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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Our Violent Ends

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    im going to need some time to emotionally recover from this

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tashie Bhuiyan

    If you thought THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS was incredible, then Book 2 is going to blow you out of the water. I'm incredibly lucky in that I am one of the first people to read an early copy of this book, and I genuinely treasure this experience beyond words. I can't wait for everyone to read this masterpiece. I am in such awe of this book and am certain all of these characters will live in my heart long beyond the completion of this story. I cried, I laughed, I screamed, I loved. And truly, what more If you thought THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS was incredible, then Book 2 is going to blow you out of the water. I'm incredibly lucky in that I am one of the first people to read an early copy of this book, and I genuinely treasure this experience beyond words. I can't wait for everyone to read this masterpiece. I am in such awe of this book and am certain all of these characters will live in my heart long beyond the completion of this story. I cried, I laughed, I screamed, I loved. And truly, what more can you ask for in a book? More than anything, this book reminded me that at the heart of it all, daring to love is bravest thing we can ever do. Chloe Gong has built a tale wondrous enough to rival Shakespeare. (He's been real quiet since THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS came out...)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    I am an empty shell of my former self 😃 Chloe you're paying for my therapy bills <3 This is the 2nd time in my life that I’ve been this heartbroken over a book. Literally it was a full out sob-fest for me reading this. I don't think I will ever truly recover and really I should've known better but of course I foolishly hoped. My heart has been stomped on, torn into pieces and thrown into an explosion. I actually wasn't expecting to be this heartbroken like WHY did I go ahead and fall in love with e I am an empty shell of my former self 😃 Chloe you're paying for my therapy bills <3 This is the 2nd time in my life that I’ve been this heartbroken over a book. Literally it was a full out sob-fest for me reading this. I don't think I will ever truly recover and really I should've known better but of course I foolishly hoped. My heart has been stomped on, torn into pieces and thrown into an explosion. I actually wasn't expecting to be this heartbroken like WHY did I go ahead and fall in love with every single one of these characters?? I was literally setting myself up for pain *sobs* But oh, isn't that the beauty of reading? To fall in love only to have your heart broken. Just the way I got trolled so badly, like some of the events actually had me thinking otherwise but oh no no🤡 I am now and forever depressed™ I can literally imagine this was how Chloe was when she wrote OVE: The monster of Shanghai who?? I only know Miss Chloe Gong *sobbing* (Warning: There will be spoiler from the 1st book, These Violent Delights!!) ═══*.·:·.☽✧ ❀ ✧☾.·:·.*═══ "A rose is a rose, even by another name. But we choose whether we will offer beauty to the world, or if we will use our thorns to sting." 1927 Shanghai and the city is at the brink of complete chaos. Sightings of monsters have re-emerged, the Communists have grown more bold, and the two gangs ruling the city have gone at each other out for more blood than usual. Meanwhile, Juliette Cai is having to watch her every step in the face of Tyler--her cousin just waiting to find reason to declare Juliette a traitor and become heir to the Scarlet Gang--and watch for Roma Montagov who is out for revenge after the death of Marshall Seo. Oh and also worry about the appearances of monsters and state of the city. Life is stressful for Juliette :( I won't go into anymore details of the plot because ✨spoilers✨ BUT OMG THE WAY IT GRIPPED ME FROM THE START?? It took me a while to get into TVD but this!! Literally there wasn't a moment in this book I didn't love. I was a ball of anxiety the whole time. of course my heart was also dying because of the wholesomeness and very few precious scenes And like I actually dropped my expectations for this because I thought and feared it wouldn't be that good but oh how very, very wrong I was. The characters were so much more fleshed out here?? I already liked them before in TVD but I was just so so in love with them all here to the point where I'd straight up be PRAYING they'd survive😭 Benedikt, Marshall, Kathleen... I didn't think it was possible to adore them all so much, my heart is so full of love. And don't even get me started on the two stars who went from enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies in TVD sdfsfgs THE ANGST. "She was not fighting for love. She was protecting her own, everyone else's be damned." THIS QUEEN. Did I believe it to be possible for Juliette to be even more of a queen than she already was? No. Did it happen anyways? HELL YES. All the pain she had to go through, making Roma believe that she had actually killed Marshall and subjecting herself to his hatred *sobbing* And it was all to protect him and the city. And then also having to deal with that bastard Tyler along with her own family and people having not so much faith in her ugh. Juliette hiding away any signs of weakness because people were always watching was so heartbreaking. She couldn't give her people any more reason to doubt her then they already do. Kathleen being the only one she could be herself with, always there for her🥺 You know that moment when you have so much to say that you don't know how to write it all out? That's me right now. Just know if you loved Juliette before, you will definitely love her even more now. "And maybe he was a coward. He was a coward who wouldn't stop loving a wicked thing." ROMA, MY LOVE. Oh my god, he's such a cinnamon roll that must be protected at all costs. The hatred and love he felt towards Juliette hurt my soul. Even after seeing Juliette "kill" Marshall, a small part of him believed that there was more to it AND HOW RIGHT THAT FEELING WAS. Of course, Juliette tried as hard as ever to extinguish that feeling but still sdfdgsgds THE ANGST BETWEEN THE TWO. "Only he knew if he screamed I hate you, what he really meant was I love you. I still love you so much that I hate you for it." Enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies