Grabbing Your Hand, Dragging you Away


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I am a princess, moreover, I am a fool of a princess.

Born in the imperial palace, my appearance is as average as that of the white radish and cabbages in the fields. Throughout the four seasons of the year, my face is always displaying a dull expression, eyes forever shrouded in haze.

But in reality, I know of the secrets within this palace.

Including hers, his, and theirs.

Just leisurely living my days comfortably in the palace like this, I firmly believe I can continue to play dumb to the end.

Taking your hand, dragging you away. Not leaving you say? Very well, close the doors and release the hounds. (Expressionless face)

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New BillionJellyfish rated it
January 22, 2018
Status: Completed
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First half of the story was really entertaining. The MC, who is a princess pretending to be a fool in order to live peacefully, goes off to have fun and pretend to be a maid/servant to a wealthy family. The whole situation/pretense was enjoyable to read as it felt like a light novel. It is also a nice change of pace from those transmigration OP cultivation/revenge-vengeance stories since in this one, the MC doesn't really care for power/wealth/love.

While the second half of the story where we really get into the nitty-gritty details of the ML/side characters/palace intrigue-politics, it became less interesting. Compared to the light tone of the first half, the second half of the story is more serious with physical/mental stress going back and forth. In fact, the further on I read, the more I got the feeling that the MC suddenly turned into a Mary Sue character where almost all of the male characters fell in love with the MC. And it wasn't those sweet love-from-afar types, but rather the kidnap-lock up types of obsessive love which just made the plot lose its comedic undertone, especially since all the politics started rolling in. How should I say it, I think the story kind of lost its purpose halfway through, but at least it's a happy ending for our MC and the side stories successfully tied up the ending, so overall, I am satisfied. I would recommend this novel for those who are looking for a way to pass time, just don't expect too much fluffy moments or heated battles cause there were little to none. Oh, but there was one torture scene that I think was kinda funny, because honestly, who uses blood-sucking leeches as a torture tool? I was thinking of more like burning/whipping/beating/salt water pouring/caning/cutting or something similiar, but a leech??? Whelp, I just can't wrap my brain around it.

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New Nopointinbeingalivetbh rated it
January 18, 2018
Status: Completed
The start was really damn good and pretty funny but the second half got a bit too serious so I stopped reading, still really good tho. Edit: I was wrong, I read the rest and it is one of the best novels I have read the ending works soo well it's just great I have to say that although I got more serious I was really damn great. 10/10 IGN
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DereDevil rated it
August 26, 2017
Status: c59
This is a great story!

The MC have a perfect poker face and her actions as a fool is hilarious.

The main male lead is hard to guess. You'll be left guessing who's the one in each chapter

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As of c59, there are 4 potential male lead

1.) Yunwen Rui - The black belly cousin who's also the MC's grape sponsor lololol
2.) He Liacheng - not sure of I got his name right, I'm just MTL, but anyway, this guy is the emperor of Yun Zhan, and also the blind child in the prologue (the MC is 9yrs in the prologue)
3.) Meng Shao - again, not sure about his name. He's the young master of Meng family, ya know, the brother of Ying Lu.
4.) Yunwen Xui - I'm not really sure about this one since he and the MC don't have much screen time (lololol) but he seems to be pretty affectionate with the MC



I haven't found out the ages of the male leads... Maybe it was mentioned but I probably missed it. Hope translator-dono can help us figure out their ages.


at the story proper, the MC is 15 yrs old

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leva rated it
September 18, 2017
Status: c26
This story is a very fresh take on the reincarnation/transmigration trope, since the MC insists on acting the fool to protect herself from palace intrigues that she unwittingly knows. At the same time, her unassuming demeanor makes her a confidante to a lot of people and that just adds to the secrets that she knows and has to keep herself. Through all that, she's still a very self-possessed person who can deliver witty, stabbing comebacks at the most opportune moments, which makes for a lot of humorous situations.
If you're... more>> used to most chinese webnovel's sledgehammer-crash-and-destroy plot, this one is far subtler, from the perspective of the MC who holds palace secrets but refused to be included. There are a lot of foreshadowing of the trouble since the prologue but we are only seeing the start of the conflict now.
I also wonder who tagged this with comedy--although there are indeed a lot of funny situations, and the MC's rendition of events with tsukkomi added in is hilarious, the overall tone of the story turns very melancholic and tragic rather quickly. <<less
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Water rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: Completed
Overall good novel.

