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These Violent Delights
These Violent Delights | Chloe Gong
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 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 Ganga 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, Juliettes first loveand 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 gunsand grudgesaside and work together, for if they cant stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
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This was not what I expected. It was an interesting story line but I had a hard time following along with some of it. Overall it was a pretty good story. Hopefully I will be able to better understand the sequel to it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#TheseViolentDelights #ChloeGong #book #books #bookmark #bookmarks #bookmarket #bookmarkets #bookmoment #bookmoments #bookquote #Fantasy #HistoricalFiction #YoungAdult #Romance #Retellings #Historical #Fiction #Mystery 💛💛

TheBookHippie I liked the sequel better! 1mo
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5feet.of.fury “Doesn‘t it gladden you that the rain won‘t be dripping on us in the wee small hours?” 2mo
Meshell1313 “My throat is weeping.” 🤣🤣🤣 I‘m literally dying of laughter. 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
DPgirl "Thw sun was setting over the mountains, and Ben felt as if it was taking another precious chunk of time with it" ?? 2mo
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5feet.of.fury 🤣 2mo
Tera66 Oh no😂 2mo
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writerlibrarian
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#weeklyforecast

This is day 2 of my summer break. 3 weeks of nothing but reading. 😁
August is also ARC challenge month.
Let's see how many I can knock off the 📚

#AugustARCs

Cinfhen Ohhh, I forgot all about ARCs 🫢 Enjoy your next 3 weeks!!! I better go check my #NetGalley shelf 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the reminder 💜 2mo
Susanita Reading break! Sweet! 2mo
Andrew65 Enjoy your reading fest! 2mo
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#threethings make a post.

Thing 1 : Finished another ARC
Thing 2 : Started book 1 of a duology book 2 is the next ARC
Thing 3 : Reading with a sleepy cat

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Our story centers around Juliette Cai, a former flapper girl who‘s returned from her time in America to reclaim her place as heiress to the Scarlet Gang, and Roma Montagov, the mistreated and belittled heir of the White Flowers. When they were fifteen, Juliette and Roma defied the blood feud in a moment of mutual peace and fell in love.

But we wouldn‘t have a story if their love was allowed to grow and flourish, right?
#TheseViolentDelights 💕💕

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#LMPBC @shadowfat @mklong @magyklyXdelish
#Bookspin #doublebookspin #June
I was not expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did. This is not a book I think I would have picked up on my own, but am glad I read it.
The story line was just interesting enough to keep in me engaged and having to know what comes next.
The end not at all what I expected, and I have the audio of #2 on hold with the library.

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cwarnier
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#summer
It is hot out, but bearable in the shade by the river.
Great place to read.

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Dcueto
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Why did I leave this duet on my TBR for so long???? Love love love Shakespeare, Shakespeare retellings, and this particular spin on Romeo and Juliet. DEVOURED the two books

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#JoysOfJune
So I am almost completely caught up on #BIbleBuddyRead. I am only behind by 3 days! Better than my goal.
I finished Forever Pucked- Better than my original goal.
I didn't quite make it to chapter 10 of These Violent Delights, but I am made it to chapter 5.
Overall I am pleasantly happy with how well I did! Usually I do horribly with goal setting and over set.

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Gorgeous afternoon for pool sitting and swimming.
Maybe I will get through chapter 10, aka my #joysofjune goal.

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#lmpbc
Look what arrived today. I will try to get in this shortly.
@Shadowfat @mklong @magyklyXdelish

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This was a little long for me but it picked up towards the end. I enjoyed that it wasn't your typical take on Romeo and Juliet. Sorry it took so long to read! I mailed this out yesterday @cwarnier . @mklong @magyklyXdelish #lmpbc group Q

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Mehso-so

It is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, but set in 1920s Shanghai and involving a monster, a mystery, and the two heirs to their family-gangster-empire. It has gotten a lot of rave reviews, but I was underwhelmed and had a hard time making myself come back to it each time. I just couldn't get into it or care that much. I feel bad because my oldest daughter loved it and went right out to get the sequel. She's been on me to read it, but 🤷‍♀️

thereadingpal I'm reading mixed reviews about this book x) now I really wanna see for myself 4mo
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This book has absolutely no right to be as boring as it is. Shakespeare re-telling, Shanghai in the 1920s, an epidemic of madness which has people literally ripping their own throats out. It has so much potential to be an exciting story. But. It‘s. Just. Not.

