC also has really negative feelings for her fiancé not ML who during his short intro seems like a pretty upstanding dude. You know why she doesn’t like him? Because in the first timeline after she goes missing at 6 years old he’s engaged to her sister 10 years later... yeah. An arranged marriage didn’t fall through so he’s married to another daughter of the household. Oh the shame. Oh the betrayal. And I’m sorry but he only knew you when you were 6, was he supposed to carry a torch for a child?

This story is just annoying and the high score Legit boggles my mind. <<less
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Xoxopixie
Xoxopixie rated it
January 18, 2018
Status: c50
There are so many problems with this novel, I don't understand why it is as popular as it seems to be.

First of all I can't get over how creepy the ML is. I'm not even one to mind large age gaps, but she's far too young when he started his 'doting' on her.

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Seventeen year old guy with no obvious mental deficiencies flirting with a six year old. Orders bodyguards to stalk said 6 year old. Bullies other little kids for her. I dropped it.

Picked it up again because I kept hearing people recommend it.

13 years old, he's 22 or 23. Kept her in his mind for 2 years while he was away, still has bodyguards stalking her. Gets jealous over other guys around her.

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And the author's notes don't reassure you. Like yeah, Zhao jie is supposed to be such a romantic hero hitting on a little kid. Like we're so missing him when he doesn't turn up for a few chapters

Song L is with all his hormonal thinking is more natural - at least he's closer to her in age.

And then there's all the descriptions of the FL's 'beauty'. Her servants get creepy about even her feet. The 'little' feet of a 13 year old girl.

Not to mention her actual character - she has a host of growing personality disorders.

Also, the only way she seems to mature as she grows up is in her body. She's growing up as a vain vindictive little brat that's obsessed with looking pretty. I understand she was only 16 when she died the first time but what the hell, the only thing she seems to brought with her is a vengeful nature.

And then there's her creepy twin brother who acts like her lover more than a brother.

There's just too much wrong here for me to be able to carry on. Everybody's just too creepy <<less
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celtywho
celtywho rated it
January 9, 2017
Status: c171
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This is a pretty good novel to read, kind of similar to Mei Gongqing, Princess Wei Yang, and Chu Wang Fei. I really like the MC~ cute but very cunning lol like a sly fox. It's a HE, the relationship between the MC and main lead is greaaaaat + palace drama. I would like to add that I'm very satisfied with the ending~ annnd I'm so glad the author included those extras. Anyways, 10/10 would recommend this novel :]

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dysry
dysry rated it
May 1, 2016
Status: --
The MC lived a life of suffering, having been caught off guard as a child and abandoned by her stepmother. Dying at 15, she reincarnates as her 6 year old self and is able to fend for herself with her developed mental age. Chongfei Manual is pretty much just another female do-over story that’s not too shabby if you don’t mind following a very, very young girl around. The main differences are that:
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1. The story begins when she’s 6. And she meets the 15 year old male lead a few chapters in... And they go around picking fights with under 10s. Mentally they’re the same age but physically... He doesn’t fall at first sight but a lot of affections did emerge during puberty (hers coz he’s near the end of his) and they spend the middle of the story just waiting it out until she’s legal.

2. It starts out rather quick since the story begins with the female lead getting her revenge on like 3 people coz she didn’t live that long. It’s not extremely calculated, but fast and ruthless, getting the job done. However, after that it’s just the male lead watching over her until she’s old enough to marry, going through puberty, other people’s relationships and a bit of politics at the very end.

3. The female lead doesn’t actively hate her father and every other woman in the story. She actually has more than 1 female friend, while her father’s bias towards her is why her step mother hates her. Though her father is still disappointing – the only reason her half-sister ended up so badly was because both parents failed her, but at least her mother actually cares.

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Similar stories: Overall the story takes after The Princess Wei Yang at the start, the second half of Mei Gongqing near the middle (where nothing happens) and To Be a Virtuous Wife near the end. Though the outcomes for many characters resemble Chu Wang Fei. It's not a bad read, but you get the same results reading the stories listed.

Additional: I wonder why it wasn't titled Wife Spoiling Manual/How to Spoil a Wife. <<less
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Railman
Railman rated it
October 2, 2017
Status: c18
I consider myself an open minded person, I know that when it come to love age doesnt really matter, hell, I know 1 or 2 real life married couples with 7-8 year difference in age but I cant get my head around the idea of a 9th grade student flirting with a kindergarten, now it might have been a lil bit better if the male lead wasnt acting like your generic domineering, cunning character, but oh boy when he does the things he do it just gives me the creeps.

