These Violent Delights PDF ☆ These Violent eBook

These Violent Delights PDF ☆ These Violent eBook

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1) ❰Download❯ ➸ These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1) Author Chloe Gong – Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heartstopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heartstopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu RiverThe year is , These Violent eBook Ä and Shanghai hums to the tune of debaucheryA 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 eighteenyearold 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 betrayalBut 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.

    These Violent Delights PDF ☆ These Violent eBook Juliette’s first love…and first betrayalBut 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)
  • Chloe Gong
  • English
  • 17 January 2019
  • 9781534457690

About the Author: Chloe Gong

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10 thoughts on “These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)

  1. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    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.


  2. Melanie Melanie says:

    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 Americans, to Russians, etc (more about colonization later in the review). And the rival gang in the city is the White Flowers who are ruled by the Russians, and as of now the gangs ruthlessly kill each other while trying to assert dominance in their territories, but they might have to work together when a monster comes from the sea and attacks and kills anyone regardless of their hierarchies and districts. Oh, and it’s also a loose Romeo and Juliet retelling.
    Remarkably interesting set up, true? I was so very intrigued, and I was not disappointed. I loved all the overarching important themes in this book and how this author unapologetically wrote about them. The monster might be a made up thing for this story, but the real monsters are the people who take land and culture while also trying to control every aspect of the people they are stealing from's lives. And those are very much real and still thriving in 2020, and scarier than the scariest of book monsters.

    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 ploy or your heart reaching for me?

    I really loved Juliet and I was always compelled to learn more and more about her and her family. The Romeo in the story is named Roma and he is also the heir to the White Flower throne, hopefully. Both of their fathers are not completely sold on their leadership, which is why they are both trying to prove so much. It is also why they have this common ground (and a common, but bloody, past) with each other. I think most of you will enjoy their dynamic, especially being rival heirs who once were maybe more. And I really enjoyed them dancing around each other, discovering clues, and just having to work together again before the city is completely destroyed.

    This place rumbles on Western idealism and Eastern labor…

    This book also very much talks about communism and how white people like to still romanticize the political theory. Meanwhile, so many countries have been completely torn apart by it. This book really shows how people will use communism to help them take over PoC’s land and cities in the name of equality when they are just stealing. The monster (and a contagious disease that people need a cure for) in the book very much plays a part in this. I will say too that this book was very unexpectedly gory. If you are a bit squeamish, you might want to take a bit of caution with this one, because the author does not pull back with incredibly detailed descriptions.

    They believed themselves the rulers of the world—on stolen land in America, on stolen land in Shanghai. Everywhere they went—entitlement.

    Okay, let’s talk about colonization. Seeing Juliet feel like a foreigner in her own country? Her feeling like she must be more Americanized for people to hear her and listen to her? Being sent away to America, “forced” to get an education in American, using the name Juliet, dressing more American, speaking English and with a minimal accent at that? Heartbreak, truly heartbreaking. But this is a reality that so many Asians are forced to live even in 2020 (even my biracial white passing self). The world has always tried to tell us that Westernized voices are the ones that get heard, and if you want people to listen to you then you have to at least appear to be a “model minority” from the East. But I don’t even have words for how extra heartbreaking that is in your own country.
    This book also has some really good queer representation, with a brewing m/m romances between side characters that I think will be very much developed in the next book, but also with a trans girl side character who completely won me over. Obviously, it is ownvoices for the Chinese representation, and one half of the m/m relationship is Korean!

    Juliette Cai feared disapproval more than she feared grim on her soul.

    Overall (and again), I loved the themes of this book and I truly did love Juliet. I just felt like I didn’t love the plot with the actual monster in this book. I also felt like a lot plot points built up and just went nowhere, even though I’m sure they will be talked about in future books. I also didn’t love the romance, because I just didn’t love Roma. I think this book did a lot of talking, and not showing us, things about the characters. And the ending of this book really left me wanting so much more, but not necessarily in a good way. I still recommend this completely for the themes alone, and I think it is a very impressive debut. You can also tell that this story means a lot to the author, and her family and culture, and it is a tale that deserves to be read (and a history you shouldn’t let your Westernized education ignore). This is truly the highest of three stars from me, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

    Trigger and Content Warnings: lots of blood depiction, lots of gore, violence, death, murder, loss of a loved one, general plot around a disease that is contagious, talk of drug use and addiction, self-harm and suicide because of the “monster” in the book, colonization, racism (and lots of microaggressions), lots of talk of communism, brief mention of human trafficking and kidnapping, brief mention of loss of a pet, brief transphobia microaggression in the past (regarding choosing a name/identity), and just in general I think this book could be a tough read for you if you experience entomophobia (a fear of insects) so please use caution!

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  3. Chloe Gong Chloe Gong says:

    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 your review, you can tag me on Twitter or Instagram, but otherwise, I won’t be interacting! If you have any questions, you’ll have better luck reaching me on my website, or Twitter.

    CONTENT WARNINGS: This book contains mentions and descriptions of blood, violence, gore, character deaths, explicit description of gouging self (not of their own volition), murder, weapon use, insects, alcohol consumption, parental abuse.

