I am beyond thrilled to be posting this. Today, I have the wonderful and all kinds of amazing Chloe Gong, the author of These Violent Delights, here for an interview! These Violent Delights is a Romeo & Juliet retelling set in 1926 Shanghai. It’s a gripping read, with monsters, BUGS, a blood feud, and complete dorks of characters. I loved it a whole lot (I have screamed on both Twitter and IG a bunch about it haha), so I was, and am, very excited for the chance to talk to Chloe more about this book!Continue reading “These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: Author Interview”
The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal. But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
I have a confession to make. I don’t think I’ve read Romeo & Juliet all the way through. I’m not sure if I’ve ever even seen a movie adaptation. I know the basics, but I’m pretty sure that’s it. (Don’t tell Chloe, I’m sure she would find me.) So, of course I wanted to read this Romeo & Juliet retelling! I knew it was set in Shanghai and I knew there would be knives and gangs. That was basically all I needed to be ready to jump into this book head first. Trigger warnings: blood, violence, gore, character deaths, explicit description of gouging self (not of their own volition), murder, weapon use, insects, alcohol consumption, parental abuse
Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target. They picked the wrong girl. Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly. Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
I don’t even know how to start this introduction. I knew this was a book about revenge. I knew it was about angry girls. I knew it was Shakespeare retelling of sorts. I knew it was going to be really different from what I normally read, but I really wanted to give it a shot. There is are a lot of themes and instances in this book that can be really trigging. The author has a detailed list on her website, which I will link here. Continue reading “Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin”
Woo, it’s the third installment of my mini series! I have to read some books for my English class this year and I thought it would be fun to review them on here, where I could talk about them without the filter that I usually use in class! And that basically means that I am brutally honest about my opinions haha. This one is going to be about Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Welcome to Colsten Can’t Wait, which is my veirson of Waiting On Wednesday! Every week, my cat and I pick out an upcoming book that we can’t wait to read and highlight it! This week, we picked out If I’m Being Honest!