Hong Lyon, a pitiful young princess with only a title and no authority, meets a young boy named Do Un, who offers to help her become a true royal princess.
It's a political drama that starts off good, but after the timeskip. Practically nothing happens for like 20 chapters. Originally, the interesting thing about the story was that the girl starts off a bit naive and yandere for her childhood love interest. So you get the feeling she'd grow up being smarter, and better than the rest of her competition. But you don't get any of that sense of accomplishment. She ends up pretty emotionless and the story grinds to a complete halt. It's all long exposition on how she got there and how she feels hopeless in her situation with like barely any kind of plot to even follow besides her depression. And at this point, it's hard to be invested in it. I keep it on my back burner just cause I'm too far into it to quit reading. Wouldn't recommend it to people at its current state.
THIS IS SO GOOD! Some people may not like it because it doesn't follow the typical female-oriented format, but this is because the characters are very complex and not entirely "perfect". The female lead, Hong Lyon, is weak and easily manipulated, while the male lead, Do Un, is smart and is driven by not-so-good motives. These characters are united under a single goal - to be become more powerful in society - (not a big spoiler) and while they achieve this, they sacrifice basic emotional connections both with each other and within. When the story gets going, the plot is no longer about becoming more powerful, but instead for Hong Lyon to identify how she changed because of Do Un and to improve herself on a personal level.