Ostentatious Zhao Yao


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In a hilarious and sweet xianxia romance set in Ancient China, Lu Zhao Yao went through life living ostentatiously in every way possible. She lived her entire demon life in a loud and brazen manner, reigning over legions of demons, and yet——just before she was about to retrieve the sword of the ancient demon king and rightfully claim her spot on the throne——she died.

In the most quiet and unobtrusive manner possible. How? By accident.

Mo Qing, one of her lowest ranking lackeys at that point in time, had killed her after he retrieved the demon sword and unintentionally unleashed the sword’s demonic aura onto the heavily injured Lu Zhao Yao.

Her quiet and untimely death, coupled with her firm belief that Mo Qing had sneakily betrayed her by lying in the shadows and waiting to strike the final blow and reap all the rewards, nurtured a heavy grievance within her. Lu Zhao Yao refused to head to the underworld and reincarnate, hanging around in the human world in her spirit form.

Lady Luck, however, had not completely abandoned her.

One fine day, a female disciple of the Immortal Sect (Zhi Yan) fought with her childhood friend and banged her head onto Lu Zhao Yao’s grave. To Lu Zhao Yao’s utmost delight, she was able to possess Zhi Yan’s body for short periods of time after this.

Thus began her journey to avenge her very own death by destroying Mo Qing——and, in the process, resume her rightful place as the King over all demon sects!

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alyun rated it
March 17, 2020
Status: c42 part1
A complete and utter waste of my time. The MC has Stockholm Syndrome. He killed you, I don't care whether he did it accidentally or deliberately. You must have something really wrong with your head if you fall in love with your mu*derer. The story is good, though the plot is just not my cup of tea. If this was only a comedy and not a romance about a great demon king who has become a ghost and can't harm or take revenge against her Killer, it would be a... more>> 5 star novel. If he truly asked for forgiveness and apologised to her. And after much hesitation she accepted his apology and then she slowly fell for him as he tried his best to satisfy her through his actions because he thought an apology was still not enough then it would be a 10/5 star story. But while we can see he feels guilt and regret if he doesn't ask for forgiveness, isn't he the same as any one who mu*ders or sins and feels regret but doesn't stop doing such actions and doesn't give a heartfelt apology to the victim's family or the victim herself in this case. Is he truly regretful? <<less
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February 27, 2017
Status: Completed
Jiu Lu Fei Xiang's novel does not disappoint. Like the rest of the author's novels, romance, specifically how it develops between the MCs, is central to the story. This novel is told in first person by Lu Zhao Yao, but in the past tense. The writing mostly focuses on how Lu Zhao Yao experienced and understood each event, while occasionally pointing out things she didn't pay a lot of attention to at the time. This way, the readers are encouraged to make their own judgement on what's the truth while... more>> experiencing the story from Lu Zhao Yao's point of view. The novel is very well told, as expected from the author, filled with dramatic, comedic and some cringe worthy parts. The story is very complete, with no major plot holes. It reads like a short novel but is actually quite lengthy. Overall I feel like this novel has just the right length for the story it tries to tell. Highly recommended. <<less
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January 25, 2019
Status: Completed
Highly recommended!

I love this novel! There's a good amount of humour (and cringe) and a really touching romance. When the male lead confirms she's back he goes through great lengths for her.

I think Moqing is easily one of, if not my favourite male lead. Zhao yao is also quite smart and straightfoward, a very likable female lead. At first I thought she was dense but actually she was just living in denial.
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earlgreyt rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: Completed
——"That he could give up everything, wasn't it just because he had nothing to begin with?"

Our MC's disdain was probably the catalyst for this story.

An unusual romance between what would normally be your pitiful "second male lead, " the devoted childhood friend/wallflower doorman who, by sheer accident, ends up stumbling into the limelight.

All the 2nd-ML-syndromers out there, this is for you!

YBB as an author, creates very likeable, pro-active, (shameless) female protagonists; LZY is one of the best.

