100 years after her death, Empress Martina, the founder of the Carabella Empire, reincarnates as Astina Lette, the daughter of a count. Her peaceful, everyday life as a noble lady, a stark contrast to her past life, is short-lived, however. With the bankruptcy of her father's failed trade business, her family falls into great debt. Astina decides to sell herself off to marry Grand Duke Thereode in place of her sister Kanna to save her family from their financial crisis. But Thereode is forever cursed to take on the form of a beast, and no one expects her to survive the night with him...Still, defying all odds, she fights the beast with her impressive swordsmanship, and miraculously survives. A slow relationship begins to kindle between them as she tames him as her pet.One night, Astina gives Theo a brief peck on the lips as a reward for his obedience, when suddenly...Theo becomes.... human?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. SHE WAS A FORMER EMPRESS THAT STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM, SHES TALENTED, AND INTELLIGENT, like actually fkn smart and kicks corrupted aristocratic systems in the butt with her huge massive gun of a brain. i also love the depth of the depth of the story and the refreshing way it portrayed reincarnation, which is a concept that is popularly used, but the way this author did it really differentiated itself from other reincarnation stories. anyhow, the pacing is great too! and thats something i usually dislike webtoons for since it takes a gazillion chapters for the plot to advance. but this is just perfect. aside from the fact that i found this webtoon way too early with only 22 chapters available :(
The mc past life story is interesting, unlike a lot of time travel reincarnation in this one the mc is not seeking for revenge or anything grand. The vibe of her past is quite melancholic. In chap 20 the mc dropped a line that skyrocketed my opinion of her. Makes sense why she was the empress in her past life. If you're into josei this might work for you.
(Full of spoilers)The girl and the beast is another decent manwha. The art is decent at best, the story is full of holes and plotlines with 0 meanings in the begining. Story The story is weird and isnt planned out well enough in the begining which made it less enjoyable, so idk why its rated so high as this.Arc 1The first issue i have with the story is the begining, the Mc lost her family and tribe and was the only one left, she was keept as a toy for the king, but ended up slaying the king and 200 other people ''alone'' and rescued the other prince before that. 1st issue is that if she was that strong then why didnt she just save her tribe.2nd issue is that she could have killed the king b4 she was ''raped'' by the king when they were both alone togheter. Plotline 1.She then get's betrayed by the next king aka the prince she saved, turns out they both loved each other (?)- then whytf did he betray her? Arc 2.''The next arc, she was reborn and her sister had to marry some noble to save their family, the night before they were gona travel to that place, the mc sneaks of inn the middle of the night to go to the noble so that the sister didnt have to, so she gets to a horse rides all the way to the main gate where her sister was waiting for here.''- Does her sister have teleporting power? how tf could she have gotten to the gates b4 the mc, if the mc sneaked off in the middle of the night and they both ''sleept'' next to eachotherArtthe art is decent, its full colour though which is an +But it doesnt matter if the story is shit. Characters.The mc is smart,brave,fearless and so on, this is becouse she has her memories from her previous life.+ she is funny and focuses on the good thing instead of the bad, unfortunately the mc is the only likeable character. Overall. 5/10 They should have planed the begining of the story and plots beter, also invest more time into the sidecharacters, the begining made me almost drop it but the story did improve.
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