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Feb 05, 2021amber135 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong portrays a fun twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet. Set in the 1920s Shanghai, China, the book takes a unique and refreshing approach to lovers born on different sides. Our two main characters Juliet and Roma are members of two opposing gangs. Their tumultuous history has been buried by years of separation, but when Juliet returns to her home in Shanghai, their paths cross yet again. A new threat, however, is approaching. It is something much larger than either of the gangs’ rivalries, and it is up to our protagonists to save their city. Overall, I thought this was a decent book. I enjoyed the references to being an Asian-American, being one myself, and seeing the author share her personal experiences through Juliet. If you can appreciate a historical, romance and action packed type of story, you should check this book out.