I'll Save This Damned Family!

Alt titles: I'll Save a Decent Family, Manghal Gamuneul Sallyeobogetseumnida

Ch: 135+
2020 - ?
3.795 out of 5 from 602 votes
Rank #12,880
I'll Save This Damned Family!

How to avoid an execution! After being murdered, Yeonwoo is reincarnated into her colleague's novel as Tara Elias, the unremarkable 5th daughter of the Elias family. But the entire household is fated to meet a grisly end, and it's not long before they're headed for the guillotine. Can Yeonwoo escape death this time around?

Source: Manta Comics

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I'm not biased - I'm speaking the truth with full emotion. When I say this manga is amazing, I meant I was supposed to read up to chapter 10 before bed but ended up sleeping at 4 AM just to finish the full 51 chapters. The female lead is marvellously written, filled with enough personality and intelligence to keep the pacing of the story intriguing. She isn't too overpowered, with skills or cheats to get through the game, but navigates it with the same careful consideration necessary to avoid dying.  I personally loved the ML as well. A lot of people probably didn't like him because he's horrible and mean but I think it's warranted, given how they wrote his character. He's sometimes a little cruel to the FL but not overly so and it's not out of character for him. I actually do respect him and his hidden backstory which somehow shaped the way he interacted with the world. The cool thing about this manhwa is that the story and the plot progresses at a normal pace. We have to watch the FL fail and succeed based on what she's learned, use her wits and make connections in order to hoist herself out of the hole that she starts from. She does have some knowledge of the story but this never gives her a full hand up from her peers; rather this is what helps keep the story going and gives all of us some motivation to continue. Some people might say that the pacing is a little questionable at times but personally, I thought it was quite well-made. The art style is beautifully done and unique - I've never seen a manhwa that utilizes the same style and color as this one does. It colors the world in such a distinct beauty previously unseen. Should you read it? Definitely. Reviewed at Chapter 51.


I had to check several times if this story was really originally a Korean story, because the themes somehow didn't fit with what I'd expect from those. There's a lot of deducing what other people think and what's really going on, it reminds me a little bit of Sherlock Holmes.  There's scheming without evil villain schemers (well, mostly),  there's training where the FL gets stronger/loses weight, without it being a training montage from zero to hero, the FL has both strong and weak sides, meaning she's neither OP nor a Mary Sue nor a weak-ass wallflower without resolve. She has a goal that she works towards, even though she sometimes has doubts. She fails and succeeds, she's arrogant but sees her own faults, I really feel like she's a genuine person and not just a two-dimensional cutout used as a screen for the reader's projections. The relationship between FL and ML is also really funny. From the beginning, both of them show an unusual interest in each other. In a way, it's this classical trope of two people being constantly annoyed by each other and slowly falling in love without realising it. (At the point I'm at I can't even talk about anyone being in love, I just extrapolate from how it's been going so far.) What I like about it is that unlike in many many other stories I've read, both Western and Asian, this story really embraces the concept "show, don't tell" in this regard. We can see them getting closer and thinking about each other a lot, but there's no text describing it or implying anything. All in all, I really like this story and am hopeful for the future of both the plot and the romance.

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