Empress with no Virtue


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The free-spirited and brutally honest Ye Zhen Zhen was unwillingly chosen as Empress to the playboy Emperor Ji Wu Jiu. Their very first wedding night, she kicked the Emperor down from their bed and he sought out his concubine instead. This completely disastrous start was only the beginning of their eventful life together.

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New TaiyakiPan
May 12, 2020
Status: --
3.5 to 4 stars. Couldnt really say a solid 4 cuz I stopped reading at around chapter 60 cuz I was bored. But then I picked it up again a week later and finished it. And you know what, im kinda glad I did.

If you're stuck and lookong for soemthing funny to read, try this one! It only has 100 chapters too
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rdawv rated it
March 25, 2016
Status: --
This is a story about a mismatched royal couple who are both unhappy with the arranged political marriage. The story opens with the young emperor Ji Wu Jiu aggrieved at the marriage forced on him, the empress Ye Zhen Zhen irritated at being used as a pawn in her grandfather’s scheme. It culminated in a disastrous first night for them, resulting in the emperor being furious and the empress being indifferent to her exalted position. In short, a loveless marriage.

The emperor being restricted by political reasons, resorted to petty moves... more>> of his own to trouble his new empress; putting her in charge in resolving the crisis and drama that arose one after the other in the palace so that she would trip up and embarrass herself. The empress who grew up willful and independent, took on the ploys head on as her successful resolution of them would demonstrate her own defiance. In short, both sides find small delight in annoying the other.

Surrounding this dynamic and strange relationship is the usual array of palace drama standards: the unhappy empress dowager, concubines competing with each other for the favor of the emperor, ministers and officials with vested interests to make sure their own daughter gets ahead, eunuchs and servant maids eager to see their respective mistresses win.

The initial draw of the story is reading about how the empress Ye Zhen Zhen uses her wits and decisiveness to overcome the challenges of the palace, as well as slowly gaining the trust and respect of the emperor as he realizes his consort is someone clever. Perhaps too clever. Still, she is still his consort, and all the back-and-forth made him feel more and more amicable towards her.

That and the anecdotes that arise from a couple that does not want to lose to the other makes for a humorous read at times (eg: “walnuts”).

Warning: the novel contains adult situations. Many. Explicit. In fact, the ‘problematic adult situation’ is one of the key relationship drivers. The other, as another reviewer mentioned; is misunderstandings. Colossal misunderstandings between two people who have no idea what it means to love.

Personally I was a little annoyed with the characterization of the empress in the second half of the novel. Her brazen recklessness comes as surprise to me after the bouts of intelligence in the palace and is one of the main source of misunderstandings between them; as if she didn’t know her actions could have life-threatening repercussions. I felt the author wrote those chapters in to blow up the drama. While it did switch away from the typical palace drama for a while, I felt it was forced in.

The translation is unpolished and the translator admitted that the more difficult parts were edited and summarized within the chapters (eg: poetry, lyrics). This doesn’t ruin the story, in fact to some readers it may help to quicken the pace. But it does mean some of the subtlety is lost. The prose itself isn’t as descriptive and the dialogue isn’t as dramatic as other palace novels eg “To Be A Virtuous Wife”, “Mei Gongqing” or “Chu Wang Fei”. It reads more like a narration. The earlier chapters are quite understandable, but there are some parts where the the sentences don’t exactly roll off the tongue correctly.

Overall, a nice novel to read. <<less
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nixxara rated it
February 21, 2016
Status: --

I love the way she doesn’t realize love even though it’s in front of her. Instead of throwing herself at the male MC, she unconsciously makes the makes the guy work for it!

This is a romance story by the way.
If any of you are worried about the fact that he has several concubines since he is the emperor, no need to worry. After he started chasing the female MC, he stopped his relationships with the others... Actually he is afraid to cheat! xD
5... more>> stars! <<less
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Faye rated it
March 31, 2016
Status: --
Hail the T.O.A.D !

The title stays true to its meaning

We follow the adventure of MC who is wed to the Emperor.
She's a lazy tomboy... <== this is a spoiler already

Almost every chapters will make you laugh or sad.

And the story flows quite good... This is an enjoyable ride and I'm glad I got to have a go at it
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Attica rated it
October 3, 2018
Status: Completed
"Unlikely woman becomes Empress and must manage the imperial harem while also winning the love of the initially hostile Emperor". You've probably read this exact premise at least a dozen times, all with varying levels of execution and unhealthy relationships.