Another... more>> problem is the MC, we know she had a redo and is supposed to be quite knowledgeable for her age but I find myself pitying her younger sister more than her, she seems to be effectively using her knowledge and innocence to sow discord but never used it to gain favor and "NEW" allies, it feels like im watching an anti-protagonist in the making. So many problematic scenarios would've been easily avoided, now she's left with more enemies to deal with in the future, but hey you gotta keep the novel going right author?

The father, oh god, the father is probably the scummiest person in this novel, I just want to strangle him and cut his phallus just to end everything.

But hey, at least the novel is well written and the translation is probably above average 2 stars, plus another star for not torturing the readers by not fully translating the novel and leaving a bunch of footnotes at the bottom *looking at you chu wang fei*. <<less
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chamchaworld
chamchaworld rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: c22
Kind of Princess Wei Yang story but she didn't have Wei Yang cruelness. It's still in chapter 22, but compared with Princess Wei Yang or Mei Gongqing, Chongfei Manual is more lighhearted. I like how she's trying to protect her twin brother, since other novel MC is usually an only child (from same parent), it's refreshing to see a MC that fighting for her sibling too.
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sleepingjay
sleepingjay rated it
April 4, 2018
Status: c86.1
    1. Characters: MC and ML are both assholes. ML is a vindictive asshole. His character is the usual cliche, nothing new. MC is a "white lotus", pampered by everyone, and is immature, petty, vain, selfish and shallow. That's not to say she can't be likeable or charming, because she is. but many of her actions and behavior show that she is at heart a 16 year old girl (age she originally died), with all the immaturity of that age. There's no "I'm older than them and shouldn't bother"; MC is as petty and salty as they come, especially right after her death and rebirth. She also holds very obvious and sometimes unreasonable (to a modern readers' views) biases. however, I don't know if the author does it intentionally but the MC does mature a bit (a veeeery little bit)

      from when she's 6-8 to when sh'es 13. (from 90% immaturity to 50%, probably?
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      i mean, at 6 she was quick to write off some people (ex-fiancee and stepbrother, specifically) due to their past-life-adult-self's actions, but at 13 she seems to have realised that these people are not the same as they were in her past life.

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      she cares for some people, and for these people she does try her best to help and support them. but for less important people
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      i.e. her poor ex-fiancee,

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      she sometimes hurt them without realising the depth of the wound, not even out of malice but simply because she doesn't care enough to be considerate (not sure if the

      author realises what an a***ole the MC is, tbh). for enemies, she can be very vindictive and petty, especially if they've hurt people precious to her. personally, I find her character ironic because she perfectly fits the "white lotus" enemy archetype in C-novels, yet in here she is the MC. I do like how flawed the author makes the main characters.

      Other characters are decent. Author gives them a bit of depth, and they're better than most revenge C-novels in that they're not all cannon fodder copypaste of each other -- the author even writes some of the traditionally villainous characters to be quite sympathetic/complex (both pitiful and hateful at the same time). But some others are unfortunately sidelined despite their potential, e.g MC's twin brother that's only relegated as a siscon.

      fair warning: there are a lot of assholes in this story and occasionally you might want to stab someone. MC, ML, both of MC's parents (despite a half-hearted tragic backstory), etc.
    1. Plot: Mostly slice of life and romance with some sprinkling of revenge.

      Romance:

      It's actually very cute and fluffy. The MC and ML matches each other well. While the ML is a grade A iceberg a***ole towards everybody else (and only marginally less of one towards his own sister), he is very sweet and pampering (and teasing) towards MC. MC is legitimately fiery and proud and doesn't take his BS quietly, so there's a lot of cute bantering as well. There's no abuse and he's not a controlling manipulative freak to her. However, he can be very pushy with his affections (see spoiler in paragraph below) and this sometimes get pretty iffy and treads the line of dubcon.

      Personally I only liked the fluffy interactions between them, because whenever the author wades into "deeper" territory, the romance plot becomes very trite.

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      e.g. when MC is trying to figure out whether she loves ML, she hems and haws fucking forever and "thinks about it". meanwhile ML continually pushes her boundaries (which is Not Cool, ffs. and you were doing so well too, ML). then something serious happens and MC realises she does love ML, but wait, she still need time to come to terms with this. she hems and haws a bit more, but is eventually forced to spill her feelings due to unforeseen circumstances. sounds familiar?? yeah, it's just the plot of every shoujo out there.

