Return of the Goddess


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When she left the capital city, she was fat, chubby and white in everybody’s eyes. When she returned to the capital city, she was perfect; a goddess in everybody’s eyes.

A reporter once asked her: What do you think is most important for a woman?

She simply smiled and answered: The most important thing is to be good to ourselves.

When a person has a crush, other than the person himself, no one will know.

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Nữ Thần Trở Về
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New amruta rated it
January 15, 2022
Status: Completed
I’ve read the author’s other words and love the stories. Unfortunately, this one is a letdown. The school bullying story had potential but the way the story panned out was just meh. The FL is too OP, the ML has the personality of a cardboard, the side characters are meh as well.
Not my cup of tea. I find it difficult to believe this was penned by the same author as TBAVW, Ascending, very happy etc. I have re-read these stories numerous times. They are amazing. This story though... sigh.... more>> Nope, I don’t like it. <<less
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New Alleign02 rated it
January 15, 2022
Status: Completed
I cried and cried and cried. She is another NingXi I admire. And I so love CSG. He is a gem. I expected a child so they can have a complete happy fam but well lets leave it to our imagination. I'm sure their cute lil ones will be as beautiful as them. CSG is just full of charisma, more than NX for me. Both proposals had me bawling my eyes out. He's like the rainbow after the rain.

Another one to applaud is the story about bullying. It has quite... more>> an impact. I hope more stories can be this insightful. <<less
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Shinygold13 rated it
February 18, 2018
Status: Completed
A fairly good story almost like Hidden Marriage but not quite as the MC's character is more somber or dare I say, melancholic? This personality stems from a heartbreaking past and unlike Hidden Marriage's Ning Xi whose reason for entering showbiz ... more>>

is to fulfill her dream to be an actress

. One can even draw a comparison between the two protagonists with RoG's MC a more calculating individual than the MC of HM.

Now, even though I wrote that these two novels are alike but this similarity is only in the atmosphere or the overall vibe that they delivered. That feeling that there is more to it than just what is in the surface.

The characters are well-developed and the pace of the novel give each a personality that is distinctive and realistic. There is also the right amount of fluff which balances the mystery-like part in the latter half of the novel. Another thing to note is the ML, I love how the author portrayed his character. He really is a doting man to the point that I know without a doubt that he will always, and I really mean always, stand by MC's side.

He, himself, admitted that he will be happy to be used by MC and later on, confessed to the MC that even though he wants everyone to know that she is his woman he doesn't want others to say that she is hugging his thigh --to which the MC joked that she is not hugging his thigh, she is hugging his waist


Lastly, this is an entertaining read that is not a waste of time. One of the good modern/showbiz romance novels in novelupdates that I gladly recommend to those searching for a worthwhile novel of the same genre. <<less
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Chattyxx rated it
June 1, 2018
Status: Completed
So I finished this book by reading the raws, and I just felt I had to leave a review.

So this book is literally one of the best Chinese novels I've read recently. If you're expecting some MC who just turns around and relies on her bf for everything then I think this is NOT the book for you. I can't say anything about the translation because I did not read it, but the original book is written really well! The main character is very three dimensional, and the male lead... more>> very devoted. I've read quite a few novels where the male lead comes off kind of overtly 2D because of how obsessed they are, but this male lead? Nope. He's patient and caring and very nice to the female lead.

I also really really like the female lead's behaviour and her way of thinking, she's very independent, but not to the extent where she's the kind of character that come off as too stubborn and refusing everyone's help. She's very likeable as people have mentioned above!


The female lead is very strong, and very very smart. Her back story is very tragic and I cried while reading about her, but it's made her into a super admirable person! Also her interactions with her manager and this rich girl who liked the male lead is very sweet! (Another part that I really like!)

The male lead is really very devoted and cares for the female lead a lot, like how he treats her is exactly what they call 捧在手里怕摔了,含在嘴里怕化了. To put it simply he's very careful with her and he really takes care of her a lot. He's always there for her, but he respects her space as well. And I think their love story is very sweet. They love each other a lot and it's super cute!


