Book Review #569
Title: Our Violent Ends
Author: Chloe Gong
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Netgalley UK
Publication Date: November 16, 2021
My Rating: 5 STARS
Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights, which New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan calls “deliciously dark.”
The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.
After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less.
Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it’s his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he’s determined to set things right—even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure.
Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all. Shanghai is already at a boiling point: The Nationalists are marching in, whispers of civil war brew louder every day, and gangster rule faces complete annihilation. Roma and Juliette must put aside their differences to combat monsters and politics, but they aren’t prepared for the biggest threat of all: protecting their hearts from each other.
Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong is an adrenaline-fuelled story, the sequel to These Violent Delights. I am so thrilled to be back to 1927 Shanghai where gangsters rule the city, chaos that ensues by the insect infested monsters and an inevitable war to seize power over the city. This book feautures one of my most favourite enemies to lovers couple, Roma Montagova and Juliette Cai and they’re just so adorably cute but in a murder-y way.
I was absolutely over the roof when immediately upon requesting this book on Netgalley UK, I was instantly approved and it was out of the question to start reading imminently. Even by the first sentence, I was hooked and completely immersed, eager to find out what will happen to the characters and will they survive whatever might befall them.
This book is so action packed to the brim that there wasn’t even a single word at all that made me bored. I was so invested with this story of Roma and Juliette, hoping for the best of both of them as they defy against the odds in the name of love. I just really love both of them so much and they deserve the world instead of constantly being tumbled down by the city and their allegiance to their gangs that are taking a toll on them.
I was completely scared as I was approaching the climax-the end. Because we all know how Romeo and Juliet ends but I refuse to be drowned by my fear as what I was hoping for came true after all. For that, I thank you so much Chloe Gong for not wrenching my heart to a million pieces.
After I finished reading this book, I feel empty yet whole inside. This book is so worth waiting for and everything is absolutely just phenomenal. I’m so happy that I got to read 3 months prior before the book is due to come out. This book is very painful at times but this is the kind of book that you can feel both happy and in pain at the same time. I absolutely recommend you to read this amazing and lovely book once it comes out November 16! If you haven’t picked up this series yet please do so and do not linger and wait to read Our Violent Ends because believe me, you totally need this book and series in your life!