Reviews for These Violent Delights, by Chloe Gong

mgtzk's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

celestemarin's review

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2.0

I guess I don't really like monsters? Or people ripping out their own throats? Or insects burrowing into brains? I also had a hard time seeing organized crime as the good guys and communists organizing factory workers as the bad guys, but I think that was more a lack of character development than my political views.

clara_herondale's review

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5.0

L'ho finito. Sto soffrendo. Tanto. Ma ne è valsa la pena, come quasi sempre con Romeo e Giulietta.

bookrecluse's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

These Violent Delights 
By. Chloe Gong 
P. 449 
Format: print/audio 
Rating: ****1/2 
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Read as part of the 2021 Owlcrateathon 
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These Violent Delights is Romeo & Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai. Two rival mafia families, one native to Shanghai and one that had emigrated from Russia generations ago. The two families are battling for control of the city from each other, the communists, and from outsiders trying to stake claim to the city. 
 
This book is  well written. The characters are vivid and dynamic. You empathize with them, no matter the size of the role they take in the story. The main fantasy plot is a big obvious and not all that intriguing. It does, however, set the scene for a more complex plot that is told - one that looks at the interplay between culture. Even though the story never leaves the city of Shanghai, the characters bring the entire world into play. You see the complexity of Juliette who comes from an important Chinese mafia family, but spent the majority of her childhood in America. Then there is Roma who was born and raised in Shanghai, but who’s family originally came from Russia. You also see the impact of mainland China as well as foreigners who both stake claim to the city. 
 
Add to that a YA angsty romance, and two teenagers trying to find their way. Plus as a bonus you get great references to the original Romeo and Juliet which are perfectly placed and add a humor to the story. 

notlikekylo's review

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adventurous dark mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

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lisagray68's review

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

very unusual book, and so good!

ceollador's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

helloemmily's review

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

tayistired's review

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

TVD is a killer retelling of romeo and juliet !!! i loved the characters and the new twists miss chloe added to change up the story from the original. absolute must read

daisydil's review

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0