Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads)
Publication Date: November 16th, 2021
Genres: YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Trigger Warnings: blood, gore, murder, depictions of grief, disease, self-harm
This review does not contain any major spoilers for These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends.
These Violent Delights was one of my favourite 2020 reads (and one of my all-time faves) so I was super excited about Our Violent Ends. Its an absolutely good feeling when the book you’re so excited turns out to be amazing, the kind that leaves you with tears and lots of denial. And that’s what Our Violent End did for me.
Our Violent Ends continues the story of Roma and Juliette in Shanghai where the stakes are higher than ever with the brewing political tensions and monsters still lurking around, both of which seems impossible for Roma and Juliette to fight along with the blood feud and the increasing threat to their status from the foreigners.
This book amps up on the betrayal, action and intrigue which keeps you hooked and also scared to continue because as you read ahead there’s also this feeling of impending tension woven in between which gives the constant feeling that something is going to happen. If you thought These Violent Delights was intense, Our Violent Ends takes all of it and doubles it. It was terrifying and heartbreaking and emotional.
One of my favourite parts about TVD was the characters and I loved how this book focuses on every character so well and takes them all on their journey. It was amazing to read the way the author handles the character arcs and emotions of the characters and makes you feel for all of them and this has only one downside which is that it makes you stressed for them all throughout the book. I love the side characters and equally invested in their stories. Benedikt and Marshall were great and I loved reading more about Rosalind and Kathleen too.
“These violent delights have violent ends, you have always known this.”
Roma and Juliette’s rivalry and their hatred and their love is all so much more in this book. Their passion was no doubt intense but there was also a certain tenderness to the whole dynamic in this book. The slow burn and the push-pull dynamic with them in the eye of the storm raging around them, was all just *chef’s kiss*. Roma and Juliette truly are one of the top tier lovers to enemies to lovers I have ever read about. I also feel compelled to add how I screamed every time Roma called Juliette dorogaya, like that shit hurt (in a good way though). I love them both and I’m definitely going to miss reading about them.
I love how well the author handles the plot, the characters and the world building of the book together, not even one part of the book suffers. There’s a good balance to it all which made me so invested in the book and also worry about the characters A LOT.
It’s been a few months since I read the book now but a part of me is still in denial about the ending. It was bittersweet and explosive and I speed read the first time and then went back and read it again just to make sure. Chloe truly made sure to make this as emotional and painful as possible.
Overall, Our Violent Ends was a stunning conclusion to Roma and Juliette’s story. It was emotional, stressful and satisfying. If you love books with star crossed lovers on the opposite side of a blood feud which will make you feel intense feelings and then make you hate those feelings and at the same time make you fall in love with a beautifully written world and characters, you must read These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends.
We are also getting a new book from Chloe this year, Foul Lady Fortune, which is focused on Rosalind and I’m so very excited for it, so make sure to add that to your Goodreads too!!
I was sent an eARC of the book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
Have you read These Violent Delights and Our Violent Delights? What are your thoughts on it?