I'm proud to say that Empress with No Virtue is probably the most fun I've had with this genre, precisely because it knows exactly what it wants to be and executes that premise perfectly.

1) Story

Ye Zhenzhen is a free-spirited and self-confident noblewoman who loves her family, with a few quirks to... more>> compliment her great intelligence. Given her lack of ambition, she is not too happy when she ends up strong-armed in a political marriage with the only man above her in status: the playboy Emperor Ji Wujiu, who bears a grudge against her family. Their marriage gets off to a hilariously disastrous start with the wedding night alone, which is further complicated by the intricate political dynamics within the imperial court and harem.

Despite this "typical soap opera" premise, Empress with No Virtue is a joy to read because it capitalizes on its strengths so well: Humor (both dry and laugh-out-loud) and the ever-changing dynamic between its two main characters. That isn't to say it's all fun and games--I was surprised at how well the writing handled the drama and angst parts too!

I always found myself looking forward to what antics Ye Zhenzhen got herself into (particularly how she cleverly made fun of the other members of the imperial harem), what conspiracies and power struggles she must avoid, what odd yet ingenious strategies she would use to expose her enemies, and of course the blossoming friendship and romance between her and the Emperor. Note the last entry in particular--I literally binged the entire novel in 2 days because I was so eager to see the development of the...

2) Characters

Yes, Empress with no Virtue is so much fun because both Ye Zhenzhen and Ji Wujiu are really fun characters!

Ye Zhenzhen is a hilariously straightforward woman with very adorable and strange interests. Initially, her main goal is just to survive and pursue those interests. When she does get caught up in court politics, she shows off the intelligence and confidence to go toe-to-toe with the schemers, and grows to take more active control of her own fate. On the other hand, Ji Wujiu is a very competent emperor who just happens to have one big flaw: seeking shallower surface-level affections. He initially appears spoiled, arrogant, and ambitious, resenting Ye Zhenzhen despite how she was not at fault for this marriage. But over time, his interactions with Ye Zhenzhen open his eyes towards the importance of humility and open-mindedness, and it's really satisfying when he can finally see things from a different perspective.

Both main characters boast an abundance of endearing quirks, brilliant calculations, humorous reactions, and badass confrontations. Better yet, they aren't perfect! The author went out of her way to point out that these two main characters are still flawed human beings who misunderstand each other and mistakenly harm each other. YZZ and JWJ have very different perspectives and must work very hard to reconcile their viewpoints, make up for previous wrongs, and finally reach a harmonious equilibrium.

Above all, the relationship development between Ye Zhenzhen and Ji Wujiu is one that sparks off the page with its exquisite sexual tension. Their personalities complement each other perfectly. Even after the two officially get together, I was really happy to see how they got to preserve that wonderfully bickering and teasing dynamic, instead of degenerating into character stereotypes.

The side characters are also surprisingly well done for this genre. The friendly side characters are so ridiculously good at acting the straight man in the kookier and more hilarious circumstances. And even the more "villainous" characters have understandable motives, and their reactions can be pleasantly realistic at times. (The rival concubines are of course hostile, but they change over time and realistic consequences for their actions instead of remaining the stereotypical "mean low-IQ rivals who irrationally hate the MC").

3) Overall, I can say with certainty that Empress with No Virtue was just pure unadulterated fun to read--which is high praise for the often plodding "imperial politics" genre. It had the perfect blend of fluffy light-heartedness, dramatic politics, and teasing romance. I could genuinely believe every step of how Ye Zhenzhen and Ji Wujiu fell in love, which completely soothed the secret romantic in my heart <3

[NOTE: I wasn't too satisfied with the translation--it switches tenses constantly, uses unnatural/crude phrases, and just plain doesn't flow well in English. Still, you can at least understand it. o/ ] <<less
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neri21 rated it
February 11, 2018
Status: c5
This is the novel that could have been Doomed To Be Cannon Fodder if that novel was written with more humor and more in-depth understanding of its characters.

Ji Wiu Jiu and Ye Zhen Zhen are mismatched down to their politics and their tastes in food. He hates her family and she thinks he's a man who*e masquerading as an emperor. She loathes the sight of him and he hates her because she continuously unmans him, the first woman to repel his sexual advances with a sharp kick to his groin.