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      I feel that while the author tries to add some depth to the romance, it doesn't quite deliver. at most it's a very light dressing that keeps the fluffiness from getting stale.

      As for the age difference... It's a bit creepy yet not? This is a bit iffy because MC's mental age is the same as ML, and this is what attracted him in the first place, but her physical age does not match and ML is physically attracted to her.
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      When MC is a child (6 yrs old) their relationship is strictly sibling-like. From both MC and ML's perspective, so no creepiness there. Things get a bit iffy when she's 13 (and he's 22) because he starts to become sexually attracted to her and as mentioned above he gets pushy with his affections. at worst it doesn't go beyond mild dubcon (forced kissing/hugging), but your mileage may vary.

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      As for love rivals... uh. They're pitiful. Very pitiful. They're 100% better off without the MC and/or ML, tbh. They don't deserve getting the backlash of the main romance. At least the main rivals, anyway. Some smaller rivals are highkey assholes too.

      Intrigue: uh, zero? MC gets her revenge well enough, but her original life was short and wasn't complex. so there isn't really a lot of people for her to take revenge on. the main bulk of her revenge was taken care of in the beginning, and though she still takes revenge throughout the story it feels more like small subplots that are quickly over. in addition, author's not that good at writing schemes. most of the schemes are very... childish, especially compared to other revenge novels. that, or they're cliche and doesn't break out of the mold.
At first I wasn't sure if this was my cup of tea, but after realising that MC is what in other novels the "white lotus" enemy that is pampered by all and take shameless advantage of it, I've come to like the novel, if a bit ironically. it's really amusing recognising the traits of the white lotus in our MC that are usually condemned in other novels. the novel is not a deep read and can be ridiculous sometimes but is entertaining nevertheless (or perhaps because of it). besides, the translation is excellent.

Edit: the novel after the first time skip becomes less ridiculous. I think it's because the MC has matured a bit so most of her actions/behaviour are less petty.

I'm giving it a 3-star because while the story is entertaining and I like how the author manages to write the main characters to be charming despite their flawed personalities, the story itself isn't too special. Plus, I feel like this novel's current high rating (4.7) is misleading. I'd say it should be around 4-4.5.
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dramamonster
dramamonster rated it
June 15, 2018
Status: c156
I read the first 156 chapters that were translated into English.

There are 168+3 chapters in the Chinese book. The translation is very good and the translator includes pretty pictures of the Chinese items described in the story.

I do enjoy the heroine's friendships and her friends' storylines.

Chongfei Manual is interesting, but a few things stood out oddly to me:

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    • In the first 42 chapters, the heroine is a beautiful, exquisite, doll-like, noble 6 year old. Because she had suffered until age 15 before being reborn into her 6-year-old self, her personality is mature and cold. As she outwits and punishes the evildoers in the first few chapters, the 15-year-old male lead prince saves her and dotes on her.
      There are many, many descriptions of her gorgeous, beautiful appearance.

      In this first part, there are many, many noble children and families introduced until I couldn't keep track of all their names, relationships and ranks.

    • From the next 81 chapters, the heroine is 13-14 years old, her body is still developing, her chest is growing, her breasts are sore, etc.. The male lead prince is 22 years old.
      After she gets her first period, the prince is always sneaking in to touch her body, even when she is afraid of being discovered and losing her reputation. There is very little character development and the heroine acts like a shy tween with an aggressive older boyfriend.

      There are many, many descriptions about how beautiful and exquisite the heroine is, how she takes care of her hair, nails and skin with her skincare and makeup concoctions, and many details about the clothing, furniture, accessories, jewelry, and hairstyles. Her main hobby is making herself more beautiful with skincare, nail care, etc.

