ARC Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Manga) Vol. 1 by Satoru Yamaguchi & Nami Hidaka

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Manga) Vol. 1My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Manga) Vol. 1 by Satoru Yamaguchi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a woman is reborn into an otome video game as the villainess, how can she play to win? Based on the hit light novels and soon to be an anime!

A high school girl is stunned to find herself reincarnated as the conniving villainess from her favorite dating sim game, Fortune Lover. Now, as Catarina Claes, the impossibly rich and spoiled daughter of a Duke, her new life seems to perfectly sync up with the world of the game. This means big trouble! No matter how the game turned out, there were only two fates for Catarina: exile or death!

A teen girl gets reincarnated into a new life, which is when she finds out, at the age of 8 in the new body, that it resembles the otome game she was playing before she died in that previous life. As the game and her new life match up detail for detail, she realises that she is in the life of the main villain in the series, and if everything went as in the game, the only two fates for her are exile or death. So begins her campaign to revamp the path of Katerina Klaes, so that she either escapes exile or if that happens, she has the skills to build her life after exile.

Katerina is a 17yr old girl in an 8yr old’s body and with memories of both lives in her head, she aims to fix her path before it leads to doom. Her ‘corrections’ involve the targets of the game, the four of them being her fiancé, her adoptive younger brother, her fiancé’s brother and the son of the prime minister, as well as the two other rivals that the ‘heroine’ of the game faces. In some cases, she befriends a lonely character, or inadvertently steals a first line from another character, or ends up befriending and supporting one of the as-of-yet-unseen heroine’s rivals; and this on top of her sword fighting and magical lessons, and a farming project that vexes her mother and her maids. The story is humorous, particularly so because Katerina ends up unknowingly charming everyone she befriends, to the point they consider each other rivals for her affection. It’s good fun and a bundle of laughs (she even has frequent meetings in her mind which is like a war council) and entertaining so far, and I can’t wait to see how things are going to turn out with them now entering the academy and meeting the ‘heroine’.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Seven Seas, via Edelweiss.

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