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Book Review: Our Violent Ends

Book Details:

  • Published Date: November 16, 2021
  • Author: Chloe Gong
  • Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Length: 512 pages
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 a mission. 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. (Amazon)

Juliette abandons her relationship with Roma because she wanted to protect him all while trying to watch out for her cousin. Meanwhile Roma is still upset about Marshall’s death and is seeking revenge. As you read there is a lot going on in Shanghai. As we know, this is retelling of Romeo and Juliet, so there are many similarities in that department.

This duology was pretty entertaining. I do feel that there was a lot more going on than in These Violent Delights and while I enjoyed both books, I did enjoy These Violent Delights a little bit more. You get everything in these books. You get the culture and the diversity. The characters, particularly Juliette and Roma, have great character development which made me more drawn to them individually.

Chloe Gong has started a new duology that I am considering adding to my TBR because I did enjoy this one.

My Rating:

4 star

Have you read Our Violent Ends? What were your thoughts?

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