    • Once the heroine is married at age 15 in chapter 123,
      the couple are all lovey-dovey as they deal with the rest of the plot, and there are lots of slice-of-life details of their regular married life. Now that she is part of the Imperial family, a few instances of graphic punishment for criminals/spies/assassins are made.
    • Because of the very young age of the heroine (13-15, compared to other young wives who are 16-19 years old in the story), and the excessive premarital fondling alongside the descriptions of her budding body, it felt a bit like a lollicon story, which I don't enjoy.
    • I've noticed in several chinese novels that s---x for happily married females seems to be described as very painful, requiring several days of bedrest to recover, causing sore waists, bodies covered with bruises and sore marks, etc. I'm not sure if this is a cultural difference, because western novels don't really describe intimate relations like this... Maybe I'm being too literal and it's really a euphemism, like a cheeky reference to happy lusty marital relations?
    • I've also noticed that in several chinese novels that female villains (usually jealous mean girls) often get punished in the story by having abusive husbands and being sexually abused to death/suicide. I've seen worse instances in other books, but I'm not a fan of this trope.
      There are a few not-too-graphic instances of this in Chongfei Manual.
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The story is highly recommended by other viewers, and the translation is great, but it's not one of my favourites. I think I prefer Rebirth of a Malicious Empress of Military Lineage, Poison Genius Consort and Mistaken Marriage Match: A Generation of Military Counsellor. I will continue reading Chongfei Manual to the end, just to see how everyone turns out.
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mingguiwen
mingguiwen rated it
April 24, 2018
Status: c66.1
The creepy is strong in this one

It started out interesting, but the the unique parts were just smeared with poo logic, so that you cant even remotely enjoy them.

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- The MC was supposed to be a 15yo country girl, but damn right as she transmigrates somehow she outsmarts everyone (or rather everyone is just a one-dimensional cannon fodder)
- No one that has done anything bad in the prev lifetime can be changed and be good, even 6yo kids are already marked as UNREDEEMABLE EVILSPAWNS by mc
- The ML basically thinks of the MC as his 'thing' that he reared since young so she belongs to him (not creepy at all). Oh, and in the latest chapter I read he pulled along the MC with him without her consent, in a way that hurt her (but ofc he didnt stop when she said it hurt)
- Everyone is one dimensional and the storyline is nonexistent, its all about kid andventures that dont lead to any progression whatsoever.
- You have to read how cute and beautiful the MC is in every second line
- MC having a lil bro was originally interesting and unique, but he had to be demoted to a creep that acts like a second ML (wtf?)

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Sooo it was like bearable, but worse than my expectations <<less
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iampheng
iampheng rated it
May 29, 2018
Status: c147
Honestly, I'm invested in the story because it's 1.) not that long and 2.) the translators do a really good job of updating.

I liked the story in the beginning... and the middle...I think it only went downhill for me once the two leads got married. I think the characterization of Ah Luo, well, I don't really like her. As for the ML.... well, I don't really like him either (LOL). In fact, the ML is crazily obsessed with the MC since when she was a child. He's the type of... more>> guy that is good to the people around him but then is unreasonable to those he dislikes. I'm not saying that he doesn't have a reason to dislike the people that he dislikes, but they also have their own reasons to dislike him. Since he's ML though, he's basically impenetrable. I find him to be petty and heavy handed at times.

As for Ah Luo, hmmm. I think that the author is doing their best for us to be impressed with her beauty and grace, but she's really kind of petty and narrow minded. Again, she has a reason to dislike the people that she dislikes, but I can't help but feel that... actually the good women around her are better "feel good female protagonist material" like Liuli or Liang Yurong (it's nice that the MC has good girlfriends though). That is, the love story of some of the side characters, who go through more obstacles to be together, are slightly more heart warming than that of the main characters. I have less of an issue with the ML being interested in the MC from when she was young. The romance just didn't really resonate for me.

I happen to love second chance and rebirth stories. I don't ask that the MC and ML be good people necessarily, but I want to root for them too, esp when they're being nasty. Ah Luo just wasn't an MC that I could root for in the long run. That's not to say that other people won't enjoy this piece, after all, I spent so long reading it and will continue to follow the story until the end. I'm just saying my love for the story fizzled out towards it's last arc. <<less
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ludagad
ludagad rated it
June 18, 2016
Status: c80
Light-hearted story with fun kids doing funny stuff most of the time. There's a time skip later on, when the story turns more into the romance genre.
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MondSemmel
MondSemmel rated it
January 16, 2018
Status: c44.2
I enjoy reading about vindictive protagonists, and I mostly enjoyed the story, to boot. I'm also aware that not every story can be fluffy or happy-go-lucky. That said, something about this story rubs me the wrong way:

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It's a relive-your-life plot, with the protagonist knowing who will harm her later... and the story treats anyone who would harm her in the future as irredeemably evil, and as deserving of revenge *before they have even done anything revenge-worthy*. Specifically, a significant part of the story is about Wei Luo, ~6 years old, bullying her half-sister, also ~6 years old - mostly because her half-sister's mother, i.e. Wei Luo's stepmother, actually does clearly evil stuff. Her half-sister may not be a good person when she grows up, and they may not be happy siblings... but from my perspective, she's still utterly undeserving of this pre-emptive revenge.

