How To Survive As a Villain on the Verge of Death


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In the original novel, I possess the body of Princess Eve, the villain who was inferior towards the female protagonist and commits evil deeds.

And the time that she possessed Eve was 44 days before the assassination on her would take place.

I can’t just die in vain like this.

In order to escape her predestined death, Eve makes a deal with her fiancé the Grand Duke.

“Please help me. Then I will help you with the best of my abilities.”

“Then try to predict what will happen to me tonight.”

With the foresight ability of the main body, she passed the test of the Grand Duke and signed a contract with him.

She had barely escaped the crisis and managed to save her life, but the crisis was constantly coming…

“Have you forgotten that you are my wife?”

“I haven’t forgotten.”

“It’s okay to forget. Because I’ll always remind you over and over again.”

The fiancé who was a second male lead and the mastermind to all the killings in the empire became obsessed with me,

“No matter what happens, I will protect the Princess.”

Then why does the good male protagonist say that he will protect me?

And how come this world is so different from the original?

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Animefan649 rated it
December 23, 2021
Status: c21
I'm really enjoying this story, it has a nice translation and I'm always looking forward to the next chapter.

The story is not that original we have a female lead trying to protect herself from her family. The thing that makes this interesting is that she has a foresight ability that will make her very important and make her a game changer. The male lead will realize this and protect her. It will be a partnership by marriage.

It's such a powerful ability to know the future. Not just the generic knowledge... more>> that she has about the plot but literally every move could be seen if her ability grows. I'm hoping she gets stronger with her ability to control it at will. <<less
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Brasdf rated it
February 1, 2022
Status: c33
Sadly the translation for this isn't very good, it is just comprehensible, but incorrect grammar or sentences that make no sense are common. If you are senstive to this, it will be a major issue. Still, thanks for the hard work Kyesha, Cale and the other staff.

Story wise, it is quite promising. The female lead is intelligent, and she thinks carefully and acts wisely most of the time and she is quite likable. She also has an interesting magical power of her own, but she isn't OP. It is unlikely... more>> she will become the greatest magician/swordman/cook or something like that, which is good.

The male lead is basically the trope of the duke in these stories, but he has a young brother he loves and treats warmly, so that gives a bit of depth.

It does sometimes feel like the charcters are supposed to be more intelligent than the author can write them to be. <<less
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January 14, 2022
Status: c26
A really interesting read so far, the FL is quite smart but not impossibly so, she actually studies and puts in effort. I'm interested to see how the dynamics play out, the characters in general seem diverse in personality and likeable in that aspect.
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February 14, 2022
Status: c76
I won't rate this one for now since the story is still on going and I'm not really sure how to rate this one. So far, it's quite alright for me. It's the typical transmigration trope where she became the villainess of the og story and was engaged to a duke who hates her. At the first chapters it's quite interesting but then as I go on with the next chapters it somehow became draggy. The development of the story was quite slow as well as the romance.

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chapter 60. Terrence and Eve are still not married. As for the romance, well, there's none or maybe there's already? I don't really know since Terrence's character is kinda hard to understand and he's also a good actor so yes I can't discern whether his actions are sincere or just an act



chapter 67. Still not married but omg Terrence kinda confessed? (I think his feelings for Eve is developing) Eve asked if what type of woman does he likes because she wants to help him have a happy family after their divorce however Terrence replied "I like strange women who offer to their fiance to find a woman they like" rip translation but I kinda get the gist of what he said though I think he said that to tease Eve



chapter 76. Nothing much ahh really I might drop this one the story is kinda disorganized, inconsistent, and messy? Idk how to explain. I read the comments and it says that at 100+ chapters the progression of the story is still slow.

I have noticed that there are a few interactions between the leads. Author should focus on the romance and not on the unecessary scenes and fillers. That has no significance at all. It just shows how much Eve changed. But, I somehow understand the author, the author depicted Eve as a character whose goal is to survive her tragic future. Well even if it was me, I'd rather look for a way to change and get out of that kind of fate than think of romance and such.

Well, let say that Eve is just really focused on her plans. But honestly, her decisions aren't that good. There was a time when she saw the future of the Duchess's daughter (Terrence's aunt and I forgot the name of Terrence's cousin) so the daughter died in her foresight but Eve didn't tell it to anyone, she just kept it to herself and decide to just tell it in the near future. I have a bad premonition for this one.

Also, if the author want it to be a slow paced romance at least focus on the interactions between the leads and their feelings should be uhm realistic? Since the duke originally hated Eve so yes. And I'm already sensing that Eve will be dense when it comes to the romance part.


Anyway I will still continue reading this novel since I'm really bored and I think the development will be good in the later chapters. I was looking for something really interesting but this will suffice. <<less
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lavidaloca rated it
February 2, 2022
Status: c33
Loving the translation and the plot - it’s one of the novels I look forward to reading updates. It’s a cute storyline, watching the FL and ML fumble and I’m looking forward to what happens next.

Not sure about other ppl, but the translation seems fine to me. It’s clear, follows the original and understandable.
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znukhsoc rated it
May 22, 2024
Status: Completed
1, 4 stars just because I've seen far worse.

