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Our Violent Ends: These Violent Delights, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Social unrest drives compelling fantasy/romance sequel.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Predictable and too much gay agenda.

Dumb book with a very predictable storyline. Common sense forgot to review in the sex/romance section that there is kissing between characters of the same sex. Unless you want your kids exposed to that, don't read this book. All in all, really not a good story.

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Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This continuation of an epic love story set amid social upheaval in 1920s Shanghai is a compelling, page-turning revamp of the classic Romeo-and-Juliet romance. The monsters are definitely still out there, but Our Violent Ends focuses more on the chaos, double crosses, secrets, and lies that surround the rival gangs and the two political factions fighting for control of the city. Reading the two volumes in order is a must, since it's one story told in two parts with a large cast of well-developed characters. Teens who like a variety of genres will enjoy this effective blend of romance, fantasy, and historical fiction, whether they've read Romeo and Juliet or not.

Action, excitement, and intrigue share the pages with sweeping and epic change in the politics and society of Shanghai at the time, as well as with the inner workings of the two rival criminal gangs. Teens will relate to Roma and Juliette's frustration with the unending cycle of violence, and with having no voice in decisions that affect their lives. Some events are predictable, especially for readers familiar with the Shakespeare original, but they'll also have to keep guessing who's really working for whom. Some of the dialog is awkward and doesn't seem like how people really talk to each other, and the author's powers of description aren't as strong as in the first volume. But the ending does not disappoint.

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