    Please note that I’ve included above the more major content warnings, but if there is anything you think should be included that isn’t, do feel free to reach out. The safety of readers is my top priority!

    I’ll bow out on my final parting words. These Violent Delights is my love letter to Shanghai, to Shakespeare, and to my younger self, who so desperately wanted to find an adventure on the shelves starring someone with a face like hers. This book is also my mission as an English major to take a classic that we so dearly love and revamp it: in a new culture, with queer rep, and as a brutal takedown of colonialism—without losing its core themes about love, and hate, and loyalty.

    I hope you enjoy.

  4. may ➹ may ➹ says:

    if I don’t like this Asian Romeo and Juliet retelling full of stabbing and yearning that releases on my birthday....... what is the point to life anymore

  5. emma emma says:

    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 😎

  6. Kimberly (Deity of Books) Kimberly (Deity of Books) says:

    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), Russian, French, English, Dutch, and probably others. During the time that she's been away, her cousin, Tyler, has tried to prove himself worthy to be the heir of the Scarlet Gang. She is not like the Juliet from the original Romeo and Juliet (or so I remember). She is dependent, determined, ambitious, strong, and doesn’t care what others think about her. I love that she isn't afraid to speak her mind.

    Our other main character is Roma Montagov. He is the heir of The White Flowers, a rival Russian gang, and Juliette’s first love and betrayal. Roma is the type of guy that seems tough on the outside but on the inside, he’s a softie. He has family issues; Roma’s father isn’t entirely trusting of him and someone wants to take his spot as heir. When a monster starts to terrorize the city of Shanghai, Roma and Juliette have to work together to solve this mystery and save their people.

    From the moment I read this synopsis, I knew this was going to be a five-star read.

    1920’s Shanghai. This setting is genius and it’s what I love the most about this book. I like how the author tried to keep this as historically accurate as possible. You must be wondering: Is it historically accurate? Umm...I’m not the right person to answer this question. From my knowledge and (terrible) memory, it seems historically accurate.

    (Quote- to be added on publication date)

    I absolutely love the political atmosphere. The Imperialism era was around the 1920s. In addition to foreign political influence and turmoil, there is also domestic political turmoil and I love how both of these play a role in the plot. This book also discusses and deals with imperialism, white supremacy, racism, and other things of that sort.

    Romance―there wasn’t as much as I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it. Roma and Juliette are perfect for each other. There’s a lot of angst and tension between them. There is LGBTQ+ rep in this book and I hope that more romances and relationships can develop in the next book.

    The writing is amazing. It flows wonderfully. I loved all the flashbacks and seeing why Roma and Juliette’s relationship turned sour. The pacing is pretty slow, but it fits well with this book because there’s so much to learn about the past and the current atmosphere of Shanghai.

    I do have a couple of issues with this book but is there any book that’s perfect? I felt that the ending was rushed. This is something that I have a problem with a lot of books. All the plot twists didn’t feel that well-executed. When I was reading, I felt like they just popped up and there was nothing leading up to them.

    These Violent Delights was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and it definitely didn’t disappoint. This is a must-read book!

    *There is an amazing pre-order campaign for These Violent Delights. Click here to learn more.

    If you’ve made it to the bottom of the review, congrats, and thanks for sticking around! There’s something that I wanted to share about. Throughout the book, you might have noticed that Shanghai is often referred to as “the city above the sea”. For those of you that don’t know Mandarin, you might find this to be a bit strange. The reason why Shanghai (上海) is referred to as this is because it directly translates into above (the) sea.

    Thank you to the publisher, Margaret K. McElderry Books, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC. All opinions are my own.

  7. CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨ CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨ says:

    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.

  8. Emma Emma says:

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    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 people always have to look over their shoulders. In the midst of this all two families rule over Shanghai underworld, the Cais with their Scarlet Gang and the Montagovs with the White Flowers. And it's from these two families that the main characters come from, Roma who is the heir to the Montagov's White Flowers and Juliette, the princess to the Scarlet empire.
    But can these two young people prove themselves to be the heirs everyone needs? And how much are they willing to sacrifice? After all, all is fair in love and war.
    I believe the usual themes of the original play were used in a unique and smart way and I also think that we will see more of them in the next book.

    Personally, I really appreciated the fantasy elements that this novel deals with. It's not over the top or too complicated, but it's interesting enough to keep the plot going and my attention during the reading experience. There's a madness spreading and it's causing people to kill themselves by clawing their own throats out. Everyone is more scared than ever and the two gangs need to come together in order to find a solution. But will they manage to put aside their differences and succeed?

    I truly enjoyed this story and I cannot wait to read the next novel in this series.

  9. Sara Sara says:

    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 measure

    The plot is well established, the writing fantastic and the characters well developed.

    I believe this is Chloe Gong's debut novel which is seriously impressive too. These Violent Delights deserves a huge amount of hype and i really hope it gets it!

  10. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    I want to make out with this cover.

    Also, this sounds AMAZING.

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