Grabbing Your Hand, Dragging you Away

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I am a princess, moreover, I am a fool of a princess.

Born in the imperial palace, my appearance is as average as that of the white radish and cabbages in the fields. Throughout the four seasons of the year, my face is always displaying a dull expression, eyes forever shrouded in haze.

But in reality, I know of the secrets within this palace.

Including hers, his, and theirs.

Just leisurely living my days comfortably in the palace like this, I firmly believe I can continue to play dumb to the end.

Taking your hand, dragging you away. Not leaving you say? Very well, close the doors and release the hounds. (Expressionless face)

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执子之手,将子拖走
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agehach
New agehach rated it
June 11, 2019
Status: Completed
The story is well written and the translations is extremely great.
The other characters also well build, and I really like how some peoples' mind became more mature with excellent character's growth.
Just that, this story really have a bittersweet taste and painful feeling in it (though I must say that the romance and drama are still slightly better than 'Mei Gongqing' since it's not fully made me helpless). Truly, this is better, it's just that you'll still have tear stained face, bloodshot and swollen red eyes after reading it.
But still... it's all end happily ever after. To me, everything is good as long as MC obtained her happiness.
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DereDevil
DereDevil rated it
August 26, 2017
Status: c59
This is a great story!

The MC have a perfect poker face and her actions as a fool is hilarious.

The main male lead is hard to guess. You'll be left guessing who's the one in each chapter

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As of c59, there are 4 potential male lead

1.) Yunwen Rui - The black belly cousin who's also the MC's grape sponsor lololol
2.) He Liacheng - not sure of I got his name right, I'm just MTL, but anyway, this guy is the emperor of Yun Zhan, and also the blind child in the prologue (the MC is 9yrs in the prologue)
3.) Meng Shao - again, not sure about his name. He's the young master of Meng family, ya know, the brother of Ying Lu.
4.) Yunwen Xui - I'm not really sure about this one since he and the MC don't have much screen time (lololol) but he seems to be pretty affectionate with the MC

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I haven't found out the ages of the male leads... Maybe it was mentioned but I probably missed it. Hope translator-dono can help us figure out their ages.

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at the story proper, the MC is 15 yrs old

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Water
Water rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: Completed
Overall good novel.

The persona of the main character feels fresh compared to other template MCs female reincarnation in old china novels.

I give it only 4star due to abrubt change of things at around 60% into the novel, including the behavior of the MC becoming different: normally you would call this character development, but it feels detrimental to the story in my opinion since it removes the funny way in which the MC intereacts with the other cast.

Expect happy ending but I don't feel like the guy really deserved the MC.... more>> It's just BAM feelings from nowhere on the MC. Or more like she got trained into becoming dependant to him. Either ways an lackluster ending. <<less
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leva
leva rated it
September 18, 2017
Status: c26
This story is a very fresh take on the reincarnation/transmigration trope, since the MC insists on acting the fool to protect herself from palace intrigues that she unwittingly knows. At the same time, her unassuming demeanor makes her a confidante to a lot of people and that just adds to the secrets that she knows and has to keep herself. Through all that, she's still a very self-possessed person who can deliver witty, stabbing comebacks at the most opportune moments, which makes for a lot of humorous situations.
If you're... more>> used to most chinese webnovel's sledgehammer-crash-and-destroy plot, this one is far subtler, from the perspective of the MC who holds palace secrets but refused to be included. There are a lot of foreshadowing of the trouble since the prologue but we are only seeing the start of the conflict now.
I also wonder who tagged this with comedy--although there are indeed a lot of funny situations, and the MC's rendition of events with tsukkomi added in is hilarious, the overall tone of the story turns very melancholic and tragic rather quickly. <<less
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
August 27, 2017
Status: ss2 part2
So far, so good.

In this story, we have an unusual female MC who is reborn as a princess yet chooses to play the fool. Pretending to be an simple-minded idiot to live a simple and safe life, while witnessing others' secrets and scandals... voluntarily being "kidnapped" in order to become a simple maid.

Reading this might make your face hurt (I can't resist putting on the same "dull" face as the main character while I read), but so far it is interesting and the story progression is very unique.

