“These Violent Delights” by Chloe Gong — Book Review

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“These Violent Delights” by Chloe Gong is a New York Times Bestseller

In a “Romeo and Juliet” retelling, author Chloe Gong brings 1920’s Shanghai to life in a thrilling romantic historical fantasy novel that follows Juliette Cai, the daughter and heir of the Scarlet Gang and Roma Montagov, the son and heir of the White Flower gang. Gong takes on the classic star-crossed lovers trope and takes it to new heights. With a strange disease ripping through the city and causing mass casualties between both parties, Juliette and Roma find their paths crossing again after a betrayal that left the lovers pulled apart.
Forced to team up once again, Juliette and Roma battle their own demons while trying to defeat the real threat, without pulling each other apart in the process. Full of cultural and fantastical elements, These Violent Delights is a must-read that has a genre/element for everyone. Action and adventure, romance, comedy, thrilling plot-twists, an edge-of-your-seat rivalry and storyline that will have you wanting more. The sequel, “These Violent Ends”, is the mind-blowing end to the lovers story, full of elements so often praised in the first book.