More quick cnovel reviews! I tried to mix it up with my selection this time, so you’ll find novels from very different genres. Hopefully you’ll find something that interests you!
As mentioned, I make it a point to finish once I start reading so if the English translations aren’t complete, I read the original Mandarin Chinese version.
鬼知道我经历了什么 (Ghosts Know What I Experienced)
Written by: 莫晨歡 (Mo Chen Huan)
Length: 72 Chapters + 8 Extras
Translations: Spicy Chicken Translations
Ever since he was little, Xi Jia’s yin energy was strong, and every day he saw ghosts and ran into ghosts. One day, he accidentally broke the protection amulet. Celestial Master Ye Jingzhi happened to pass by and helped. Are ghost catching Celestial Masters all legit masters? WeChat official accounts, Taobao online shops, looking at gossip tabloids every day. Since then, Xi Jia has refreshed the lower limit again and again, and met a group of completely unreliable Celestial Masters. Binding spirits, doppelgängers, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, the ghost market of Poyang… The door to a new world is slowly opening.
Set in an urban city with supernatural elements, this is a love story between Xi Jia, who has a body of extreme yin, and Celestial Master Ye Jingzhi, nicknamed the King of Hell. The seemingly weak Xi Jia, in actuality, can rip apart ghosts with bare hands; the seemingly cold Ye Jingzhi, in actuality, is shy and gentle. A marriage contract binds the fate of two people together. See how the two people overturn the heavens in the gossipy and wacky metaphysical world. (Novel Updates)
I loved this, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t usually read horror or supernatural genres. To be honest, this is not that scary. Yes, the couple will encounter supernatural cases and solve them. But iirc most of the time, it’s the actions of the humans involved that are way more terrible, which is also an interesting statement in its own way. I also remember that the supernatural cases are pretty varied, and the First Qin Emperor one was really amusing.
Which leads me to my next point. I found myself laughing a lot. I know, surprising for a novel of this genre. But as mentioned in the synopsis, the MC gets culture shock from the ways of the Celestial Masters in this modern world. The Celestial Masters’ (including the older generation) heavy reliance on smartphones, as well as the gossip tabloids, really cracked me up.
Lastly, the main couple. Both the MC and ML are great. It was nice to see how atypical this power couple is from you’d usually see in most novels. The MC is unexpectedly strong, but he doesn’t flaunt it or act like a smug guy. He’s just trying to live a normal life without implicating anyone else. The ML is also strong. But unlike everyone’s impression of him as a stoic guy, he’s actually super shy, awkward and innocent. How rare it is to find a ML like that. Even though ML and everyone else sees them as a betrothed couple, MC doesn’t know till much, much later. So MC’s feelings for ML is able to take its own course, without this preconception.
爱你怎么说 (How To Say I Love You)
There are some people you hate at first but end up liking more and more the more you interact with them.
There are some people you love at first, but the more you come to understand that person, the more helpless you feel. (Novel Updates)
From the author of Face of the Devil. This revolves around the entertainment industry, in which both MC and ML are actors. The synopsis doesn’t really explain much so let me put things simply: MC is a hugely misunderstood character. Even though everyone reckons that he’s a petty and rude guy, he’s actually a pure guy who is true to his feelings. ML also had the wrong impression of him, till through some weird incident, he gets the ability to hear everyone’s thoughts. This never gets explained, but let’s just accept it and move on to enjoy the rest of the story. Due to this, ML realises how adorable MC really is and starts to fall for him.
I must add that ML has a boyfriend at the start of the novel. However, after being able to hear everyone’s thoughts, his impression of his boyfriend also starts to change. Rest assured, the author doesn’t describe intimate scenes between these two, and there is no two-timing. Once the MC and ML truly get together, you can get to enjoy all the fluff you want.
Since this is about the entertainment industry, we get to read about different drama scripts, TV shows. There’s also back-stabbing, online drama and so on. But they get taken care of rather quickly, and I only recalled being a bit frustrated once. Lastly, MC’s mother and brother are one of the best family characters you can ever ask for. It was nice to read a novel where the MC is close to his family members, even though it’s not the whole family.
何为贤妻 (To Be A Virtuous Wife)
Written by: 月下蝶影 (Yue Xia Die Ying / Butterfly’s Shadow Beneath the Moon)
Length: 123 Chapters
Translations: Dreams of Jianghu
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. (Novel Updates)
Again, I think I need to elaborate on the story as the synopsis doesn’t give enough information. Our MC is a modern girl but finds herself transmigrated into the historical setting. She adopts a street-smart attitude, who is also extremely realistic and places priority on living it easy. It was great to read about such a character, and how she adopted to her new surroundings.
