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These Violent Delights – tekijä: Chloe…

These Violent Delights (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Chloe Gong (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Violent Ends (1)

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6301428,833 (3.94)6
Teoksen nimi:These Violent Delights
Kirjailijat:Chloe Gong (Tekijä)
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2020), 464 pages
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These Violent Delights (tekijä: Chloe Gong)


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Really liked this book. Only thing is she sometimes writes in Chinese or Russian and doesnt have an explanation of what was said. Cannot wait for the sequel ( )
  Hollee.Archibald | Nov 25, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the These Violent Delights duology. The second book comes out mid-Nov 2021 and will be titled “Our Violent Ends”. I got a copy of this book in my Owlcrate last year.

Thoughts: I really ended up enjoying this a lot. It started a bit rough for me, I am not a huge fan of "mobster" fantasy per say. However, the 1920's Shanghai setting was fascinating and really won me over. Then there were the super creepy (and pretty gross) bugs that made this actually lean towards a horrific Lovecraftian vibe. This really surprised me and wasn't what I was expecting from this book at all....and I LOVED IT!

The characters, even the side ones, dwell in a very grey morale area. I enjoyed them, even if I didn’t like them or their actions much. I did feel like Juliette’s character was more filled out and had more personality than Roma did. Roma was a bit blase to me but did grow on me some as the story progressed.

I really enjoy Romeo and Juliet retellings and the fact that this was in such an interesting setting which such a crazy horror vibe really blew me away. After the first few chapters (which I did struggle with some) I was completely engaged in the story. I ended up enjoying Gong's writing style a lot as well; it has portions that are beautifully written and portions that are incredibly viscous and the contrast worked very well for this story. I am eagerly awaiting "Our Violent Ends" and am happy I waited to read this first book since “Our Violent Ends” releases in just a couple weeks!

My Summary (4.5/5): Overall I really enjoy Romeo and Juliet retellings and this was an awesome one. The setting was unique and well done and I loved the Lovecraftian horror vibe to this (totally wasn’t expecting that). If you are looking for an intriguing historical fantasy set in an exotic location, in an interesting time, and with creepy horror elements I would highly recommend this. ( )
  krau0098 | Oct 25, 2021 |

J'adore cette livre, et l'auteure est très talentueuse. En generale, je n'aime pas cette genre de fantaisie, mais les personnages et l'écriture change mon avis! La personnage principal a s'appelle Juliette, et elle est tres intelligente, puissante et inspirante. ( )
  3HFrenchHSN | Oct 18, 2021 |
A very different uptake on the original Romeo and Julitte.
Full of violence, bloodlust, enemies to lovers trope, and creepy-crawlies, this book deserves 4 stars.
Although for the life of me, I can't imagine why there has to be a second book. The author could have ended this one with a happy and yet an un-happy ending.
Let's see what the second book has to offer. ( )
  VipashaAiyer | Sep 28, 2021 |
I was actually pretty upset initially because so many of my friends got the arc of this book while I didn’t, and I was jealous that they were raving about a book I couldn’t read. It took me this long to finally get to it because naturally, the waitlist at my library was long and but definitely worth it.

I can’t say I’ve read any Shakespeare but I do know the basics of some of his popular works because I’ve seen the movies. So even if I don’t know how close to the original Romeo Juliet this retelling is, I felt that that author managed to capture the vibe of two feuding gangster families perfectly well. The writing is very beautiful and evocative, digging into our hearts and making us feel everything the characters are, as well as the horror of what’s happening in the plot. The pacing is also breakneck, with everything happening quickly and I was left worried about what was gonna happen next. But the best part of this book is totally the setting. The world of 1920s Shanghai, on the cusp of modernization due to partial colonization by the British and the French and the entitlement and contempt with which the foreigners treat the locals; and the political turmoil between the Nationalists and Communists which might result in a revolution any day, is captured perfectly and tugs at the heartstrings powerfully of those of us readers who have similar feelings about our own colonial history.

Juliette and Roma are such compelling characters to follow along, especially Juliette. She is bold and ruthless, deserving of her title as heir of Scarlet Gang who loves her city and people, but she is also angry about having to confront her complicated feelings about Roma. He on the other hand really longs for a better, less bloodthirsty world and to be honest, it broke my heart because it was obvious that this world would swallow him whole for standing by his principles. The author does a marvelous job letting us feel the tug of war between their hearts, the endless yearning and the slow rebuilding of a truce, and it was a delight to read.

There are also many side characters and it was so much fun that we got short POV chapters from them as well. I particularly enjoyed Kathleen, Juliette’s cousin who is one of her greatest supporters and always tries to help her, no questions asked. Benedikt and Marshall who are Roma’s BFFs also share a very bantery dynamic which was a breath of fresh air in between very intense scenes. There were also quite a few characters who can be termed as loose cannons and I can’t wait to see what more havoc they will wreak in the future.

In the end, this is a book that blends many genres perfectly - it’s a historical fiction that explores themes of colonialism with lot of heart; it’s a thrilling mystery where the characters have to work together to find the monster before more people are killed; and it’s a brilliant rivals to lovers second chance romance which is brimming with yearning. If all this can’t convince you to pick up this book, then I don’t know what will. And now I’m left with dread about what’s gonna happen in the sequel because the author left the story at a major cliffhanger and all I can do is wait. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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