But... more>> they're married and must work within the parameters of their separate limitations. And that's the beauty of reading this novel. Because the emperor and empress are young and not really tied to hate and disappointment, they are able to close the gap that was trying to keep them apart. Ji Wiu Jiu is constantly jealous but he doesn't sulk and hide his head under the sand. He confronts, he nags, and waits for answers, even when he's about ready to blow his top. The same goes for Ye Zhen Zhen.

This is a couple that actually talks and discusses important issues that could affect their life: his family, her family, loyalty, fidelity, women, men, war, politics, sex. The sexual chemistry between the couple is blazing hot and there's lots of that scattered around.

What nicely ties the novel together is that by the end of it, Ji Wiu Jiu and Ye Zhen Zhen are so tightly coupled they basically ruled a kingdom without losing the loving humor and breezy sexuality that made their marriage so fun to read. <<less
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orblee rated it
December 14, 2016
Status: c21
I neither love not hate this story. The Protagonist has a decent character. She is beautiful, smart and doesn't let others step over her.

The schemes, political 'wars' and relationships aren't terribly exciting or original but they're still enjoyable.

As for the comedy factor, its decent. Though it could be amped up a little, instead of existing for the hell of it, kind of thing. I also enjoy the overall world-building. Isn't anything new but it's easy to imagine and enjoy. The reason I gave a low rating, however, is due... more>> to the portrayel of the Male Lead. I really don't like him. He's petty and annoying to the point of being a nuisance. But as I'm only twenty-something chapters into the story, I may change my opinion of him later on, but I don't have high hopes on that happening. For the time being, I'll try to keep an open heart and march onward. <<less
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dona rated it
January 1, 2019
Status: c45
For some reason I couldn’t like the protagonist or the ML. The author tries selling them as ‘geniuses’ but I didn’t buy it. I found our protagonist too unreasonable sometimes. She ‘ran away’ from the palace in the midst of war, just to get a breath of fresh air, not caring how irresponsible that is. That’s when I really got bored of the story. If you don’t like the palace life, if you feel it’s too constrained and stuffy, then why didn’t you find a way or try to fight... more>> it instead of agreeing so easily to become the empress?? What did you expect? The ML was too childish, for example the way he tried to ‘show off’ in front of her just to get praises.. Ugh. Are you a kid ? The only person I liked was the cousin brother. I was impressed with him when he and the empress almost got framed. He was really awrsome, responsible, clever, sensible and kind. He should’ve been the main lead instead of that dumb emperor who constantly gets jealous and angry at his empress just because she gives attention to her cousin and not seeing what’s wrong with having countless other women in his harem. It really wasn’t a bad read, but the characters are really not likable. <<less
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October 27, 2017
Status: c89
I loves the chapters translated so far. However, the second translator also seems to have given up and that makes me sad. The story is nice in the sense that the FL is not soft and feminine. She loves guns, martial arts and is very straight forward. This is not a transmigration story unless I missed something in the translation. They fall in love, the emperor realizes and pursues her. She is a bit dense about love and so is he. The rapey scene mentioned other reviewers is because of... more>> her finding s*x disgusting - they call it a disease. They eventually figure out that it is because he sleeps with his other concubines. We are not reading a modern drama. Even in today's world, there are a**holes who sleep around. These stories are about times when theses kinds of have multiple wives was socially acceptable and probably a sign of wealth. So while I do want it to be only ML and FL, we have to bear through the parts until the excesses can be gotten rid of.

That said, there are some laugh out loud funny parts. Overall liked it, I such someone would finish translating! <<less
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chibiheaven rated it
January 12, 2017
Status: c83
I was stuck between a 3 or 4, if I could give half ratings I would've.

This story can be pretty funny and I enjoy their interactions for the most part.

The female MC is cute and lovable, while the male lead really is just... I'm just glad he changed for the better. Though I can understand where the author is coming from in regards to some things that happened while he was still 'learning' about feelings and love.

... more>> An enjoyable read that makes me chuckle.

Warning: The translations are mediocre at best and have not been editted (unfortunately). However props to the translator for making the novel available. <<less
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Abhieghail rated it
December 15, 2016
Status: c81
This story made me laugh, cry, and get mad. Ahhhh really! Some of the concubines wanna make me slap them, their personality is soo hateable. Zhen Zhen is such a good character.!! Her fluff moments with the emperor is soo doki-doki. &Lt;3 a goood mix of seriousness, fluff, comedy and smut
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August 15, 2018
Status: Completed
Bless you, if you can read this till the end.