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LZY is a shounen hero (in female form), but this story isn't about how the typical naive, blindly trusting heroic lead turns into a cynical and carelessly proud sect leader.

Although I would have loved to read about that, rather what I appreciate is that LZY maintains her straightforward confidence and pride throughout the novel.

A lot of authors are unable to create consistently powerful female protagonists. All too frequently, the pro-active or shameless female MC will quickly turn into a "shy virg*nal shirking violet" relying exclusively on the ML in the second half of the novel.

Thankfully, this is NOT one of them.

Our fantastic MC, who has built up her own reputation, power base, and demonic sect with her own two hands, keeps her self-confidence and firm decision-making from beginning to end.

She also doesn't rely on the ML to solve her problems. Moreover, her pride (the kind that writers typically only attribute to "male" heroes) means that she wants to achieve her goals and defeat her enemies, with her own abilities.


YBB is skilled at spinning dramatic (and frequently tragic) storylines amidst hilarious moments of comedy and clueless awkwardness. The side characters are pretty well-fleshed out with their own unspeakable sacrifices and wants and needs.

Come embark on a (mostly) humorous journey filled with misunderstandings (and denial), the mysterious (and illogical) workings of the netherworld, and the mysterious (and illogical) workings of the human heart.

Prepare your tissues, I say. But the ending is HEA.


Great translators for the later chapters (first chp had some issues). I read the raws starting chp 40. <<less
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sumii rated it
December 19, 2019
Status: Completed
Jiu Lu Fei Xiang is by far one of the greatest writers out there. Like most of Jiu Lu Fei Xiang's other novels, the female lead, Zhao Yao, is a strong woman who does not need a man to help her.

I absolutely love that the male lead, Mo Qing, is so respectful towards Zhao Yao and loves her in every way. All the goods and all the bads. He allows her to be herself and even when jealous, he knows that she is her own person, capable of making her... more>> own decisions.

This is a must read and it is so much better than the drama. Love everything about it. <<less
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KKristen rated it
December 11, 2018
Status: c9
This is a promising story with a good translation. I only wish there were more chapters! I might recommend that you not start it reading it now and be left on a cliffhanger like me...


Zhao Yao was a powerful and arrogant demoness with an ambition to become the Demon King. However, right before she obtained the Demon King's sword, her low-ranking servant, Mo Qing (whose life she had saved as a child), drew the sword and the shockwave killed her. Feeling utterly betrayed and craving revenge, Zhao Yao waits as... more>> a weak ghost until the day a human girl accidentally hits her head on her grave...


So far, this has been an entertaining story. The main character is arrogant without being s*upid, and it's both comedic and believable to see how everything Mo Qing did after her death infuriates her. You feel some sympathy for Mo Qing with her great misunderstanding, but you also feel righteously frustrated for Zhao Yao's sake. Her interactions with the human girl are also enjoyable, and I like that there are reasonable limitations on how Zhao Yao can possess her body.

I really like this series so far. It looks like it's going to be a loooong wait for new chapters, though. Good luck, translator and readers! <<less
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Pezwitch rated it
April 23, 2022
Status: Completed
I enjoyed this novel. The FL was not perfect, she did both good and evil deeds and accepted the consequences for being evil (she complained a bit at first)

The ML was quietly devoted to her. Another reviewer mentioned Stockholm Syndrome, which I do not agree with. Yes he was responsible for her death, and yes, she did forgive him, but only after she learned more about the circumstances and how he reacted afterwards

This was a fun, light read. I removed one star for the last arch, which was unnecessary... more>> angst

The translator is wonderful and I look forward to her future translations

Recommended <<less
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xxu5f rated it
August 23, 2020
Status: Completed
First and foremost, DO NOT WATCH THE TV SERIES!!!

Starting from epi 40, the story in TV will be adapted into s*upid tr*sh and in no ways similar to the original.