The persona of the main character feels fresh compared to other template MCs female reincarnation in old china novels.

I give it only 4star due to abrubt change of things at around 60% into the novel, including the behavior of the MC becoming different: normally you would call this character development, but it feels detrimental to the story in my opinion since it removes the funny way in which the MC intereacts with the other cast.

Expect happy ending but I don't feel like the guy really deserved the MC.... more>> It's just BAM feelings from nowhere on the MC. Or more like she got trained into becoming dependant to him. Either ways an lackluster ending. <<less
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ForgotEvrything rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: prologue
It's only the prologue, but I can tell that I will enjoy this story.

It has a nice flow and is very well written and translated. The female MC is a savage as far as I can tell, and the characters around her are also very quirky. I have high hopes for this novel.
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MewMew rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: c3
The story is very fresh and intriguing!

The MC is unlike any others, she's not a total fool but acts like it---more like she's indifferent, detached and just carefree! She transmigrated to another world but only plans to live well and enjoys her dull moments, though she actually gets pulled into funny situations despite trying to be serious. Her point of view is hilarious, silly and discrete and it really caughts the reader's attention.

I like how she handles the situation with a very blank expression and I don't give a f*ck face. The other character's are pretty amusing too and I can't wait to read more of this series.

The male characters in this story are all cuties too~muwahaha... And our MC would still says, "MEH. So what? Are they edible? I rather get a black pig."
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KKristen rated it
August 27, 2017
Status: ss2 part2
So far, so good.

In this story, we have an unusual female MC who is reborn as a princess yet chooses to play the fool. Pretending to be an simple-minded idiot to live a simple and safe life, while witnessing others' secrets and scandals... voluntarily being "kidnapped" in order to become a simple maid.

Reading this might make your face hurt (I can't resist putting on the same "dull" face as the main character while I read), but so far it is interesting and the story progression is very unique.

I will update... more>> this review later after the story develops further.

Update as of Ch.30:

The author really has a knack for fitting a LOT of plot development into just a few chapters. The story advances very quickly without feeling rushed. The writing is excellent -- mysteries are hinted at and it's up to the reader to guess and figure them out. The author shows instead of tells, which is such a breath of fresh air in our usual world of poorly-written, word-dump, light novels.

One of the best things about this novel is the ability to make you care about a character at the drop of a hat. You care about the side characters, you sympathize with the villains, and you're suddenly concerned about characters that have only really taken the stage for one chapter. I keep looking at the chapter number and can't believe we've come this far in such a short time.

5 stars. Just give it a try.

Update as of Ch.47:

This story needs a tragedy tag too. My heart hurts... the writing is too good.

The translation is flawless. xia0xiao1mei has done an AMAZING job at conveying all the subtle nuances and emotions in the story.

Update as of the ending:

This story stayed good all the way until the end. The finale won't disappoint. (Though the epilogue stories might... just a word of warning -- if you don't want to end on a bittersweet note, maybe don't read them, or read them BEFORE the last chapter of the main story.) Absolutely highly recommended. I'm putting this on my list of all-time favorites. <<less
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ohmygulay rated it
November 16, 2017
Status: c82
This story is shaped very well. The drama, heartache, romance and many different emotions that make the whole story, although short, very satisfactory.

The shaping of characters, their different experiences and beginnings, is well thought with regards to the absurdity of political instability and chaos over at that time period.

The MC is very likable and very realatable in a sense where the reader would understand her Point of View and her reasons for actions.

And most of all,

my ship sailed and the author made it come true😍😍😍😍😍

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mechafanboy rated it
October 18, 2017
Status: c35
This is such an interesting conundrum of a novel.

I think it's most akin to Eight Treasures Trousseau in that the plot happens AROUND the main character rather than involving the main character. That said, the plot isn't even the most interesting part about this novel!

