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These Violent Delights

(These Violent Delights #1)

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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
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Chloe Gong Someone directed me over here to answer (I don't usually see Goodreads questions, any other ones should be sent direct to me) but yes, I do have one! …moreSomeone directed me over here to answer (I don't usually see Goodreads questions, any other ones should be sent direct to me) but yes, I do have one! Roma is masculine in Slavic cultures, you might referring to different cultures. It's a diminutive for Roman, which is indeed a very Russian name. Hope that helps!(less)
Chloe Gong I've seen some confusion floating around about this so I figured I'd hop on and clarify - Roma and Juliette are m/f! Of course, there's certainly on-p…moreI've seen some confusion floating around about this so I figured I'd hop on and clarify - Roma and Juliette are m/f! Of course, there's certainly on-page LGBTQ+ rep for other main characters in the book.(less)
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Chloe Gong
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to begin this note with a quip about giving the book 5 stars, but the truth is, if I hadn’t poured all my heart and blood into it, then I wouldn’t have put it forward for publication. And since I have put it forward, then that means I believe in this book with everything I have, and I’m honored to be able to share These Violent Delights with you all.

Goodreads is a space for readers, not authors, so I’m only here to drop this note and then skedaddle. If you’d like me to share or read yo
chai ♡
me: now that I am done with finals, I just want to relax and nestle into the soothing embrace of a good book

also me: *picks up this Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s gangster-run Shanghai about star-crossed exes putting aside the blood feud between them to prevent a monster from terrorizing their city that everyone tells me it's guaranteed to break my heart*

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✨ Reviews you should check out: Xiran's, Lili's, CW's 

"Anyone can be the master to a monster should their heart be wicked enough."

These Violent Delights is an ownvoices story starring a Chinese heiress who recently moved back to Shanghai and is willing to do anything to prove to her father that she is ready to rule the Scarlet Gang. But in 1920s Shanghai,
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
↠ 5 stars

You had me at Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920's Shanghai. In this wondrous debut from author Chloe Gong, Shakespeare meets a new decade, one with rivaling gangs and a river monster tormenting the citizens. The blood feud between the White Flowers and the Scarlet Gang is one that has transformed the city. Alliances have been drawn and no one can stand the middle ground. Enter the once-lovers, Juliette and Roma, separated by their families and a long ago betrayal. They must set asi
Joel Rochester
One of the best YA books of this year. Completely amazing, I love it sm.
may ➹
— find this review and others on my blog!

Backdropped by 1926 Shanghai humming with life and debauchery, These Violent Delights follows Juliette Cai, heir to the Scarlet Gang, who watches angrily as her city falls further into the clutches of white foreigners. Equally as worrying as the threat of colonialism is the sudden appearance of a monster that causes people to tear out their own throats. The only way Juliette can defeat the monster and save her people is to work with Roma Montagov, heir to
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
if i could sum up the story of roma and juliette, it would be this quote by toni morrison:
‘we mistook violence for passion… and thought recklessness was freedom.’
the ruthless gangs, the rekindling of a first love after betrayal, the haunting of a monster and madness, and the dramatic ploys of various nationalities trying to gain control of shanghai, this story delivers on so many fronts.

i could most definitely see how this follows the tale of romeo and juliet, but at the same time, it feel
These Violent Delights is superior to Romeo and Juliet in so many ways, and reducing it to simply "a R and J retelling" is doing it a disservice. Even though I did feel like an intellectual whenever I caught the Shakespeare references.

This book is the product of an intriguing mystery, a forbidden romance, and the gorgeous atmosphere of 1920s Shanghai. Juliette Cai, heir to the Scarlet Gang, is a young Chinese girl desperately trying to live up to her family's expectations before her throne can b
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Romeo and Juliet retelling coupled with a historical screenplay of Shanghai torn by two rival Gangs (Scarlet gang and the White Flower gang) the Communists, and other foreigners fighting for power, These Violent Delights is, without an ounce of doubt, a debut of immense talent.

The crux of the story

Scarlet Gang is in charge of Shanghai and is the most powerful of all gangs in Shanghai. Juliette Cai , heiress of the Scarlet Gang ruled by the ruthless Lord Cai, has returned from America and i
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Additional note: I forgot to highlight this because I only realized it, the reason I love (and perhaps for a lot of other people too) Juliette and Roma so much is because it never felt like Roma was Juliette's knight in shining armor. The romance felt like they were reliant on each other without ever making half of the couple showcase inferiority. They were both strong and vulnerable.

Miss Chloe Gong really said let’s put diversity, chemistry, and beautiful writing together and then write a book.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here it is, my love of 2020! I wasn’t just immersed in this book, I was drowned in it. It’s the kind of book you wish you could read for the first time, again and again.
This was such a captivating mix of fantasy, romance, horror and mystery (basically all the things I love) packaged into this neat story that I just could not put down.
The characters were all so admirable and I loved how the story played out. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call this work flawless.
Waiting for the sequel is go
Lia Carstairs
Eternally grateful to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!! <3


What the hell was that cliffhanger?!?!😰
All that work and then that happens??? omgomgomg😓

Chloe Gong really knows how to deliver an ending. I just love how she ends the book in the middle of a climax?!?! (She even added the "To be continued" at the end as if knowing that her readers would be begging for more aghhhh and I unknowingly fell into the trap)

I co
Miranda Reads
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warnings: violence (pretty gory), abuse, racism, grief, mentions of drug use.

It’s that time of year again.
That time where I read as much Asian-representation as I can get my hands on.

