List/Review: Chinese/Japanese Online Novels

I know there are a lot of worthy novels out there. I can’t recount how many I’ve read online, especially Chinese, and Japanese — some of them I’ve dropped, either because of personal distaste or the unfortunate snail’s pace updates, and some of which was fortunate enough to see finished, and finished.

I had three phases the moment I’ve switched to reading online novels. First was, a long, long time ago (about years ago), I started off with strong male leads with amazing powers living in fantasy worlds. Actually, Chinese novels. My source of wealth was Wuxia. They had amazing works, most of which have, yes, main male protags — with themes of either from weak to strong, or naturally strong but hidden from others. If stories like that are your cup of tea, in addition to Chinese martial arts, then I suggest you head there and take your pick. Or scroll down to see my list.

Please note, however, that my list here involving Wuxia might be a bit hazy/incomplete, since I can’t exactly remember which ones I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed, and ones I just read. With the plots mixing, and some concepts/scenes switched, I dare not say more to some in fear I might unknowingly under/overrate them instead. So… better just head to Wuxia.

After my first phase, I had a few years of dormancy (and got to focus on College life instead), and it wasn’t until about a year ago that I started reading novels again. That time, however, I’ve switched to action, adventure genres with reincarnation plots, making me gravitate towards Japanese works. Some of which were primarily influenced by anime and manga, of course. Hence, I’ve explored worlds like Overlord, Tensei Slime, and a few others I didn’t really take note of. lol It was a brief phase, of which I remembered I’ve only read a few — most, I’ve dropped.

Aaand now, just recently, I’m back to reading again! But, in contrast to heroes breaking through their limits to achieve the Higher Heaves, my new cup of tea are spunky female heroines and reincarnations instead! Most of which this time is focused on romance — actually, a mixed of both since I’ve been toggling between Japanese and Chinese. lol So, my list here could be predominantly about them (since they’re the ones I remembered well, considering we’re at this phase right now) 。゚(TヮT)゚。

Anywaaay, as mentioned, I’ll be listing some of them novels here, great ones worth mentioning and ones I haven’t dropped — their summaries, and some of my general opinion of most (as well as some links to their translations). Note that they aren’t ranked, and are instead listed alphabetically. This list will be updated from time to time, whenever I’d discover and/ feel like adding a new one (a change of heart, maybe?).

Right now, the ones here are Chinese and Japanese. Buuut… we’ll never know, sooner or later, I might be adding stuffs from countries other than China/Japan. Well, prolly less likely if it’s English ’cause… I just don’t want to. It’s not that I hate them but… y’know. I really can’t explain it. It’s just… there’s a lot of them, see, and they’re really commonly talked about (at least, in my area)? Maybee except if that novel isn’t mainstream, I might reconsider.

Important Reminders and Notes
NOTE: Anywaaay, before anything else, I just want to say that please do not forget to thank the authors and translators for all their hard work. Express them whenever you can, in any way you can, and learn to appreciate the effort they did to freely narrate/translate to us mere mortals some of these amazing works.
PS: Alsoo, forgive me if I haven’t updated this list for a long time, and might continue to do so in the next (i.e. subsequent updates might come a bit later than expected). It’s just that I tend to go first and put my novel reviews on NU itself these days rather than on this blog. So, if some of them reviews/additional thoughts here kinda lacked the usual enthusiasm I had, forgive me. I might’ve already posted the lengthy version on NU. Nonetheless though, still do note that whatever I post here are my top recommendations so, regardless of me not putting additional praises here or otherwise, I placed all the novels on this post in high regard, either because they’re really good or, for the updating novels, showed lots of promise. ~The Lazy Slug (my NU username)
DISCLAIMER: Summaries not mine, and merely copied from either the translation site, or other web sites.

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A Slight Smile is Very Charming by Gu Man
Against the Gods by Mars Gravity
Akuyaku Reijou wa Ringoku no Oitaishi ni Dekiai Sareru by Puni-chan
An Otome Game Burikko Villainess Turned into a Magic Otaku by Sakura Ageha


Chu Wang Fei by Ning Er
Coiling Dragon by Wo Chi Xi Hong Shi
Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter by Reia


Destruction Flag Otome by Yamaguchi Satoru


Eight Treasures Trousseau by Yue Xia Die Ying
Enchantress Amongst Alchemists by Xiao Qi Ye


Heyi Shengxiao Mo by Gu Man
Husband, Be A Gentleman by Su Xing Yue


I’ll Live My Second Life by Otakude Neet
It Seems I Got Reincarnated Into the World of a Yandere Otoge by Hanaki Momiji
It’s Because You Said There’d Be Candy by 結木さんと


Just Blame Me For Being Blind in the Beginning by Ban Li Zi


Kenkyo Kenjitsu by Hiyoko no Keeki


Lightning Empress Maid by Nacoharu
Log Horizon by Mamare Touno


Make My Abilities Average by Akata Ijju
Mulberry Song by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang


No Game No Life by Yū Kamiya


Our Second Master by Twentine
Overlord by Kugane Maruyama


Poison Genius Consort by Jie Mo


Rebirth of an Abandoned Woman by 依依兰兮
Reincarnated as a Love Interest in an Otoge by Minami


Sansheng, Wangchuan Wu Shang by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang
Seijo-sama ni Nante, Watashimasen! by Sakura Bushi
Stellar Transformation by Wo Chi Xi Hong Shi


Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken by Fuse
The Evil Prince and Sly Lady by Hua Jian Xue
The Probability I Can Kill my Wife Without Being Found Out by Hiroro
The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage by Qian Shan Cha Ke
To Be A Virtuous Wife by Yue Xia Die Ying


A Slight Smile is Very Charming

by Gu Man

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Game, Smart/Beautiful/Strong Leads, Modern Times, Complete

Read English translation here.


If you were “tragically” dumped, and then a very strong, very cool and very arrogant man proposed to you, how would you react?