加油 to the translator! Hope that you continue translating and share this gem of a story with everyone! <<less
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Chisaki rated it
September 2, 2020
Status: c40
I've read most of Yue Xia Die Ying's translated novels, and I have to say this one falls short, at least in the beginning. Although Ning Xi has a badass and independent personality (which I love!!), it's not as good as YXDY's other works. Maybe my expectations got too high after being spoiled by her godly writing ^^;;

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During the first 30 chapters, Chang Shi Gui's (the ML) actions were really creepy and stalker-ish, especially because the reason why he's head-over-heels for Ning Xi is still unknown. Following her everywhere, buying her expensive gifts.. It's even worse because Ning Xi doesn't know that he knew her before she went abroad to study. It gets better around chapter 35 when Ning Xi and Chang Shi Gui gets better acquainted and the reason for his affections was uncovered.

The reason why I dislike Chang Shi Gui is because although Ning Xi is supposed to be an independent and badass lady, Chang Shi Gui is always meddling in her affairs. The reason why the people in the crew respect her: because CSG made it seem like she has a good relationship with him. The reason why she could get a role in a good movie: because CSG asked a senior actress to take care of her. The reason why the other stalker guy couldn't lay a hand on her: because CSG threatened to not collaborate with his company. What???

Another annoying thing: I can't believe how many of Ning Xi's problems come from Chang Shi Gui insisting on spending time with her. Having reporters and the media blackening her, young women from influential families making trouble for her because of jealousy, people seeing her as a vixen/succubus seducing the ML, etc. Chang Shi Gui is like a naïve trouble magnet with no situational awareness.

The problem of having Chang Shi Gui, this type of overpowered CEO, as the male lead is that his actions lessen the impact of Ning Xi's character. What's supposed to be Ning Xi getting revenge and achieving her dreams with her own ability turns to Chang Shi Gui paving the way for her. It's alright if this novel is about a girl entering the entertainment industry and being pampered by a gentle CEO, but this isn't.


Overall, it's a pretty solid novel. I suggest reading until chapter 40 before rating it, because it does get better. Anyways, try reading Virtuous Wife if you want more badass women, and Very Happy if you want a lighthearted and optimistic actor MC. Actually, all of her works are amazing so read them all!! <<less
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hevaLaLuna rated it
June 4, 2019
Status: c23
Normally this type of novel with a cool, calculated heroine set in modern times is exactly what I like most. The Male Lead ruins it for me because he is way too sweet, too clingy and always lurking. It would have been a much more enjoyable read if he had some type of personality outside of being a deux-ex-machina for the Heroine. He simply solves all her problems from the background so he robs her of her <<strong independent woman>> characteristic the novel wants to portray. She might be a... more>> stay at home wife since all the good things and opportunities given to her are simply the Male Lead pulling the strings in the background and she, the gullible fish just keeps gobbling up his scraps.

It's a pity since I really like her style, the fact that she is feminine and not a tomboy <<who is just not like other girls>>, knows how to behave and assess the situation around her and her lack of naiveté so common in c-novels. But the Male Leak kills this for me. It would have been better to meet him only after she made a name for herself and be a power couple together. <<less
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haruhi91 rated it
May 6, 2020
Status: c44
Decent novel but I don't know if I will keep reading. It is a story about a woman who wants to get revenge against some of the rich bullies who abused her when she was a fat teenage girl and caused a tragedy in the past. She plans to do this by entering the entertainment world, becoming rich and famous so she can fight them at their level. The premise isn't bad, but the execution lacks. I don't dislike the MC: she is determined, sometimes indifferent, detached, she knows she... more>> is beautiful and she uses it to her advantage. The ML is your typical rich CEO who always stalkers looks after the MC. What could have been a more dynamic and compelling story about an independent woman who reaches success by her own merit and hard work, becomes a story about the rich CEO who always clears whatever obstacle the MC may find in her road. This type of story lacks tension because you never get the sense that she is not in control of the situation or risks losing something, everything comes easily to her. I am tempted to lower my rating of one star because, my god, how many times we have to be reminded how incredibly and stunningly beautiful the MC is. Like I get it, must it be repeated every time a character looks at the MC? <<less
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MisheruBookish rated it
March 13, 2018
Status: Completed
This story is a jewel! I read the rest of the story through MTL.
There are similarities with "Just blame me for being blind in the beginning" and this story.

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Just like in Just Blame Me, the MC is also a beautiful lady, a striving actress and has an OP CEO boyfriend.

