These Violent Delights

These Violent Delights

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 power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

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.

Title:These Violent Delights
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781534457690
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    These Violent Delights Reviews

  • Chloe Gong

    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...

  • 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." I AM LOOKING DIRECTLY ...

  • Melanie

    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...

  • 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...

  • Joel Rochester

    THAT ENDING THOUGH!!!!One of the best YA books of this year. Completely amazing, I love it sm. ...

  • jessica

    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 rek...

  • Robin

    ↠ 5 starsYou 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 t...

  • Lia Carstairs

    Eternally grateful to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!! What.Was.That?!?!Seriously. What the hell was that cliffhanger?!?!😰 All that work and then ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...