at its peak😩 The first book's romance wasn't a really big focus BUT HERE?? God, the tension was literally killing me. So many times my heart stopped because of these two😭 The two heirs of rival gangs who dared to love one another <3 (credit: @polarts_) "And if you are gunned down because you want to fight a war that doesn't belong to you, I will never forgive this city. I will tear it down to pieces, and you will be to blame! When the ship is in a heated argument and then one of them breaks and yells "because I love you!" sdfsfgsgs MY HEART I LOVED THIS SCENE SO MUCH IT WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED. (view spoiler)[The only crime was that IT TOOK SO LONG for the confession😭 like the last 70 pages?? that is just too cruel (hide spoiler)] The amount of pain I was in during this whole book like not only did I have suffer watching Roma and Juliette BUT ALSO BENEDIKT WAS SO BROKEN IT HURT. Believing Marshall to be dead completely destroyed him and the whole time throughout I was just screaming "he's alive Benedikt, he's alive!!" That was honestly just true torture knowing Marshall was alive. Benedikt being so reckless about his life like no Ben what are you doing😭 And meanwhile, there's Marshall -- AKA MY PRECIOUS BEAN -- who missed everyone, but of course Ben the most🥺 The two being apart pained me so much, like why can't everyone just be happy?? Is that too much to ask for?? Stan BenMars forever <3 (credit: @Kirisy_art) Also let it be remembered that Benedikt is and forever will be the only sensible one of the whole group. (view spoiler)[He literally stopped each and everyone of them (in terms of Roma, Juliette, and Marshall) from trying to kill themselves please he really got sick of the self-sacrificing😭 (hide spoiler)] "Keep fighting for love. It is worth it." ALSO LET ME JUST SCREAM ABOUT JULIETTE AND MARSHALL'S FRIENDSHIP. It was so beautiful, sweet, and just everything omg I loved it so so so much. Their banter was like one between siblings and the way my heart was about to burst😭 IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. Literally all the relationships between the characters were so so amazing, I can't choose a favourite it's impossible. "And yet wasn't that the root of all hatred? Wasn't that what made it so vicious? There was never a reason. Never a good one. Never a fair one." Kathleen Lang, please marry me. She's literally such a genuine and kind-hearted person just how?? Such a morally good character and the development she went through by the end of this book???🥺 I was actually about to cry. Also, Juliette and her just have the most wholesome friendship ever, there was moment between them that made me so emotional, get a friend like Kathleen😭 (view spoiler)[And I can so bet on my life that either her or Alisa is going to be the main character in Foul Lady Fortune!! (im thinking Alisa more tho) (hide spoiler)] Also this is totally off-topic but I'm WHEEZING at how I said at the end of my These Violent Delights review how my loyalty will forever lie with the Scarlet Gang... HAHA no the Scarlet Gang can go to hell :) Correction: My loyalty forever lies with Roma and Juliette <3 They are true leaders. ↓ MAJOR SPOILERS FOR OVE IN THIS SECTION ↓ ═══*.·:·.☽✧ ❀ ✧☾.·:·.*═══ "Keep fighting for love. Juliette had wanted to be selfish, had wanted to run. But this was their love⁠—violent and bloody. This city was their love. They couldn't deny their upbringings as the heirs of Shanghai, as two pieces of a throne. What was left of their love if they rejected that? How could they live with themselves, look at each other, knowing they had been presented a choice and gone against who they were at the core." I legit can't even write their names without tears blurring my vision. LIKE I'M ACTUALLY STRUGGLING WRITING THIS RIGHT NOW TRYING TO SEE. It's so heartbreaking my heart physically hurts. All they wanted was to live happy, alone and free from the blood feud ohmygod AND THEY EVEN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN AWAY, but oh Roma and Juliette were too noble for their own good and I both love and hate them for that. They just wanted to love each other freely. They just wanted peace, and they couldn't even have that. I'M SOBBING. They gave up their lives for the city that caused them so much pain. PLEASE HOW ARE ROMA AND JULIETTE SO GOOD?? And like obviously it shouldn't have been a surprise they were going to die considering it was a retelling of R&J. Like even the foreshadowing made it obvious BUT I STILL FOOLISHLY HOPED CHLOE WOULD SPARE OUR HEARTS. It wouldn't have been an accurate retelling if she hadn't followed through BUT STILL😭😭 It pains me so so much and I just want to crawl into a hole and die because those two so deserved all the happiness in this world. I WANTED BENMARS AND ROMAJULIETTE TO LIVE NEXT TO EACH OTHER, HAVE KIDS, AND GROW OLD TOGETHER HAPPY THIS ISN'T FAIR, THIS PAIN IS ILLEGAL. I love that Roma and Juliette got to at least die together holding hands and knowing that both of their cousins were dead at least but omg I will never recover from this. And the gangs were disbanded because of their deaths so at least that's something😭 They were only married for one day before they died *sobbing* Chloe you're too cruel. "In this life they had been born enemies. In this life they had blood for miles between them, wide enough to run a river, deep enough to forge a valley. In the next, maybe there would be peace." ═══*.·:·.☽✧ ❀ ✧☾.·:·.*═══ This review was a chaotic mess, so you can tell just how much this book destroyed me. It's been months since a book made me feel this way and I don't know if I should be thanking or cursing Chloe. Either way, STAN THIS QUEEN FOR MAKING ME FEEL LIKE THIS. I will forever remember each of these lovable characters and absolutely can't wait for Foul Lady Fortune which hopefully won't break me as much as OVE did. lies, the masochist in me hopes for that Now, time to go through the stages of grief... except in this case, I'll never get to the 5th✌ Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date. ✧*˚*✧ These Violent Delights: ★★★★ _____ Update [July 12th, 2021]: THE BOOK GODS LISTENED TO MY PLEAS IM SOBBING I GOT AN ARC😭😭 *excited* *scared* Update: Feb.2nd, 2021: ohmygod- I was terrified before and that cover/blurb SO ISN'T HELPING Update: Dec. 19, 2020: omg "Our Violent Ends" . . . OUR VIOLENT ENDS — STOP SCARING ME CHLOE Update: Nov. 22, 2020: To say that I'm freaking out over what's going to happen in this book is definitely an understatement. One thing's for sure Chloe is going to destroy us. ✧*˚*✧

