Back with more cnovel recommendations! 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.
他是我的不接受反驳 (He’s Mine, No Objections Allowed)
Written by: 酱子贝 (Jiang Zi Bei)
Length: 68 Chapters
Su Yi was the archetype nefarious second lead having played a- mistress, witch, villainess and whatnot. Little surprise that she’s undisputedly dubbed the nation’s “Ms. Malevolence” and earned her fair share of haters as she coasted through the entertainment industry.
Then she fell in love with a veteran who had NO.IMPERFECTIONS. AT. ALL! (Su Yi said in all seriousness). It was just that… he wasn’t quite pleased with her reputation.
Therefore Su Yi ran back to the company, crying. “I want to change my public image! I don’t want to be a villainess anymore! I want to play a white lotus flower, it’d be great if I could be the wife of a soldier who would sacrifice everything for love!”
This was one thing Su Yi was certain right from the start.
Chu Ying was hers, no objections allowed. (Novel Updates)
You may know recognise this author from these danmei titles: Guide on How to Fail at Online Dating, PUBG Online Romance of the Century etc. Yup, the same author wrote this one too. And this is equally free of drama and full of sweet moments! However, I must add that the synopsis is inaccurate for one part. The ML actually doesn’t mind her reputation, and so the MC didn’t want to change her public image. And that’s one of the charming points of this novel. The MC enjoys acting at what she does best, and the ML enjoys watching her do so.
Another fun point was to see MC take the initiative to chase after ML, and she succeeded. Also, tired of the internet and entertainment industry drama you usually see in these novels? No worries for this one. The couple keep doing their thing, and freely enjoy each other’s company. I read this when I was in much need of some sugar, and it gave me just that!
美人为馅 (Memory Lost)
Written by: 丁墨 (Ding Mo)
Length: 162 Chapters
Translations: Lil’ Bliss
In the presence of strangers, Han Chen was always handsome and cold, making it difficult for others to get close to him. He was like the frosted snow – pure, and slightly chilly. Yet, he was also like the river flowing in the dark night – quiet and moving. To many, he was akin to an unparalleled and untouchable god.
Only in the presence of Bai Jin Xi would this famous top police superintendent expose his deeply hidden shameless nature.
“Come and sit nearer to me, I won’t eat you. At least, not now.”
“I have never touched other women before. Do you want to check my body?”
“Bai Jin Xi, never ever leave my side. Every year, every month, every moment, every minute, every second.”
In her heart, there exists an obstinate old man – one who has tirelessly loved her throughout all these years. (Novel Updates)
Again, this synopsis is not the best lol. See that the author is Ding Mo, so it means that this novel about crime and mystery. I’ll try to summarise it better. Both the MC and ML has lost their memories. Though they both work in the police force, they are in different cities so they shouldn’t cross paths. However, ML is searching for someone and he travels to her city and gets entangled in one of her police raids by accident. From then on, they start to see each other more and uncover the mystery of their unknown past, from when they lost their memories.
This novel was written after When He Comes, Close Your Eyes and When A Snail Loves, and I find that it’s more complex yet it’s still well-constructed. The build-up of cases to the climax was very gripping, as was the revealing of the truth of their past. And I don’t think this is a spoiler: of course MC and ML knew each other before (duh, why else would they both have amnesia during the same period). Fortunately, the misunderstanding between them doesn’t get dragged out, and they have good chemistry. Another thing I enjoyed were the criminals, and the side characters. They were engaging and I could empathise with the main antagonist.
All in all, I’d definitely recommend this if you’re in the mood for some crime-solving.
新时代，新冥界 (New Times, New Hell)
Written by: 林知落 (Lin Zhi Luo)
Length: 134 Chapters + 10 Extras
Translations: Chrysanthemum Garden
Yu Zhengdu joined a small start-up company that claimed to offer “life management services”……as a programmer.
On his first day in office, he received a phone call from a stranger: “Hello, I received a text message from your company that informed me of my reincarnation tomorrow……”
Yu Zhengdu: “……??”
Shang Que, the beautiful little boss, said, “New employee, welcome to the Hell organisation in the human world. A thousand years ago, I was known to the human world as the Ghost King of Luofeng Mountain.”
Yu Zhengdu: “……??” From then on, he was incredibly distressed about the development of Hell. (Novel Updates)
(The novel’s previous title was 新时代，新地府.) Basically, how would Hell function in the modern world, and adapt modern technology in its operations? You get this novel, and this was such a good laugh!! I don’t really have anything much to add, because that was the selling point for me. The ghosts and spirits which appear were quite varied, and it was really amusing to see how they were handled with modern means. There is a climax of sorts at the end, the kind which threatens the world and such. But even then, I found myself laughing. Perhaps this type of humour is totally up my alley.
