The Villainess Turns the Hourglass - Reviews

Alt title: Angnyeoneun Moraesigyereul Doedollinda

The Villainess Turns the Hourglass
YukinaZero's avatar
Jul 13, 2020

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.

5/10 story
10/10 art
7/10 characters
6.9/10 overall
MinRei's avatar
Apr 29, 2020

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.

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
AnnCathrin's avatar
Sep 22, 2020

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.

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
RCBusy's avatar
Jul 2, 2022

READ 90 Chapters from this reviw. 

I dropped it already, i have no more hope for it. This is the type of manhwa that tries to prolong the same plot while adding little side story to make it long. the type of manhwa where it needs to came close to ending before anything big happen between the romance and the revenge plot. 

For me its a meh, i find the premise interesting about her being a villain before and how she was manipulated by her sister. But after awhile i dont find it interesting anymore, she is fighting a kid as an antogonist when she got back. There are a lot of smart and complex scenarios and that was really fun but at the end the reveng never felt satisfying, i just dont like a plot where it takes too long for the story to progress and kinda dull at that, imagine being reincarnated with an older soul and has a lot of capabilities and knowlege it would have felt easier to kill a child like her sister, 90 chapters in and the revenge plot is still there, i rather wanted the revenge plot or the plot against her sister to end in a minimum 50 chapters. Everything just stayed too long that it became boring and kinda repetative, everything about this manhwa takes too long, the revenge and even the romance. When talking about the romance its so dull and emotionless, i never got any emotional feeling when romance kicks in, and it never felt satisfying, both the leads also has so less of a time to meet, they will be together in no less then 4 chapters then wait for 15-30 chapters again before they can meet, you would find it hard to believe both the leads can have such affections to one another with so little time together. If you are reading this for the revenge plot this might be somewhat interesting but again its very repetative and the revenge is unsatisfactory and long enough to be annoying *just finish it already and move on to another plot for gods sake*. Also if you are reading for romance this isnt also it, again i say that the romance is just so dull. Just a bunch of pretty faces. Plus the relationship the two leads have is too perfect, they have no problem with their relationship other than they have both different goals and busy with their life outside of their relationship and i find that hard to like for a romance i dont like perfect couples with stupid wall that stops them from getting furthur in their relationship.  There are also a lot uncessary talking that doesnt help build the character or the plot. Also i think i find a pattern here, everyone seems to be wearing a two face character, for me that doesnt make a character complex. 

Art is okay, nothing too good to talk about, the only thing i dont like is the lack of details with other characters that arent important and it feels lazy seeing it. 

I just really had a hard time reading this, i cant properly explain how i didnt like it, but something about every chapter makes it feel unsatisfying and not very entertaining to read. 

4/10 story
6.5/10 art
4/10 characters
5/10 overall
IrisWhite143's avatar
Nov 13, 2020

This is such a good story, and I happy to see the FL try to build herself up financially and socially. 

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall