Novel Reviews

Reviews of danmei novels that left an impression on me

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Mermaid Effect

The novel would forcibly configure stomach-churning images in my mind. With vivid descriptions of violence and claustrophobic portrayals of the characters’ struggles, one should have high tolerance for disturbing content in order to fully enjoy this amazing thriller.

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Mr. Rong’s Lovelorn Diary

It has quite a refreshing take on the Omegaverse trope. The first few chapters are really misleading, so don’t let it deter you. Rong Yi may easily get lovestruck, but he is by no means brainless. On the other hand, Chen Keyao is also not the picture-perfect alpha he seems to be.

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Little Mushroom

In Little Mushroom, everything is so bleak. It has an aura that seems to weigh down on you, cornering you into a small space where all is dark and quiet, and the only thing you could hear is your heartbeat hammering wildly in your chest. It’s that suffocating.

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Everyday Life of a Dom Boyfriend

What I love most about this story is that the angst never intensifies for angst’s sake. Just when the story makes you feel like you’re on the edge of a cliff, on the verge of falling, the author pulls you back and throws you into a pile of flowers. Your heart that was rising to your throat would fall back in place, and everything would feel right in the world.

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If You Don’t Fall in Love, You’ll Die

If You Don’t Fall in Love, You’ll Die is a very fun and light-hearted romance story about Ye Chen falling in love with Ren Jing as he carries out the shameless tasks issued by the Death System. There was never one chapter that I wasn’t laughing at Ye Chen’s stupid antics and excuses whenever he does a task.

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Reborn as a System

RAAS is different. ML world-hops with MC and retains his memory from the previous world when he crosses over.

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You’ve Got Mail: A Cautionary Tale

What I like most about this novel is that, despite it being light-hearted, it doesn’t lack on plot, depth, and angst. There’s papapa, yes, and lots of it too, but it’s not all about it. We get to see the main couple slowly seeing each other in a different light, struggling with their feelings, before finally allowing themselves to love and be loved.

Death Progress Bar

Death Progress Bar is probably the most well-balanced danmei novel I’ve ever read. The pacing is neither too slow nor too fast. The plot seems simple but turns out to be more complex as you read on. There’s also the right amount of tension and action to keep you at the edge of your seats.

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