The difference is that the MC had a really tragic life that you cant just help but pity her. You cant help but empathize with everything she went through and wonder how she overcome or rather cope with all the pain she had.

Its not all fluffy stuff but some eye opener tidbits that will make you cheer and look forward for the MC's future.


Please continue to support and translate this story, you wont regret it. <<less
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Alvory rated it
March 1, 2018
Status: c14
Okay so far I am liking this story better than HM aka Hidden Marriage, one is the length of the chapters, it isn’t more than a hundred, unlike HM which is 2000+ and second is the personality of the Main Character, her personality is really easy to like and unlike most MC she isn’t loud or brash. The MC isn’t dumb so she probably will fall in love and won’t be dense for like 1000 chapters unlike someone. As the ML hasn’t appeared yet, I am not making any assumptions... more>> but I hope it doesn’t disappoint me <<less
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frostcrystal rated it
June 16, 2019
Status: c32
I really want to like it, but the way it's written just feels so boring to me. Quite a lot has happened and yet I don't feel like anything has. Some of the minor characters tend to be confusing as well.
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Tristan0000 rated it
August 20, 2021
Status: c68
The series was only so-so for me. I liked the serious tone (no dog blood drama here!), but that was about it. It has many of the usual C-novel tropes such as an FL that's SOO beautiful that the author can't help but expound on it every other chapter; morally gray FL out for revenge; handsome, rich, domineering CEO falls in love with lower class FL; gossipy netizens are the moral voice of the novel; scumbag ex (not actually, but close enough) and his crazy mistress girlfriend, etc.

I had many... more>> of the same complaints as other viewers. The face slapping is very mild and all of the slapping is accredited to ML (although there seems to be some hints that it might actually be FL behind the scenes). The romance is really lackluster. One moment FL is rejecting ML's advances talking about how she intends to stay single, he should look for someone else, they're from different worlds, etc. Then an hour later she accepts his romantic gesture and boom they're a couple. ML has no character; his only role in the story to help FL solve problems and elevate her status through his gentle pampering and devoted love. He's a wife s*ave of the most boring kind. He's not clingy, shameless or passionate. He's more like FL's chauffeur, chef, dishwasher and forehead kisser.

FL's character was a little better than his, but also quite flat. I think this is just because of the way the story is told. There's not a lot of detail regarding her thoughts and feelings (which is probably to enhance the mystery of her past and her revenge).

All in all, it was an okay read, but not especially interesting or unique. <<less
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kawaii12345 rated it
August 3, 2021
Status: Completed
I really enjoyed this novel, binged it, but can only give it 4 stars.

The first to understand about the novel is what it is, a revenge/romance/mystery. Not one of these aspects of the story rates 5 stars but there's enough synergy between them to make the overall readable with a sense of disappointment.

Let's look at the mystery first as it's the most annoying. The mystery has several parts are all of which are revealed in retrograde, as the story advances. It takes roughly 30 chapters before the reader gets even... more>> an inkling of the tragedy in her past, 60 chapters before it's 50% covered. It's exceedingly slow burn. The other big problem is everything about the her solving the mystery is handled off camera. It just happens. You don't see it happening at all.

Next up revenge. Unsatisfying is the word that comes to mind for this aspect of the novel. Aside from a few pieces which were handled offscreen as part of solving the mystery, she doesn't do anything to take revenge. It's either done by the ML, the police, or just circumstances. It leaves you wondering where's the beef.

last the romance. Arguably the best part of the novel but still lacking. The start is glossed over and it's cut to affection.

Bottom line readable but don't expect too much <<less
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secret165 rated it
April 24, 2020
Status: Completed
I have always love novel by this author. MC in her novels always come as smart and strong woman. This novel tells the story of how MC become actor for revenge. MC is very meticuluos in her plan. She has prepare from the beginning in case others want to entrap her using her past.

I cried when reading her past. How harsh her life after losing both her parents. I feel moved when ML tells MC to let him take care of her. When other feels jealous of MC for having... more>> ML as boyfriend, when remember how hard MC lives, they did not feel jealous but feels she deserve to be happy.

Usually when reading novel of entertainment circle, I usually skip the showbiz part. But not this one. This novel supporting character are very logical. Not all character wants to harm or jealous with MC. They take their acting job seriously. And some villain will also regret later and realised they can blame themself. Unlike brainless bit*h in other novel wanting to seduce ML or harm MC. 2nd FL also has good relationship with ML when she realize ML loves MC a lot and MC is likeable.