It's the style of writing and it's ability to seamlessly swap between tones almost at a drop of a hat. There's overt/ hidden meanings, life lessons both profound and mundane, politics/human sociology and elements of each of them are present in every single chapter.

I can only... more>> say it's a pretty unique novel. The writing is pretty great in general with plenty of humor and light hearted moments. (... Admittedly dashed probably less than half a chapter later with something heavier.) I think this might be one of the series where I like the overall package, but I can't give an accurate review beyond "very enjoyable" until it ends. It's probably deserving of at least 4 stars though. I think my contention is, does it deserve 5? <<less
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October 10, 2017
Status: c97
This novel is very cute, but got a bit cliche. Basically, with exception to MC's 7th brother, everyone else has fallen for her. And almost everyone had some sort of childhood tie with her (though those ties are not very strong nor deep.) Somehow she made such an impact on them that they're​ obsessed with her. I'm assuming it's due to a combo of her nonchalance and whimsical behavior which is atypical of women back then.

It doesn't really make sense, but I'm all for a male harem. The only thing... more>> I'm sad about is that she doesn't get to keep all of them. She's not really angry at anyone and they all treat her well, though they all take advantage of her in one way or another. Some people might take offense to that kind of thing, but, keep in mind, this is a fictional piece of work and even she doesn't really mind because she understands their mindset.

The humor remains throughout the entire book. Her story isn't really that tragic, though it might seem like it from the beginning. Everyone loves her and dotes on her (even her rotten ex.) So in reality, this is a fluffy story with some sad components sprinkled intermittently. Nothing majorly sad. <<less
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Sherrynity rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c20

Pretty sure this novel needs Tragedy and Betrayal tag.


So basically, here we have an innocent-looking female lead that's quite apathetic, although she's quite close to her eldest male cousin (First Male Lead—ML#1) that always dotes on her. This Female Lead (FL) is quite carefree, even going as far as following unknown guy just because it seems interesting. Reader are expected to enjoy the silliness of our MC, and the complications of her acts on our ML and her friends' life.




The reason why FL is apathetic was because her trust and affection was betrayed by ML#1 who spoiled her in the past, only for her knowing later that ML#1 only regards her as his toy, even gone as far as to strangled her to near death because FL saw ML#1's murdered someone.

In despair, FL gave up and laughed in vanity knowing all of her life so far was built upon lies. The ML#1 thought she was amusing and decided to spare her life.

Ah, yeah. Almost forgot; her loyal attendant that was depicted as her silly friend yet cares a lot about her is actually a spy sent by ML#1 to monitor her 24/7.

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08phamann rated it
December 21, 2017
Status: css2 part2
The MC's characterisation was a breath of fresh air, simply because she simply wasn't your typical MC whose goal, after being transmigrated, is to become strong and get revenge or dominate the world or whatever reason. Neither was she your typical goody goody who, despite being a "badass, " help people just because it's right. The MC's apathy was what made her cool. Her go-with-the-flow attitude (simply because she never gave a crap what happened) got her into very interesting situations.

I can't say I like all the guy's who kept... more>> kept

kidnapping her and kissing her without her permission. Seriously why do they think the only way they can "have her" is to kidnap her?? They have to be some sort of delusional to think that she's suddendly forget her kidnapping and begin to return their feelings. Dream on buddy. Each of them do have their pros and cons, and I like how fleshed out their characterisation was. They were driven by their own motives and desires and it was nice that each of them had their own backstory. Meng Ying Lu's backstory was especially sad since his family were whole and loving of each other. I would say that if each of them were in separate novels they would have definitely been very well liked. However, they had the unfortunate luck to be in the same novel as the very super black belly ML, who is very possessive of his little cousin

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Wenhui rated it
November 16, 2017
Status: Completed
I finished this book. Had to force myself to at times. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a weak MC but... I'm too used to having OP MCs that this was just less... enjoyable...

Author also needs to learn the meaning of flow. The random side stories from other character's POV was just... jarring. I mean, at least warn me beforehand.

I only read the first translated chapter and I think the translator did a pretty good job of it.

