I Should Have Read The Ending


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One day, out of the blue and without notice, a reader transmigrates into the body of an unfortunate Empress, Diana, who was caught in the midst of a blossoming love between her husband, the Emperor, and another woman, Trisha.

Diana, her character, was destined for death and she thought it better to perish sooner than the intended time, but… there lays an issue. Reincarnation played a pivotal role in the book.

“Since it’s like this, I’d rather die than become Crowned Empress again.”

And she did.

But instead of escaping the book, she returned to the past as Diana. Caught in this bitter cycle, she was determined not to live a life of ignorance and unawareness.

Meanwhile, a new figure emerged — the Crowned Emperor’s enemy. His name was Edwin, the Grand Duke who became infatuated with Diana. To Edwin, their meeting was love at first sight, at least he thought so.

“I’ll prove I’m not a nobody. I’ll show you that I can make you happy. Right now, give me a chance, Diana.”

“But… we’re still…”

“Now and forever, I promise. I promise you that I’ll pick up your broken pieces and carry you to a land of bountiful happiness.”

Edwin’s black eyes were wrought full of beastly desire and affection. His love was wild and unavoidable, and Diana could do nothing to get away.

‘I should have read the ending,’ Diana thought.

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25 Reviews

Apr 09, 2020
Status: c19
If you're over-sensitive about r*pe, don't read this story. Don't worry, it's not the kind of story where a character falls in love with their rapist. The r*pe does not happen between the MC and ML. This terrible act is used to showcase how terrible a particular antagonist is, and how little he cares about the girls he sleeps with.

There are one or two errors here and there, but they're rare so it doesn't detract from the story. Otherwise the translator did a great job.

The biggest negative thing, which is... more>> the reason this is not a 5 stars for me, is that the chapters are REALLY short. I recommend you wait until there are a lot of chapters (at least fifty) before reading this story. I just reached chapter 19 and intend to wait until there are fifty chapters before continuing to read, so I won't feel frustrated by how short the chapters are.

Edit: I've now dropped the novel after reading a few more chapters. I got frustrated by the amount of 'telling instead of showing', where the narrative is telling us the MC is brave and determined to change her future, but all she does is sit around. She says she wants to save herself, but then she does nothing except say that, remaining completely passive. And her romance with the ML is too fast and feels hollow, without any real feeling behind it. I've dropped the rating from a 4-star to a 2-star as a result. The only saving grace is the translation, as the translator does a great job and updates consistently, though the chapters are too short. <<less
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Apr 29, 2020
Status: --
The main lead is annoying. She clearly understands how terrible her fate is since she lived it two times yet does nothing to change it but diss witty one-liners to her rapist and backstabbing best friend. Like... girl? Instead of sitting around she needs to rescue herself instead of waiting for the real main lead who comes in at like chapter 23 to come rescue her. She. Needs to be her own hero and take her fate in her own hands. Because right now all shes doing is sitting around,... more>> dressing up, and talking sh*t in her mind. Do better <<less
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Melusina Rose
Melusina Ros
May 12, 2021
Status: --
You ever make an entire account just to write a review? I read some of the reviews for this story, and couldn't help feeling a little exasperated, and maybe a slight bit indignant.

Here's the thing. This is a slow-build sort of story. And no, I don't mean the romance, which many people have criticized as well, but I'll get back to that in a moment. The biggest problem people seem to have is that Diana feels like a passive MC. And it's true, in the opening chapters, she definitely is... more>> - but that's the thing. She passive, not because she all talk and no show - she's passive, because she has no idea where to even start with gaining her independence. Remember, she was essentially raised as a doll - transmigrator or not, she has very little information about herself, her inheritance, hell, even what she specifically wants in life. She wants a peaceful life, but, outside of not having Lucas in said life, she doesn't really know what she wants said future life to really LOOK like. Many of the opening chapters are her, in her room, thinking. Can that be boring? Sure, and that's doubtlessly why people don't care for her. But, once she starts asking questions, she doesn't just wait around anymore. In fact, she's incredibly decisive and quick to act.