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    ↠ 5 stars It's 1927, and Shanghai stands divided by blood. Allied to the Scarlet Gang through family ties, Juliette Cai gambles the safety of those around her to protect those she loves from the inevitable fallout. Having chosen a necessary betrayal over her own heart, Juliette is completely undone, possessed by an impossible need to prevail against the White Flowers and her own family. Roma Montagov believes her cruelty for the supposed murder of his comrade, but Juliette must keep up the game i ↠ 5 stars It's 1927, and Shanghai stands divided by blood. Allied to the Scarlet Gang through family ties, Juliette Cai gambles the safety of those around her to protect those she loves from the inevitable fallout. Having chosen a necessary betrayal over her own heart, Juliette is completely undone, possessed by an impossible need to prevail against the White Flowers and her own family. Roma Montagov believes her cruelty for the supposed murder of his comrade, but Juliette must keep up the game if she ever hopes to keep her cousin from ousting her as the Scarlet Gang's heir. Deep within the city, something far more dangerous lurks primed to strike. It brings with it great evil, a final chip in the marble that could bring Shanghai to its knees. A betrayal may have torn their reunion asunder, but Juliette and Roma will have to shed the hatred binding them together to become something far greater to each other and to the city that they hold dear. The thing about Our Violent Ends is that I didn't want the ends to be violent. I spent most of my time reading this denying that the duology was in fact a Romeo and Juliette retelling and instead choosing to focus solely on vibes. Right from the start, Chloe Gong does not hold back, amping up the action and drawing an exquisite picture of betrayal and intrigue. The complexities arising from the conclusion of the previous book stay strong, give or take some added angst that set my soul ablaze. There's just something about the betrayal trope that drives forth this finale into something dark and tragic. A foreboding atmosphere that seeps into every crevice of the story, threatening to fracture apart growing relationships and the fate of the characters. Much like the previous book in the series, the politics, and complicated alliances play against the emergence of an outside threat, but one far greater than before. Roma and Juliette really excelled here, as they ultimately reach the tipping point for compromise and a search for power amidst the blood feud that has fueled the city for decades. Seeing all of these complex feelings play out, especially after the events that concluded the last book, was simply delightful. Gong has a talent for keeping the emotions of her characters in check until the last second, which drove me completely insane. By the time that the inevitable reconciliation came around, I was utterly ruined by it. Roma and Juliette have this passion mixed with a tenderness that is so rare to read about. I certainly won't be getting over their journey anytime soon. With so many allusions to the original text, I was afraid of how this was going to end, but Chloe Gong crafts a compelling and bittersweet ending that simultaneously tore my heart to pieces and restored my faith in love. In this explosive finale set in the chaos of a city divided, two people find their way back to one another and must fight against the bonds determined to destroy them both. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review Trigger Warnings: blood, violence, gun violence, death, murder

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (MelReads)

    now wait a minute… i need to know if the price of this book includes a therapy session because… i am UNWELL😭

  6. 5 out of 5

    She-who-must-not-be-named

    “I will fight this war to love you, Juliette Cai. I will fight this feud to have you, because it was this feud that gave you to me, twisted as it is, and now I will take you away from it.” Our Violent Ends brings rivals Roma and Juliette together once again to save their city from monsters. But monsters aren’t the only threat to Shanghai. Communists are competing against the Nationalists for control of the government, workers are organising strikes and a mysterious blackmailer gets a hold of “I will fight this war to love you, Juliette Cai. I will fight this feud to have you, because it was this feud that gave you to me, twisted as it is, and now I will take you away from it.” Our Violent Ends brings rivals Roma and Juliette together once again to save their city from monsters. But monsters aren’t the only threat to Shanghai. Communists are competing against the Nationalists for control of the government, workers are organising strikes and a mysterious blackmailer gets a hold of the insects. As Shanghai faces deep political unrest and a potential civil war, it is upto Roma and Juliette to save the city TOGETHER that is if they don’t rip each other apart first. CHLOE GONG IS A SADIST. My heart is still recovering from what I’ve read- a heavy weight resting across its walls. I have an unfathomable amount of pent-up energy inside me and I’m trying not to fall apart crumb by crumb. This book isn’t for everyone, especially not the light-hearted. It is dark and gory and deals with heavy descriptions of war, violence, physical abuse, bloodshed and self-mutilation. I absolutely inhaled this book and the writing style played a huge role in it. Chloe Gong’s writing is suffused with such evocative imagery and an intense sense of resolution and urgency as if anything can happen at any moment; Everyone’s life is at stake. Her ability to point at the brutality and heartlessness of people made the reading experience so much more real and painful. I loved that this book didn’t just focus on Roma and Juliette’s viewpoints alone. It also brought Rosalind, Kathleen, Tyler and Alisa’s povs into the spotlight. I remember hating Tyler in the first book but this book made me view things in his perspective and my heart warmed for him a little. Each character had a different essence and I developed a deep bond with them. No wonder my heart feels so pulverised at this moment. The romance in this book was well-executed and was an amalgamation of the slow burn and the forbidden love trope that made it all the more electric and tantalizing. Having said that, I felt like the last few chapters were rushed. It felt as if the monster and the insect-spread madness was a minor setback as other issues like rising communist sentiment and new alliances were highlighted more. There were relatively fewer graphic descriptions of the insects inflicting madness that resulted in people killing themselves so it all felt a little less raw. But I admit it is insanely difficult to deal with so many conflicts in a 500 page book so props to Chloe for attempting it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    i mean, given the title and knowing how the story of romeo and juliet ends, i shouldnt be so mad about how everything plays out in this… but i am. and im probably just bitter about it because i wanted a strong, happy ending to offset how meh i felt about the rest of the book. mainly because i couldnt care less about the historical revolution happening in shanghai at the time. the communists vs. the revolutionists is not a subplot i care about, especially when the book is as long and drawn out as i mean, given the title and knowing how the story of romeo and juliet ends, i shouldnt be so mad about how everything plays out in this… but i am. and im probably just bitter about it because i wanted a strong, happy ending to offset how meh i felt about the rest of the book. mainly because i couldnt care less about the historical revolution happening in shanghai at the time. the communists vs. the revolutionists is not a subplot i care about, especially when the book is as long and drawn out as this one is. give me more gang fights, give me more monsters, give me more betrayals. basically, just give me the first book again. lol. but i suppose i cant complain that the story sticks to the heart of the story of romeo and juliet and does so in a very unique way. i have no doubt many readers will love this conclusion to a very entertaining duology. i just wish i personally cared about it more. :/ thanks simon and schuster for the ARC! ↠ 3.5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey (munnyreads)