MC once told ML when she was 18, she once wish the prince charming will come save her. But now, she feels glad that there is no prince charming as she realised she needs to go through on her own. <<less
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May 8, 2019
Status: Completed
This is a great story if you recently read something that made you want to strangle the ML and slap some sense into the female lead.

Our female lead here is smart, capable, and gives no f*cks. There is no maybe this maybe that faintheartedness, no tolerance for BS, no forgive you once only to allow the other person to come back stronger. No concern about maintaining "face."

She takes care of business, and I love her for it.

The ML is sweet (to her only), a pillar of strength willing to be... more>> vulnerable (with her only), and overall a great guy. He also is not concerned with maintaining "face" if it means hurting the ones he loves. He's not some arrogant big boss in front of her, nor is he some puppy. He's a man in love with a woman, and she sees him that way as well.

This novel likes to joke about how dogblooded other novels/dramas are, while the characters that matter within make logical, refreshing choices.

Highly recommend this breath of fresh air ^^ <<less
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August 4, 2018
Status: Completed
How good is this? Good enough for me to binged this from ch1 to end with google translate's help.

I can only compare this story to author's other stories, TBaVW/8TT, this one is a bit lower in terms of realism and antagonist's IQ.

I repeat 3x, compare to author's other stories, compare to author's other stories, compare to author's other stories.

If you're looking for strong female lead that's not mary sue and have an actual personality & brain, read this. (And author's other stories, author is god, they're all great)
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shadow1716 rated it
December 19, 2021
Status: --
Its good. The ML fell in love with the MC way before either was a CEO or actress. Although, she didn't know. The MC was really fat growing up and the plot revolves around how she was treated by others when she was younger. Her youth was quite tragic and honestly the ML could of not been there and she would of still gotten her revenge (which is super, super rare for these novels).
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08phamann rated it
January 3, 2021
Status: c106
I am never disappointed in the works of this author.

Her story telling is always good and her heroines are strong and independent.
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ShampooBear19 rated it
July 12, 2019
Status: Completed
A male lead who is too good to be true, but I like!

The story itself is not exactly tragic but the female lead has pretty tragic past in this book is mostly about how the female lead came back to get revenge. Her past are slowly revealed throughout the story.

Be warned that there will be a lot of crying but there is not much complications. The second female lead is even likeable. The story is a pretty smooth ride.

If you are looking to those strories with too much family life... more>> complications, you will be highly disappointed. This novel is pretty simple, straight to the point and a good read in between thick novels that eats up too much brain juice. <<less
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emmyazzy rated it
September 10, 2018
Status: Completed
This novel is a very enjoyable read. This is the third novel that I have read from this author. Honestly, unlike the other two novels that I have read from this author where they are Eight Treasure Trousseau and Hello Wife!, I feel that this novel is not as “dramatic” as compared to these two.

The plot isn’t too heavy in this novel. I have always admired the author’s “teachings” in the other two novel. Although this novel doesn’t consist as many “teachings” as compared to the other two said novels,... more>> I feel that the novel isn’t lacking at all. There is foreshadowing in this novel it may not be as much as ETT but it still keeps the suspense. As readers, you would want to know what happened to the female lead and why she is acting this way. It is quite exciting that it made me read finish this novel in a day (with lack of sleep). This is clearly thanks to the amazing author. The novels by this author is written so well and I am very excited to read the other novels.

The romance in this novel is sweet especially regarding how caring the male lead is.

I honestly love the part on the confession the most. The hesitation and the built up energy to confess after hearing what the female lead said and wanted. It is very sweet. Other examples would be how the male lead did not hesitate to trust the female lead. Of course, there was once he hesitated but he slowly realised that it is not worth thinking about since he only can’t bear to part with the female lead.

I believe the male lead loved the female lead ever since he was young hence it starts from a crush and it deepens slowly by his care and concern towards the female lead. The female lead however even though it is not clearly written on how she fell in love but by reading my interpretation is that she fell in love because she knows and sees that the male lead’s care and love in his eyes which I believe made her think that it is hard for her not to love the male lead. I feel that this novel is written in a way that is to show and not to tell. That is why, at first I have also thought maybe the female lead didn’t really love the male lead. However, seeing her actions in reacting to the matter clearly shows her concern.