CoverToCoverGirl I was uncertain about this one but your review has help me to decide. Off the shelf is comes, not interested in the ripping out of throats. 😬 4mo
batsy Oh, that's disappointing. I was intrigued by the description but it also seemed like the type of book that would be either hit or miss. 4mo
ClairesReads @CoverToCoverGirl glad to have helped! 4mo
ClairesReads @batsy I was disappointed too- lots of people seem to have liked it but I just could not get invested 4mo
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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.
#TheseViolentDelights #ChloeGong #Fantasy #HistoricalFiction #YoungAdult #Romance #Retellings #Historical #Fiction #YoungAdultFantasy #Mystery #Audiobook #book #books #TBR #ToBeRead #TBRBingo #booktattoo #booktree #bookthief #booktopia #booktoday #bookyourself #bookunion #bookutopia 💛💛💛

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Haven‘t read much lately because I‘ve been busy with grad school but I did finish this one! It had a slow start but I ended up loving it! It was original, well-written and so interesting! I liked both Roma and Juliet and many of the side characters. I don‘t like most retellings I‘ve read: thus, I was pleasantly surprised by this one! It also had a great amount of diverse representation! I am so excited to read the next book!

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Mehso-so

I was excited about this Romeo & Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai with a heavy dose of fantasy, but ultimately, it fell short for me. There were interesting plot points, but the fantasy/science fiction elements and worldbuilding were very weak. The writing was choppy and I didn‘t connect with any of the characters. This could have been a lot shorter (and not a duology), but it ended on a cliffhanger, so I‘ll give the finale a shot. 2.5⭐️

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I cannot express how exceptional this novel is. As someone that teaches R&J on a yearly basis- THIS IS THE ADAPTATION THAT THE WORLD NEEDED. It is a MUST read. 1920s, Shanghai opposing gangs. In the R&J adaptation, this is more post teen love (19/20 now), full enemies after assumed teenage betrayal. I am already LOVING the sequel. Also, yes, I keep a planner mostly just to past pictures of book covers in. #shakespeareadaptation #teachersoflitsy

Kimberlone I will definitely check it out! 5mo
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You had me at Romeo & Juliet meet 1920‘s Shanghai. Add in some supernatural fantasy and this kept me immersed in the story. I loved meeting old, familiar characters in new ways! My favorite is what Gong did with Friar Lawrence! I can‘t wait to check out the next book in the series.

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PaperbackPrincess19 I love it 😂 6mo
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lumbricuslibri
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Mehso-so

I stand by my initial thoughts. (See my previous post.)

It only got interesting for me at the 80% mark. Even then, I still think it could be shorter - too much unnecessary details. Dialogues are flat. None of the characters are truly interesting.

And perhaps the biggest crime of all: no quotable quotes or none resonated with me, at the very least.

Still going to read book 2 because of that cliffhanger + I already have it, so might as well.

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Mehso-so

This was okay. The plot was interesting but I have to say I was more invested in the side characters than the main couple. Onto the sequel after that ending, though! #audiobook

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https://travelswithboooks.wordpress.com/blog/

Updated with the tagged book and One By One by Ruth Ware.

I also plan on writing a personal blog post tonight, give y'all an update on my winter season, if interested haha.

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This book was wack. I mean, putting 1920‘s China with the Opium Wars, gangster blood feuds, a Romeo and Juliet retelling, and a murder lice monster all in one book is just wack. I was very confused most of the time and greatly disappointed at the cop out that was the actual murderer. The characters confused me as to how they could go from “woo-hoo unnecessary murder” to “oh no I have caused so much blood to be shed” in like 2 pages. Also ⬇️

Zoe-h everything in the last ten pages confused the heck out of me. And I can‘t believe I just wrote all of this without mentioning how gross the descriptions of the blood and the murder lice and the gore. This was not for me. 2⭐️ 7mo
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I‘m actually enjoying this YA retelling of Romeo & Juliet set in 1920‘s Shanghai. Even the romance is working for me. I‘m learning about colonialism, communism and Chinese policies and interestingly there‘s a virus loose in Shanghai where rumors swirl that it‘s man-made vs nature. ( cool, this book was published pre-Covid!!) This works for #pop22 #OwnVoicesSFF & #Booked2022 #SetInChina Audio narration by Cindy Kay is phenomenal 🤩