    Juliette Cai, you deserve the world.

  9. 5 out of 5

    christy

    shakespeare wishes he was chloe gong

  10. 4 out of 5

    literarylesbian

    (4.5, rounded up) This book was just--wow. Probably one of the most stressful books I've ever read, but in the best way possible. When reading These Violent Delights, it took me a good chunk of the book to get into the story, but Our Violent Ends had me utterly hooked from the start. The writing made me feel as though I was in 1920s Shanghai right along side Roma and Juliette. One of the things that truly sets this book apart from other Romeo and Juliet retelling is its unique ability to reshape t (4.5, rounded up) This book was just--wow. Probably one of the most stressful books I've ever read, but in the best way possible. When reading These Violent Delights, it took me a good chunk of the book to get into the story, but Our Violent Ends had me utterly hooked from the start. The writing made me feel as though I was in 1920s Shanghai right along side Roma and Juliette. One of the things that truly sets this book apart from other Romeo and Juliet retelling is its unique ability to reshape the borrowed characters and make them anew. While this book maintains a high stakes conflict, the characters still drive the book. The balance of plot and character development was extremely well done, and if I thought I loved the characters after reading the first book, I was proved completely wrong. Our Violent Ends had me so insanely invested in this characters I was holding my breath every time something seemed to go wrong. In a way, Our Violent Ends felt like a completely different book then These Violent Delights. The author's substantial growth as a writer became abundantly clear from the get-go. Our Violent Ends truly takes you into the heart of Shanghai, and the switch in point-of-views was utilized much more effectively, giving the reader a greater understanding of each side involved. The ending of this book just absolutely crushed me. Chloe Gong threw my heart down the garbage disposal and ran away. This book was more than just a retelling, it truly managed to create an entirely new narrative that is both as beautiful and heartbreaking as its source material. It is now time for me to sit and wait--laughing maniacally--for you all to get a chance to read this show-stopping sequel to These Violent Delights. Our Violent Ends was an amazing conclusion to new top duology of mine. It won't disappoint. Be aware that like the source material, Our Violent Ends does feature suicidal ideation and actions. As always, be kind to yourself.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    My desire for a Romeo and Juliet retelling that commits to the ending and my desire to see all of these characters safe and happy are warring in my head.

