These Violent Delights
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
An Instant New York Times Bestseller! A BuzzFeed Best Young Adult Book of 2020 Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Serpent & Dove, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River. This paperback edition of These Violent Delights contains never-before-seen letters from Roma to Juliette!The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.This paperback edition of These Violent Delights contains never-before-seen content!
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"I enjoyed this book and I'm excited (maybe a bit nervous) for the next one. Our leads are pretty unlikeable. I think I rooted against them and their gangs for the entire story and I had a great time doing it. Now, this is very clearly Chloe Gong's first book and that comes across most in an oversimplified of all the non fantasy related topics she wants to cover. Buuuuut it is a YA novel and I know when I was 16 I would have probably skimmed over all that anyway 💁"
"I think I would actually give a 3.5 for this one. There were parts that it was really slow and the political aspects were kind of meh. But the end was good and got more interesting. It's a Romeo and Juliet story so there has to be rival families/gangs which means the characters aren't necessarily good people all the time. Same with all the politics. There isn't really a good side and a bad side."
"4.5 stars. this retelling of Romeo and Juliette set in 1920’s Shanghai between two rival gangs is one of my fav retelling, it’s the culture sensitivity and the small little ism that pop up even though you are reading fantasy some very real world topics come about and i am absolutely scared shitless to read book 2. I fear it might wreck me. Miss Juliette is what I aspire to be, just but brutual when needed. and Roma is who I really should be, choosing kindness and the high road as long as possible. loved Marshall and Roslyn too 😭"
"I absolutely love love loved this book, all the characters are amazingly written and the plot is very well developed and I loved the mix of different languages the author put in the book. My only complaint is that I felt the romantic relationship between Roma and Juliette was a bit silly- but over all it has been one of my favorite reads. 5🌟 :D"
"Okay, if you haven’t heard of this book I’ll be surprised. This book is like a twist on Romeo and Juliet, where they’re both super badass and even more hot 😩 anyway, I 100% recommend this book. It gives me major Six of Crows vibes (a very good thing lol), found family, has multiple povs, and the plotwists yall."
"This book was good and it was neat seeing characters who didn't really know themselves that well. I'm not sure if that is because the author was also unsure of where she wanted these characters to end up but it did lead to some neat shifts in energy and direction as the madness takes over more and more of the city. Never saw Rosalind becoming suspicious and hateful coming "