The story was quite dry. The characters are one-dimensional but my biggest complaint is that the author spends too much time explaining the obvious or stating non-important facts. Poor ML felt like a background character because of this. You are supposed to make them work together but where is the ML? Why are we reading FL's yappings about the curtains or something instead of characters truly warming up to each other?

Freaking ML's cousin, Diane, had more screen time than him. Diane Diane... more>> Diane Diane.... OMFG. Can we move on??? Finally, after chapter 120s, I thought we were going to focus on their relationship, not the freaking DIANE all the time. Your book is nearing the end, why would you not give more time to ML?????

If you are wondering if it's that bad with Diane eating away the story, let me tell you this. You can't run away from her until the last chapter.

The writing has wholes and many elements out of common sense. Like the time she went to a shaman

but didn't ask the source of the scent while it was the most important element to heal Diane's sickness or she didn't even question when the shaman told her she had evil intentions placed on her or something.

She didn't even want to know. Like gurl what? Ask away. Why are you turning away while your life is in danger but dealing with DIANE all the time?
Another thing that bothered me was: When the 2nd time FL declared that

she'll be dead in a year, ML acted like it was a new thing.

THE WHOLE STORY is about the death flag that FL has, why are you reacting like that?

And yes, like other reviewers stated they are always on defense while there are multiple occasions attack would be a better option. Politically powerful ML just brought his ass to the palace like a white-collar worker 5 times a week and that's it. No results. He dealt with "it" off-screen.

With all the dangers going around, FL always stayed untouched. So pointless. Examples:

"Dives into a frozen lake with a huge ass winter dress, comes out just fine. Not even a sneeze happens." "The old library collapses on her, not a scratch appears." "Something explodes right before her, her ankle is ouchy, but it's fine since she can randomly heal herself." ++++


The translation is just badly edited MTL. Doesn't make sense, if you are asking for donations the least you can do is provide a proper translation.

That's it. <<less
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chromaQ rated it
April 3, 2024
Status: c146
Translations get worse as you go along, especially after chapter 100. The typical machine translation errors like having no consistent use of gender pronouns makes it difficult to read. The story itself is kind of interesting, though very dragged out. Diane, a minor character, takes up a huge amount of plot time, sidelining the much more interesting primary plot of the MC is trying to figure out who or what will kill her. The characters are always playing defense for some reason, never attacking the people who are already trying... more>> to kill them. It's a 3-star story, with 2-star translation that makes an already so-so story more disappointing. <<less
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Sapling001 rated it
August 30, 2022
Status: --
Absolutely love it so far! Shame that it looks like that the group that was translating seems to have abandoned it. Oh well
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VicVerg rated it
January 16, 2024
Status: c90
Such a great novel! I'm always looking forward to the next chapter!!

It has a bit of a detective plot but even so it's not slow paced. So far there's little romance as well, maybe that's the only thing I feel like it's missing.

5 stars for sure!
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straystar rated it
September 22, 2023
Status: Completed
[spoiler: ending]This time, there was a long, sweet and happy kiss.



... more>> I loved this, the writing was a bit slow paced for me, and the plot was a bit fast paced (if that makes sense), the plot seemed well-though out. I wish it had just a little bit more romance, something that would make me giggle, but I still loved this.

The FL always fixed things easily- it felt like everything was just going according to plan, and I know that it's because of her foresight ability, I wish there was some sort of interruption or failure, you know??


For eg, maybe FL not being able to heal Diane and Diane actually dying, would've been a good plot interruption/setback. I love Diane, but I just wish there was more conflict in the plot-

And if the author really didn't wanna kill off Diane, maybe the setback could be that Diane's dad refused to do FL's method of healing until some trust was gained??


I don't know, I just feel like something was missing while I was reading.

The emperor was just a dog- his ending was SO satisfying, but I wish he suffered like 10x more. <<less
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SpeakFromHeart rated it
June 4, 2023
Status: --
My first 5 star review omg! I already read til 100 ish chapter which I unfortunately abandon (temporary) for now (i read the korean version on r1dibooks for those wondering) ... more>>

So basically as I recalled, they got married in chapter 100, I happened to drop it for a while because after they got married, they kinda have a miscommunication arc revolving their feeling for e/o which is the trope I hate the most 😭 (dw I'm pretty sure i'd go read them back)

our FL here is a GENIUS, well at least among the other fls (did not intent to start a war here, chill), she's so clever and smart! Realistically-smart. She obtain such a calm character too which I like of her so much! I read this novel in last April yet after encountering many more fls around, I still feel she's the most clever! Not so plot twist but her strategy are always neatly-planned 👏🏻 their subtle affection towards each other also sooo cute even though its quite slow burn but you might like it as well~ <<less
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heidi_susanna rated it
May 9, 2024
Status: c162

I felt like the story lacked any tension. Since the MC is able to see the future, all obstacles are taken care of easily and the story is lackluster as a result.
The characters feel very stereotypical from the beginning all the way to the end.
Overall, I highly doubt I will remember anything from this story in a couple of months. The story and characters were extremely generic.
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January 25, 2024
Status: --
A simple and neat story. I hope it will last longer, however, the author doesn't seem to like much drama, so everything is always handled in the simplest and most direct way.


Eve decided to kill the king using the divine beast.


It would be great if the conflict were longer and more intense.
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