Honestly, for someone who likes romance this is maybe the one. The beginning chapters are cute and funny. Interaction between emperor and empress is quite entertaining. Bickering, love-hate type, tsundere. I must say this part is the appeal of this novel. You will find it funny or/and heartwrenching.

Then toward the end, it becomes draggy, weird, and nonsense. That's where I dropped it and I need to make believe that c55 or around ... more>>

(+a pregnancy chapter)

is the perfect ending. Man, I'm still pissed by the way it ended, what was author thinking by adding weird plot in it? It ruins the whole thing.

For the characters, the MC is not that great actually, she's smart borderline annoying imo. The ML (emperor) is a pervert, boring and flat character. The memorable thing for this emperor is his pervert nature

at some point, I almost believe he has somnophilia tendency, which is creepy

. I'm not even remember if he ever help the MC to solve her problems. I almost wish Lu Li guy is the ML.

Then, the antagonists are quite repetitive which I kept forgeting who is who, who was doing this, fortunately they weren't that important because they're bland. <<less
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dramamonster rated it
July 11, 2018
Status: Completed
This is an interesting read because it's an Imperial palace romance, but there isn't really an evil villain. Ye Zhen Zhen is the much loved granddaughter of the Prime Minister. Against her wishes, she enters the palace to marry the Emperor as his legal wife, the Empress. The Emperor doesn't really want her either. Their first night is a disaster and they mutually dislike each other. Over time, as the harem's schemes unfold, the... more>>

Emperor starts to admire, and eventually fall in love with Ye Zhen Zhen. The Emperor can see through all the backstabbing harem schemes, and eventually he realizes that the women in his harem look weak and gentle, but are cruel and vicious, whereas the Empress looks cunning but is actually kind.

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ViraVera rated it
March 27, 2018
Status: Completed
This was a really enjoyable story! It's funny, skillfully developed, and long, yet satisfying. I guess I would describe the writing as detailed and character-driven, providing a blend of drama, comedy, and world-development. I wanted to share a few things I hope will be helpful, if you are deciding whether or not YOU might enjoy this story.
    • The translation is a bit rough for some of the chapters, so if that ruins your ability to read a story, beware. It's not always easy to understand. It seems like an especially difficult type of book to translate to English. I understood enough from the translator's hard work to enjoy both the story and the details.
    • While "mature, I think most of this book doesn't qualify for the "smut" label, especially since for more than half of the first "100" chapters, the main characters aren't really in a sexual relationship yet. Their relationship has to grow into a good one before that can happen! While some s*x scenes are described, many sexual moments feel like they are more focused on the every day interactions of a good relationship (finally!) and the details are left to the imagination. The relationship between the emperor and his empress is the focus of the story and his harem is more about the political palace context/background.
    • I think the storyteller is skillful because there were so many plot points that could have been flat and boring. A summary of events in the story wouldn't do any justice to the interesting ways they unfold in the actual book. The way the characters and their relationship were developed is very impressive to me, since I'm usually an impatient reader, for example if I think the author has dragged out a romance unnecessarily. I'm not saying there were no tropes, I'm saying that they were used without feeling too forced throughout most of the book

      although I did think that one of the heroine's decisions was uncharacteristically dumb and felt forced, and it felt strange going from the original translator's coverage of a major event to a new translator's efforts after chapter 85

      ; but I thought the plot and pacing were skillful and fun from the beginning, so don't force yourself to keep reading if you don't find the story to your taste.
    • I thought the female lead was intelligent, quirky, stubborn, likable, and hilariously ignorant about sexuality. I thought the male lead was talented, capable, relatively responsible, and grew from being selfish, to being mature and loving. They are far from perfect characters, which is what gave them room to stay interesting over so many chapters. They have to develop a lot of emotional intelligence and the portrayal of possessive and jealous instincts from both of them is realistic in that these feelings are treated as normal, but distracting from what is important, the honest care and appreciation they have for each other.
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Scorpia123 rated it
February 20, 2018
Status: Completed
Honestly, at the beginning, I didn’t really want to read this novel because of the harem but I thought I might as well give it a go. After reading I couldn’t stop and just kept binge reading even though I have exams, but yolo. 😂 This story is funny and the harem was only at the beginning, soon the male lead basically stopped going to his other concubines. The fluff and the cute bickering couple, and most importantly it’s not too cheesy for me.
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jiwujiu_lover rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: c97
This is probably one of my favorite novels ever (cough cough, hence my ID). I was getting tired of the overrated novels with the MC transmigrating and being totally OP, but this was completely different and refreshing. I loved the development between the FL and ML. Once this gets completely translated I can see myself reading this over and over.
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JojoChua rated it
November 30, 2017
Status: c91
Can't help but love this story. I find this book funny yet refreshing. No assassin, no transmigration, no time-travel. In the beginning I was not interested after reading the description, thought it was another boring arranged marriage, but later on I was proven wrong. This book is really hilarious and the story is quite out of ordinary.
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tehrealone rated it
March 22, 2016
Status: --
Top quality comedy at least 4/5 if not 5/5

