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The Villainess Turns the Hourglass  
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Associated Names
Agnyeo'neun Moraesi'gye'reul Dwedollinda
Angnyeoneun Moraesigyereul Doedollinda
La vilaine retourne le sablier
La villana retrocede el reloj de arena
The Villainess Reverses Hourglass
The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass
Злодейка, перевернувшая песочные часы
Песочные часы злодейки
악녀는 모래시계를 되돌린다

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58 Chapters (Ongoing)

Season 1: Chapters 1-45
Season 2: Chapters 46-

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (150 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.15 / 10.0

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Great characters, great villainess  
by MusicalHiro
April 7th, 2021, 9:48am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
MC returns to the past for REVENGE on her family. The story atm is executed properly and many characters are likeable (and hate). The MC is feels just like a normal person who is standing up for herself and you makes you route for her and destroy her enemies slowly as a villainess (though not evil).

Also the art is VERY beautiful
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Suprisingly good  
by Utsukushii Yume
March 20th, 2021, 7:11pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
This is one of those I kept putting off reading only to wish I had read it sooner. My biggest grip with this story was the FL's self worth was heavily reliant on the fact that she knew the the future (as is the biggest issue with most stories like this), that issue was actually addressed in later chapters.

Both the FL and ML get some character growth and their interactions with one another are a treat to read. I can believe they actually fell in love with each other and not just each others looks. I also appreciate the FL's mother, she doesn't really say much, but she is a nice depiction of someone standing strong and biting the bullet for the greater good of her daughter.
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A+ character development but too overpowered to maintain suspense.  
by DarthSiha
February 4th, 2021, 5:14am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
It was very enjoyable to watch Aria grow as a person and this is very much a rags to riches type of story for an unconventional protagonist. I am not a huge fan of the ML, he is serviceable but just a little too bland and predictable to really hold his own to such an assertive female lead.

There comes a point in the story at which Aria has so much influence, money and Simps that it kills of the suspense. It's not that she didn't deserve these things it just removed a huge part of what made the story work since Aria is by no means an Underdog anymore. Still remains enjoyable to read.

Art is great.
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Enjoyable read  
by Bebe~
January 16th, 2021, 12:00pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
My thoughts are similar to what the other commenters are saying. It's a tale that's been recycled many, many times, but there's an interesting twist to it. You generally know what's going to happen (turning back time to change the outcome, etc), but her actual moves are very calculated and sometimes unexpected? I like the fantasy aspect to it too. The artwork is beautiful; the artist has definitely improved over the years.

TBH, the gets even better when the crown prince reveals himself to her (ch. 49ish), and I'm excited to see how this all plays out.
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A nice change of trope  
by araralc
November 25th, 2020, 11:16am
Rating: N/A
Honestly, in most stories the reincarnated villainess becomes a saint by either: a) Being bad at being a villainess and being involuntarily good - or - b) Deciding to redeem herself. As much as those stories can be great, it became repetitive when you read many of those pieces.

Thankfully, this story is not about that. This is indeed a story of someone with (end of ch1 spoiler)
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a cruel sister who will try to kill her and her mother, forcing her to one-up the sister in manipulation and tactics.

As for what smallspark pointed out about Mielle,
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that's actually intentional, since she's not the one planning the cruel actions, but rather Oscar's older sister. Which was a fairly decent twist, though it's still a bit blurry how it will be carried out. However, some novel spoilers suggest that it will be a major point in Season 2.

