There is something about a well-put-together book. But have you read a book written by an author who fuses everything you can relate to together phenomenally? That is what you get from Chloe Gong.
Who is Chloe Gong?
Chloe mainly writes YA content, but older folks also enjoy her books. I love how she seamlessly blends romance, humor, mystery, politics, and relatable characters to create pages you do not want to leave.
Chloe Gong’s author success was the result of many Tiktokkers in 2021, where they found Our Violent Ends’ stunning story. Later I checked her further books and I found a lot of great titles by the author.
Below is my recommendation of Chloe’s works and contributions (published and upcoming).
What Are The Must-Read Chloe Gong Books?
Foul Lady Fortune (2022)
This book will strike you with its phenomenal plot, which follows an ill-matched spy pair posing as a married couple. They are supposed to get into an investigation about brutal murders happening in 1930s Shanghai.
Rosalind Lang escaped death four years ago through a strange experiment that also made her stop sleeping and aging. The same experiment also made her immortal. But now, she strongly yearns for redemption from her past and gathers how to make use of her capability as the country’s assassin. However, following the Japanese Imperial Army invasion march, her mission changes.
Shanghai is in unrest following a series of murders, and everyone suspects the Japanese. Rosalind must identify who is behind the terror plot by infiltrating a foreign society. That’s when she begins to pose as Orion Hong’s wife. He has his plan, and Rosalind has secrets.
If you love a romantic story packed with intrigue, assassins, and betrayal, this book is for you. It is a classic spy thriller fused with historical fantasy where loyalties aren’t certain. It is intoxicating as it is dazzling, and each page is like a blade that will go into your heart.
The Gathering Dark (2022)
The Gathering Dark is a haunting tale, featuring Chloe as part of the authors. These stories give chills while exploring the often heightened adolescent emotions. This is a book you will fancy if you are into horror or creepy stories, but most importantly, it invites contemplation.
The plot is in a wicked town that has burned twice with another looming fire. One cemetery in the town is also packed with dead but restless people. An isolated bridge has a terrifying monster almost done with a summoning ritual, and still, there is a lake that allows those who have capsized to come back transformed. These are the liminal and shadowed spaces where monsters and curses lurk, ensuring they aren’t forgotten.
The stories in this book will feel reminiscent if you are an urban legend. They are well-woven to talk about elements of folk horror that many of us have come to expect, like religious corruption, toxic families, female rage, isolation, and the power and importance of nature.
Our Violent Ends (2021)
If you are a romantic and enjoyed the Romeo and Juliet play, you will love Our Violent Ends, the conclusion to Chloe’s These Violent Delights, details in a bit.
It is set in the 1920s when Shanghai rivaled Russian and Chinese gangs. Amid all the crisis and crime, Roma and Juliette are faced with tough choices and life-threatening situations.
Juliette deceives Roma to save his life by faking the death of his ally Marshall. She also works for the Scarlet Gang, which is her way of staving off her heartbreak. She must pretend that she wants Roma dead but keep him alive simultaneously.
On the other hand, Roma blames himself for his friend’s death and is seeking revenge. Can the two overcome all the shortcomings and secure a future together, or will all they are involved with be the end of them?
This is a compelling, tension-filled, and action-packed story; you will love the chemistry between the main characters as you turn the pages of this perfect ending.
These Violent Delights (2020)
These Violent Delights is an engaging and fun read that takes you into the dangerous 1926 Shanghai. There is a blood feud between two of the gangs that run this city which has left everyone helpless and the city in chaos.
Juliette Cai has come back to be the heir of the Scarlet Gang. This community of criminals is way above the law, and the White Flowers are their only power rivals. For generations, they have been fighting the Scarlets. Their heir, Roma Montagov, guides their every move, but there is a dilemma. He is Juliette’s first love.
Gangs from both sides start to depict instability signs, and people begin to talk about a madness contagion. Deaths are rising, and Roma and Juliette must collaborate to end this mayhem. Otherwise, neither of them will have a city to rule.
This book is for you if you fancy romance tales with unpredictable endings. You will have to get the sequel to get the whole scoop.
Writing in Color (2023)
This is an anthology featuring fourteen authors of color that demystify their stories and authorship, and Chloe is part of them. In this book, each author tells their story based on their experiences while being writers of color.
Do you think about writing a book, or have you written one and don’t really know what to do with it? This book is for you. You may have many questions regarding what to do, what to write, what publication takes, and much more. Everyone seems to have advice about the same, but knowing how much of the advice is actually practical for your experiences may be challenging.
Writing in Color is like an encouragement and empowerment tool for writers of any background or age to find their voice with excellent advice for idea development.
Inspiring Quotes From Chloe Gong Books
Nation over everything. But not you, sweetheart. Never your life in exchange
The stars incline us, they do not bind us.
To have and to hold, where even death cannot part us,’ Juliette whispered.
‘In this life and the next,’ Roma returned, ‘for however long our souls remain, mine will always find yours.
― Chloe Gong, Our Violent Ends
Final Thoughts on Chloe Gong Books
Chloe Gong is an incredible writer with whom I share the idea of fun and evolving stories. If you want to get the scoop on what I am talking about, you need to get your hands on her book titles. Not just for fun and insights but also to prepare yourself for her upcoming releases.
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