Also, even though it is a bit off topic, I have read the reviews that some compared this novel to Hidden Marriage. And here are my thoughts regarding their similarities and differences.

I am also a huge fan of HM. But I would say that this novel is indeed better than Hidden Marriage in certain ways. This novel compared to Hidden Marriage contains less drama. Ning Xi in this novel is calm, collected and is someone who is meticulous. She may be counted as cold and less passionate to some but she still express her love and affection even though she doesn’t really show it. The Ning Xi in this novel is more realistic. Ning Xi in HM is much more outgoing and passionate in showing her love. Her personality is much more open and daring. Other examples of similarity would be how the male lead treats the female lead with utmost care. However, there are obvious differences. In this novel, it is honestly not written based on the dramatic scenes that she faced when facing enemies and in her work life as seen in Hidden Marriage. This novel, Return of the goddess is based on snippets of their life and even their love life is not described in details. That is why, I think both novels are good it is just based on what you as a reader like.


In conclusion, this novel is sweet, straightforward and the plot is enough exciting to keep readers to continue reading. The number of chapters is just right as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone that is looking for a novel that has a loving male lead that is “clean”, where he has no other third party involved, and/or readers that are looking for plots that is not too dramatic and over the top. I would not recommend readers that are looking for novels that is focused on the drama of what has happened. This is because as I have stated, the novel doesn’t state all of the details in totality but it is based on important snippets of their lives. <<less
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Bookworm_Sueweetie rated it
December 22, 2021
Status: Completed
This is a good read. Both FL (Ning Xi) was independent while ML (Chang Shu Gui) was not an overbearing CEO and ready support the FL at side. There were no intense face-slapping but FL conducted her plans well.

Honestly, at first, FL (Ning Xi) can be felt indifferent and Mary Sue with good looks, smooth sailing career, love life and easy seek for justice... BUT learning about her past made me teared up for her. I don't know if the author gave us leeway and saved readers in heartaches for... more>> not starting the story when FL got her difficult days and only saw the fruits of hardwork.

For supporting characters, many of them got depth while some where just passerbys due to FL's career. I'm also glad that most of the "supposed" villains got brains and didn't make things much difficult. Every female characters got their own mentality and not only tagged as "schemers" like other revenge novels.

Also, the plus points was the career of FL in entertainment industry. I read many novels with same theme but this one was really good bc FL worked hard and not just treated acting side job like other heroines.

The only plot hole was how the FL got evidences and mystery behind the social media account that she was always logging in that probably help her during her revenge. <<less
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rndmsmmrflng rated it
December 15, 2021
Status: Completed
Well written! The connection between incidents were explained well. It's heartbreaking how a simple prank escalated to a tragedy. This is really an example of how school violence education is important.

I love the FL. Even though she is in for revenge and justice, she did it with careful planning. I must say that she's so tight! Her expression rarely reveal anything regarding the matter that it didn't arouse any suspicion. She's very patient with her revenge. Really patient. I'm not just talking about the length of time but her attitude... more>> towards the case. Her high EQ is really refreshing for me. I used to gush over dense characters haha!

The ML is very good. Not the overbearing CEO or the tyrannical president. He respects her well, supports her well, and loves her as she is. Unlike the typical supportive ML who's almost written like an accessory, the ML here has his own persona. He has a presence. He's not just the FL's lover but he is his own character.

No misunderstanding here. Relationship built with trust. <<less
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December 6, 2021
Status: c60
I feel like this was an earlier work by the (absolutely fantastic) author. It has the seeds of other works - the ‘cold’ but eventually deeply invested hero (no joke, this is a template of the author), the strong female protagonist, and face slapping through a hazy lens.

While I have no familiarity with the entertainment world, I really felt like this was handled (like Very Happy) more realistically. The hard work, on set injuries, being taken advantage of, and backstabbing. The FL worked hard for what she achieved.

Some previous reviewers... more>> weren’t happy about her relying on the ML, but I don’t think you can make it in the entertainment business without backing. Show business is full of ‘second generation’ actors.

Probably just me, but I was definitely shipping the FL and the second female lead. But my dreams of powerful women throwing off the shackles of patriarchy remain unfulfilled :)

The translation is great, so 10/10 recommend. <<less
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