Bei Wei Wei’s response: Da Shen, did your account get stolen?

This world is too fantastical! Her ex-“husband” just moved on to marry the “Most Beautiful”, while the “Strongest in the Jianghu” has just come to propose? And he said he’ll give her a better and more magnificent wedding.

The faculty “flower” at a famous university, Bei Wei Wei was embarrassed but quickly once again married … …

Some Thoughts…

Well, really one of the best, cute, feel-good romance novels out there. While there is game premise, this one isn’t the transmigrate to game plots. Just that… both leads really love and formally met in-game. Anywaay, the translations were superb (the same translator group who did Eight Treasures and To Be A Virtuous Wife, both also good recommendations.

By the way, this one already got both TV series and film adaptations. While film critics varied in opinions, the TV version was widely praised and is loyal to the novel plot. So you might want to check it out too.

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Against the Gods

by Mars Gravity

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Ongoing, Action, Adventure, Reincarnation

Read English translation here.


A man is being chased by various people because he alone holds some kind of treasure. He jumps off a cliff to not let any of them have it and wakes up in the body of a boy with the same name in another world. Fortunately, he has kept the treasure he ran off with.

Wielding the sky poison pearl, receiving the blood of an evil god, cultivating the strength to oppose heaven, a lord overlooking the world.

Some Thoughts…

I can’t remember much about ATG, as compared to Panlong — primarily because, afaik, it is still ongoing and I might’ve stopped near-end in order to wait for translation to catch up. But I DO remember it gave me the same excitement as Panlong, and something that is definitely, definitely worth the read.

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Akuyaku Reijou wa Ringoku no Oitaishi ni Dekiai Sareru

by Puni-chan

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Not Fully Translated, Romance, Fantasy, Reincarnation, Focused on Female Lead, Smart/Strong Female Lead


Tiararose was supposed to be disengaged and exiled from the country.

“This was the Otome game I had played!” She realized on the day before the story’s ending――…….

Shall I wait for the judgment? But, I did not do anything too cruel……. Thinking so, the ending continues.

But, during the judgement――something that was not possible in the game happened. The neighboring crown prince courted the villainous daughter Tiararose.

Some Thoughts…

I really had difficulty following it at first, since the POV quickly toggles! I’m not really sure if it’s because of the translation or…? Anyway, it irks me if the narration isn’t that seamless. It’s actually a miracle I was able to stick to it that long, even to the point of it making it to this list. Well, yeah, good thing it has an interesting plotline. Really, don’t underestimate this work. It has a lot of fluff. lol

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An Otome Game Burikko Villainess Turned into a Magic Otaku

by Sakura Ageha

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Not Fully Translated, Romance, Fantasy, Magic, Smart Male Lead, Somewhat Smart Female Lead, Reincarnation, Toggled POV

Read English translation here.


The high school girl Manami who had fallen down the emergency stairs at school had, before she noticed, become a three year old in the world of an Otome Game. What’s more, that little girl was one of the rival characters that appeared in the game; the can’t-take-a-hint-burikko-type-rival daughter of a marquis family. What awaited her at the end was social obliteration.

Though she did get a bad feeling about this… Aimi decided not to worry!
It was a dream after all, so that had nothing to do with her. For now, she’s going to master magic! Hooray!

Some Mild Spoilers…

I couldn’t recall much of what happened here… only that, in some occasions, I thought female MC was a bit annoying. I’m semi-continuing this story; semi-continuing in a sense that I’ll only read it when I feel like it again (and not really like other stories where I’d constantly check for updates). Technically, indefinite hiatus from reading it.

Idk… it’s not that I’m bringing this novel down, you know. It just doesn’t click with me. Before, it really, really did (especially the start of the novel). Later on… well, not so much? But I know it’s an interesting plot, so I placed it on this list. Interesting in a way that it is a bit different from most reincarnated stories. And different in a sense that there are A LOT of reincarnators here.

Anyway, take my words with a grain of salt on this. I hope you’ll read it yourselves and form your own opinion of it.

PS. Jack of Hearts’ POV is a complete moe though so… ;>
PPS. I’m not sure but… I think it also contained some smut? Not sure. I forgot.

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Chu Wang Fei

by Ning Er

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed (387 chapters), Not Fully Translated, Smart Female Lead, Smart Male Lead, Reincarnation, Political Intrigue/Palace Intrigue

Read English translation here.


Yun Fu’s young mistress is weak and cowardly. After having her engagement broken off within the Jin Luan Dian, she kills herself by hitting her head upon a pillar.

When she wakes up, she is no longer feeble and is now cold and aloof making people terrified of her upon sight. She walks unhurriedly into the bloody hall and her chilly voice slowly resounds, “Then we can comply to Chen Wang’s wishes.”

Everybody knows that the young mistress’s personality has taken a drastic turn after the events within the palace but none of them could ever guess that her spirit has been replaced.

A foreign environment where everybody has sinister and ulterior motives, where plots and schemes plague the families, where disputes permeate government affairs; she who has been raised in a boudoir seems harmless enough.

What happens if she is no longer soft and timid? What if, in between a single smile, she can raise forth wind and rain reeking of blood and terror?

Some Thoughts…

Chu Wang Fei is really one of the most interesting stories I’ve ever read, partly because protag isn’t OP at all! I mean, yeah, she has her wits and beauty but that’s about it. There aren’t any cheats. It’s pure political dog-eat-dog world, with no martial arts involved. Well, idk with recent chapters but, with everything going on, I don’t think there’ll ever be.

This one is pure battle of intelligence and schemes. Some of you might prolly be bored of it, but I love it! The characters have sense, and with things being this and that, really. Makes you excited, worried, surprised, and happy all at once.

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Coiling Dragon

by Wo Chi Xi Hong Shi

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed (with 806 chapters), Action, Adventure, Strong/Powerful Male Lead, Fantasy, Romance, Martial Arts

Read English translation here.