  12. 5 out of 5

    toointofiction {semi-hiatus}

    “These violent delights have violent ends, you have always known this.” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (no joke) ❗❗Regretfully Spoiler-free ARC Review.❗❗ HOW IS THIS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE?!?! I cried so much over this book, I look like I was attacked by bees!!! I don't even know where to begin with this. I am so utterly wrecked by this, I will never be the same again. For one thing, this was so incredibly well-written. The plot, the descriptions, the plot twists. Just AMAZING!! It was bad enough tha “These violent delights have violent ends, you have always known this.” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (no joke) ❗❗Regretfully Spoiler-free ARC Review.❗❗ HOW IS THIS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE?!?! I cried so much over this book, I look like I was attacked by bees!!! I don't even know where to begin with this. I am so utterly wrecked by this, I will never be the same again. For one thing, this was so incredibly well-written. The plot, the descriptions, the plot twists. Just AMAZING!! It was bad enough that I was crying uncontrollably, but to have my mind completely and utterly blown, at the same time....it was just so damn cruel Chloe Gong!!! And, somehow, I am eternally grateful for it...what a sucker!! There were so many moments that ABSOLUTELY KILLED ME. There's a reason this book is called, Our Violent Ends...because it was definitely my violent end!!! However, nothing killed me like that cruel, cruel ending!!! Without getting into spoilers, you will cry, it will be ugly, and you won't be able to stop. Word of advice, DO NOT finish this past midnight...you will not sleep a wing afterwards. I am still not okay. I may or may not be experiencing deep, unrelenting emotional instability....and so will you. Guaranteed!! **There is absolutely NOTHING I didn't like about this book. This entire series. That's how good both books were.** Sufficed to say, the characters were just as good, if not even better, than in the first book. Everyone, from hero to villain, was so well-written, so fascinating and natural, I forgot that I was reading about fictional people. (Admittedly, this happens with most of the books I read, but even more so with this one.) The Romuliette content was *chef's kiss* from start to end. The tension, the fighting, the looooove. 💜😭💜😭💜 Like seriously...so, so good!!! In fact, I loath that I can't write exactly what I am referring to, because it's all gooooood stuff. But alas, I am no asshole, I will not spoil such a masterpiece and ruin it for you. Now for my other favourite pairing in the series, Benedikt and Marshall, the content was just as good as Romuliette's. So good I'm holding back tears writing this. Again, I can't get into too much detail without spoiling, so you're gonna have to wait and read for yourselves, but one thing I can say is, the ship support between Romuliette and Benshall (is this a good enough ship name) filled me with warm and wholesome joy!!! Another thing I can say is, how precious the Marshall x Juliette friendship was. They clicked like they've been friends forever!! ...Aaand I'm about to start crying again...Marshall is still my favourite (duh), and I CANNOT BELIEVE I actually felt bad for Tyler....Uncool, Chloe Gong. Uncool. If you read this book/series, you will love and hate everything at the same time, you will ugly cry, you will curse your ability to feel. So, you should definitely read this. You can also check out my reviews of These Violent Delights and A RomaJuliette Christmas Special.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    Now a Goodreads Choice finalist in Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction! Welp. I’m done. It’s over. Chloe Gong has succeeded in ruining my life. I hope you’re happy now, Chloe!!!!! I’m not going to include any spoilers for either this book or These Violent Delights, so nobody needs to worry about having this duology ruined for them accidentally. But that probably means that it will be a little shorter, a little more vague than my usual reviews. So bear with me here as I try to unpack all the Now a Goodreads Choice finalist in Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction! Welp. I’m done. It’s over. Chloe Gong has succeeded in ruining my life. I hope you’re happy now, Chloe!!!!! I’m not going to include any spoilers for either this book or These Violent Delights, so nobody needs to worry about having this duology ruined for them accidentally. But that probably means that it will be a little shorter, a little more vague than my usual reviews. So bear with me here as I try to unpack all the ~feelings~ I’ve been floating around in for the past few days since I’ve finished Our Violent Ends. The biggest difference I noticed between the first book and the sequel has been the focus of the plot. There’s a lot more attention on the politics of Shanghai in this time period, eventually leading up to the Shanghai Purge of April 12, 1927 (you can google if you wish). While These Violent Delights had a supernatural monster terrorizing the city, the monsters of Our Violent Ends are the men pulling the strings. They’re the ones starting conflicts they won’t have to join the frontlines for, and who will do anything to grasp on to power for as long as possible. In that way, they’re even scarier to consider because they aren’t simply a figure of the author’s imagination, but fictionalized versions of real kinds of people. The pacing of this book also felt a lot more even, possibly because there wasn’t as much background that had to be introduced in a follow-up. More time is spent with the supporting characters and we get to understand their motivations outside of ‘how do we support Roma and Juliette in whatever schemes they’ve cooked up?’ And in my limited Shakespeare experience, the influence of Romeo and Juliet was much more pronounced in this novel than the previous. I noticed more parallels and direct references than I did with book one, though I still think both are fully their own stories. If you’ve been following Chloe Gong on social media (highly recommend fwiw), you may have seen references to her next book Foul Lady Fortune and how the main character of it is someone we already know. Happy to report that when you finish Our Violent Ends you will know who this character is (probably). I’m hesitant to say much more about the ending other than it’s bittersweet, explosive and mostly definitive. After reading both of these books almost back-to-back, you can see how Chloe Gong has progressed as a writer, and I can’t wait to pick up with this imaginative world and character(s) in the future. That said, I’m fully satisfied with how this duology has progressed and am actually dying to talk about it with someone. *Thanks Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon Teen & Netgalley for an advance review copy! **For more book talk & reviews, follow me on Instagram at @elle_mentbooks!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa of Troy

    Will Roma and Juliette have a new fate in this updated retelling of the classic? Set in Shanghai in 1927, there are two feuding families, the White Flowers and the Scarlets. Roma Montagov is the heir to the White Flowers while Juliette Cai is the heir to the Scarlets. These star-crossed lovers are determined to find a way to protect the city from various forces - the monsters, politics, and even their own families. What fate lies in store for these two? Our Violent Ends is the second book from Chl Will Roma and Juliette have a new fate in this updated retelling of the classic? Set in Shanghai in 1927, there are two feuding families, the White Flowers and the Scarlets. Roma Montagov is the heir to the White Flowers while Juliette Cai is the heir to the Scarlets. These star-crossed lovers are determined to find a way to protect the city from various forces - the monsters, politics, and even their own families. What fate lies in store for these two? Our Violent Ends is the second book from Chloe Gong following her debut novel, These Violent Delights. Although I did read the first book about a year ago, Our Violent Ends heavily referenced to some events from the first book that I regretted not rereading it before diving into the second book. Ms. Gong is oozing with talent. She has such a vast vocabulary and a very strong command of verbs. When I started to get bored, I would highlight the words that we all know but don't use very often in our everyday language. In this book, Ms. Gong went beyond the traditional fan fiction and crafted a new story. The book could have benefited from better pacing, and the book was overly long at nearly 500 pages. There were too many different sub-plots going on. There were multiple power struggles, multiple love stories, and multiple battles and enemies. The ending was also a huge disappointment, not very memorable. It almost felt like the author ran out of steam by the end. Overall, although Our Violent Ends dragged at times, Ms. Gong's prose was quite delightful, and it was refreshing to see the author craft an original tale. Connect With Me! Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lisa_of_Troy YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvmS... Facebook: https://facebook.com/LisaofTroy Email: [email protected]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Carstairs-Herondale-Blackford

    Hi Miss Gong Zoe here, ya know, the unstable teenage girl who uses books as a means of escapism. I trusted you with my fragile little heart, and you broke it