As for the couple, well, it takes a while for them to realise their feelings and be a couple. But even before that, I enjoyed their interactions. Still, romance does not take centre stage. You should pick this up for a good laugh, and see how tradition and modern innovation mix together~
夺梦 (Seizing Dreams)
Written by: 非天夜翔 (Fei Tian Ye Xiang)
Length: 165 Chapters
Within the dream of the dreamer, the one who was dreamed of awoke.
“I exist in the sunlight, the wind, between the heavens and the earth, and also in dreams.”
One night, Yu Hao, a college student who was at his wits’ end had an unexpected encounter with a mysterious visitor – “General” – who had dream travelled. He led Yu Hao in solving the countless riddles that abounded in the realm of the conscious, and lit up the fire beacons on the meandering Great Wall.
Thereafter, the darkness retreated, the sun rose, and when the long night was thoroughly lit up, the him who existed in reality was reborn.
The black dragon that roared, the lighthouse and demonic eye on the coastline, the rain forest before Chichén Itzá, the fierce beasts that wreaked havoc in the Colosseum…the bizarre projection of reality in one’s consciousness reflected the hidden place that the sunlight in reality couldn’t touch – the innumerable sins of the human heart.
The journey of seizing dreams continues, and one can only hope that the sun will continue illuminating the human heart.
Fire beacons on the Great Wall were lit up to signal a border invasion. (Novel Updates)
I really thought I reviewed this novel before. But apparently I did not lol. I feel that this is one of Feitian’s more well-known novels, but maybe not currently. So let me summarise. Our MC, Yu Hao, attempts to commit suicide but he has a dream about “General”. Thanks to it, he fights to live instead and in real life, he is saved by people who he will end up growing close to. From then on, he grows to be a stronger person who helps others too, whether in real life or in dreams. Who is ML? Actually you can easily guess when you read, but I’ll just say here that he is the “General”.
The most fascinating thing about this novel is the dreamscapes, and seeing how each character’s life experiences are represented in their dreams. The scenes are vividly-described, and often based on real structures be it the Great Wall, Chichén Itzá or Loulan ruins. Another enjoyable thing is the characters. Everyone is lively and fleshed out, and the problems and situations they face feel real. As for the romance, it takes a while for MC and ML to get together but once they do it’s great. Sometimes I wonder if it’s to do with Feitian’s style of writing (as I went on to read a few of his other novels after this), but I connected strongly with the characters even though I never personally experienced most of the stuff in the novel.
Anyway, this is one of my favourite novels. Do give it a try if dreamscapes sound attractive to you! (For those who already read this, you may want to check out 北城天街 (no English translation). It covers how Lin Ze and Situ Ye met, and is actually based on a real life story!)
王子病的春天 (The Spring Of Prince Syndrome)
Written by: 非天夜翔 (Fei Tian Ye Xiang)
Length: 60 Chapters + 6 Extras
If one day.
What used to move your heart could no longer touch you,
What used to enrage you could no longer anger you,
What used to sadden you could no longer bring you to tears,
You will know what these years, this life, has given you,
What you sacrificed, in order to grow
A small and fresh day-to-day account. Grassroots gong and chuunibyou shou.
*Prince syndrome (王子病) is the male counterpart to princess syndrome (公主病), which is often used to refer to children who are spoiled, narcissistic, and egocentric; “princess/prince”-like behaviour. (Novel Updates)
I thought that I might as well review another of Feitian’s novels. This is based on a real life story, though of course not 100% accurate and the ending is more ‘perfect’ in the novel. The MC lives with his father only, as his mother passed away some years ago. One day, his father takes in ML, who is MC’s distant cousin from the countryside, as his father passed away (who was direct cousins with MC’s mother). We follow MC’s perspective. He is spoiled and possessive, unable to accept another person taking his father’s attention. Meanwhile, ML has to adapt to his new surroundings, and treats MC like a younger brother. Eventually, MC opens up to ML and he matures. However, he also realises that his feelings for ML have crossed the boundaries.
It sounds very straightforward. But like I said earlier, I wonder if it’s to do with Feitian’s style of writing. I empathised strongly with MC, and the characters were flawed and real. A lot of real life events take place in the story too, rooting the character’s lives within its context (such as SARS, the economic bubble). However, this novel may not be for everyone as towards the end it deals with depression, and how people viewed homosexuality as an illness back then. Though the scenes were not described in long paragraphs, it got the point across and it was heart-breaking.
I don’t think this is a big spoiler, and it may be good to set up expectations if you do read this: Firstly, we see MC being very reliant on his father. Then a complication occurs to shake that up. Next, we see MC growing very reliant on ML instead. Then the next big complication occurs. Fortunately, we get a happy end in the novel so please do read the extras for it. Though this novel made me cry hard at one point, I have no regrets reading this. It felt realistic, well-written, and I feel heartened knowing that the real life pair are still together (albeit not as fairy-tale like).