A quick spoiler, her very first act is her using her handwriting, which she's told looks EXACTLY like her father's, to forge a letter to trick her uncle, AKA her father's brother. She even says that if he doesn't believe that letter, she won't have any way to get her uncle's support, which, since her uncle's wife is the one keeping her inheritance away from her (for the most part), is a pretty big blow to her ability to get what's hers back.


As for the romance, yes, it feels sudden, spontaneous even, with very little build-up - right up until you remember something very important: both of these characters have pasts and character traits that contribute to their desire to throw themselves into a relationship with someone who seems open to their advances, welcoming it even.


Diana has suffered in her love life - but only with one man. Lucas, the Crown Prince turned Emperor. While she is somewhat hesitant in the beginning, two things happen that explain her quickness in giving herself to him. One, he is offering his assistance with a problem that she readily acknowledges - or at least, genuinely believes - to be one that she can't handle on her own, with her limited power. Second, when she first allowed Edwin to kiss her, he actually groped her a bit. And did so with not just his own pleasure in mind, but hers as well, which is definitely a novel experience, and a heavily desired one, for her. She says that it's her first time learning that a man can grant her pleasure during intimate activities, rather than just taking from her body with no regard for her.

As for Edwin, he is clearly not just a romantic, but also impulsive and prone to following his instincts - as evidenced by the above mentioned groping incident. He had no idea what he was doing, but just follows his instincts. He even told Lucas that's what to do when he finally has s*x (his own inexperience not even remotely being important to Lucas when asking). This highlights another, and I would argue it to even be the biggest, difference between Lucas and Edwin. Lucas' instincts are to take without giving. Edwin's is to share. As for Edwin being a romantic, despite what Lucas believes, Edwin has no s*xual experience with others. And, in fact, has mentioned that he's, essentially, waiting for "the one". Now ask yourself - a man with no prior experience in either romantic or s*xual relationships, meets a beautiful woman and feels an immediate attraction to her. It being his first time ever feeling that way, what do you think would happen? Of course, he's going to act like an immature teenager and throw his entire being into making her the center of his thoughts and view it as love at first sight.

Both of these characters, when considering the above points, suddenly stop being so shallow, and end up with a bit more depth to them than can initially be seen. Well, at least I thought so - your personal preferences and opinions may differ.


Basically, if you plan to read this, realize that these characters are written with their pasts, not their motivations and goals, as the driving force behind how they interact with the world and what they want from it.

Huwah, getting that all off my chest feels much better. Hope you read this review, enjoy it, and go on to read this story with an open-mind.

With that, signing off,

Rose, the one-time reviewer. <<less
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Jun 23, 2020
Status: c51
I'll be frank, the beginning of this story is super annoying to read. MC gets a second chance at life, and it seems like she's gonna actually do something to make her situation better, but she just doesn't? For a good lot of the chapters she just talks about how she needs to change her fate or whatever while not doing anything to help herself. It's better once the ML gets involved, but I still get the impression of an actually weak MC who the author is trying to play... more>> off as brave and strong. The relationships between all the characters also seem weird and a bit forced, but they're definitely not as bad as some of the others in these types of novels.

The other main problem I have is with the antagonist.

Right at the start of the story, Trisha is shown to be an awful excuse for a human being, but once Diana returns to the past, she really doesn't seem that bad. Maybe it's just me, but I started feeling more sympathetic towards her. I think the author was trying to give Trisha a similar feel to Rashta from Remarried Empress, but they failed miserably. All I see Trisha as is a kid who's trying to make the best out of her horrible family situation. In the timeline Diana returns to, Trisha hasn't done anything "evil" yet, so setting her up as the villainess is a bit frustrating to read.


Overall, if you're bored I'd say it's worth trying to read this, but it's definitely not a great story and will probably make you somewhat annoyed. <<less
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Jul 23, 2020
Status: c65
There is something awfully hollow about the characters in this story. It seems like the author falls just shy of creating somebody likable. The MC after reincarnation is supposed to be wise and graceful, but honestly the writer only seems to show this by having other characters tell her so.

