A Heart for the Emperor - Reviews

Alt titles: Give a Heart to the Emperor, Hwangjeege Hateureul Simeojuseyo

A Heart for the Emperor
upsidepenguin's avatar
Aug 8, 2021

The pacing is awful. What you would normally have in at least 30 chapters is dumped into 10 chapters. Plot twist and introductions and sudden progressions make it a confusing read. Also, the plot's nothing special.

In fact, I find the characters idiotic. Emperor falls in love at first sight. Why? Because he fell in love with her eyes and became obsessed to the point of locking her up. So romantic *rolls eyes* Also, he's a hawt obsessive psychopath. I sometimes do love these characters, but they should be written well enough. Emperor just comes off as an overpowered jerk who's written to be soft only for FL. Flat characters.

Story does super cliche trope where FL's all like "He's not that bad hehe. He slaughtered my family and took me as a trophy wife against my will in the novel (he's still the same person now as he was in the novel, so it still counts as part of his questionable personality that FL looks over way too easily) but... he didn't kill the citizens! And he's my type hehe. So now I'm in love with him for no other reason lmao." She literally spent a few hours with him and now claims she knows that he's not such a bad guy after all. They did the bad-guy-with-a-good-side trope badly, as even the pacing for that was bad and the reason, as mentioned in the sentence before, is ridiculous.

Or you can just ignore my rant above as my extreme dislike for love at first sight. I believe love at first sight is a lazy plot device, unless written very well with good development, which this does not have.

Also, FL is written badly. She goes from smart to stupid to smart. She's reckless and does things on a whim, in a bad, dumb way. Not cute or brave at all. Spoilers:

She's a hostage, but manages to scare away her capturer, a prince, by beating him with a pillow? What was she thinking? What was the author thinking? Did they think this would portray her as a strong independent woman? It just comes off as a cheap and at best, comical, attempt at making FL seem strong. Illogical and brainless -- both FL's actions and the capturer's reaction.

The art is pretty nice. Colours and lines were clean and crisp, which I liked. 

If you want a very cliche, turn-off-your-brain, cutesy obsessive love at first sight webtoon, this is an acceptable one. 

5/10 story
9/10 art
5/10 characters
6/10 overall
Pria's avatar
Apr 2, 2022

Another one of the needy weak FL with posessive coldblooded ML trope, but not even that common shitty plot is decently executed here: the pacing is terrible, the development of the characters is nonexistent and not even the toxic relation of the main couple is believable, they LITERALLY just look at each other and he decides that he owns her ( from that onwards he only treats her as an object or as a pet at best) and she confirms that he IS the massive murderer, with no trace of humanity or even common sense (which amazes me cause he's suppose to run a empire) but she simply decides to ignore that cause He's gOod looKing🙄. There's no actual history aside for their pathetic attempt of being a loving couple, and what infuriates me the most is that the author seems to expect that same shallow mindset  from the readers, showcasing how crude and despicable the emperor is but it's okay cause he's handsome and pets the fl in the head i guess. 

2/10 story
6/10 art
2/10 characters
2/10 overall
ListlessLux's avatar
Apr 3, 2022

Has the basics of a cliche Villainess Isekai.

Though, the MC and ML's transition to love feels a lot more forced than usual. One thing I did love about it is the way the ML acts towards the MC. Being considerate and not at all like the rumors are like. It's a cliche I will never get sick of.

It's a good read, just feels a little fast and emotionally wise, I wasn't moved. Wasn't on the edge of my seat like other manhwas under this trope.

7/10 story
9/10 art
5/10 characters
7/10 overall
LuckyM's avatar
Oct 12, 2022

This is a shorter story so don't be dissapointed that characters don't have long backstories or truama they need to overcome. That said, I loved this story, it was very relaxing and sweet. The ML recognizes when he masses up and regrets it, and overall their relationship is very healthy (something we all stan). Not over the top story, but it satisfies all the requirements so it gets an A

8/10 story
8/10 art
10/10 characters
9/10 overall
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Mrukliwy's avatar
Aug 19, 2022

Oh man... it's as if a 7 year old wrote the dialogues. They are so simple and plain dumb. It's almost mind bogling.

 U can't even call it literature. The simplicity of the story and dialogues is bad, like really bad. Plain and blund are an understatement. The stupidity of the FL and simplicity of the ML is impossible to hide even if the Author tried to defend both of them giving us a hint into their thoughts. 

I mean, U can try to read it. But be prepared to get strongly rejected. Not worth to even bookmark it. I gave it a 2 due to my self righteousness as to give the Authore at least some credit.

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
2/10 overall
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