I will update... more>> this review later after the story develops further.

Update as of Ch.30:

The author really has a knack for fitting a LOT of plot development into just a few chapters. The story advances very quickly without feeling rushed. The writing is excellent -- mysteries are hinted at and it's up to the reader to guess and figure them out. The author shows instead of tells, which is such a breath of fresh air in our usual world of poorly-written, word-dump, light novels.

One of the best things about this novel is the ability to make you care about a character at the drop of a hat. You care about the side characters, you sympathize with the villains, and you're suddenly concerned about characters that have only really taken the stage for one chapter. I keep looking at the chapter number and can't believe we've come this far in such a short time.

5 stars. Just give it a try.

Update as of Ch.47:

This story needs a tragedy tag too. My heart hurts... the writing is too good.

The translation is flawless. xia0xiao1mei has done an AMAZING job at conveying all the subtle nuances and emotions in the story.

Update as of the ending:

This story stayed good all the way until the end. The finale won't disappoint. (Though the epilogue stories might... just a word of warning -- if you don't want to end on a bittersweet note, maybe don't read them, or read them BEFORE the last chapter of the main story.) Absolutely highly recommended. I'm putting this on my list of all-time favorites. <<less
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MewMew
MewMew rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: c3
The story is very fresh and intriguing!

The MC is unlike any others, she's not a total fool but acts like it---more like she's indifferent, detached and just carefree! She transmigrated to another world but only plans to live well and enjoys her dull moments, though she actually gets pulled into funny situations despite trying to be serious. Her point of view is hilarious, silly and discrete and it really caughts the reader's attention.

I like how she handles the situation with a very blank expression and I don't give a f*ck face. The other character's are pretty amusing too and I can't wait to read more of this series.

The male characters in this story are all cuties too~muwahaha... And our MC would still says, "MEH. So what? Are they edible? I rather get a black pig."
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ForgotEvrything
ForgotEvrything rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: prologue
It's only the prologue, but I can tell that I will enjoy this story.

It has a nice flow and is very well written and translated. The female MC is a savage as far as I can tell, and the characters around her are also very quirky. I have high hopes for this novel.
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mechafanboy
mechafanboy rated it
October 18, 2017
Status: c35
This is such an interesting conundrum of a novel.

I think it's most akin to Eight Treasures Trousseau in that the plot happens AROUND the main character rather than involving the main character. That said, the plot isn't even the most interesting part about this novel!

It's the style of writing and it's ability to seamlessly swap between tones almost at a drop of a hat. There's overt/ hidden meanings, life lessons both profound and mundane, politics/human sociology and elements of each of them are present in every single chapter.

I can only... more>> say it's a pretty unique novel. The writing is pretty great in general with plenty of humor and light hearted moments. (... Admittedly dashed probably less than half a chapter later with something heavier.) I think this might be one of the series where I like the overall package, but I can't give an accurate review beyond "very enjoyable" until it ends. It's probably deserving of at least 4 stars though. I think my contention is, does it deserve 5? <<less
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Czarinananana
Czarinananana rated it
May 8, 2018
Status: Completed
For some reason, this is like scarlet heart with a smarter and luckier female lead. 😍 Yuwen Rui😍😍😍😍 (love him)

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Spoiler

This is like THE ONLY novel where I have ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM WITH THE LEADS.

The FEMALE LEAD IS MY IDOL. DAMN! She's not the "I'm gentle/virtuous/virgin wannabe bitch, I forgive you." She's a realistic, strong, and smart woman who knows what she wants. I love her. She's not the prettiest, nor is she hard working BUT SHE'S one of the smartest girl ever😍 If you read, you will know and YOU YOURSELF WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS GIRL.