Female protagonist and emperor have so many misunderstandings about each other’s actions, situations, reasons, etc.

At least 50% of the characters believe something when it is not true.

TL: DR: Couples with misunderstandings are enjoyable to watch
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sangmaharani rated it
February 22, 2020
Status: Completed
At first, you will be eandered by Empress' non-virtuous and free-spirited nature and awed by her intelligence. You will think the hateful Emperor isn't worthy of her and hope he won't end up with her.

As the story progesses, you will laugh, a lot, by their antics, their bickering, and super funny last-liners. When Emperor starts falling for the Empress, you will start to sympathize with him, see him as really pitiful being.

Later, when Empress softens to him, you will ship them really hard, since they are both so cute, innocent,... more>> hillarious, powerful, intelligent, basically match made from heaven. You will also blush (and laugh out loud) by their you-know-what moments.

After their feelings becomes mutual, you will wish they can overcome the rest of obstacles together. In the end, you will feel satisfied by how everything turns out.

And then, someday, you will find yourself wanting to visit this story over again. <<less
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kuroimochi rated it
September 23, 2019
Status: Completed
Still my number 1 favorite series in this website, and I've re-read it more than once and still enjoy it a lot. Aside from the fact that it is not transmigration or a reincarnation, which is rare for this website and is a BIG plus for me, this story has genuine romance with interesting ML & MC.

MC came from a powerful family, almost as powerful as newly crowned the emperor (ML), and was pretty much spoiled as a child. MC began as a major pain point for the ML because... more>> of this. It didn't help that MC started out really indifferent. She is quirky and likable, mostly because she gives 0 damn about the harem plotting, but have her own non-malicious yet satisfying way to deal with them.

ML is the highlight of this story due to his character growth. He started out as an emperor who does not think much of women, with shallow view of beauty, plus an established harem where women fight for his attention. While not exactly a ML material, the portrayal is understandable, considering that he was the emperor in a the male dominated society where he can pick his choose.

BUT! What I like about this story is that while there's plenty of humors and laugh out loud situations, author managed to delivery a believable love story. Unlikely some story where ML fell simply due to heroine halo effect (met when 5 years old! Picked up a pencil!), there was process, character depth and experiences which happened to both MC and ML in such a way that changed ML's perspective of MC, and ML eventually redeemed himself.

Definitely give this story a shot, you won't regret it! <<less
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irrykat rated it
September 16, 2018
Status: c101 part2
Okay, this was a super fun ride, and it's probably the most fun I've had reading a historical C-novel.

I admit, I went into this with a few misgivings. I thought this would be a lot more melodramatic (as many historical C-novels tend to be), and that the main lead would be insufferable. Thankfully, this was not the case!

The main character is off-beat and not too-OP, and her ways of navigating both her husband and the harem are novel and hilarious to watch. Though I think, in the end, that main... more>> lead I was so worried about ended up becoming my favorite character. Watching him fall in love with the main character is a joy to watch, especially since you don't often see a C-novel emperor ML get humbled and pushed around like this. You could feel his affection and love toward the MC in the prose and it's just great!

So the characters are great, but I think in general the best aspect of the novel is its humor. You will end up laughing, if not at least once a chapter. The comedy is always beautifully set-up, whether its character-driven or situational. The author handles the politics of the court, the scheming of the harem, and the action of the war frontlines well, but it's their ability to not overly dwell on arcs and let things flow naturally that make for a tight story.

Overall, the translation quality isn't that bad. Errors recur here and there in each chapter, but it's nothing that would impede a reader from understanding what is meant.

All in all, I had a lot of fun reading this (binge read it over a week, actually) and I totally recommend it. <<less
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