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These Violent Delights Reviews

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

These Violent Delights

Chloe Gong

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1 review

Category: Children's, Fantasy, Fiction
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 17 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781529344523

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.

3 stars out of 5
Suzi Feay
5 Jan 2021

"Gong’s vivid Shanghai is a place to get enjoyably lost in"

A rip-roaring, magic-tinged epic of cabarets and speakeasies, dens and dives, it feels only tenuously linked to any sort of lived experience (Gong is still a college student). Everyone who has seen Romeo and Juliet knows that the “two hours’ traffic of our stage”, as it says in the Prologue, proceeds briskly, whereas These Violent Delights culminates after 400 overwritten pages with the ominous words “to be continued”. A more critical problem is that Juliette, no doubt intended to be an empowering heroine for teenagers, simply comes across as spoilt and arrogant.