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These Violent Delights (Digital Audiobook)

By Chloe Gong, Cindy Kay (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 25, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (11/17/2020)

Winter 2020 Kids Indie Next List

“A completely unique and 1920s take on the Romeo and Juliet story. I am in love with these characters and the amazing, supernatural Shanghai world Gong created. These Violent Delights combines historical relevance, racism, and colonial rule with a rival love story that doesn’t start out that way. So gripping and exciting.”
— Lauren Nopenz Fairley, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD
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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.

About the Author

Cindy Kay is a Chinese-Thai-American narrator and educator who grew up in the California Bay Area and lives in the Rockies. Her work has been described as listening to a "cozy best friend." She narrates fiction and nonfiction, and has studied Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and Japanese.