These Violent Delights

These Violent Delights #1

Chloe Gong

fiction fantasy historical young adult
adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced

449 pages | first published 2020

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 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.

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mysterious 80%
dark 76%
adventurous 72%
tense 55%
emotional 35%
challenging 9%
funny 7%
reflective 5%
sad 5%
informative 3%
hopeful 1%
inspiring 0%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 65%
fast 17%
slow 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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