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Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

About the Book- Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

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.

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“They speak of Roma Montagov and Juliette Cai as the ones who dared to dream. And for that, in a city consumed by nightmares, they were cut down without mercy.” 

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Our Review of Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Can somebody pass me the damn tissues :(? I can’t even see my keypads because of all the waterfalls filling up my eyes. Titanic was less cruel than this one. This book broke my heart into so many pieces that galaxies are probably easier to count. FYI I am saying all these because of the events that are taking place in the book that is so heart-wrenching and not because the book is bad or something. So let me be loud and clear in saying that THIS BOOK IS EFFING AWESOME… no THIS SERIES IS AWESOMMMMMMME.

This series is perhaps the best Romeo -Juliet retelling I have ever read. It’s pure magic to watch how the author has used the original inspiration to twist it into such an independent and spectacular piece of masterwork. Even though you know its base lies with the Shakespearean tragedy, the book in itself has a completely different character and is not a mere shadow of its inspiration. 

The plot and the premises of the story make the whole series such an extraordinary experience and add to that two powerful characters and a push-and-pull relationship and you get magic. While all these are good, I love how greater importance is given to the creation and building of all the supporting characters. Each of the characters has their own parallel lives happening, but none of them interferes with the basic flow. I think I am in love with the romance of this book. I love how small short moments bring out the whole aura of romance, which books with truckloads of romantic scenes can’t achieve. if you look at it, the couple is together in barely a few scenes and even lesser in romantic moments but the way the whole book oozes romance even without their physical presence is what makes this book such a fine specimen for how romance should be portrayed with fewer words. 


I don’t think I can emphasise how much I loved the book but I can’t describe the heartbreak I felt as I realised this is the end of this series and this is how it ends. All I am saying is …Hang in there. I want to say a lot about the finale but I am afraid I will give away its beauty so all I am saying is that if you want to read a good retelling of Romeo and Juliet without the cheesy romance and an actual substance in the plot then this is your pick. It is gorgeous.

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