Empires rise and fall on the Yulan Continent. Saints, immortal beings of unimaginable power, battle using spells and swords, leaving swathes of destruction in their wake. Magical beasts rule the mountains, where the brave – or the foolish – go to test their strength. Even the mighty can fall, feasted on by those stronger. The strong live like royalty; the weak strive to survive another day.

This is the world which Linley is born into. Raised in the small town of Wushan, Linley is a scion of the Baruch clan, the clan of the once-legendary Dragonblood Warriors. Their fame once shook the world, but the clan is now so decrepit that even the heirlooms of the clan have been sold off. Tasked with reclaiming the lost glory of his clan, Linley will go through countless trials and tribulations, making powerful friends but also deadly enemies.

Come witness a new legend in the making. The legend of Linley Baruch.

Some Thoughts…

Afai remember, I read Coiling Dragon, aka Panlong, during my strong-hero-protag phase, which was honestly a long, long time ago. So idk if my memory is good enough to properly convey my feelings of reading this novel (although relative to other Wuxia works on this list, Panlong is at least the clearer one). Aaaand… all that I can say for that is F! this novel was awesome!

Linley came from a formerly rich turned poor family; but after discovering a ring heirloom inside their house, which hosed a strong being, their fortunes changed. Actually, Linley is one of those innate but hidden strong characters afai remember. And as he ventured on with his life, I remembered being very excited reading every step of it. Really, Coiling Dragon is worth the read! That much, I am sure. Alsoo, afaik, it now has a manga adaptation…?

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Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter

by Reia

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Not Fully Translated, Romance, Slice of Life, Smart Female Lead, Smart Male Lead, Reincarnation, Focused on Female Lead

Note on where to read: You can just search it over the net and find a bunch of translation groups picking this up. It’s a bit fragmented, see, in that one site translates from this chapter to this and then another from here to there, etc. etc.


I was reincarnated as the villain character of an otome game, the daughter of a Duke. However, when I regained my memory, I had already reached my “ending.”

My engagement had been cancelled and if things goes according to its “course,” it was set that I will be imprisoned by the church.

Where is my bright future?

Some Thoughts…

While most of Japanese reincarnated-to-villainess novels deal with the ‘before ending,’ this one deals with the ‘after.’ Once heroine reincarnates, she was already on her judgement day and was facing the cases filed against her. HOWEVER, was able to flip the situation and turn the tide in favour of her.

I really love this novel in a sense that it highlights female MCs intelligence and strength to stand up on her own. It is a bit heavy though, and of which some of you might find boring, since male protag doesn’t come off until later. PLUS, it focuses more on villainess-turned-heroine’s daily struggles on setting up her own business, in addition to the growing intrigue inside the kingdom and the mystery surrounding the ‘supposed to be’ heroine.

PS. In addition to the novel, there’s a manga currently ongoing. And I dare say the art doesn’t disappoint. XDD

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Destruction Flag Otome

by Yamaguchi Satoru

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Mixed Status, Reverse Harem, Hilarious Female Lead, Reincarnation, Focused on Female Lead, Fantasy, Magic

By mixed status, I meant I am actually not sure whether it is complete or not. Some says the last completed volume (and completely translated) was the last volume for the web version, and is continued as light. You can just opt to end with the WN version, so as not to further stress yourself with where to find the LN continuation and/ find people to translate it. lol

Read English translation here.


I recovered my past memories when I was hit on the head by a rock. I am Katarina Claes, the eight year old daughter of the duke. In a feverish nightmare, during which I became the prince’s fiancee, I have realized that this is an otome game from my previous life.

Also, I’ve turned into the villainess that interfered with the romance of the capture targets… If the heroine got a happy end, I would be exiled, while if she got a bad end, I would be killed by the capture target… I have no happy end!? Why is it only bad!?

Somehow I have to avoid the destruction end, and reach old age peacefully!!

Some Thoughts…

THIS IS DEFINITELY THE MOST ROFL/FEEL-GOOD NOVEL I’VE READ IN AGES! The MC is pure hilarious and super dense as if the entire layers of the Earth can’t match up to her denseness! lol The humour in ‘Husband, Be a Gentleman’ was at least witty but this! This! This one is the type where you can’t help but slap your forehead and at the same time, laugh it off.

I really don’t know how to judge the plot for this. For me, in this list, this novel is the wildest dark horse — it’s either you’ll love it or not. In my case, I definitely loved it! Though I can’t say it’d be on my top… except if we’re talking about comedy here. If you’ve read/watch Nozaki-kun, you’ll understand. This novel gave me the same kind of vibe. HAHAHAHA

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Eight Treasures Trousseau

by Yue Xia Die Ying

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Transmigrated Female Lead, Romance, Palace Intrigue, Smart Leads, Lazy Female Lead, Historical, Arranged Marriage, Complete, Ongoing Translations

Read English translation here.


Everyone in the City of Jing thinks that bestowment of marriage between Xian Junwang and the di daughter of the Yi’an Marquis House is to insert a fresh flower into manure.

Xian Junwang was that fresh flower and the di daughter of Yi’an Marquis House was that manure that was not liked.

It is said that what is heard is false, seeing is believing. Who knows what the truth really is?

Some Thoughts…

The MC is kinda lax/lazy in a sense that, unless wronged, she doesn’t dare do anything reckless/stupid. That doesn’t mean that she’s weak though, contrary in fact! She’s smart and very capable, with a lot of common sense.

This story somehow resembled To Be A Virtuous Wife of the same author, with only how the plot got carried out, and the overall temperament and situation of the characters, differing between the two. If you’re one who loved TBAVW, you’ll definitely love this! And vice versa. Of course, this novel is also adopted by the translator group behind TBAVW, and being the amazing team that they are, the translations were good, so the reading is seamless.

