Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Blog Tour: "Our Violent Ends" by Chloe Gong + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today I am so incredibly excited to be bringing you to my stop on the Our Violent Ends blog tour hosted by Turn the Page Tours! Our Violent Ends is one of my top favorite books of this year and I am so excited for it to finally be out so that other people can experience how amazing this book is! As for this tour stop, I have a bunch of fun stuff to share with you today, including a giveaway! However, there will be spoilers for the first book, These Violent Delights, so if you haven't read that yet, come back to join the fun when you have! 

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.

Author: Chloe Gong
Genre: Young Adult Fiction - Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: November 16, 2021
Book 1: These Violent Delights
Purchase: BOOKSHOP

Chloe Gong is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English and International Relations. During her breaks, she’s either at home in New Zealand or visiting her many relatives in Shanghai. Chloe has been known to mysteriously appear by chanting “Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best plays and doesn’t deserve its slander in pop culture” into a mirror three times. You can find her on Twitter @thechloegong, check out her website at thechloegong.com or email her at chloegongwrites@gmail.com.


5 // 5 stars

I loved These Violent Delights. But I adored Our Violent Ends. While in These Violent Delights, I was more obsessed with the characters, I was equally obsessed with the characters AND plot in Our Violent Ends. It truly was the best of both worlds. Simply put, Our Violent Ends is one of my top favorite books of this year. 

Like I said, I was obsessed with the characters from very early on in book one. After how that book ended, I had no doubt that this book was going to hurt them and me in ways I could only imagine. I was correct. It only occurred to me part way through that I was indeed reading a Romeo and Juliet retelling that could end in a number of possible ways, which made me incredibly anxious the rest of the book. 

We hit the ground running in Our Violent Ends. There's a lot of build up in the first book that allowed for this one to take off and pull me in immediately. I didn't want to put it down from the moment I began. The angst was on point. The plot was engaging. The characters were phenomenal. At this moment, I truly have no negatives I can think of regarding this book (hence why it's a five star read for me). 

Another thing I noticed while reading this book was that it was so quotable and full of beautiful writing. Yes, the story was engaging. Yes, the characters were incredibly. Yes, my emotions were at a high. But the writing itself, separate from all of that, was so beautiful. I cannot wait to reread and annotate all my favorite lines and passages once all my preordered copies arrive. 

Our Violent Ends is easily one of my top favorites of this year. As sad as I am that this duology is now over, I cannot wait to revisit it in the future and I'm equally excited for Chloe's next duology featuring a character we met here. I have a few ideas as to who it could be and I am hoping that I'm correct! And while this book did hurt me in many ways, I was left at the end with feelings of awe and hope. And that was beautiful. 

Up for grabs, we are giving away ONE (1) finished copy of These Violent Delights and ONE (1) finished copy of Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong. This giveaway will run from November 1st through 20th at 11:59 PM CST and will be open to U.S. residents ONLY. One winner will be chosen. To enter, click the link below!

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