  16. 5 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    My full review is now up on my book blog, The Quiet Pond. I finished it. I read it in one day. I'm numb. I'm numb. This is a phenomenal sequel and it won't disappoint if you loved These Violent Delights. Stressful, satisfying, terrifying - but you will be fed. Your heart may be in pieces but you'll thank Chloe for it. Y'all should be very, very scared. Pain is coming - and you're going to love this. 😌 I received an early copy of this book from the author. My full review is now up on my book blog, The Quiet Pond. I finished it. I read it in one day. I'm numb. I'm numb. This is a phenomenal sequel and it won't disappoint if you loved These Violent Delights. Stressful, satisfying, terrifying - but you will be fed. Your heart may be in pieces but you'll thank Chloe for it. Y'all should be very, very scared. Pain is coming - and you're going to love this. 😌 I received an early copy of this book from the author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    elhyza

    hey chloe gong! you did it, you absolutely broke me! edit: the emotional pain i am still in months after finishing this sequel with thinking about the character dynamics and the insane high stakes of a plot. 05/21/21: this was truly a stunningly done sequel and conclusion, just beyond words. the angst went up an extreme notch naturally in comparison to tvd and the tensions with gangs along with political movements brought much suspense having readers on the edge of their seat, either anticipating hey chloe gong! you did it, you absolutely broke me! edit: the emotional pain i am still in months after finishing this sequel with thinking about the character dynamics and the insane high stakes of a plot. 05/21/21: this was truly a stunningly done sequel and conclusion, just beyond words. the angst went up an extreme notch naturally in comparison to tvd and the tensions with gangs along with political movements brought much suspense having readers on the edge of their seat, either anticipating or terrified for what was to come as you turn each page. and of course, major plot twists on top of the angst and suspense and the banter we've come to love between the characters still woven in at perfect times for relief while stress levels while reading this story run at an all time high. our violent ends was simply such an emotional rollercoaster, took my head for a spin finishing at 6am in tears especially with how chloe tossed around my feelings back and forth like that. full rtc maybe when i can think up my thoughts coherently. all i'll say more is that i cannot wait for what foul lady fortune brings to this world chloe has created.

  18. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    #1) These Violent Delights ★★★★★ me : *vibrating at a frequency that shatters glass* me : yeah i'm anticipating this a normal amount Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram #1) These Violent Delights ★★★★★ me : *vibrating at a frequency that shatters glass* me : yeah i'm anticipating this a normal amount Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  19. 5 out of 5

    may ➹

    — find this review and others on my blog! objectively I know I was supposed to be sad or feel literally any emotion at all but unfortunately I think I am just heartless —★— 2.5 stars *contains spoilers for book 1, These Violent Delights I truly wish I’d loved this book as much as I was hoping to, especially after enjoying the first one and finding myself excited to see how tragically Juliette and Roma’s story came to a close. But while this sequel was a disappointment for me, there’s no doubt that G — find this review and others on my blog! objectively I know I was supposed to be sad or feel literally any emotion at all but unfortunately I think I am just heartless —★— 2.5 stars *contains spoilers for book 1, These Violent Delights I truly wish I’d loved this book as much as I was hoping to, especially after enjoying the first one and finding myself excited to see how tragically Juliette and Roma’s story came to a close. But while this sequel was a disappointment for me, there’s no doubt that Gong is a skilled writer and I’m sure bigger fans of the series will find themselves more satisfied than me. Our Violent Ends sees Juliette and Roma grappling with their feelings for each other yet again as Shanghai crumbles around them to the conflict between the Nationalists and Communists, as well as the return of the monsters they thought they eliminated. Both must make drastic decisions in their fight against—or perhaps for—love that may or may not change the fate of the city forever. “In this life and the next, for however long our souls remain, mine will always find yours.” Our Violent Ends was written to be especially angsty and emotionally destructive, after setting up a possible happy ending in the first book only to have it fall apart. But unfortunately, I genuinely just did not care enough to feel tormented in the way I was supposed to. Specifically, I felt extremely indifferent about Juliette and Roma, as well as their romance, which made it so difficult to feel invested in the book as a whole. Both their individual arcs and romance felt repetitive, a rehashing of their struggles in the first book without enough new developments to keep things interesting. Gong knows her audience well and there are several scenes in this book that other readers will adore—sadly, though, I felt little over them, which was especially a disappointment after loving Juliette and Roma’s dynamic in the first book. But I did love how the tenacity of love was threaded throughout the book, the beauty of this idea only emphasized by the numerous conflicts in Shanghai that should stamp out love but somehow make it burn brighter. I actually cared more about the side characters than the protagonists! The angst of Benedikt and Marshall’s relationship hooked me, and I felt much more invested in their romance than Juliette and Roma’s. And though I would have loved to see much more of her, Kathleen’s arc of growing into herself as her own person with her own choices was so beautiful. These characters’ chapters were a wonderful reprieve from the monotony of Juliette and Roma’s chapters and actually made interesting contributions to the plot. Who cared about values when the history books were being written? What did it matter if the history books rewrote everything in the end? A focal point of this duology is the subtle (to a certain extent) yet destructive nature of Western imperialism in China, and though I would have loved to see this explored more deeply, it was still heartbreaking to see the ramifications of Western exploitations. I also found it interesting to see how tensions between the Nationalists and Communists continually rose and stressed relations between the Scarlets and the White Flowers, as well as relations within the gangs. This sequel cemented that this series is a story of revolution, from literal political upheavals to the revolutionary idea of love persevering despite. Unfortunately, though, the gripping politics were not enough to completely sustain my interest. I thought that Juliette and Roma were passive throughout the book—which makes sense since an overarching, tragic theme of the series and a major point of their characterization is that they are powerless against the unmoving walls of history and politics. However, it felt as if the two were running around in the beginning, chasing one thing after another without accomplishing much, which failed to engross me. Overall, it felt as if this sequel’s plot was less cohesive the first book’s, made even more prominent with the continued inclusion of the monsters. One of my issues with the first book was that I was more interested in the politics of the story than the monsters, which I still felt with this sequel. But this time, the monsters played such a small role (and honestly, only played that role when convenient to other plot points) that they felt even more out of place. With so many things going on already, the monsters felt unnecessary and somewhat distracting. “A rose is a rose, even by another name,” he whispered. “But we choose whether we will offer beauty to the world, or if we will use our thorns to sting.” As a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, it is expected that the ending of this book is dramatic and tragic. While I’d hoped that the ending might elevate the book for me, especially since near the end I just wanted to be done reading, I sadly found myself mostly unmoved by it. Despite this, I thought it was a well-written, fitting ending, with some open-to-interpretation aspects that I honestly loved—but it was disappointing that I didn’t feel any of the intense emotions I’d expected to hit me. My indifferent experience with this book is one I think will be in the minority, though. Fans of the series will find a lot to delight in, from fiery confrontations between Juliette and Roma to Gong’s ever decadent prose. While I was disappointed to find myself detached from the story and its characters most of the time, Gong’s writing is nevertheless impressive and I do love her exploration of politics alongside romance. I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings to the table in the future. —★— :: representation :: Chinese MC, mlm Korean character, mlm character, trans woman Chinese character, Chinese characters :: content warnings :: murder, gore, death, self-harm & suicide (not of own volition), disease/sickness, racism, body horror-ish type of things with insects, depictions of blood, depictions of grief // buddy read with rain and lauren !! Thank you to Simon Teen for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way. All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ale ☽