Megabooks You‘re going to have all your challenges finished by March!! 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage What? You like a YA? Wowza … 🤣🤣😘😘 8mo
Cinfhen I know @BarbaraTheBibliophage but I really liked it and I‘m looking forward to reading the next book 8mo
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Cinfhen I need to focus on #ReadingAfrica22 @Megabooks and #NF22 8mo
Megabooks I need to write you back. I‘m sorry. 💜💜 I hope things are okay. We‘re praying for you and M. There are developments here: I‘ve eaten chicken successfully. 🥳 Not much, but I can hardly believe it. However I can‘t have the smoothie I‘ve been eating every day anymore. I still have NO IDEA what is up! 8mo
Cinfhen No worries @Megabooks im so glad to hear you were able to eat chicken!! M is improving every day / hoping you will too xxx 8mo
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So out of my usual reading genre…but I‘m liking it!! A Shakespeare retelling of Romeo & Juliet set in 1920‘s Shanghai.
#POP22 #OwnVoicesSFF would also work for #Booked2022 #SetInChina

vlwelser We're doing the sequel as a bonus buddy read in March if you're interested. 8mo
KarenUK Definitely out of your comfort zone! All the teens I work with LOVE this book! I might have to steal you idea for this #doubledip 💕!! 8mo
Cinfhen If I end up enjoying I would definitely be interested @vlwelser thanks for letting me know 😁 8mo
Cinfhen It‘s not too YA which I appreciate @KarenUK I think you might like it 😘 8mo
TrishB C loves this author! 8mo
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I finished this audiobook this morning and started yelling! It was such a fun read and ended on such a cliffhanger. I am not a fan of Romeo and Juliet but I love how this novel plays with the source material while still being original.

#Booked2022 #Winter

Cinfhen Ohhhh, you have me intrigued!!! Which prompt are you using this for?? 8mo
bibliobard @Cinfhen I was thinking the set in China prompt. 8mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, I just finished my #SetInChina prompt but im still curious about this one 😁 8mo
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this as much as I was expecting to. The time and place setting was interesting. I felt like Gong tried too hard to take on too many “issues” with this book, which led to it being a bit scattered and unfocused. I also couldn‘t feel the chemistry between the two MCs- a pretty big problem for a R&J retelling. The supporting characters fell absolutely flat for me too, which didn‘t help. I didn‘t hate it and it picked up towards the end.

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Great concept, shaky execution. Some of the phrasing and anachronisms just FEEL like a young person's attempt at sounding historical or poetic to me. But I love Juliette as a character, and I'll probably get to the sequel just for closure! #yalit #historicalfiction #historicalfantasy

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

An intense retelling of Romeo and Juliet that takes place on the turbulent streets of Shanghai during the 1920s. But there‘s a twist. A literal monster, scales and all, is roaming the streets spreading madness in a population already being squeezed to a breaking point. Juliette and Roma are much more cutthroat than the original Shakespeare characters but there is still something innocent about their love.

CW: gore, gun violence, death

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These Violent Delights blew me away. Retelling of Romeo and Juliette set in an alternate 1920‘s China. It was dark and wonderful and I plan on diving into the conclusion soon. #12Booksof2021 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good choice. 9mo
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3.75/5 ⭐️ Short story that takes place before These Violent Delights. I wish I would have read it closer to the book cause I think it helps add more background on Roma and Juliette.

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs #bookspinbingo #averymerryreadathon #wintercosy #wrapitupreadathon #20in4

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 9mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks sweet friend, thank you! Look forward to this book and loved the cute stationery and Dr. Seuss pencils!! Plus my favorite kind of peppermints 😁♥️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you like it!! ❤️🎄💚 9mo
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Mehso-so

I‘ll be entirely honest, it grabbed enough of my attention to finish it in 2 hours. But I‘m not sure I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it…. It was good, I guess… maybe the second one will allow me to make up my mind….

Rehesina I understand that though! People really hyped this up, but I didn‘t find it particularly memorable. 9mo
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kimmypete1
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Cute novella featuring a young aroma and Juliette. Read yesterday but forgot to post.

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

StayCurious nice artwork 10mo
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kimmypete1
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LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

I read the play in high school, but my true love of R&J comes from the Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes movie from the 90‘s. Despite the tragic ending (and how they could have figured this out without dying 🙄) I watched that movie lover and over. Loved what Gong did with the story and can‘t wait to read the sequel.