Refreshing, amusing novel. Few to none misunderstandings. Talk about relationship goals! Plenty of endearing characters and giggle-inducing, heart fluRefreshing, amusing novel. Few to none misunderstandings. Talk about relationship goals! Plenty of endearing characters and giggle-inducing, heart fluttering moments. Recommended reading if one needs a pick me up. ...more
**spoiler alert** I'm actually torn between a 4.5 and 5.
4.5 because some of Fengjiu and Donghua's struggle were really similar to Bai Qian and Yehua'**spoiler alert** I'm actually torn between a 4.5 and 5.
4.5 because some of Fengjiu and Donghua's struggle were really similar to Bai Qian and Yehua's. For example: Miaoluo as to Qing Cang; Miaoyi Huiming Realm as to Bell of the East Emperor; Jiheng as to Su Jin. (Side note: I really hate the love triangle plot device the most especially when the other party harbors intense one-sided borderline obsessive love!) Drinking amnesia potion whether deliberately or not. And when regaining the memory, felt betrayed by whatever the other did which resulted to years of separation.
Now onto the reason why I want to really give it a perfect score.
I really love Bai Qian and Yehua but I hate to admit that DongFeng was a better couple than the former. The author equally tormented Donghua and Fengjiu whereas in TMPB/To the Sky Kingdom, the burden/punishment/suffering was mostly shouldered by Yehua (just because Yehua failed to protect BQ the first time, he had to suffer threefold lol). I appreciate the fact that at least in this book, Dongfeng couple tried to fight off the enemy together. Fengjiu was given a chance to save Donghua.
Also, because of this book, I came to understand and love Donghua. He was badly portrayed in the TMPB drama, imo. He really annoyed me in the drama but after reading this book... I found myself rooting for him. I got really amused by the fact that Donghua was easily pleased by the small things Fengjiu did for him.
I would've loved Donghua's shamelessness if he wasn't an immortal with a prestigious status. It would've given an against all odds vibe. I thought that Donghua would naturally be shameless because he was afterall the first heavenly Lord and holding that kind of title is similar to having unbridled discretion to just to do whatever one wants.
Donghua's love for Fengjiu is gradual which became undeniable and intense once he came to such a realization. It melts my heart. I am so moved, Donghua.
I particularly like the Aranya's Dream and Shadows of Soul arc. Especially the Maiden Festival story. Aranya and Chen Ye's was a tragically beautiful story only found in legends and mythologies.
Final verdict: Vol. 2 is definitely better than Vol. 1. Everything that is good, romantic, beautiful, heartwarming is found in this book (Vol. 2). But of course, you can't just skip the first volume. Hehe....more
**spoiler alert** I had trouble progressing with the first half of the book. At the onset, I was not that attached to the MC: Fengjiu and Donghua. In**spoiler alert** I had trouble progressing with the first half of the book. At the onset, I was not that attached to the MC: Fengjiu and Donghua. In fact, they annoyed the heck out of me. DH keeps teasing FJ while FJ acts like a kid, throws tantrums and overthinks. DH is seemingly one devoid of emotions, cold while FJ is extremely loyal and deeply in love with DH. I thought their love story is not my kind of love story. It's one thing when it's one sided but when the other party is hopelessly in love? I just can't bear with frustration that comes with it. Initially, I endured it because of the bundle of joy, little dough, A-Li.
However, as their story unfold, I learned to love DH and FJ. It takes one little fox to melt the frozenheart of one DH.
So, yay, it was certainly a good decision to keep reading! The really good, satisfying parts came later. Chapters 9-11. ;) Those were the chapters I read with ease despite the rollercoaster emotions. Hehe.
The author said this novel is cute and heartwarming. That's true but I have to warn you that there were times when I felt tormented and frustrated because the misunderstandings and the other third of the love triangle.
Lastly, I'm really amazed at how the author creates this fantastic world. It's intricate and detailed without confusing or boring the readers.
Really looking forward to reading Volume Two! I hope it's even better!...more
**spoiler alert** I read the novel because I was disappointed with how the drama ended. I also saw how many people over twitter were saying that the n**spoiler alert** I read the novel because I was disappointed with how the drama ended. I also saw how many people over twitter were saying that the novel was better.
I have to say the novel is good and I love it separately from the drama. Both are equally interesting. (It's just that the drama went from wowza every episode to wait-that's-it finale)
What I really like about the novel is the battle of wits between Chu Beijie and Bai Pingting, the power politics and political intrigue. I also like the idea that CBJ and BPT are opponents and unlikely lovers caught in between war and political intrigue. How will their love work out given their different loyalties?
I love how the main female character, BPT, is not beautiful but intelligent. I love how CBJ fell in love with her because he saw her as a formidable opponent. He respected her as an equal. I love the slow build up of their romance. Instead of the drama version, where they used the first love card to justify CBJ's pining for BPT. Although, CBJ was better portrayed in the drama. He was more romantic there. But really, all the men in this novel were either damn awful to their wives or rude to women, save for Ze Yin. I think ZY was the only one who was completely doting on his wife all through out the novel. Exhibit A: CBJ was abusive to BPT at some point. In the drama, CBJ only gave BPT the silent treatment for months but in the novel? Ehhhh. He's just different. I wouldn't remain in love with the novel CBJ. I just can't forgive how he treated BPT in the novel after the 'misunderstanding'. Exhibit B: Fanlu is also meh. Unfortunately, Zui Ju suffered from Stockholm Syndrome. Exhibit C: Ambitious He Xia locked up his wife, Yaotian, to die. Oh, wait, there's more: He Su and his wife. Another dysfunctional relationship.
Most relationships in this book are downright dysfunctional or tragic. Luckily, author created Yang Feng and Ze Yin. They were the only sane, stable couple in this novel.
But you know what? Even with all these messed up relationships, the novel is truly enjoyable. Individually, the characters are interesting. I don't know about you but despite He Xia's flaws, I find his drive and ambition admirable and at some point, I also found him the most pitiable character. He wasn't a two-dimensional character. He was interesting and had layers. In other words, he is my favorite.
If you like Game of Thrones, give this one a go. The scheming, manipulation and power politics is a page turner.
Also, watch the drama adaptation. Just ignore the last five minutes of the finale. Haha!...more
Such a pity that I only just begun reading the books. I realized that I really missed out a lot. Had I read them before I started watching the TV seriSuch a pity that I only just begun reading the books. I realized that I really missed out a lot. Had I read them before I started watching the TV series, I would have understood the characters more. These books are great complement to the TV series or rather the other way around.
These books are wonderfully written. Equally profound, insightful and gripping as was the first book. I am very much looking forward to reading the third book!...more