Okay, I’ve never actually read Shakespeare (I think I have to read Romeo and Juliet for English sometime soon though) but I knew vaguely how this went. I also knew that they were both supposed to die at the end, so I just came for the 1920’s Shanghai aesthetic.

“This place hums to the tune of debauchery. This
Kimberly (Deity of Books)
✨ (↠ For a more mobile-friendly reading experience ↠) Review is also posted on my blog

As someone who is not a fan of the original Romeo and Juliet (sorry), I really enjoyed this. This book is one of the best books I’ve read in 2020. It definitely could be one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life.

We are introduced to Juliette Cai, one of the main characters. She is the heiress of the Scarlet Gang and has just come back from New York City after finishing her education. She and most char
May 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
This author is still an undergrad in college...
what have I been doing with my life??????
Jun 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
so this author is a junior in college...this is blatantly against one of my major life policies (pretending that anyone younger than me is not cooler than me)

but this book sounds so good i might have to break the rules 😎
Phuong ✯
2.5 stars

First of all I want to say that I think it's unfair that this book is in the GCA Semifinals in Young Adult Fantasy when it hasn't even released yet. GR messing up these awards every year is nothing new, but it still bugs me. A book that has been released for months now, should be able to have that spot. I would have said this regardless if I liked These Violent Delights or not, I just think other books that have already been released may deserve the exposure more.

Edit: Not surprise th
Umairah | Sereadipity
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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BREAKING NEWS! Recently, sobs of anguish have been issuing from Shakespeare's grave at random hours of the day. There is much speculation over the cause but I'll let you in on a secret: Shakespeare's ghost is weeping on the other side because finally, after all these years, he's been outdone. Who by? Chloe Gong and her painfully beautiful debut, These Violent Delights.

Content Warnings: Blood, violence, gore, character deaths, explicit description of gouging self (not of their own volition), murd
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Cait (Caitsbooks)
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Check out this review (and more) over on my blog!

Quick Stats:
5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: I had some pretty high expectations for this book, but I never expected it to fly above all of them.

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Gun Violence, Torture, Suicide, (Drug) Addiction (Mention), Child Abuse, Murder,
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These Violent Delights is the perfect title for this book, it is very violent at times, but what a delight it is to read!

Shakespeare re-tellings have, in my experience, gone one of two ways and i'm always wary when i start a new one. I needn't have worried with TVD as it feels vibrant and charmingly modern despite being set in the 1920s.
1920's Shanghai is not a time period I had read about before but I was completely enamored with the setting. It felt incredibly glamorous and dangerous in equal
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Full review now on my book blog, The Quiet Pond.


oh................... OH SHIT

if this isn't the next big YA, then i WILL riot. this book was PHENOMENAL.

i was provided an ARC by the author. this does not affect my opinion in any way.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
i refuse to form a single coherent thought about this book in present moment. Please respect my privacy in my time of healing.
krista ☽✧
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
“Memories were beastly little creatures, after all—they rose with the faintest whiff of nourishment.”

unpopular opinion alert , dont kill me people. i expected this too blow my mind away but it didnt. iIt was just a like. which is not bad but not super good like i thought it would be so yeah. * little dissapointed noises *

These violent delights is the debut novel by Chloe Gong. The story focusses on two gangs that both live and want to rule Shanghai in 1926. We have Juliette Cai who is the he
Xiran Zhao
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Personal Rating: Juliette Cai could backhand me right into the Huangpu River, and I’d thank her
Reasons to Read: The richly realized world of 1920s Shanghai, the poetry-like prose, the tense mystery, the meticulously developed characters, the delicious and scathing discourse against colonialism, the doomed LOOOONGING between Roma and Juliette

So this is one of those books that makes me angry. Angry because I cannot BELIEVE I never knew the extent of how interesting the situation in 1920s Shanghai
Tessa  Herondale~Carstairs
4.5 stars

This book made it possible for my heart to stop.

The review I wrote got deleted. Whyyyyyy???? A paper I wrote for school got deleted too. I have to rewrite it now. Why is this happening to me.

This is gonna be a watered-down version of what I'd written.

I ship Benedikt and Marshall.

The plot was on point. It was like a problematic car that went smoothly and then lurched and went smoothly again and when you think "Now, it will go smoothly forever and everything is fine" you gon find out
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
woah, that was mind-blowing. i came in with high expectations and i was not disappointed.

why did i like this so much? well, chloe gong was able to craft a story with an amazing plot, villains, romance, great side-characters, and awesome protagonists. that's a lot of work for one book.

if you're planning on reading this, then read it! it's so worth it.

- characters -

juliette - she was a great protagonist but her coldness got on my nerves a bit. she was rude in situations where it wouldn't cost h
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

This book is a very solid debut novel and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it! It's a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in Shanghai in the 1920s and guys believe me when I say it was everything and more.

The story is a fantasy infused with politics. It is set in the world of gangsters where constant fear, backstabbing, and retaliation are a daily occurrence. Nobody is safe and peop
lily ☁️
This book was sitting in my mailbox for almost two months, before I finally read it … I was still not ready to have my feelings end up this way—lying dead in a ditch somewhere in Shanghai, having clawed their throats out with their bare hands after a softly whispered tǎ mǎ dé, carried away into nothingness.

(No one talk to me about being named in the acknowledgments, unless you want to make me sob.)

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Chloe Gong is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English and International Relations. During her breaks, she’s either at home in New Zealand or visiting her many relatives in Shanghai. Chloe has been known to mysteriously appear by chanting “Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best plays and doesn’t deserve its slander in pop culture” into a mirror three times. You c ...more

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