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These Violent Delights de Chloe Gong
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These Violent Delights (edició 2020)

de Chloe Gong (Autor)

Sèrie: Violent Delights (1)

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In 1926 Shanghai, eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, heir of the Scarlet Gang, and her first love-turned-rival Roma Montagov, leader of the White Flowers, must work together when mysterious deaths threaten their city.
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Títol:These Violent Delights
Autors:Chloe Gong (Autor)
Informació:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2020), 464 pages
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Romeo and Juliet is probably Shakespeare’s most popular play. It has been remade, referenced, and adapted so many times. But Chloe Gong has a fun, fresh, and feisty angle to look at the story that really adds to the original idea. This book is also a great YA series opener that does not feel like it is forcing a sequel setup and did not bore me or make me mad at tropes!
Juliette Cai is back in Shanghai after spending four years as a flapper in early 1920’s New York. She came back ready to learn all she could about her job as heir to the Scarlet Gang, one of the two gangs that lead the city through violence and power. On her first day back, her former lover, Roma Montagov, comes into a burlesque club in Scarlet territory. Roma is heir to the White Flowers gang, the Russian gang controlling the other half of the city. While they are interacting, a man freaks out and claws out his own throat! The two realize that this ‘madness’ is spreading through both their gangs. Together, with the help of Roma’s friends, they work to figure out what is causing the Madness, while dealing with their interpersonal issues.
There was so much more to the story, but I honestly don’t want to spoil.
The connections to the original were not too overbearing. I loved the names (Tyler for Tybalt, Benedikt for Benvoilio) and the little callbacks (Juliette using Montague as a fake name for Montagov, Rosalind being repurposed as Juliette’s cousin). However, with the mystery of the madness and the history the characters had with each other, there was not a beat for beat following.
The characters were well developed and had very strong motives. Juliette wants to prove that she is smart enough to save her city and rule more peacefully, and Roma wants to stop the madness because it has someone close to him in a medically induced coma. The side characters all have different levels of wanting to help or hurt the leads. There was no one that felt unnecessary or two dimensional, except Tyler, but hopefully he has more room in the sequel.
The setting of the story was awesome. I don’t know much about Shanghai’s history, but Gong’s research into 1926 Shanghai is clear. The city is not only home to the two gangs, but also Communists, British, French, American, and more foreigners. The foreigners are trying to take control of the city from the gangs, and the Communists are the closest to succeeding. Roma and Juliette have to find a way to keep power from all of those groups. The setting also included different areas of the city, giving it a full, real feeling.
My favorite thing about this book is, of course, the romance. The romance takes a bit of a backseat, which I really like. The main issue is the madness. But Roma and Juliette are dealing with their former relationship, and how they left things on bad and confusing terms. I don’t really want to talk about those terms, for fear of spoilers. However, the way that the past revelations affect their relationship is intriguing and surprising. They’re drawn together then apart, but there is no need for a misunderstanding that could be solved with one conversation. The conversations keep making things worse! I also worry about romance series, but this book moves slowly through time, so the ending doesn’t worry me.
The book seems like it is wrapping up, but the last about fifteen pages make your eyes zoom and start panicking about page count. There is just not enough room to fix it! I am now in a mega book hangover and dying for the next one. I highly recommend you pick this up so you can suffer like me!
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  alex.reads88 | May 1, 2022 |
This was such a good read! So many twists. Im so glad I already have the 2nd book, so I can dive right in. ( )
  marryyy | Apr 23, 2022 |
These Violent Delights is the first in a duology by Chloe Gong which is highly hyped, I have seen many reviews which sing praise and I was interested to try it out. I enjoy Romeo and Juliette and was interested to try a retelling, the book takes place in the 1920s in Shanghai. The characters are Roma and Juliette (I was hoping for abit more originality with the names)
It starts off ok and interesting but for those expecting a fast paced romance, don’t.
It’s a slow book which is a little too plot heavy for my taste. I also didn’t care for the main characters though prefer Juliette.

Juliette is always talking about how everyone knows to be scared of her yet she was gone from Shanghai for years and years????
We are told over and over that she is fierce and a badass and while that is shown, every time it is repeated, it just made me roll my eyes.


Roma on the other hand was just dull, I found nothing interesting in him, no special qualities that made him different from the rest. I love how with the retelling he’s called Roma, not Romeo. Juliette is still Juliette in the retelling.

They spend so much time searching without a clue. They have to find the monster.
I didn't care for the monster or even for the thing about Paul because it was kind of obvious.
I kept reading expecting the ending to be so amazing and epic and it ends off anti climatic. There was such a build up and it turns out they will spend the next book hunting.
Oh Goody.
People have compared this to City of Brass, saying its perfect for fans of it. As you may recall, I hated City of Brass so I guess from the start, I should have known I wasn’t going to like this book.

1.75 stars

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  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
3.5 stars rounded up

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  yulissaeuceda_ | Jan 21, 2022 |
Will be reading sequel. ( )
  Ria_Vao | Dec 27, 2021 |
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These violent delights have violent ends / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, / Which, as they kiss, consume. – Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
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