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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  • 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 ?

    me: now that I am done with finals, I just want to relax and nestle into the soothing embrace of a good bookalso me: *picks up this Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s gangster-run Shanghai about ...

  • Melanie

    OwlCrate's December 2020 Box : My Rep Code: MEL10 ❤️Fairyloot's November 2020 Box: My Rep Code: MELANIE5 ❤️✨ Reviews you should check out: Xiran's, Lili's, CW's  "Any...

  • 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...

  • Joel Rochester

    THAT ENDING THOUGH!!!!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 ...

  • Sofia

    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...

  • 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...

  • She-who-must-not-be-named

    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, ...

  • 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 J...