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Enchantress Amongst Alchemists: Ghost King’s Wife

by Xiao Qi Ye

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed (with 1,568 chapters), Not Fully Translated (at 178), Romance, Smart Male and Female Leads, Reincarnation, Focused on Female Lead, Martial Arts, Action

Read English translation here.


The previous owner of Mu Ru Yue’s body had been poisoned. Because of this, her meridians were blocked, hindering her cultivation, which eventually led to her being known as trash. After being beaten to death, Mu Ru Yue, who had originally been a successor to a medicinal aristocratic family in Hua Xia, reincarnated into her new body. They want to seal my path? I will train to reach the peak of the realms! They give me a foolish prince as my husband? I can make do with him. It would be easier for me to deal with him, rather than with other candidates who would be thrown at me in the future. I shall strive to become powerful enough that nobody will be able to mock or kill me.

Some Thoughts…

EAA started off rather weak. Tbh, the first few chaps bore me — esp. considering I’ve been reading a lot of bullied ojou-sama’s and reincarnated fem protags to exact revenge in the old owner’s stead; however, I’m still very much thankful for my stubborn streak to not give up on this novel.

I love this novel a lot! Most of the reason is prolly because of my fondness f0r reincarnation + fantasy + martial arts/powers + strong female + OP characters, idk really. Still! Whether or not author-san is exploiting this from me, or the many readers with similar tastes as I am, I still can’t deny how much I’ve fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

The protagonist is very lovable, idk why but esp. her mentor! And although the twists were clichéd, most of which just to elevate female’s OP-iness from her already OP-ed circumstance, I won’t dare be hypocritical, and admit I still welcome it. If you don’t mind some of the things I mentioned, and instead gravitate towards OP characters, then I suggest you reading this would be worth your time!

Beware that, as mentioned, the start is rather boring… but once you get in the midst of it, you’d surely be reeling for more. There are a lot of foreshadowing and mysteries, that sometimes you forget some until it’s slapped back at you. XDD

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Heyi Shengxiao Mo

by Gu Man

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed, Romance, Angst, Second Chances, Misunderstanding, Smart Male Lead, Dense Female Lead, (also known as) Silent Separation

Read English translation here.


A young love leads to a lifetime of entanglements. Zhao Mo Sheng is a university student with a sunny disposition. The bright and cheerful Mo Sheng fell in love at first sight with He Yi Chen, one of the top students from the Law Faculty. However, his poor communication skill, makes her depart sadly for overseas. Seven years later, Zhao Mo Sheng returned home and spotted him immediately in a crowded supermarket, …….

This is a very short and sweet story about two college sweethearts, who separated on a bitter note but fate tosses them together again seven years later.

Some Thoughts…

And yet another fantastic work from this author. This one though is more on angst, most part centring on them clearing the misunderstandings and coming into terms with their past love. I love how well the characters were fleshed out. Despite the push and pulls, the development was good. A really good read on a rainy day, with a cup of warm choco on hand, esp. for those seeking a bit of angst and drama (or even for those that aren’t).

Also, like A Slight Smile, this one already had a TV Series adaptations aired. I haven’t really watched it, but am now very addicted (i.e. LSS) with the theme song, My Sunshine by Jhang Zie. From the trailers though, I think it’s good. I have hopes WC had perfectly depicted the ML. Moreover, from the reviews alone, it was well-received and even won some awards.

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Husband, Be A Gentleman

by Su Xing Yue

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed (with 81 chapters), Romance, Smart Male and Female Leads, Smut

Read English translation here.


Pei Jin is a black bellied prince. To outsiders he is a kind gentleman and always calm.

Yan Shi Ning is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. To outsiders she is a gentle bred young lady and always docile.

Pei Jin and Yan Shi Ning are the perfect couple but behind closed doors…

Pei Jin: Wife, you’re an expert liar.
Yan Shi Ning: Husband, it’s because you taught me well.

Some Thoughts…

NOW THIS, I won’t deny is something that I REALLLY REALLLY LIKED! The characters are loveable, the plot is nothing new but how author-san phrased every word is very refreshing. There’s humour. There’s wit. I love it! I just love it so much.

It contains the usual political intrigue in the palace, esp. with this being pattered after Chinese Imperial courts, but how our two protags handled things their own way was like the sun’s blaze cutting through every corner of the kingdom. I love the interaction, the chemistry and how the characters were well-defined! It’s also a bit more realistic, considering how the main characters weren’t too OP and just enough.

Anywaaay, I dare not say more. I think the summary already said enough of how spunky, and compatible our two MCs are. YOU. JUST. HAVE. TO. READ. IT!!!

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I’ll Live My Second Life

by Otakude Neet

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Adventure, Action, Friendship, Mystery, Strong-Willed Female Lead, Female Crossdress as Male, Double Identities

Read English translation here.


Fii was the first princess of the rural nation, Déman.

One day, she became engaged to King Roy; an icy king with both beauty and ability, whose management ability was perfect, and who would be perfect save for his coldness towards women.

The engagement was not really anything for her to celebrate though.

Why? Because her younger sister with both beauty and fame, whose personality was great, who held a mysterious power and who was a soothing miko had gotten into a marriage of love with said king. And Fii had just come along with her as a set bonus.

She was treated as a stain on the fairy tale, but after a certain event, Fii decided she didn’t care any more.

She didn’t care about this lifestyle where she never saw her husband even once, where she would spend the rest of her days rotting away in a royal villa.

She was going to live her second life!

That was the decision she came to.

Some Thoughts/Mild Spoilers…

Contrary to what the title is suggesting, this isn’t a reincarnation novel. More like, as tag says, female MC is a hated princess MC, and not wanting to live the kind of life simply rotting away, decided she’s going to join the rank of Knights! But first, she has to crossdress. Not that females were prohibited from joining the knights, but she simply doesn’t want to raise suspicion upon herself.