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MC sounds a bit whiney at times. She's definitely weak but she doesn't seem to think she's weak? You know, until someone who can beat her in a fight comes along (that's like everyone else in the story). Also the love interests were annoying. The ML was annoying too. They're too possessive, bordering on yandere. They seem to want to hurt the MC if she doesn't listen to them. THAT IS NOT LOVE!!!

I almost wished the MC had the balls to commit suicide more than 5 times in the book...

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sibyl97 rated it
October 24, 2017
Status: Completed
I love the female lead so much... her personality is so interesting and refreshing.

Not interesting just because she is 'different', as in modern women and different from other female characters, but genuinely interesting as in if she is real, I want to befriend her.

The author is great in making a really intense atmosphere but not so straightforward. I'm not sure how to describe it, maybe like powerful undercurrent of a calm lake? Overall, it's very gripping but the aloofness of the MC balanced the dramatic plot, making it a strange... more>> but beautiful story.

The translator did a good job keeping that atmosphere. Every conversation that the MC had flows very well, and good word choice as well. <<less
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Tdxstacy rated it
September 13, 2017
Status: c23
I love transmigration/rebirth/female lead novels and this one stands out since its transmigration without an OP character out to get revenge. It's funny and the translation is great! I've dropped so many novels just because the plot gets ridiculous/repetitive or the translation needed work. Spoiler thread says it gets super dramatic later in the novel but keeping my fingers crossed it'll still be just as good.
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Xye86 rated it
December 15, 2017
Status: css2 part2
At first, I find it boring but as I patiently continuously read this novel, I slowly found a gem.

The story captivates me most especially men who slowly falls for the MC. This parts keeps me going. And I find myself wanting to know more about the MC.

For those who read only 'prologue' until 'chapter 15' and then stops reading it? You missed a lot of great scenes.

this novel is a great example of "never judge a book by its cover".
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Takeba rated it
November 9, 2017
Status: c74
The author really didn't do things half-assedly.


If it's a comedic scene, you'll laugh out loud for real. But once the drama hits, it's like an express train running you over at full speed. Especially when it comes to each country's fight. Ah-Lan is always, always caught up in it.


The 'Drama' in the genre isn't just for show.
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M3R rated it
November 7, 2017
Status: --
My first time to write a review.

This novel brought to ecstacy to continously read it. The MC, Ah-Lan, is depicted as a fool princess but in fact she doesn't want to involve with the others. She knows many secret but stayed like a fool for a long time. The real reason she acted like this will be told in the story.

The ML is your everyday black-bellied one, not everyday, but just like other novel with black-bellied ML. He is likeable and also has his own agenda.

Other male leads, they are... more>> quite good but ambitions over clouded what is important to them and thus can't win over our MC. Well, the ML already took the first start, so the others are late to begin with.

The story will show how Ah-Lan decided to face her problem in her past life. She started to trust the ML and will believe him.

Romance is good, although some might find it slow, but it is good for the development.

Some side stories will reveal the people which MC interacted with, you will see their thoughts after the MC died in her past life.

Overall, the MC isn't your ordinary ruthless Chinese FL, good story with good romance.

This is my first review, so I might be not that good <<less
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aiya03 rated it
November 5, 2017
Status: c67
Yeah, this is a good read. It's fun and also *just a bit* emotional novel that makes you think/see how cynical a person can be when you go through what the MC experienced. It's simple but impacting.

There are also times you'll feel irritated on how indifferent she can be to a person or situation but mostly, I just find the MC hillarious 😀

As expected from xiaoxiaomei, the projects she picks up are really good and the quality TL is superb! 😆

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Zetyro rated it
September 30, 2017
Status: c31
I like how unusual the history was but the last 3-4 chapters are just too annoying and I had to drop this story. Otherwise a good history about a girl pretending to be dumb and it was pretty fun till the author decided to involve her in the imperial court scheming, giving up what make this story unique.
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stoplightgodess rated it
September 20, 2017
Status: --
Loving this unique take on the transmigration genre which is a guilty pleasure. The way the MC is so uncaring of the overbearing male characters is kinda hilarious as they go all mysterious and menacing when all she wants is a carefree, full-of-food life. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes.
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