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These Violent Delights

(These Violent Delights #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,819 ratings  ·  878 reviews
Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

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
Hardcover, Book of the Month, 464 pages
Published 2020
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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)
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)
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chai ♡
"A Romeo & Juliet retelling set in 1920s gangster-run Shanghai, about star-crossed exes putting aside the blood feud between them to stop a monster from terrorizing their city."

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
ARC provided by the publisher

✨ 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, the city has many foreign occupiers from the British, to the French, to Ameri
may ➹
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 the rival Russian White Flowers and the ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
↠ 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
Kimberly (Deity of Books)
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 characters in this book are polyglots. She can speak Mandarin (and its other dialects), Russ
Umairah | Sereadipity
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
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 😎
May 06, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This author is still an undergrad in college...
what have I been doing with my life??????
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 equa
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.
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
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
I want to make out with this cover.

Also, this sounds AMAZING.
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THIS LOVELY 💕 I’m so excited to read you.

"if you love:

sharp girls with knives
dangerous boys who cry
cities that feel alive
and old stories told anew"


Chloe Gong said that she took inspiration from The Diviners by Libba Bray... one of my favorite series of all time... and if it’s not obvious how hyped I already am, it just sky rocketed even more 😌

I'm being so impatient but I NEED my copy NOW T_T all I
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.
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Roaring 20s but forget New York and make it Shanghai 👀 I see what’s going on here and I approve
☆ sana ☆
- family rivalry
- second chance
- betrayal
- forbidden love
- heirs to the rival gangs working together to defeat their common enemy

This book was bound to become one of my favorite reads of this year and that, it did! If the title doesn't already make it clear (I hope the sequel is named "These Violent Ends"), it's a Romeo and Juliet retelling. It's set in Shanghai 1926 and follows Roma Montagov who's an heir to a Russian gang called White Flowers and Juliette Cai, who's an heir to a Chi
November 02, 2020: Rarely does a rainy day recommend you a book, when you can hear the thunder screaming and the rain pelting the windows—as if warning you to read this book now or you’ll be drenched in tears—and you decide to actually honour the anticipation building within you by picking it up right then. But one such day did recommend These Violent Delights to me and I shall be sending a thank you letter to whoever operates the tap in the clouds.

read this review on my blog!

These Violent D
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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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
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,
Kirsty Hendry
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of These Violent Delights in exchange for an honest review.

In Shanghai, in 1926, a blood feud that has been ongoing for years continues.

Tensions between the Scarlet and White Flower gangs is constant, causing casualties on both sides.

4 years earlier heir to the Scarlet gang, Juliette Cai and the White Flower heir Roma Montagov saw past the blood feud and fell in love. That is, until he betrayed her.

After some time away, Juliette has returned to S
Ryan Foo
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely phenomenal, it had me at the edge of my seat by the end of it. I'm her college roommate, and I skipped studying for a midterm and writing a couple of papers to finish reading this breathtaking novel.
a n i s s a
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new all-time favourite.

As the people around them broke away in light laughter, switching partners before the music started again, Roma and Juliette both simply stood there, heaving for breath, chests rising and falling, as if they had just engaged in close-contact combat instead of the waltz.


Head empty, heart hurt and smashed into a million pieces.

I delved into These Violent Delights with a feeling of complete preparedness for all the stabbing and the yearning (YEARNING!!!). But I was sorely mistaken. I was not prepa
Natasha Ngan
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deliciously dark twist on Romeo and Juliet that feels vibrant, modern, and wholly exciting. Gong’s writing brims with energy. I was swept away to her dark Shanghai from the first page and never wanted to leave!
☆ 3 / 5 ☆

“You destroy me and then you kiss me. You give me reason to hate you and then you give me reason to love you. Is this a lie or the truth? Is this a play or your heart reaching for me?”

In this 1920s Shanghai, the city is divided between two gangs (the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers) and entitled foreigners. Juliette, of the Scarlet gang, has come back home after years spent in the United States and as a mysterious madness is sweeping through the streets, taking down both Scarlets
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

The concept of this?? Amazing. The execution of it?? Even better.

When a madness plagues 1920s Shanghai, heirs to the cities two opposing gangs Juliette and Roma must work together to put an end to it before the entire city falls prey. A task made more difficult on account of their history as lovers before a betrayal ripped them apart. This Romeo and Juli
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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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