Category: Novel Reviews

Reviews of danmei novels that left an impression on me

Mermaid Effect

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Chinese Title人鱼效应
GenreAdult, Mature, Romance, Sci-fi, Supernatural Yaoi
Chapters readAll
My Rating4.8 / 5


Mermaid Effect follows the story of Rand Sievers, an ordinary person unknowingly surrounded by psychopaths. Rand was once kidnapped as a child, and when his brother finally found him years later, he no longer remembered anything.

Then one day, Rand picked up a stranded “fish” from the beach, kept it as a pet, and gave it the name “Munster.” Little did he know that he was actually raising a biological weapon… a real monster.


Mr. Rong’s Lovelorn Diary

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Chinese Title戎先生的失恋日记
GenreComedy, Romance, Yaoi
Chapters read at the time of this reviewCompleted
My Rating4.5 / 5


Rong Yi, an omega who doesn’t look at all like the typical cute and fragile omega, had been dumped so many times when the alphas find out he was actually an omega. They all kept mistaking him for an alpha and would treat him more like a bro than a love interest.

Until one day, after being dumped once again, he found an alpha actively pursuing him! This alpha was handsome, taller than him, had a good figure, and was so in line with Rong Yi’s taste that it was hard to believe that this guy would like him. Not long after, they started dating. Everything was going so smoothly, it felt like a dream.



Little Mushroom

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Title in Chinese小蘑菇
GenreAction, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Shounen Ai
Chapters read All
My Rating5/5


The story follows An Zhe, a sentient mushroom, after he takes over the dead body of the human An Ze. Assuming An Ze’s identity, he enters the northern human base. Now all people entering the base first have to undergo a screening that determines whether or not they have been infected by the mutated creatures outside. If found to be infected, the person will be eliminated on the spot.

An Zhe isn’t human, but he isn’t infected by a creature either. The judge Lu Feng can’t determine his case, but he highly doubts that the man is human. Hence, even after An Zhe is granted entry, he still keeps a close eye on him.


Everyday Life of a Dom Boyfriend

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Title in Chinese S男友的日常
AuthorWarm Ash (暖灰)
GenreComedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Yaoi
Chapters read at the time of this review100+++ / 214 chapters
My Rating5 / 5


The everyday adventures of Xia Zhi and his boyfriend Ye Qia, who works as a professional dom.


If You Don’t Fall in Love, You’ll Die

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Title in Chinese不谈恋爱就去死
AuthorLóng Qī (龙柒)
GenreComedy, Fantasy, Romance, Yaoi
Chapters read at the time of this review81 / 105
My Rating3.5 / 5


Among the many people in the entertainment circle, the one person Ye Chen can’t stand is the hypocrite, Ren Jing. Ren Jing seems kind and amiable, but Ye Chen couldn’t listen to half a sentence he says.

Then one night, Ye Chen gets drunk. When he wakes up, he finds himself lying right next to a naked Ren Jing, the Film Emperor himself!

Ye Chen: Son of a b*tch!

Ye Chen runs away, and in his panic, he got into an accident and dies. Time, however, rewinds and brings him back right before his death.

He thought everyone knew about this matter, but then he heard a voice inside his head:

“Daily Task: Kiss Ren Jing and you will be rewarded with 1 survival point after completion.”

“Friendly Reminder: Your life will be taken back if your survival point is less than 1.”

Ye Chen: !!!


Reborn as a System

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Title in Chinese重生成系统
AuthorLóng Qī (龙柒)
Genre:Action, Mature, Romance, Shounen Ai, Xianxia, Yaoi
Chapters read at the time of this review89 / 100
My Rating3 / 5


When Shi Qing died, he got reborn as a System. He had read some transmigration stories before where the protagonists would have the System as their golden finger; he never expected to end up becoming one of these so-called golden fingers!

As a new System, he has to find a host to bind to; otherwise, spend the next hundred years all alone in his System space. But the only person who is qualified to bind to the System turned out to be a psychopath!

What to do! He can tolerate working with a psychopath, but crossing through different worlds with him, can he endure?


You’ve Got Mail: A Cautionary Tale

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Title in Chinese飞鸽交友须谨慎
AuthorHēi Dànbái (黑蛋白)
GenreComedy, Historical, Mature, Romance, and Yaoi
Chapters read at the time of this review97 / 106
My Rating4 / 5


(taken from NovelUpdates)

The Peng Society for Gentlemen–a secret friend-making club for the homosexual men of the Great Xia Dynasty. Its services were designed to help its members along in their quest for their lifelong partners. Upon paying a monthly fee of fifty coins, members could get themselves listed in The Pengornisseur after providing a self-portrait, a mailing address, their age and hobbies, as well as a self-introduction. All members would receive a copy of the monthly publication, and they could communicate with one another in private using the information in The Pengornisseur.

Wu Xingzi, a bachelor about to turn forty, worked as the adviser to the magistrate in Qingcheng County.

Qingcheng County was a place with barely any resources. In other words, it was poor. In the list of counties of the Great Xia Dynasty, it had been ranked at the bottom for the past two hundred years.

Wu Xingzi felt that his life was hopeless: not only was he a homosexual, he was also a virgin. Even his retirement fund was lacking. Worse still, his looks were… forgettable.

He might as well die.

Hence, Wu Xingzi decided to commit suicide on his fortieth birthday. However, he was unwilling to remain a virgin to death! And so, gritting his teeth, he joined the Peng Society for Gentlemen and received The Pengornisseur. It was very painful; after all, fifty coins were the sum of his daily expenditure for ten days! He would only pay it once, and he was determined to succeed on his first try.


Death Progress Bar

Chinese Title死亡进度条
AuthorCan’t Play Chess (不会下棋)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Mystery, Shounen Ai, Slice of Life, Yaoi
Chapters Read at the Time of this Review65 / 167
My Rating4 / 5


After his death, Shi Jin transmigrates into a book as a different person who has the same name as him. The System, Xiao Si, tells him that he has a progress bar in his mind that will rise whenever his life is in danger. But aside from his progress bar, he also sees the progress bar of one other person. This person is Lian Jun, the leader of an underworld organization called Annihilation.

Xiao Si says that Shi Jin must not let his and Lian Jun’s progress bar reach the maximum, but avoiding danger is difficult when Shi Jin’s own brothers are out for his life. And somehow, he even ends up joining Annihilation as Lian Jun’s subordinate…