Basically, vindictive protagonists are fine; but I was quite disturbed by a) all the bullying of child antagonists (the step-sister isn't just mistreated by Wei Luo, but also by their father, which is just wtf) and b) a time-travel story full of revenge for stuff that hasn't happened yet, or that will happen in the future. Somehow, people Wei Luo recalls as evil are treated as rotten to the core. Evil is pre-determined, and redemption is impossible.

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Aris12
Aris12 rated it
October 11, 2017
Status: c37
This is best novel with little revenge. I love all about this novel especially MC, she is cute and ruthless when it's come to protect her brother. Male lead is caring and kind protective toward MC. Unlike other ml, he is best male lead. I like the way he tease MC. MC and ML are perfect couple.

worth to read
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
March 2, 2017
Status: c170.2
This is a very entertaining story along the lines of other stories like Chu Fei Wang and Mei Gonging. We have a strong female protagonist who is reborn in a noble woman's body, struggles with a vicious household, and becomes involved with the imperial court.

However, this story is much more lively because the main character is in the body of a young child rather than a young/adult woman. She's reborn as her 6-year old self after dying at the age of 15, so she doesn't bring many memories or any... more>> over-powered skills. She's limited to her own determination to change her life -- and this makes the story much more believable.

The writing style is engaging, the pacing is good, and the translation quality is great. However, new chapters are released very slowly... I will write a more full review once the series progresses farther. For now, I think this series is great!

UPDATE:

As of the end of the series, I am changing my rating to 4 stars. The reasons being:

  • The translation quality is still great. Fuyuneko did an amazing job. The writing was also still very well-paced and engaging.
  • Wei Luo's maturity actually seems to DECREASE as she ages. When she was a freshly reincarnated 6-year-old, she was sharp and mature. However, once she ends up with the male lead, she's just a blushing teenager.
  • Strong themes of non-consent and violence against women. The author seems to have a strong preference for rape fantasies.
  • As other reviewers have mentioned, the ML develops a sexual interest in Wei Luo when she's extremely young. Even if it was acceptable in the historical context, reading about a 20-something-year-old man jacking off to a 13-year-old girl is pretty uncomfortable.
I think that most readers will still enjoy this story, but if any of the points mentioned above are unacceptable to you, now you've been warned. <<less
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Eunicornm
Eunicornm rated it
June 7, 2018
Status: c150.1
At first the plot was very interesting-- she suffered a lot at the hands of her step-mother in her previous life. There was a lot of angst knowing that her brother also suffered just because of a selfish girl's unwillingness to marry. I was impressed with how she handled the scheme that ruined her life before and how she got the attention of Zhao Jie. However, right after ... more>>
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Du-shi got locked up in an isolated courtyard

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, the flow of the story became somewhat less exciting.

It was still able to hold its own with how the storyline portrayed WL and ZJ's innocent and fluffy relationship considering she was just a child. As she grew up, I started to dislike the MC more and more.
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I just can't get over how she broke off her engagement with Song Hui the last minute.

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Other guys would've surely chased the MC 'till the end of the earth, but this move of his really made me tear up.

In addition to that, I didn't like how she handled Li Song when Chang Hong got injured. Sure, you pay them back tenfold or heck even a hundred or thousandfold. HOWEVER,
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you have to make sure you've got the right person instead of suddenly just stabbing them with a hairpin!

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At this point, I was really disappointed with WL. I feel like she was on a power trip and had the mentality of a 12 year old child when she actually lived until 15 or so in her previous life. Seeing someone else taking a punishment like that for someone else can really make a reader feel dissatisfied and a bit of heartache as well. After that scene, I seriously felt bad for LS and started to root for him instead of the ML. His character's depth is just... wow.

Overall, I think this story would be a good read if I haven't read Chu Wang Fei, Princess Wei Yang, and especially The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage. They set my standards way too high for a revenge c-novel. This story did have a lot of potential, but the author's writing seemed too shallow with how WL was always described beautifully and every action she took to maintain her beauty. I get that this story appeals to girls and is very shoujo-istic but it seemed too excessive at this point, especially when WL wasn't that likeable. After pushing to read more chapters, I just couldn't do it anymore. Moreover, I did skip to the extra chapters instead and was extremely satisfied with it more! I'm a fan of LS so I'm happy that he got to be with the girl he likes. ehem.