The worst character is the male lead. There is absolutely nothing interesting or notable about him. I even forget what he looks like. I think the author was hoping that by not being a rapist monster that would somehow make him... more>> interesting. Of course MC and ML are enamored immediately without even one conversation. Zzzzzz. I guess if I had to choose between eating a turd or unsalted crackers for life I'd love it too. <<less
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Apr 07, 2020
Status: c28
The story is interesting but the introduction of the ML appears quite late which can annoy the reader. However this has a purpose. The early introduction of Lucas, the Crown prince, makes the reader hate him as the latter is such a terrible self-centered and ruthless man. It becomes clear that Diana will be happy, if she leaves his side and doesn't become the empress. Right now, the ML Edwin and Diana have already met and Edwin has already promised to do anything for her in order to make her... more>> wish come true. <<less
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Mar 08, 2020
Status: c9
A decent novel so far and an enjoyable read. MC is being reincarnated as the same character in the same novel for the second time and decided, f*ck it, no way am I going to suffer all the indignities this character has to go through — I’m going to behave as I wish, consequences be damned. MC also seems to highly dislike her novel-designated ML — the selfish, thoughtless Crown Prince/Future Emperor — and considering what sort of treatment he put her through in the future, it’s something I appreciate.... more>> Finally, one of the rare ‘reincarnation of an unhappy, wrongly mistreated Empress’ novels where the MC doesn’t fall back in love with the ML who had mistreated her. Also, the Crown Prince has blonde hair while the cover art features a dark haired ML, so I’m thinking this decision is one the author will stick with. <<less
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Aug 24, 2020
Status: c78
I was LOVING this right until... more>>

The MC is killed by her bit*h "friend" and has to transmigrate again. Also I'm confused on how this happened. The dagger is what helped her go back to the past. If the descendants of that family blood touches the dagger when their dying they TM. But that dagger wasn't with her when she was killed the second time she was in the prince's room. She was doing good and making moves now everything she did before doesn't even matter. I feel like I wasted my time and I'm sad because I have no clue where the ML is (hoping he didn't go off to war yet). As the recent ch she's not playing anymore she declared war on trisha.

The MC was too nice before she needs to cut her off so trish can't use her name. Spread it around we ain't friends so everyone knows, that's the only way doors was opening for her. I'll change my rating if it gets better but I'm feeling this one at the moment. <<less
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May 27, 2020
Status: c17
I dropped this novel, I really hate it. This keeps on getting in my nerves as the story progresses. I hate the characters and the flow of story. They make me cringe. It seems that this story was inspired by the 'Remarried Empress'. Remarried Empress is good but this one — ugh, it's really annoying. Definitely, this is one of the most annoying stories that I've ever read. I really hate it. It literally ruined my mood.
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May 24, 2020
Status: c38
Can't really bring myself to like it. The story DOES have a strong premise. But MC ducks down to easily for someone "not afraid of death". Male lead is nice, and the side characters have good development, but I just don't feel any connection with the MC.

TLDR; MC is annoying, but not the worst story out there to kill some time.
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Aug 11, 2020
Status: c73
Wow seriously the plot was kinda good and I expect more but damn those flashback were too much like yeah I get it u want to change you live like a doll blablabla enough with this filler and start moving babe u got a 2nd chance in life use it properly stop dilly dally nilly nally


but thank you translator-ssi for this :D
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Feb 27, 2020
Status: c16
Hmm. It's too early to rate the story. The first few chapters start with bed matters, so you may want to opt out of this novel if you're not into it. So far the story introduces the MC and the prince. The prince is a really crappy character who is self-centered and does not care about what MC thinks or feels. Her so-called friend was merely interested in being with her, because MC had everything the so-called friend didn't have... which included the prince.
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Jan 31, 2021
Status: c59
A bit of a glimpse at the characters and the premise:

    • The MC, Diana, is a level-headed woman of noble birth, who is selected to be the crown princess.
    • The Crown Prince, Lucas, is a self-centered douchebag who's intrigued by Diana and sees her as a challenge to conquer.
    • The ML, Grand Duke Edwin, is a cousin to the Crown Prince and falls in love with Diana at first sight.
    • The villainess, Trisha, is Diana's self-proclaimed friend who regards Lucas highly and has great ambitions for herself.