In contrast, the original work is rigorous. When reading first few chapters I thought it's just a hilarious comedy. Never occurred to me that there is so much planting
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Geroker rated it
July 21, 2020
Status: c60
Wow, this is super well done, really likable female main character who is smart, capable, ambitious, a male lead who is very likable, lots of great side characters, very absorbing plot, hilarious (or, occasionally, heartbreaking) worldbuilding. I expected something OK based on the summary but it blew my expectations out of the water...
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ricachuu rated it
May 6, 2020
Status: Completed
Well made novel! It was no wonder that it was adapted into a drama. I felt bad for the two side couples in the story but I guess that made it more realistic. I loveeee all the characters and how they were all very humane. And that plot twist at the eeeend was wow, just mindblowing <3

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P.S. The male lead shouldn't be blamed for her death at all, since it was an accident and he didn't know the sword would release such force that could kill everyone around him :< I actually felt bad for him huhu he didn't want her to die at alllllll

Tho anyway she was never dead because Zhiyan's uncle saved her

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ike_00000 rated it
November 4, 2019
Status: c35.2
Really quite good, the plot is fairly refreshing in this genre. It's very very similar to The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, although it's BG and not as good as it, but it's still a decent read. The MC is logical, smart, assertive, and extravagant but it's not on annoying like those overly aggressive female MCs in the "assassin reincarnated" troupes. The ML is pretty great as well, not pushy and possessive but treasures and spoils her. The side characters are all quite nice as well, like the Western Lord.

I also... more>> really appreciate the translator's efforts, as they post pictures from the drama every couple paragraphs. It helps the story come to life. <<less
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Katlovestoread rated it
September 23, 2018
Status: Completed
This is one of the books you read and actually willing to write a review to recommend to people, it is filled with humor from the confident, level headed MC, unlike those typical capable heroines yet dumb in first loves stereotypes. When she realized what the ML had done for her or the forgotten history, she faced those problems head on and talked about the issues like adults, not leaving anything for misunderstandings. Of course, there’s some things she chose not to reveal to him but that will end up... more>> as part of the ending humor to end the story, what she didn’t want to tell the ML, is out of consideration not to hurt the other party. She saved and took care a lot of the characters when they were little like a mother hen and big sister, and it made both MC and readers alike to ask if the ML liked her out of gratitude and loneliness. It will later reveal in the epilogues from ML viewpoint, how he developed strong feelings from a child to adulthood and how those short meetings yet big impacts to his life, really molded him into a great ML.

Another fun thing that I liked about th MC is that she noticed ML’s petty jealousies and good-naturedly mentioning them while cajoling him, understanding fully how he will react and not wanting to upset him in anyway. Both MC and ML are selfless although we know from beginning that ML weighed in more into giving (more like pouring) his adoration on MC, MC will not lose out to expressing her love for him, whether they are obvious PDA to innate thoughts that only the ML hear. <<less
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pettes rated it
February 18, 2018
Status: Completed
Mo qing really hits all my moe points!!

The Story is good. I really like how it progresses. Only near the end that it seems a bit forced and our MC is kinda OOC. But all in all it is bearable

I don't know how far it has been translated but I finish it in Thai. (The translation was sh*t though...)

Mo Qing really is

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in Buddhism, there's a saying about 'Evil born within mind' which refer to feelings inside the mind of the Buddhist practitioner who doesn't suppose to feel. However there's one cold and aloof Xian who suddenly bore a feeling of love towards Zhao Yao, So He dispelled that feeling outside of himself and bound it for thousands of year.... guess what. IT'S MOQING


However, I don't really trust that Thai publishing to even translate right. So I'm gonna wait here and compare the text. all my support for you translator!!! <<less
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bluesonnet rated it
May 8, 2022
Status: Completed
Had me laughing from start to finish. This was amazing storytelling overall. Comedic parts were really laugh out loud, while suspenseful parts had me rushing to read the next chapter. In the end, all the plot points were nicely tied up. The translator did an outstanding job, and although I generally like using my imagination for the visual, putting images of the drama helped set the mood. I loved both Zhao Yao and Mo Qing to bits, and their love story was as sweet as it was riddled with obstacles.