I find this novel very refreshing, in that unlike most I’ve read so far, there are no cheats and MC isn’t ridiculously OP. She’s lovable but… there are just some areas that I disagree/disapprove of her, such as her treatment on one of her ‘friends.’ Other than that though, plot is interesting and pretty light. There’s the possibility of romance BUT frankly speaking, I really really realllllllyyyyy hate to heaven and back who I think is the ‘main’ male protag. He’s a scumbag. Period. A 0.1% Jun Qian Che of Beloved Empress, if you will.. in that I really hate how they treat their ‘wife.’ Yeah, yeah, Prince Roy treats his main wife with care. BUT! FEMALE PROTAG IS ALSO HIS WIFE, albeit the second. Grr..

If there really is romance someday, I really reallly reaaaalllly wish NOT with Prince Roy. It needs some reasonably good major twist for me to like Prince Roy. I want that guy to suffer first, maybe write a thousand apologies and bang his head on a wall a hundred times after realising who ‘Heath’ really is. Besides, main wife, i.e. MC’s sister, is already loved by the entire kingdom and is really loveable too soo… really, castle life does not suit our main fem MC. I hope she’ll break free from her castle life (i.e. her title as ‘Second Queen’).

If just to talk about male candidates, alsoo, there are lots to choose from. I particularly like Kain. His character is just soo cute, and funny! lol Crow can be one too. He’s a playboy, yeah, but his heart’s on the right place. At first, I was really betting on Doug at first but… err, given this strange relationship he has with fem MC, it’s weird. I don’t like it.

Overall, it’s a very interesting read, and definitely worth your time.

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It Seems I Got Reincarnated Into the World of a Yandere Otoge

by Hanaki Momiji

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Completed, Not Fully Translated, Romance, Smart Female Lead, Focused on Female Lead, Psychological, Magic

Read English translation here.


Lycoris, as a precocious child, suffers from a strange sense of deja vu. On the day her father told her about her fiancé, she realizes that said fiancé was actually a character from an otome game she once played in her previous life.

“I got the heroine’s rival position? The type of girl that often gets stabbed to death in a bad ending? No way”

This protagonist endeavors to avoid the yanderes all around.

Some Thoughts…

At first, I passed this off as just comedy. But then, as I read on, I was painfully reminded how disturbing yanderes could be, that even just one yandere character (even with him/her not being the main) in the story, that story could suddenly turn psychological/mature.

Don’t be tooo afraid of reading this though. If you’ve watched thriller animes/movies like Mirai Nikki, or Game of Thrones (or How to Get Away with Murder/CSI), this doesn’t even measure up to any one of them. Actually, in fact, there’s only one scene in here which I find disturbing. Overall, this story is interesting and still definitely worth the read.

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It’s Because You Said There Would Be Candy!

by 結木さんと

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Oneshot, Comedy, Adventure

Read English translation here.


A messenger of heaven appeared among the chaotic crowds

Carrying in hand a sacred treasure, and the flames of hope

Alongside those that sought out their destines

To seal the root of evil, the lord of demons

They brought along the light of hope to illuminate the dark night

… They were the ‘heroes’

The warriors of salvation chosen by god

I find it really funny! It’s a one shot that you just have to read. I wished there was more.

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Just Blame Me For Being Blind in the Beginning

by Ban Li Zi

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Romance, Celebrities, Beautiful Couple, Rich Male Lead, Comedy, Smut, Complete

Read English translation here.


Hot and glamorous ’18th tier’ actress, Pei Ying, is actually a conservative woman who hasn’t even given away her first kiss yet. Rich heir, Song Nanchuan, appears elegant and disciplined, but is the kind who just takes kisses without a word!

Some Thoughts…

This one is really funny! HAHAHAHA ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) The characters, especially the Female Lead, is cute! I don’t know what else to say. Just read it. It’ll make you feel light and better by the end, if not bitter from all the fluff.

“If you’re not afraid of educated ruffians, you have to worry about perverts with patience.” HAHAHAHAHA

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Kenkyo Kenjitsu

by Hiyoko no Keeki

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Not Fully Translated, Romance, Slice of Life, Smart Female Lead, Reincarnation, Focused on Female Lead

Read English translation here.
Read my thoughts here.


It was something that happened while I was waiting for the day of the primary school entrance exam. I realised that I had become one of the characters of a shoujo manga that I loved reading in my old life, 『you are my dolce』.

The role I was assigned was a character who bullied the commoner protagonist and tried to get in the way of her love with a rich boy nicknamed Emperor; a typical villainess ojousama, Kisshouin Reika.

At the end of the story, Reika suffered the Emperor’s retribution and even her family fell into ruin. With the villain gone, the protagonist and the Emperor overcame their trials and became a couple. And they lived happily ever after.

Wait, that’s terrible for meee! The manga ended with just that, but I have to continue living my life after my family is ruined!

I’m fine with the protagonist having fun with her romance or love or whatever. I’ll erase my presence so that I don’t anger the Emperor.

Eh-? The story isn’t progressing well because there’s no villain, you say? But I’m busy saving up money and studying so that I can live well after the collapse.

I want to avoid getting involved with the Emperor as much as possible so that I don’t end up ruined. If you two are a destined couple, then please just get together even without facing those trials.

In my previous life, I was a complete commoner. Right now I’m an ojousama from a rich family. I can’t forget the taste of junk food, so I’ll sneakily slip out of my house to buy potato chips.

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Lightning Empress Maid

by Nacoharu

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Comedy, Action, Fantasy, Gods, Strong Female Protagonist, Romance, Ongoing

Read English translation here.


One day, Lighting Empress Nanaki, one of the Five Emperors, the transcended beings hailed as the strongest five people on the Flygel continent, received a prophecy. Due to that prophecy, Nanaki who has lost everything made the decision to leave the Frost Empire, retire from the Five Emperors who were her former comrades, and leave on a journey. After leaving the imperial capital, Nanaki’s journey ended unexpectedly quickly, and the job Nanaki found at the end of her journey—was to be a maid. The curtains have lifted on the legend of the former Five Emperors Strongest Maid.