    i think i've seen this film before, and i didn't like the ending 🥺🤧 i don't want to finish this one tbh i think i've seen this film before, and i didn't like the ending 🥺🤧 i don't want to finish this one tbh

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    4.5 Stars Still waiting for my Fairyloot edition so I listened to it from the library and I love the narrator!! But… But too… there was a little glimpse. What was that little glimpse? I think it was what I want it to be. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 4.5 Stars Still waiting for my Fairyloot edition so I listened to it from the library and I love the narrator!! But… But too… there was a little glimpse. What was that little glimpse? I think it was what I want it to be. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  22. 5 out of 5

    literarylesbian

    (4.5, rounded up) This book was just--wow. Probably one of the most stressful books I've ever read, but in the best way possible. When reading These Violent Delights, it took me a good chunk of the book to get into the story, but Our Violent Ends had me utterly hooked from the start. The writing made me feel as though I was in 1920s Shanghai right along side Roma and Juliette. One of the things that truly sets this book apart from other Romeo and Juliet retelling is its unique ability to reshape t (4.5, rounded up) This book was just--wow. Probably one of the most stressful books I've ever read, but in the best way possible. When reading These Violent Delights, it took me a good chunk of the book to get into the story, but Our Violent Ends had me utterly hooked from the start. The writing made me feel as though I was in 1920s Shanghai right along side Roma and Juliette. One of the things that truly sets this book apart from other Romeo and Juliet retelling is its unique ability to reshape the borrowed characters and make them anew. While this book maintains a high stakes conflict, the characters still drive the book. The balance of plot and character development was extremely well done, and if I thought I loved the characters after reading the first book, I was proved completely wrong. Our Violent Ends had me so insanely invested in this characters I was holding my breath every time something seemed to go wrong. In a way, Our Violent Ends felt like a completely different book then These Violent Delights. The author's substantial growth as a writer became abundantly clear from the get-go. Our Violent Ends truly takes you into the heart of Shanghai, and the switch in point-of-views was utilized much more effectively, giving the reader a greater understanding of each side involved. The ending of this book just absolutely crushed me. Chloe Gong threw my heart down the garbage disposal and ran away. This book was more than just a retelling, it truly managed to create an entirely new narrative that is both as beautiful and heartbreaking as its source material. It is now time for me to sit and wait--laughing maniacally--for you all to get a chance to read this show-stopping sequel to These Violent Delights. Our Violent Ends was an amazing conclusion to new top duology of mine. It won't disappoint. Be aware that like the source material, Our Violent Ends does feature suicidal ideation and actions. As always, be kind to yourself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    nora⁷

    i cried myself to sleep

  24. 4 out of 5

    katie ❀

    [4.5] i am officially dead (at the hands of romajuliette & benmars)--miss chloe gong has done it again and i do not lie rtc!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    raccoon

    it’ll take 7-15 business day to recover from this

  26. 5 out of 5

    solanne

    say what you will about shakespeare, nothing will ever top marshall seo —☆— i just know this will end in tears