The Male lead is a typical male lead, PERFECT AF. He's not the type of guy who think he "knows what he wants" but in the end, sway because he got drunk or drugged or whatever. NO. He's the type of guy who'd use one of the most precious drug that can treat any poisons just because he was fed a lust drug and the girl is not our beloved female lead (Ah LAN). He KNOWS what he want like our female lead and is very firm TIL the end😍

As a couple, they are GOALS😍

There are many love rivals for the male leads like Meng Shao Jue and a cartain emperor (forgot his name). But our female lead just doesn't give a f**k about them because they're flawed. No, Yuwen Rui is not the most perfect but as a lover and love interest for her he is. You see, the other guys who chased after our female lead were all caught kissing other girls by our female lead herself (they're not even drugged nor drunk#Manwhore). Let's not mention the girls who liked the male lead. Not because they didn't try, our home boi YR didn't even give a f**k about them.

Even as a girl, I get their obsession with our Female Lead. 😍 I'm in love with her myself. 😍 Read at your own risk, she'll bend the hell out of you BECAUSE OF HER PERSONALITY. NEVER did she become that arrogant, overpowered, nor untouchable girl, just, she's very REALISTIC😍

This is easily one of the novel with the best Character structure (Very consistent and clear).😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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slepnirson
slepnirson rated it
March 31, 2018
Status: --
I'm undecided on this story; on one hand it is very well written, and character development and story reveals are done well. On the other hand I found myself just frustrated with the MC, I don't think I've ever read a story where the MC contributes less to the actual plot. Almost everything of importance until the end happens to the MC, with very little interaction, or even much of a reaction to most of the events. I was a fan of the indifferent MC at first, but before too... more>> long I kept reading because I was waiting for her to do something, anything, of her own accord, and knew I would just be pissed if I left it as is.

Spoiler

As it turns out there are approximately 2 places in the whole story where the MC actually makes a major decision for herself.

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All this being said, the characters are interesting (and annoying in the case of every ML), the setting and political turmoil make for interesting dynamics, and the story did keep me reading.

Rant about ending below.

Spoiler

The ending is particularly unsatisfying, as up until then the politics/desire for MC are a driving factor for every major plot device, but at the ending it seems like the author said: 'Alright, love/rescue scene done, lets wrap up everything else in 1/4 a chapter, add some "x days later" chapters and call it good.' (unless the plot is secondary to the fluffiness for you) ; after 3 ML pursuing her (relentlessly, and without any actual consideration for her in most cases) for the whole story, she picks one and for some reason all the rest (who all are in positions of greater power than the one she chooses) just accept. Despite the fact that it would be more in line with the rest of the story for them to try to abduct the MC (for themselves or to get concessions from each other), nobody makes a move. Boom, story over.

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ohmygulay
ohmygulay rated it
November 16, 2017
Status: c82
This story is shaped very well. The drama, heartache, romance and many different emotions that make the whole story, although short, very satisfactory.

The shaping of characters, their different experiences and beginnings, is well thought with regards to the absurdity of political instability and chaos over at that time period.

The MC is very likable and very realatable in a sense where the reader would understand her Point of View and her reasons for actions.

And most of all,
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my ship sailed and the author made it come true😍😍😍😍😍

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Tikkitumble
Tikkitumble
October 10, 2017
Status: c97
This novel is very cute, but got a bit cliche. Basically, with exception to MC's 7th brother, everyone else has fallen for her. And almost everyone had some sort of childhood tie with her (though those ties are not very strong nor deep.) Somehow she made such an impact on them that they're​ obsessed with her. I'm assuming it's due to a combo of her nonchalance and whimsical behavior which is atypical of women back then.

It doesn't really make sense, but I'm all for a male harem. The only thing... more>> I'm sad about is that she doesn't get to keep all of them. She's not really angry at anyone and they all treat her well, though they all take advantage of her in one way or another. Some people might take offense to that kind of thing, but, keep in mind, this is a fictional piece of work and even she doesn't really mind because she understands their mindset.

The humor remains throughout the entire book. Her story isn't really that tragic, though it might seem like it from the beginning. Everyone loves her and dotes on her (even her rotten ex.) So in reality, this is a fluffy story with some sad components sprinkled intermittently. Nothing majorly sad. <<less
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Sherrynity
Sherrynity rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c20
Spoiler

Pretty sure this novel needs Tragedy and Betrayal tag.

