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Chloe Gong

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Obres de Chloe Gong

These Violent Delights (2020) 2,764 exemplars
Our Violent Ends (2021) 1,081 exemplars
Foul Lady Fortune (2022) 782 exemplars
Immortal Longings (2023) 752 exemplars
A Foul Thing & This Foul Murder (2023) 209 exemplars
Foul Heart Huntsman (2023) 183 exemplars
These Violent Delights Duet (2021) 19 exemplars
Welch trügerisches Herz (2023) 1 exemplars
Welch unverhoffte Wahrheit (2024) 1 exemplars

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Data de naixement
20th Century
China (birth)
New Zealand
Laura Crockett



“How many more faux monsters would be torn down with unbidden violence in their path toward finding the real one? How was she any different from the killers that lurked in this city—the ones that she was trying to stop?”

Without any preamble, These Violent Delights has you falling into one familiar character after another—realizing without realizing the connection to Shakespeare’s archetypal characters. There’s the obvious Roma Montagov and Juliette Cai, but then it took me halfway through the book before I realized that the White Flowers scientist Lourens was the adaptation of Romeo’s herbalist Friar Laurence. None of these characters are cookie-cutter replicas of their Elizabethan counterparts, which made this a fresh read.

Like the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, which alludes to more hate and violence than love and romance, These Violent Delights also focuses more on the feuding in this 1920’s Shanghai gangster-ruled setting. In this version, it’s years after the original tragic ending where the only deceased counterpart characters are the Nurse and Lady Montague. We’re given snapshots of flashbacks to fill in the gaps about what has occurred to start and fuel the feud, as well as the alluded betrayal between the two main characters. This original plot pits Roma and Juliette, heirs of the blood-feuding gangs, against one in another in control of the city they love; however, they come together to fight a new sci-fi enemy—a monster that’s being unleashed on both Scarlets and White Flowers alike.

This story is at its best when the plot moves along without all of the muddled political dissection, which doesn’t seem to happen until the last 100 pages or so, and when the characters move beyond their single-layer trope, which, again, doesn’t happen until the last 100 pages. Juliette Cai portrayed as a cold-blooded killer doesn’t work until we see her struggle with one of the novel’s most essential questions: Do you have to become a monster to fight a monster?

Even though the middle seemed to drag rather mundanely, enough movement and intrigue occurred at the end that made me want to know what will happen next in this series—a series meant for ninth-graders. This first book is the perfect mix of Odysseus’s sea monsters lurking beneath the water’s edge, Romeo and Juliet’s lovers star-crossed above, and Lord of the Flies’ transcendental question of humans being the real monsters within.
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lizallenknapp | Hi ha 46 ressenyes més | Apr 20, 2024 |
While my overall enjoyment led me to award this book with 4 stars, I do recognize that it certainly has some issues and won't appeal to everyone.

What made me enjoy it so much was the magic and the atmosphere. The magic allows a gifted person to jump into the body of another. It was very simple in concept, yet it eventually became more complex. It added quite a bit of tense atmosphere as we follow Calla walking through the city, knowing anyone could be an enemy. And the city itself made for a great setting. It is this monster of a city with an overflowing population that made people squeeze in more living space wherever possible, joining buildings and blocking out the sunlight. The people are hungry and poor to such an extent they try to get hurt or killed by the game competitors to receive compensation.

The story itself was good enough. It certainly had some surprising moments, but also the game was more of a background that allowed for characters to collide.

The three main characters were morally grey and strongly goal-oriented and ruthless, which made it fun to follow their actions, but I also didn't get very attached to them.

The romance line wasn't very convincing or interesting. It's supposed to be a big part of the book and it just wasn't. I don't care for romance much, so I was fine with not getting it. The relationship might have not been really fleshed out, but it still worked well enough for the plot.

I think this book would appeal to people who enjoy world-building and ruthless characters. I wouldn't recommend it to those who are looking for a good romance story.

I received an ARC for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Levitara | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Apr 5, 2024 |
August is the heir to the empire of Talin, but he has plans to depose the current ruler, King Kasa, with some help from Calla Tuoleimi - a princess who killed her own parents and is believed to be dead. She's entered into the games, an annual event in the twin cities of San-Er, allowing the last person alive to gain an enormous amount of money and leave the impoverished populace behind. The plan is for Calla to win, with August's help, and as the victor when she's given access to the King, to kill him. But Anton Makusa, a former friend of August's, may just foil that plan as he enters the games with motives of his own and forges an alliance with Calla.

I'm ambivalent about this book, which has some elements that I very much enjoy, but doesn't quite live up to its promise. It's one of those blended science fiction/fantasy stories that seems to be set in the future, but also has magic elements, in this case the ability of people with really strong qi to "jump" into another body and take over for a period of time (or for good, if the stronger person so decides). The games will sound familiar to anyone who has read [The Hunger Games], though decidedly more violent in this adult book where, to keep the person from jumping, they must be killed quickly, often decapitated. Added to that the nods to [Antony and Cleopatra], which this is inspired by rather than a retelling of, and you just get A Lot thrown into a plot. The romance aspect kind of came out of nowhere, when all of a sudden they were attracted to each other, and was never developed to my satisfaction. And I'm not a huge fan of narratives told in present tense. I never quite got to the point where I could sink in and enjoy the story, but I remained intrigued throughout. That all being said, the idea of what one can do with their qi leaves much to be explored in future volumes of this planned trilogy, and the ending of this one left me curious enough to read the next one.
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bell7 | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Feb 24, 2024 |



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