As for the ML, he had neglected his wife (the character in which MC wakes up in) but he soon discovers MC’s charms and falls really hard for her. Like, really hard. It was interesting because it got to the point where he was even insecure about her feelings for him. If you are worried about his concubines, don’t worry. ML becomes absolutely devoted to MC, so you won’t be reading about him having multiple romances.
As you’d expect from a novel with this genre, there’s royal drama. But honestly, it’s really smooth-sailing on the whole. You can just sit back and enjoy the romance.
One thing I must highlight about the English translations, is that a lot of terms are left in pin yin with a glossary explaining them. To be honest, it took me a long time to get used to it, and I thought that some terms could have been translated into English (eg. eunuch). I think it will help if you have watched historical Chinese dramas before, and hence are familiar with the terms.
他来了, 请闭眼 (When He Comes, Close Your Eyes)
Written by: 丁墨 (Ding Mo)
Length: 84 Chapters + Extras
What if you have a smart, playful and faithful boyfriend?
When dating, he said: “I have no interest in these sort of things. But if you kiss me every ten minutes, I am willing to do any sort of silly things with you.
When jealous, he said: “Compared to me, this man had stupid written all over him. The only good point he has is that he knows you are a good woman too.
When making love, he said: “Although I have no experience, my intelligence and ability to learn far surpass normal people. Just to add, I am very observant as well.
When proposing, he said: “I have no words to express myself. But if I have to sum everything up – I love you with all of my wisdom and life.
I took him from a lonely world, back to the warmth of the bustling city.
While he drags me from a quiet and ordinary life to a exciting and unpredictable life. (Novel Updates)
Don’t be deceived by the synopsis! This author is well-known for writing about crime drama, and this one is no different. The ML is a professor with high IQ and low EQ, who assists in solving crime cases with his inputs on profiling criminals. The MC is a regular girl who was just helping to translate documents for him, but happens to also be highly observant and ML ends up roping her in to assist him. MC really grows as the story progresses. It was nice to see how they came to fall for each other, because they did not get along at the start. Due to the ML’s low EQ, it also made him different from the usual MLs who are really smooth when making advances on their girl and sweeping her off her feet. This was certainly not the case.
The crime cases were very interesting to read about, especially because of ML’s profession, we get to see how the cases get solved from a psychological perspective. The final case was really suspenseful, and I was so engrossed as I read how the couple outwitted the criminal. Their trust in each other also shone brightly there.
This novel has a sequel, but I have yet to read that. In any case, at least I can highly recommend this first novel.
你们男生打游戏好厉害哦~ (You Boys Play Games Very Well)
Written by: 易修罗 (Yi Xiu Luo)
Length: 83 Chapters
Translations: Tailor’s MTL
When he defeats them, he leaves hospice care: A father’s love is like a mountain! Are your shoulders heavy?
When he is defeated, he leaves backhanded compliments: You boys play games very well~
Ling Meng is a high-ranked casual gamer playing “The Legend of the Galaxy”. Infamous for his poison tongue, he’s known in the forums as Lemon Dad and he carefully cultivates a following of black powder fans over time. The trajectory of his fate completely changes the day he plays a match against the popular god-tier live stream anchor, Mangosteen. A meme created out of his dying words makes him a countrywide laughingstock and he begins to stalk Mangosteen to determine his rival’s weaknesses…to beat him in a match for revenge!
They fight with each other, stream with each other, and even exchange a naked photo with each other.
This is the love story of a lemon and a mangosteen. (Novel Updates)
This is a really adorable and fluffy novel. Despite the MC sounding like a douchebag in the synopsis, he is actually really, really cute. ML also discovers this, and hence begins his pursuit of the MC. This was such a sweet, toothache-inducing read, and there’s hardly any drama to spoil the romance. The side characters are really entertaining too, and I had some good laughs. By the way, all the characters’ names have words related to fruits, hence the fruit nicknames.
Additionally, there’s quite a few online gaming references. If you play St*rcr*ft or are familiar with it, I think you would have little problems understanding how the game is played. (My guess is that this is the game they’re playing in the novel.) As for the internet jargon terms, if you’ve read other similar novels, you should be okay too. If not, then I guess this is also a good novel to start learning about them haha.