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So basically, here we have an innocent-looking female lead that's quite apathetic, although she's quite close to her eldest male cousin (First Male Lead—ML#1) that always dotes on her. This Female Lead (FL) is quite carefree, even going as far as following unknown guy just because it seems interesting. Reader are expected to enjoy the silliness of our MC, and the complications of her acts on our ML and her friends' life.

XD

Spoiler

YEA, AS IF!

The reason why FL is apathetic was because her trust and affection was betrayed by ML#1 who spoiled her in the past, only for her knowing later that ML#1 only regards her as his toy, even gone as far as to strangled her to near death because FL saw ML#1's murdered someone.

In despair, FL gave up and laughed in vanity knowing all of her life so far was built upon lies. The ML#1 thought she was amusing and decided to spare her life.

Ah, yeah. Almost forgot; her loyal attendant that was depicted as her silly friend yet cares a lot about her is actually a spy sent by ML#1 to monitor her 24/7.

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Anonymousse
Anonymousse rated it
August 17, 2018
Status: ss2 part2
Refreshing.

A story where the MC doesnt care for anything at the beginning because her heart is dead by her past life experience.

Yet her act made people think that shes a fool, unless they really really really close to know her well...

A story where the male lead tried so hard to make MCs heart move. either by bullying, doting, pampering, scheming n lots more acts. which eventually happens... near the end of the book. lol.

Short but good enough for teatime snacks.

Nicely done by this tl group. =)
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TheDaoistNextDoor
TheDaoistNextDoor rated it
April 11, 2018
Status: Completed
Welcome to Frustration Central, where second-lead syndrome runs rampant.

So let's go arc by arc.
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Spoiler

So this is a mega spoiler. Just warning you!
It opens with her being kidnapped and sold. And she goes with it although she doesn't have to. Just because. It's honestly great, simply because it might just be the most perfect way of introducing quite a bit of her character and ways. It's also probably my favourite bit. Or at least ranked in top 3.

Then there's the 'rescue' and her time in the palace. Cue ML. A lot is happening in the background and our aloof and indifferent (maybe lazy is a better way to describe it) FL doesn't seem to care much but still ends ends up embroiled in it against her wishes. And then...

Dun-dun-dun she is kidnapped. Again. By mistake though. But still.

She is rescued, because, duh. FL powers + plot armour (+OP ML) =invincible.

A lot of drama and background flowers.

Another kidnapping. Though it's worse this time.

And then...

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I guess I'll stop here.

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Point is, this story will frustrate you not because of some crappy UST or useless misunderstanding and lack of communication (like most other novels) but rather because every time someone seems good they will turn and every time you classify someone as a 'bad guy' they'll end up having a good side. Like a really good side. (Except for Ah Qing. She's a H O E.) You'll want to be firmly on a ship until you realise that there's a massive hole in the hull and that sinking is as inevitable as the titanic.

In a way that does increase the charm of the story- everyone has their flaws- her cousins, her elder sister, her other pursuers and of course herself.

Definitely would recommend 10/10. The FL's personality is one that is rare for the usual trove of transmigrated FL. <<less
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DOHere
DOHere rated it
March 27, 2018
Status: css2 part2
Lots of frustrating moments. The male lead didn't really call out to me. How did he consider himself as doting? He always had the final say. Also, if MC didn't ever love him back, it's pretty obvious he still wouldn't ever let her go. And I also didn't really agree with mc's ideal person being just someone who loves you the most. No, you should fall in love with a person for his personality, regardless if he loves you back or not. So basically, if someone else loved her more... more>> than ml, she would just choose that other guy instead, right? Even if I really liked MC, I don't quite identify with her as the narrator. Would have liked her as a friend tho.

It's still a good book, so I'm gonna give it a 4.5. <<less
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sibyl97
sibyl97 rated it
October 24, 2017
Status: Completed
I love the female lead so much... her personality is so interesting and refreshing.

Not interesting just because she is 'different', as in modern women and different from other female characters, but genuinely interesting as in if she is real, I want to befriend her.

The author is great in making a really intense atmosphere but not so straightforward. I'm not sure how to describe it, maybe like powerful undercurrent of a calm lake? Overall, it's very gripping but the aloofness of the MC balanced the dramatic plot, making it a strange... more>> but beautiful story.

