After her lowly mother married a count, Aria enjoyed a life full of luxury while harassing her gentle stepsister Mielle. Several years later, Aria is about to be executed when Mielle reveals that she wickedly tricked Aria into building the bad reputation that ultimately brought her to the scaffold. Just as Aria desparately wishes she could change her fate, she sees a curious hourglass that takes her back into the past. Now, Aria can destroy Mielle by using her own tactics against her like a true villainess. The power of the hourglass is on her side... Can Aria take everything from Mielle, or will her actions change the past in ways she couldn't have imagined?
Includes 21 epilogue chapters.
There were a lot of things I loved about this manga and while I do have some criticisms for it I just want it to be said that I think everyone into this genre should at least give it a try. Pros: Interesting characters. I felt a lot of things reading this, bordem was never one of them though because of Aria, and the character development was such a pleasure to read. Like YES when i saw Aria's character actually grow from her experiences i was thrilled. The pacing is also very nice, never felt like anything dragged too long. The art is ofc fantastic, and the author didn't treat the readers like complete idiots. Cons: looking back... the love story in this isn't honestly that great. It's just another "im not like other girls" thing at heart and god knows there's enough of those already. And while the writing was entertaining to an extent, at one point the plot just started to feel petty or childish and devolved into something like highschool drama. At which point I checked out.
Loving the mc's character so far, she doesn't do a complete flip to her character (still a noble brat, just lowkey). This is the right kind of villain, instead of trying to be a better version of herself (in a good/innocent way) to help herself and others to avoid death/destruction she becomes a better person (in an evil way) in order to save herself and bring chaos to others. If you're a person who dislike actual villain "villain" (a person who does actual bad things) then you'll find her actions uncomfortable. She's a bitch. At first I wasn't excited about the romance part but wow, I love the ML and the two of them actually fit each other, no overly exaggerated blush, their interactions feels natural, I feel like a third wheel, a fangirl on the sides every time the ml appears. Mc is a villain, and I'd be willing to be here underling. You'll understand when you get to know her.
Recommended if you enjoy: political intrigue, stories involving nobility and royalty, ruthless female characters, strong female characters, or power struggles between different factions. The MC and her sister are embroiled in a "war" within the household, where each tries to bring the other down - our MC for survival and revenge, the sister out of jealousy. This leads to a host of schemes, including - but not limited to - sending maids as spies, sabotaging each other, attempting to steal the fiancé, trying to ruin each other's social reputation, and trying to impress the father of the family. Some schemes fail, others succeed, just like in real life. Each action has a consequence, and (as far as I can see) nothing is forgotten. Along the way, we meet a host of other characters: supporters, antagonists, extras, and neutral parties. Personally, I'm a huge fan of political intrigue and strong female characters, and in this story you get both. The MC is constantly looking for ways to win and survive, never getting side-tracked or forgetting her objective like in other manwha I've read. While she does experience setbacks, she never lets them bring her down for long, instead finding ways to profit or learn from it. The MC feels very "natural" in general; it's not hard for me to imagine that someone would behave like this after everything that happened in her past life. So far, there hasn't been a lot of romance for the MC, but the hints that we get feel very organic. All characters seem well-rounded and their actions understandable - so far, nobody behaved in a way that I absolutely couldn't get where it came from. I definitely recommend that you at least check it out, I haven't regretted it.
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