Some Thoughts…

I really find this interesting. The world author created, for me, was beautiful. Idk I’ve always been a fan of magic after all, and the existence of gods, mythological or not. Moreover, our heroine in this story is, might I say, unique. Some of her views might be weird for some, but convincing in a way. And some of her POVs were downright comedic too! Reaally, this novel is more than worth a try.

The romance aspect doesn’t really come until later. So, the beginning parts are more of slice of life…? Her dealing with prophecies, action and stuffs. As I said, it’s really interesting. I hope author-san can sustain this kinda thrill.

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Log Horizon

by Mamare Touno

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Trapped In-Game, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Harem, Smart Male Lead

Like NGNL, I still haven’t read the novel version of this. And, like NGNL, I’m still putting it here ’cause I’m expecting it’s going to be good anyway. lol

Some of my thoughts here.


By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers, thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars.

In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki decide to team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.

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Make my Abilities Average

by Akata Ijju

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Reincarnation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, “Average” Female Lead

Read English translation here (Ch. 1-4) and here.


When Viscount Ascham’s House’s eldest daughter, Adele von Ascham, became 10 years old, she remembered everything with an intense headache.

Her previous self, Kurihara Misato, 18 years old Japanese, lost her life when trying to help a young girl, and then she met God…

A somewhat capable person burdened by the many expectations of the surrounding people, Misato, who couldn’t live as she wanted, pleaded to God.

“In the next life, please make my abilities average!”

Yet, somehow the story is wrong!

The girl with 3 names, being careful to not accidentally become an S-rank hunter, lives normally.

I mean, I’m just an average, common girl. No, seriously.

Some Thoughts…

This one is really hilarious! Well, God did indeed made her average — but average between the SSS extraordinary being, i.e. God himself, and a 0th talent person. Simply put, she’s still way beyond ‘average.’ And her trying to live an average life, which she clearly isn’t, is damn funny. Idk just reaaad ittt~!!!

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Mulberry Song

by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Romance, Supernatural, Historical, Tragedy, Complete, Short Story

Read English translation here.


One leap from the city tower thus fulfills the Marquis of Chang Ye’s triumph in conquering the world, establishing a new era. Yet she only turns into a wisp of a lone soul, accompanying him day and night.

Some Thoughts…

I really find this one unique and moving. Unlike most historical novels, this story is about the Empress sacrificing her life for a better tomorrow, for their kingdom and her husband. However! This one narrates the ‘after she died’ part, and shows that all her sacrifices weren’t in vain, for you can see how much she was dearly loved and appreciated by her husband, the new Emperor. The story was really poignant and sweet. It’s perfect.

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No Game, No Life

by Yū Kamiya

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Smart Male Lead, Smart Female Lead, Harem, Ecchi, Transported to New World, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

I really haven’t read the novel of this, and I know this is a novel list post but! I have hopes the LN is still good anyway, so I’m posting this one right here. lol

Some of my thoughts here.


Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts –- even those involving national borders -– are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot.

But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviours of mankind? Let the games begin…

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Our Second Master

by Twentine

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed, Short Story, Romance, Regrets, Angsty, Second Chances, Strong/Capable Male Lead, Devoted Female Lead, Disabilities

Read English translation here.


What would you say is the most valuable thing in this world?

A mountain of gold and silver? Wrong.

Then what is it? The return of the prodigal son.

Some Thoughts…

This one was really angsty, poignant, simply… simply beautiful. It teaches you a lot of things, a lot of values. As someone who detests developments/characters like these, i.e. second chances under these circumstances (even more specifically, second chances for MLs who are no more than worthless trash), with Our Second Master, however, it’s different. I can’t help but admire his strength of character. His development and maturity is really worthy of praise. You can see how he clearly regrets everything that he did in the past, and how he strived to atone for his sins later on.

It was sweet, and I cried a couple of times.

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by Kugane Maruyama

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Trapped In-Game, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Demons, Strong Male Lead, Strong Characters, Focused on Male Lead

Some of my thoughts here.


The story begins with the last day of Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is being quietly shut down. Our protagonist Momonga decides to stay in his beloved game until the last moment, so waits for the forced logout. Unexpectedly, the server does not shut down and Momonga is stuck in a skeleton avatar in another world. “The powerful Overlord” needs now to discover the new world and face the continuous challenges that arise.

Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary man decides to take over the new world the game has become.

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Poison Genius Consort

by Jie Mo

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed (1,370 chapters), Ongoing Translation, Reincarnation, Smart Female Lead, Strong Male Lead, Slow Romance / Development, Political Intrigue, Arranged Marriaged

Read English translation here.
Read my full thoughts thoughts here.


Easily cowed and bullied, she was the useless, ugly woman with no talent in medical skills. Supported by millions, he was Tianning’s most respected duke with the power to move all under Heaven. On their wedding day the bridal sedan was carried to the front doors, but the Duke of Qin’s gates were shut tight.

They told her, ‘Come back tomorrow.’

All alone, she walked step-by-step full of pride through the duke’s doors. Little could they imagine, this unattractive good-for-nothing was a beautiful, genius doctor of poisons!

After transmigrating to the past, poisons expert Han Yunxi finds herself on the verge of being married off to the country’s second most powerful man, the Duke of Qin. Her future life seems set–except her husband is an unfeeling ice block, her in-laws think she’s a eyesore, the empress dowager wants to use her for her own goals, and poison-related plots abound.

Alone, the intelligent (and sensible) Yunxi must carve her own space from the intricate web of court intrigue and the jianghu, relying on her words, wits, and wisdom to survive. Adapt when necessary, use force when required; to survive and thrive is the name of the game to a prosperous life.

No matter what, she’ll prove her right to live!

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Rebirth of an Abandoned Woman

by 依依兰兮

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Romance, Rebirth, Historical, Second Chances, Completed, Ongoing Translations

Read English translation here.


