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These Violent Delights

Chloe Gong

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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

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 deliciously dark twist on Romeo and Juliet' Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets of Shanghai red, leaving the city 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 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.

'This novel ranks with the greatest YA retellings' School Library Journal, starred reveiw

'Heady, smart, and vicious' Tessa Gratton, author of The Queens of Innis Lear

'A must-read' Kirkus, starred review


'Don't miss this dark and beautiful retelling of Romeo and Juliet!' Emiko Jean, author of Empress of All Seasons 'Unforgettable' ALA Booklist

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Praise for These Violent Delights

  • Heady, smart, and vicious, These Violent Delights strikes every note with precision, layering romance and politics into a roaring 20s Shanghai of both monsters and monstrous imperialism - Tessa Gratton, author of The Queens of Innis Lear

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