Highly... more>> recommended and I'll definitely check out the other stories of this author. <<less
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LunarWolf rated it
December 23, 2021
Status: prologue
avoided reading it because I thought it was a body stealing and starting over a new life. No she only borrows the body at times and their relationship is quite good and funny/ likeable.

before reading this, I never thought the term ugly little monster could be used so affectionately. Also, love his title of an outwardly cold but inwardly passsionate ugly little monster. Its a really good and funny read. Love the MC. Give it a try. I like how the side character also have their own little background and... more>> love story reguardless of if its happy or not. Its not fluff everywhere. They all have their own circumstances. Alot is speculation and are worthy of having novels of their own. <<less
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saphire8626 rated it
February 3, 2023
Status: Completed
3.5 stars and I fairly enjoyed this. First off, I actually preferred the English fan translation because in Chinese, the writing was awkward and simplistic. Anyway, this was an enjoyable read because the main character is really bold, shameless, unconventional and all that. She had a fun dynamic with the love interest too. I really like this author's main characters and I'm going to try one of her other books.
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chande rated it
January 10, 2023
Status: Completed
As one of my favorite author, Jiu Lu Fei Xiang rarely let me down with her works, including this novel. I really love this story although with the author usual style, the story was bounded to be funny yet also heartbreaking at the same time. Don't worry, this story had a happy ending, at least for MC and ML. The other characters weren't that fortunate though, none of them ended up with the one they loved (except for 1 couple but the price that they had to pay were quite... more>> high).

I also enjoy Sonrisa T.N.T's translation since he/she also provided snippets of the drama version in his/her translation. I haven't watch it yet because many said that the drama version was a bit draggey compared to its novel. Nevertheless, I still like watching Xu Kai's face (he's so perfect as Mo Qing). <<less
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FrostyDragon rated it
December 4, 2022
Status: Completed
4 stars - it's alright, but not spectacular

The best part is definitely Zhao Yao. She's unashamedly a badass demonic cultivator who couldn't care less about anything except her own people. She does have a kind heart, but you'll never get her to admit it, and she cares a lot about her reputation as 'evil demon lord'. She's also quite dense when it comes to feelings and is as good at getting into trouble as she is to solving it (probably better at stirring up trouble and then let Mo Qing... more>> fix it).

I liked her friendship with Zhi Yan quite a lot, whereas I found Mo Qing kind of underwhelming as a character. Maybe because I got a bit bored with the fact that he's pretty much OP and can solve any issue and also have undying, complete devotion towards Zhao Yao. Which is obvious to everyone except Zhao Yao herself.

The plot was alright, but nothing special, and many of the side characters (especially the villains) felt one-dimensional. Would have been interesting if the novel had dived more into the hypocritical nature of the righteous sects, or how the misunderstandings and animosity between righteous sects and demon sects came about (even though this is a standard trope in xianxia so probably Chinese readers don't need an explanation).

Basically the author is fun to read for her crazy female leads and their antics, and that's kind of it. I still prefer Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes, but this was an okay read and Zhao Yao was fun. <<less
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lkjhasdf rated it
December 20, 2021
Status: Completed
I loved this book so much! Will definitely re-read after a while. The main leads are very entertaining and I love their nuances.

Started it after watching the drama, which I also loved, but this is much better as the drama has some fairly major plot points changed in a way that doesn't always make real sense only to create more melodrama...

Really recommend.
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u.u rated it
August 4, 2021
Status: Completed
The plot is very refreshing, I want it more and more, sometimes it gets pretty cliché, but I have no big problem with it. I also really like the MC, she is so badass and entertaining, I think she is one of my favorite MCs I read so far. Moreover, ML is so sweet, I can't :")
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