An engagement paper to lock one’s destiny. With her family facing financial difficulties, she marries into the family of the richest man in Qingzhou as his wife. Her Mother-In-Law’s doubtfulness; her husband’s childhood sweetheart; her mean elder sister-in-law; her narrow-minded younger sister-in-law… Being inferior, Sang Wan withdraws without a choice. As time passed, she ended up being lonely and died tragically.

Reborn on a sedan chair, how shall she proceed? Standing right at the cause of the tragedy when everything restarts, can she change her fate and find her beautiful melody?

Some Thoughts and Spoilers…

This is really one of my most ideal Rebirth story, the other being Rebirth of Malicious Empress. If you want something with revenge, I say you go ahead with the other one. If you just want something that’s pure fluff, cute, and a nice, no-revenge, development, then I strongly suggest this!

Here we have a docile protagonist, but no way gullible! She already had enough of being tricked and used in her past life. However, unlike most rebirthed/reincarnated heroines, she does not engaged in revenge. All she wanted was to live peacefully. That said, to her husband who she knew had someone else he loved, she proposed that they divorce!

Now, this is where it gets interesting. It’s ’cause, unlike in the past life, her husband came to love her in this life instead. And is, in fact, the ML of this novel. Quite interesting, huh? You rarely see, if NONE at all even, where the “douchebag” that caused the FL to die in the past life is the ML.

Then again, hold your horses. Before you jump to the wrong thoughts, I feel like ML was perfectly justified in the past life. Let’s just say the only thing I can prolly berate him for is his utter lack of taste. His “childhood sweetheart”. Pwe. Suffice to say, poor ML and FL are really just both victims in their past life. I’ll try to make a separate and more concrete review on this later. For now, really, it’s very much worth a read. Don’t be discouraged by the summary. Just give this one a try.

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Reincarnated as a Love Interest in an Otome Game

by Minami

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Mixed Status, Romance, Reincarnation, Smart Male Lead, Focused on Male Lead, R-15

By mixed status, I meant WN is complete but author decided to continue it (afaik) as LN. Translation of WN volumes is complete.

Read English translation here.


I was reincarnated into a horrifying world. That is…The world of the otome game “I’ll Risk Everything for You”.

In that world I was reincarnated as the hidden love interest character, and decided to never involve myself with the Heroine. My head gets all screwed up whenever I’m around them.

This is a love story of the main character who reincarnated into a love interest and the young woman who served as the villain.

Some Thoughts…

This is one of the comedic, fluff web novels I read… but somewhere in the middle just makes you WTF before going back to its usual fluff. There are a lot of stuff going on here, esp. at near-end, that I’m not sure whether to label it as psychological or not. Perhaps if your  really new to some shocking elements (i.e. you haven’t read depressing stories like Wuthering Heights or watched Mirai Nikki, and is closed to the idea of BL hints), there is one scene here that’s a bit disturbing. Actually, even if it’s not BL, it’s still disturbing.

Anywaaaay, I still love this novel though and I’m sure is still worth the read. If it weren’t, I wouldn’t have placed it here on this list.

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Sansheng, Wangchuan Wu Shang

by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Immortals, Reincarnation, Strong and Devoted Leads, Complete

Read English translation here.


This is a story that follows the courtship between a stone from Hell and a god from Heaven that begins in the underworld, spans for three lifetimes in the mortal realm, and ends.

Some Thoughts…

I have one word for this story: Beautiful. Really beautiful. Plus, the translators were also topnotch. Really worth the read.

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Seijo-sama ni Nante, Watashimasen!

by Sakura Bushi

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Transmigrated Female Lead, Dense Female Lead, Romance, One Shot

Read English translation here.


A married woman who is the middle of a otome game. Except her husband could be stolen by a Saint who comes out. This woman refuses to let this happen and fights to win her husband´s love. But is it really necessary?

Some Thoughts…

It was really cute, and slightly comedic. Even though you I wish there could be something more, the ending and development was still satisfying enough so I have no major complaints. Really a good read on a quick break.

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Stellar Transformation

by Wo Chi Xi Hong Shi

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Completed (with 680 chapters), Action, Adventure, Martial Arts, Hardworking Male Lead, Strong Male Lead, Focused on Male Lead

Read English translation here.


In a galaxy far away, there is a kid without innate inability to practice internal techniques. So, in order to gain the respect of his father, he resolutely chooses to follow the more difficult and painful path of practicing external techniques. As the years go by, he grows up, but what really changes his life is a mysterious meteoric crystal stone — the Meteoric Tear. This stone fuses with the young man’s body unnoticed, and he seems to undergo drastic transformations as a result. After that, everything is changed. Eventually his father knows that the son for whom he hasn’t really shown a lot of consideration possesses astonishing abilities. And there’s a lot more to come.

Some Thoughts…

If you haven’t notice that this novel is written by the same author as Panlong’s, then now you have. What I loved about this is the male lead’s resolution to really better himself for his own sake; that even with the stone fusing, and him becoming OP, I feel like it’s his due anyway and really didn’t take it against him. I don’t remember much of the itsy-bitsy details, but I do know — and remembered — that this was a good novel, with the lead and development really worthy of praise.

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Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

by Fuse

TAGS: Originally Japanese, Ongoing, Reincarnation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Demon Slime, Strong Protagonist

Read English translation here.
Some of my thoughts here.


A man is stabbed by a robber on the run after pushing his coworker and his coworker’s new fiance out of the way. As he lays dying, bleeding on the ground, he hears a voice. This voice is strange and interprets his dying regret of being a virgin by giving him the [Great Sage] unique skill! Is he being made fun of !?!

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The Evil Prince and His Precious Wife: The Sly Lady

by Hua Jian Xue

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Ongoing (original novel at 899 and translations at 68),  Romance, Smart Male and Female Lead, Focused on Female Lead, Martial Arts, Action

Read English translation here.