  27. 5 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    3.5/5 “A rose is a rose, even by another name,” he whispered. “But we choose whether we will offer beauty to the world, or if we will use our thorns to sting.” I’m honestly kind of sad this book didn’t meet my expectations but I kind of expected it. I knew before I read it that if it had a lot to do with the political landscape of that time I would get bored, and it sadly was. I just really didn’t care for any of the political schemes happening to gain power of Shanghai and since everything ti 3.5/5 “A rose is a rose, even by another name,” he whispered. “But we choose whether we will offer beauty to the world, or if we will use our thorns to sting.” I’m honestly kind of sad this book didn’t meet my expectations but I kind of expected it. I knew before I read it that if it had a lot to do with the political landscape of that time I would get bored, and it sadly was. I just really didn’t care for any of the political schemes happening to gain power of Shanghai and since everything tied into that, I got really bored. The fact is I thought the plot was really weak in this one. The first book had lost of suspense and mystery to it. This one started off slow and then had so much happening at the end it was really oddly paced to me. “To have and to hold, where even death cannot part us. In this life and the next, for however long our souls remain, mine will always find yours.” I was sooooo disappointed by the romance in this book. It was my favourite aspect of the first one and it all just disappeared in this one. The romance between Benedikt and Marshall was top notch of course but between Roma and Juliette, I was so disappointed. Sure they had some good scenes but overall it was lacking the emotional turmoil that book one had. I also didn’t like almost any of the characters. I loved Roma in book one but didn’t care for him here 😭😭 I was so sad that happened. Again, Benedikt and Marshall were the saving grace of this book. They really made it shine. Even Kathleen/Celine fell flat and short in this book. I just wish more time was spent developing the characters rather than the plot because so many characters didn’t have an arc or had unnecessary POVs. Like what was the point of random people having POVs???? “How mighty you are,” he whispered quietly. “I am grateful that our roles are not switched, for I would have dove headfirst into the Huangpu should I be left in this world without you.” *Spoilers for ending below!* The ending did make me sad though. The way Roma and Juliette’s story came to a close was sort of anticlimactic (at least to me). I enjoyed how Chloe stuck to the play and had them both die- it was the epitome of tragic star crossed lovers. That being said I wished the actual explosion was told from their POVs? Just as it happened? And not someone else’s? And we never got a good last POV section of Roma before he died which was so sad , he didn’t even get that many POVs in general. I liked the ending but found it lacking still in emotion. I hate to say it honestly but I wanted it way sadder than it was. I hated the prologue. It was so long and dragged on about the communists for no good reason. I have a feeling Alisa will be the MC of Foul Lady Fortune, since her POV ended this book, she’s a spy, and she obviously has reasons to want to sort of destroy the government I guess? Spoilers done! Overall it was an average book. I loved the twist on Shakespeare‘s play and really enjoyed the duology as a whole but I felt it lost the charm of the first book. Either way I may pick up another of Chloe’s books in the future because I really think she knows how to write!! These Violent Delights ★ ★ ★ ★ Only he knew that if he screamed I hate you, what he really meant was I love you. I still love you so much I hate you for it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    Me, naively thinking a Romeo & Juliet retelling would end happily: ಥ_ಥ “What are you afraid of?” Roma Montagov asked. Juliette’s lips parted. She exhaled a short, abrupt breath. “The consequences of love in a city ruled by hate.” Reuniting with my favourite Shanghai gangsters after the explosive ending to These Violent Delights had me anticipating two things above all else: Roma and Juliette trying to kill each other attractively (premium enemies to lovers content) and Benedikt and Marshall fi Me, naively thinking a Romeo & Juliet retelling would end happily: ಥ_ಥ “What are you afraid of?” Roma Montagov asked. Juliette’s lips parted. She exhaled a short, abrupt breath. “The consequences of love in a city ruled by hate.” Reuniting with my favourite Shanghai gangsters after the explosive ending to These Violent Delights had me anticipating two things above all else: Roma and Juliette trying to kill each other attractively (premium enemies to lovers content) and Benedikt and Marshall finally, you know, communicating. (kissing). I’m lying, there’s a third thing: KATHLEEN!! I love her so much. Alas, Chloe Gong is an evil genius and I was not spared. The plot was a lot more exciting in Our Violent Ends, whereas it kind of went in circles with the monster hunt in book 1. The stakes were much higher than before; I found myself far more attached to the protagonists, fearful of the danger they would inevitably face. Gong does a masterful job retelling Romeo & Juliet while also crafting an undoubtedly unique story. I loved the “ohhhh” moments when making connections back to the source material; the plot twists were so cleverly thought out! Our Violent Ends was an amazing conclusion to this duology. It takes everything from the first instalment and amps it up a few notches. Such a breathtaking ending, I can’t wait for it to be published! Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the arc!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liz♡

    screaming crying throwing up hitting my head against the wall biting my arm

  30. 5 out of 5

    sam

    “In this life and the next, for however long our souls remain, mine will always find yours.” blog | instagram | twitter | pinterest Our Violent Ends is the heartstopping sequel to These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and i’m using the word ‘heartstopping’ because there were parts of this book where my heart. literally. stopped. This was probably by far my most anticipated release for this year and i’m so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read it early. How can I summarise this in the “In this life and the next, for however long our souls remain, mine will always find yours.” blog | instagram | twitter | pinterest Our Violent Ends is the heartstopping sequel to These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and i’m using the word ‘heartstopping’ because there were parts of this book where my heart. literally. stopped. This was probably by far my most anticipated release for this year and i’m so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read it early. How can I summarise this in the most vague way possible? Imagine These Violent Delights, but with more angst, more romance, and a lot more heartbreak and violence. It’s almost as if Chloe Gong took everything I loved from the first book and multiplied them, fourfold. I gasped, I cried and overall, was mesmerised. I absolutely love how Chloe Gong spun her own beautiful version of Romeo and Juliette, all while staying true to it’s origin. Going into this book, the main thing I was hoping for was more focus on the characters and their relationships. Definitely an A+ on that front. These Violent Delights didn’t have as many interactions between the main characters as I was hoping there would be but this one was basically centred around them. Probably my favourite part of the book. The only complaint I have is that for me, personally, the plot felt a little too predictable in some places and was pretty weak, which is the only reason I reduced the rating a little. But other than that, I can easily say that it is one of my favourite reads of this year! thank you to simon teen & netgalley for the arc !! 13/04/2021 - if you thought book one was insane then you’re not ready for this one. more angst, more politics, more plot twists, more romance and MORE EMOTIONAL TRAUMA. good luck you guys. ——————————————— PAUSE- THE COVER THE COVER OMG THE COVER this book is going to break me

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