The translator did a good job keeping that atmosphere. Every conversation that the MC had flows very well, and good word choice as well. <<less
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quivo
quivo rated it
April 19, 2019
Status: c57
Initially I enjoyed reading this because the heroine's stubborn indifference and refusal to get more than peripherally involved in the struggles and scheming going on around her was enjoyable to read. Then, as the story continued, I got more and more irritated with her inaction, plus the constant pestering from her crazy suitors. I feel like maybe I'd have enjoyed this more if the core theme of her recovering mega-slowly from trauma from her previous life, i.e.

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the neglect from her parents, combined with a massive betrayal from her sister and partner while she was terminally ill

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wasn't so realistic and bitter. That underlying bitterness made me want more from what the heroine got, i.e. A massively possessive, black-bellied male lead who spent more of his efforts on trying to dictate her life/reaction to things and mindlessly kissing her now and then than on really trying to heal her heart. Worse still is the fact that, per spoilers in other reviews,
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he gets her easily in the end, with the other two (three??) guys who are horny for the heroine just accepting it, even though they could (and would!) realistically have raised hell and done all sorts of sh*t to try to steal her away.

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I feel like the story tries to have it's cake and eat it too, and the mixed result of doing so just ended up annoying me. It doesn't help that the story is written in an especially vague/whimsical way, and that the prologue is a random chapter pulled to the front by the translator. I understand why they made that choice---it actually works better, imo, than wherever the original author would have put it, or it would work better if the chapter itself had been a bit more fleshed out.

Final verdict: three stars, because all in all I did enjoy the initial ramp up, just got more and more annoyed/frustrated as I kept reading. If none of the stuff I've mentioned bothers you, you'll enjoy it a lot more than I did.

If you're interested in m/f "transmigration/rebirth into ancient china" stories like this that have a similar amount of realism, I recommend trying Mei Gongqing or Legend of Concubine’s Daughter Minglan, both of which have heroines that are similarly trapped by circumstance, but exhibit a lot more agency and fight to try and get the life that they want in a much more satisfying way than the heroine in this one. <<less
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Kaylee
Kaylee
April 12, 2019
Status: --
My impression after reading till chapter 20ish....... BORING

I couldnt make a head or tail of what's the point of this novel is about?????

The flow of the plot is too ridiculous. A young lady, an imperial princess missing and spends time outside as a maid, but it doesnt make a chaos or rumor?? How the iffing can it be???

Dunno if it's the translation or the way the author wrote or what, just not interesting.
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Aska.has.ORD...
Aska.has.ORD...
March 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Really bloody read. Suspenseful and a page turner. The twist tho. Phew.

overall. Very nice read.
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Mini_Ninja7
Mini_Ninja7 rated it
March 9, 2019
Status: Completed
5/5

Top quality with similar vibes to Ballet of the Desert (https://www. novelupdates. com/series/ballad-of-the-desert/). FL is not protected by ridiculous plot armor (there's enough justification within the story) and where the ML and side supporting male leads fall head over heels for nothing. Explores really interesting ideas (within its progression and climax) and is more lighthearted than BoD.

The main similarity is that you don't get a sense of who the ML is for sure, because there are all +'ve and -'ve sides to all the male characters (some also mutually platonic... more>> which is wow). So you really get to 'choose' with the FL as she assesses her relationship to these men. However, the ML does end up the readers 'choice' as well because he does give the FL what she desires most in a relationship. His own character development addresses his -'ve and potentially dealbreaker side too.

I am sad that one other supporting character didn't really get a resolution that I wanted imo.

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Actually both He Lian Chen and Yan You... But I'm talking about HLC because I really liked that fact that he had a legitimate reason to love her with their interaction since childhood (I'm a softy for childhood developments, but too bad Yuwen Rui is also that childhood friend too). It is implied he hadn't slept with any of his consorts or women yet, and he's preparing and offering her the legimiate wife spot, no less than being empress. His biggest downfall in my opinion, is not relating to her and holding her opinions in his sight.

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There's little errors in gramatical structuring, but I appreciate that on some levels, because it made me feel like I was hearing the dialogue in the original language. <<less
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