I'm giving this only 2 stars due to the lackluster plot and characters.

I've read a lot of slow-paced novels, but this one is in a whole another level. As someone who already knows the plot, the MC is supposed to be hatching a plan already to save herself from her impending demise as soon as she went back in time. Fifty chapters in, the only thing she's accomplished so far is successfully claiming her rights to her inheritance. Even the villainess has accomplished more things compared to her.

As for the ML, I liked him before he met Diana. After they met, he became a shallow, h*rny, lovesick fool who only has Diana in his mind. His character had so much more potential than just a "love interest." He has the power of a grand duke, and he has a decent personality pre-Diana. Too bad he ditched his own life as soon as he laid his eyes on Diana. Both the MC and the ML are such a letdown.

I stopped reading the novel at chapter 59. There's no one to root for and nothing to look forward to, so I decided to drop it even before the chapters were pulled out by the translation team. It was a chore reading the updates because nothing major was happening. The premise was interesting, but the intrigue wasn't enough to get me hooked on reading beyond 60 chapters. It's titled "I Should Have Read the Ending, " but really, the ending is already apparent, and going by the other reviews as well, no one cares about it anymore.

Overall it fell short of an "okay" read. I kind of regret picking this up. I wish I had dropped it earlier and saved myself the time and trouble of reading a mediocre novel.
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May 31, 2020
Status: c40
MC-ML relationship feels forced. Rather than brushing it aside by using "love at first" and "fate" as an excuse, the love story should've been developed over the course of the story. Instead, THEY KISSED AT THE SECOND MEETING.
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Sep 03, 2020
Status: 83
The beginning of the story is good kinda slow pace if you ask me. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because it’s written good and the story really is interesting. Now what I’m upset about is after chapter 74 I think, it’s like the story resets because the FMC dies. It’s like you read all those chapters just to go back to chapter 1. Idk if the author thought that would make the story more interesting or whatever. And another thing I don’t understand is, she’s haven’t... more>> been officially named the crown princess or whatever but it’s like set in stone already. And the part where she gotta take over her parents title but can’t date the Edward dude also confused me they can’t merge two houses together. It just felt like the FMC is ugh. It’s to the point Trisha the villain makes more progress than her. It really haven’t gone anywhere <<less
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May 07, 2020
Status: c31
I like the story, I believe that the story is good when you can extremely hate the villains. The ML and MC are cute and can't wait for their love story to begin. The translations are also really good... It's a good read, recommended!
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Sep 13, 2020
Status: c87
At first I was completely expecting the usual revenge-reincarnation plot where the MC outwits, outplays the female lead of the story... then we got to the plot twist of the last 10 chapters or so.

I honestly did not expect that, and for me that was such a refreshing change to the story. It made me really invested in seeing Diana get the justice she deserves (for both the past and present her), as well has hope to see Trisha get the karma she brings upon herself.

I definitely ask first time... more>> readers to truly give this novel a chance, because beyond the romance not being the goal for either woman, it's a wonderful look into the mind two strong women who will do anything for what they want. <<less
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Jun 07, 2020
Status: c30
It has a lot of anguish but that will make the retaliation of the MC much more pleasing. I am hoping it will happen soon.
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Apr 26, 2020
Status: c26
The story looks promising. I like it when reincarnation/transmigration stories have more depth than what the MC thought. I'm excited on how this will develop.
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Jul 18, 2020
Status: --
I love the story, especially the scene that they both meet. It feels so romantic! I hope this story won't go to the SE, OE or kind like tragedy. Really appreciate the translators!
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