I would recommend this novel to those who haven't read most of the titles I've listed above. This wouldn't hold a candle to those novels but at least it is a lighthearted and short read that will fill you with fluffy emotions. It just wasn't my cup of tea, but I'm certain a lot of people would like this story. <<less
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Amsir
Amsir rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: Completed
Earlier I read the English translation till ch.30 and could wait for more. As the translator stopped translating it, I went ahead and read the raw...

It's one of my favourite novel....

I love how the female uses her cleverness to counter the situation.. how she adapts to change of circumstances of the story and love how the male lead does things for her in the dark even without her asking for and how he love her unconditionally...

... more>> It was a must read novel...

Even if I know the story.. am reading the translation again <<less
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annkanni
annkanni rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: Completed
First read the English translations until chapter 30, then braved through the raws to complete it.

At 171 chapters total, CFM can be considered a very short read compared to many other similar novels that run at a marathon pace. Plus, it's a HE.

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Wei Lou goes through harrowing experiences in her past life and dies at the age of 15. After being reborn as her 6-year old self, she tries to change her fate, but what can a little girl do? Covertly trying to seek the help of then 15-year old Zhao Jie by grabbing his attention in a most permanent way, this starts the chain of events that bring them together.

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I like how smart the MC is and how devoted the ML is. By far my favourite novel. <<less
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amelya85
amelya85 rated it
June 15, 2016
Status: c15
I've finished reading this novel by using google translate (somehow I managed to understand the main story) and I highly recommend reading this. It's a happy ending and the story is more laid back and relaxed compared to chu wang fei or princess wei yang. It focuses mainly on the relationship between the main leads with a little bit of palace drama
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blazikens
blazikens rated it
January 6, 2019
Status: --
This story is f*cking creepy, I'm horrified by how many people like it.

The ML's interest in the FL begins when she is a child and he's 15. At first it isn't sexual in nature, but as they get more familiar with each other, he obviously grows to be more jealous when there's other guys near her and she's still a child. AND that is just creepy and clearly signs of him being a pedophile lol, even if the FL's soul is older than her body is. It's not like he... more>> knows that.

God, I just remember one line where the ML describes her as his "little flower" who finally grew up.

It made me shiver and feel dirty from reading this, because it was so clearly the view of a pedophile viewing his groomed child victim sexually. There was even someone who commented on how creepy it would be if it weren't the ML saying this. LOL, it's still creepy anyway. Him being a handsome prince doesn't justify it. Ugh, and I even enjoyed this story too when I was like 16-17 when I first started reading it, because I hadn't realized the implications.

Also apparently later on he starts sexually abusing her, kissing and touching her without her consent. I hate this so, so much and I wish people would stop saying it's justified (the age gap) because that's how it was back then. Do people not realize that big age gaps, especially btwn adults and minors, was 'okay' back then because women had no rights, and were sold off into marriage as pawns as young as 13/14 ???? Like, clearly it's not okay, no matter what! Using the lack of women's rights as a justification for the romantic and sexual relationship between a minor and an adult is so wrong, I don't even know where to start.

EDIT: And god.....I just learned that the FL's half-sister is forced to be a prostitute when she's 13 by her husband, who is in an unrequited love w/ the FL and is a very popular second male lead. I can't believe I just read a review that said who said who can blame him forcing the half-sister when he's drowning in bitter unrequited love. LMAO, that's so disgusting and literally why I hate the male characters in this story. YES I will blame him and I don't give a flying f*ck if he's nursing a wound from his unrequited love, a 13 yr old being forced into being a prostitute and being gangraped will never EVER be justifiable and just shows how shitty and disgusting of a human being he is. UGH F*CK THIS NOVEL. <<less
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frostcrystal
frostcrystal rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: Completed
It was alright, but there were quite a few nasty bits about this novel. Other reviewers have already pointed out a lot of it - the MC being really young at the point ML starts finding her physically attractive is the big one. ML is also, to be honest, a real asshole. The author likes to frame it as "ruthlessness", but every time he even thinks the MC is in trouble his automatic instinct is to kill relatively innocent people until she isn't - even if he's just imagining things.... more>>

But there are a lot of other very bothersome little tidbits thrown around in there in the midst of all the fluff. The author has a really bad habit of laying down incredibly disgusting punishments to minor rivals whose misdeeds are usually either quite petty (snarky words, minor bullying), very young, or just not that likable. And by awful, I mean gang-rape, domestic abuse, forced abortion, questionable consent... just casually thrown into an otherwise cute, fluffy story. And you're supposed to like it. It is at times incredibly unpleasant to read. <<less
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