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These Violent Delights (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Our Violent Ends (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chloe Gong
New York bestselling writer of ‘These Violent Delights’ and the sequel Our Violent Ends, Chloe Gong, is a fantasy and historical fiction author born in Shanghai and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied English and international relations.
After exhausting the whole YA part of her library, she began writing her books at 13 to stay entertained. True to her expectations, she has been entertained since then and has been known to mysteriously appear through singing Romeo and Juliet in one of Shakespeare’s famous plays.

These Violent Delights
It’s the first in the These Violent Delights series. The book is set in the year 1926 when Shanghai hums to the tune of dissipation. A bloody fight between two gangs turns the streets red leaving the city in the grasp of chaos. At the center of it all is eighteen–year–old Juliette Cai, a former flapper and has returned to take up her role as the heir of the Scarlet Gang.

The scarlet gang is a network of criminals that no one can dictate, even the law. Their main enemy in power is the White Flowers, a Russian gang and has fought Scarlet for too long. Behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love and betrayal.

When the gangsters on both sides show signs of instability which has come to the killing of their gang members due to a strange illness, people start gossiping. A mysterious illness has caused the members of the gangs to cut their own throats. It appears like madness, and as deaths increase, Roma and Juliette must put their rifles and grudges aside and work together. If they can’t stop these killings, then it appears there will be no city to rule for either of them. They also fear that foreigners may take advantage of their weakness and lead the city. There were so many foreigners like the French, British, Russian, and Americans.

Juliette is willing to do anything to prove to her father that she can lead the scarlet gang. Four years back, a betrayal by the White Flowers heir Roma led to the death of uncountable Scarlets, and before the lethal contagion, Juliette was prepared to revenge.

The gossip says that a creature in the river brought the plague, and she is left with no choice but to ignore her family’s interests to team with the leader of the white flowers. Teaming with Roma makes her family question her loyalty to them since her falling in love with him some years back is what made her be exiled.

Chloe Gong catches the reader’s attention with vivid descriptions and a fast-paced plot. The book is a product of intriguing mystery, forbidden romance, and a beautiful atmosphere set in 1920s Shanghai. Juliette is a young Chinese girl trying to meet her family’s expectations before her throne is grabbed by someone else.

The author shows how nobody recognizes Juliette without her flapper clothes and finger waves, and the gang seems to have no respect for her, making her feel like an outsider. The themes in the story focus on colonization and exploitation by the whites and how the westerners thought they could claim the land as they owned it just because they felt they are more superior.

The characters are adorable and tolerable, and intelligent enough. The suspense was well built, and the creepy atmosphere was perfect. Themes of family, identity, and loyalty bring significance to her inventive adaptation. The strong supporting cast, which includes a Trans girl, completes the exciting and compelling story.

The end leaves the reader yearning for more. The cast of characters is diverse in terms of ethnicities and identities. Roma and Benedikt, his cousins, are whites while their fellow white flower marshall Seo is Korean and queer. Juliet and her twin cousins Rosalind and Kathleen are Chinese, where Kathleen is Transgender.

Chloe Gong blends star-crossed lovers to create a gripping mystery with a violent blood feud. The story is a deliciously dark twist on Romeo and Juliet that is vibrant, modern, and exciting.

Full of suspense and glitter, these violent delights take the reader into the world of 1926 Shanghai. The growing tension between the hero and heroine will keep the reader engaged to the last page.

Our Violent Ends
The book is the second in the These Violent Delights series. It’s set in the year 1927, a time when Shanghai is under siege and at the edge of revolution. After Juliette sacrifices her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, she has been a girl in the war.
One wrong move will lead to her cousin stepping into her position as the scarlet’s gang heir. The only way left to save the love of her life from the angry Scarlets is for Roma to want her dead because of killing his friend in cold blood.

If Juliette was guilty of the crime Roma thinks she committed, his rejection might be less. Roma is still stumbling from the Marshall’s death, and Benedikt, his cousin, is not speaking to him. Roma believes it was his fault for letting the brutal Juliette in his life once more and plans to make things right even if it will mean killing the girl he loves and hates equally.

A new monstrous danger comes to the city, and albeit secrets keep the two apart, Juliette has to secure Roma’s cooperation for them to end the threat once. Shanghai is already facing enough, and the nationalists are marching on, and the rumors of civil war have become louder day by day while the gangster rule faces complete obliteration.

Roma and Juliette have to put their differences aside to defeat the monsters and politics, but they don’t seem to be prepared for the most dangerous threat of all, protecting their feelings from each other. The plot and development were excellently done, and even though the book has high stakes of the conflict, the characters are still outstanding. Chloe Gong seems to understand humans and their flaws that are hidden below their skin.

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