Our Violent Ends Book Birthday + ARC Review

** A HUGE thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review **

Amazon.com: Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights): 9781534457720: Gong,  Chloe: Books

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

⭐⭐⭐⭐.25

Our Violent Ends starts shortly after These Violent Delights ends. So the wounds and emotions are still sky high, and the tension is palpable. Each of our characters are on the hunt for who could be releasing all the bugs, while also trying to navigate through their political world, while trying to stay alive.

Gong did not disappoint in the second installment to the Romeo and Juliette retelling. She brought all of the strengths in her characters, and political setting and adding a faster moving plot. The first 50 pages or so were a little slow, but I once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I read 75% of the book in a few hours, and then read them again the next day. I couldn’t get over the story that was crafted before me.

Specifically in this conclusion, I adored the characters and how each one responded to being thrown into a rocky political system. Trying to navigate not only between gangs, but also two fighting parties, AND trying to determine who’s been siphoning information off was amazing. It’s what I look for in my fantasy books. Not to mention how the characters are dealing with the events that took place in book one. Each one grieved and coped differently that it all felt real.

If These Violent Delights was Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet, this Act 2 did a stand up job. One that I am happy to have read, and recommend to everyone. Even if you aren’t a Shakespeare fan. And no need to fear, you may know the story of Romeo and Juliet, but you definitely don’t know this take.

That’s all I can say without going into spoilers, since this is a duology conclusion and it’s events are directly affected by the events in the first book. But you all should read it! And you can get your copy here: https://amzn.to/3qP2iGi

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