As for some minor down points in this: sometimes the protagonist's personality shows a bit inconsistent, imo; some of the development between characters is dropped at some point and then when it appears again, it has became a different dynamic (mainly between Aria and her first maid) which felt like a gap for me; some of the background conflicts are left hidden or completely background until they become relevant, which not only can feel sudden to the reader, but also felt to me as if I had missed a chapter or something. I think the biggest example of that last point is
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when the conflict between the Crown Prince and the Aristocratic Faction becomes relevant for plot's sake, very suddenly.
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Finding a cliched story fresh  
by PZcolo
June 9th, 2020, 9:51pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I entered this story with clear expectations after reading the review and the fairy-tale like prologue, I have already read at least 20 stories with a wronged girl that goes back to the past, about 5 of that girl being a villain and a couple of the good MC being a hypocrite, so I wasn't expecting much... and man was I wrong, the villainess is actually a villainess, she's not outright evil mind you, she's calculative, cold and manipulative and she's out for revenge. moonmystery and smallpark portrait her pretty well.
The MC, is of course the center of the story, so far a very interesting char, a bit too... ruthless (in a sense) but she has good reason to, the main antagonist... is a child so far so it's hard to judge but I can feel her hate and fear that drives her to action, even the rest of the cast, the mother, the father, the brother and the few "friends" and "love interests" all feel more real than in other similar stories, and the MC having matured has some nice introspective analysis and acceptances of how and why she either wronged, or missed to see something of, them in her past life.

In short, after so many of this kind of stories and being most of them mediocre at best, I finally found a good one, will follow this one closely, pity no one translated the novel.

... Last updated on June 9th, 2020, 9:55pm
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I'm a sucker for this kind of story, just wonderful  
by smallspark
June 9th, 2020, 5:56pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Seriously, this has everything I need in a story--beautiful art, a sweet revenge story, nobles, a smart/competent yet human FL... I could go on! She's not nice for the sake of it either, she does things that would benefit her! Aria is truly a person worthy of being called a villainess. I've read too many stories about 'villainesses' that actually act like a saint like... that's not it hunny. Sometimes it works like with Bakarina but usually, it just seems wrong. (If you want another villainess story where she has to claw her way from a death ending I recommend 'Death Is the Only Ending for the Villainess'. So so good.)

I do have some gripes though, most of which are minor like the number of flowers that appear... I swear the amount could fill up an entire palace. Another is the fact that Mielle can sometimes be a disappointing antagonist. She's made some pathetic comebacks that really take away from the sweet revenge. Though at that point she's a child but you wonder how competent she really is and how foolish past Aria really was for falling into her trap.
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The dad, however. Totally despicable, especially in the latest update. GIVE ARIA THE CREDIT SHE DESERVES YOU MOLE FACED RAT. I'm itching to see his karma to finally be served.

Anyways I really recommend this for anyone who loves a revenge story! It's very satisfying and I'm sure you'll enjoy it also 🙂
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Not my favorite MC, but the story is okay  
by mallika23
June 3rd, 2020, 6:14pm
Rating: N/A
I have seen some other webtoon which MC turned badass after reincarnated. But I'm not sure if I could like her. She's wicked even from before she was reincarnated. She might change in some aspects. By living more modest and eager to study, but I don't like how she used people around her, those who genuinely care about her. How she fake herself.

She used the hourglass to turn back time a few times to turn things into her favor, but I bet there's no power as convenient as that. There will be a price to pay, but I don't know what it is. Time-related power usually eats up their owner's life in stories like this. I just hope this will not end in tragic.

I hope someday she could fall in love properly and most importantly not faking herself too much.
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She is not a nice hero. She's a manipulative, arrogant, and evil b*tch..... and I LOVE it.  
by moonmystery
May 22nd, 2020, 3:01pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
I hope this comic series stays a close adaptation of the completed web novel. Unlike most MC's of this trope, our badass bish doesn't suddenly turn a new leaf upon rebirth. She doesn't suddenly go from the worst villain in history to a misunderstood, slandered saint. Nah, our girl was always kinda crazy and ruthless thanks to her loveless childhood. But this time, she learns to be a charming psychopath for the sake of revenge. She doesn't swoon over the people that suddenly are nice to her. No, she personally bribed them to be kind this time around. Her antics are endless, and watching her slowly suffocate her tormentors brings the petty b**ch in me great fulfillment. Wow, what a QUEEN.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2020, 8:46am
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I like her  
by Minrei
April 27th, 2020, 8:19am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Loving the mc's character so far, she doesn't do a complete flip to her character (a noble brat). 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.

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love how she smiles whenever she thinks about making her sister irritated
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