A story of time-travel. Sly and cunning, she unexpectedly became a sickly noble lady whose fiancé is mercenary and demotes her to a lowly concubine. She sneers and bravely breaks off the engagement. To hell with scumbags, marry heirs : to lords, blind the courts with her brilliance.

But, my Lord, we agreed that we are only partnering to scheme against other, when did you treat acting as real? Hey, hey, don’t touch me.

The Lord smiled slyly, “Your hands are too cold, let me help you warm them… Your feet are cold too, let me help you warm them.”

Murong Xue indignantly said, “Why don’t you just say that my whole body is cold and you need to warm it all up.”

The Lord nodded, “Good idea!”

Murong Xue – speechless. Hey hey hey, where, where are you putting your hands?

Some Thoughts…

First few parts are a bit annoying… the fiancé pisses me off so much! Then again, hmm… somehow, later on, the plot with him turned rather amusing. I hope he doesn’t become too antagonistic / the unlikeable antagonist though.

Alsoo, yes, female lead is strong and smart; however, her strength isn’t the physical strength. Unlike some reincarnated works that, more often than not, automatically makes heroine so OP, author placed some kinda handicap here (i.e. female MC still has a weak constitution). While some of you may think of this as a disadvantaged character, and hence a disadvantage to the story overall, I beg to differ. It actually makes the story interesting. Deep inside, I hope it stays more or less this way and author, unlike most authors, doesn’t make her protags too idealistically OP.

Overall, this novel is worth a read! Though… I still have yet to read the quirkiness of both protags as promised on its summary. So far, I guess since the translation is still far off, there isn’t much witty bantering between the too. Hopefully… soon.

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The Probability I Can Kill My Wife Without Being Found Out

by Hiroro

TAGS: Originally Japanese, One Shot, Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life

Read English translation here.


“I may kill you and take all the money you’re to inherit for myself. Even so, are you alright with me?”

When we were done with the marriage, those words I nonchalantly tossed at her. For a moment, she made a face of surprise, before smiling as she assented.

“That’s fine. It’s only a matter if I can get you to fall before that, right?”

Her challenging words somehow made her out as a gallant warrior, making me open my eyes wide for a second. And within the day, I had inputted, ‘the probability I can kill my wife without being found out,’ into my glasses. After entering that simple question, the wearable terminal took in various affairs, computed to a precise value of them, and output a probability.

‘The Probability I Can Kill My Wife Without Being Found Out’

It’s too damn sweet that you just HAVE to read it. It also contains a companion work, A Game to Make Him Fall, which you can read here. Note however that you must READ THIS FIRST before the companion work.

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The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage

by Qian Shan Cha Ke

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Rebirth, Revenge, Historical, Slow Romance, Smart Female Lead, Strong Male Lead, Completed (231 Chapters + Side Stories), Ongoing Translations

Read English translation here.


The Di daughter of military lineage – pure, amiable, quiet and yielding – foolishly in love with Prince Ding, threw herself into the role of a wife.

After assisting him for six years, she finally became the mother to the world (empress), and he the emperor.

She accompanied him to fight for the country, to flourish the country’s territory, and even took risk to be a hostage in a foreign country. Yet, after returning five years later, there was no place to fit in the Inner Palace.

The beauty in his arms smiled brightly, “Older sister, the country is stabilized and you should retire.”

Her daughter had met with a violent death and the Crown Prince, her son, was disposed. Not one of the Shen family members – who had sacrificed themselves for the country – were lucky enough to escape. In one dynasty, everything was overturned: her clan had perished and she needed to mourn for her children!

Shen Miao never did thought that as a married couple who went through trials and tribulations and mutually assisted one another was just a stage joke to him!

He said, “Seeing that you have followed Zhen for twenty years, Zhen will grant you with an intact corpse. You should be grateful this great act of kindness.”

Under the three Chi of white silk, Shen Miao made a malicious vow: In the time to come, she will take part in each and everyone’s end!

Upon rebirth, she returned to the time when she was fourteen, where the tragedy had yet to occur: her family were still alive and she was still the pure, amiable, quiet and yielding Di daughter of military lineage.

Her relatives had all been hiding their black hearts. Her female cousins are ruthless and malicious, her new Yiniang is like a tiger watching its prey, and the disreputable man is wanting to repeat of events.

Her family must be protected, the huge enmity must be avenged, the Imperial seat of the country must also be part of the trophy. In this lifetime, let’s see who can beat the others!

But that little marquis from the Xie family, the arrogant and obstinate spear carrying youth, stood biasedly at her side and proudly said, “It is only the measly fall of the Imperial power. Remember this, the world belongs to you. You– Belong to me!”

Some Thoughts…

The brutality of this story is just right for me, not too dramatic/angsty like Princess WeiYang, and not too mild, borderline weak, like Mei Gongqing. So far, it’s oddly satisfying and showed lots of promise. Definitely worth a read.

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To Be A Virtuous Wife

by Yue Xia Die Ying

TAGS: Originally Chinese, Transmigrated Female Lead, Palace Intrigue, Smart Female and Male Lead, Suggestive Scenes, Romance, Complete

Read English translation here.


As a virtuous wife, does it include tolerating his cousin, enduring his concubines, bearing his mother?

If you will not let me live freely, why would I let you live in satisfaction?

Did fate let women time-travel so she could learn the three morals and four virtues?

Rather than act like a coward and live, it would be better to live in satisfaction and die.

Some Thoughts…

Do not be put off by the summary just yet, because this novel is clearly different than that! The characters are of good temperament, the female lead particularly reminding me of Eight Treasures Trousseau XD, and the story development was really good. This is a romance novel but I really like it how, rather than words, most of the emotions and feelings of the characters are expressed by their actions instead. The story is charming and sweet, definitely a feel-good novel to pass the time, and the ending was very satisfactory too, if not great!

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