These Violent Delights (#1) by Chloe Gong

Rating: 4/5

“Memories were beastly little creatures, after all—they rose with the faintest whiff of nourishment.”

I had heard a lot of good reviews of this book and I am glad that I finally got the time to read it cause it was very enjoyable and a fresh new spin on an old classic. The rest of the book is fantastic, Gong uses vivid descriptions and a plot that keeps you engaged from beginning to end. Roma and Juliette are two very well developed characters with flaws that make them very interesting and I did enjoy the dynamic between them especially the tension as it felt very real and raw. The side characters that Gong crafted for her world made the story more intriguing and I wish we saw more of them in this book but I’ll hopefully see more of them in the #2.

But as someone who has always loved The Roaring Twenties, this book delivered in every single way. From the setting, storyline, characters, I became really invested in their lives and what was going to happen. Other things that I loved was the horror element as I’m a big horror fan and I didn’t expect this book to have it but it did and I loved it. My only gripe is that it felt slow paced in the beginning and while I appreciate hearing about the cultural aspect, I felt like there wasn’t enough action. Overall, an enjoyable read and I’m ready to read book 2.

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