Read Alikes: “These Violent Delights”

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson is a solidly plotted, swiftly paced international murder mystery laced with just a hint of romance.

“Fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya. Her mother found work as a maid for a family headed by Roland Greyhill. But the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. After her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. A job for the Goondas brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, but as soon as she steps inside the lavish home she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships. Uncovering the truth about who killed her mother– and why– could cost Tina her life.” -WorldCat

The gripping Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom duology from #1 New York Times bestselling YA author Leigh Bardugo, introduces readers to fantastic characters, cities, and cultures. Follow Kaz and his crew into a world of magic and mayhem as they attempt to pull off—and survive—the job of a lifetime.

In Six of Crows Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. So six dangerous outcasts help Kaz with one impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don’t kill each other first.

In Crooked Kingdom  Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a daring heist. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

In The Walled City by Ryan Graudin there are three rules: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife.

“Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels – or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.” -Amazon

The Gilded Wolves trilogy is a novel series by New York Times Bestselling Author Roshani Chokshi. The series is set in the 18th century in France. 

The Gilded Wolves, the first in the trilogy, follows a band of rogues on a race through Paris in search of an ancient artifact that may help wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie obtain his rightful inheritance as an heir of the Order of Babel. 

In The Silvered Serpents, the second book of the trilogy, Séverin and his team are haunted by their last success. Looking to make amends, Sverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God. Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them,

In the final tale, The Bronzed Beasts, Sverin appears to have been betrayed and his crew divided. Armed with only a handful of hints, Enrique, Laila, Hypnos and Zofia must find their way through Venice, Italy to locate Séverin. Meanwhile, Séverin must balance the deranged whims of the Patriarch of the Fallen House and discover the location of a temple beneath a plague island where the Divine Lyre can be played and all that he desires will come to pass. 

Don’t forget to check out Our Violent Ends, the beautiful conclusion to this captivating Chloe Gong duology that began with These Violent Delights.

“The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution. After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less. Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it’s his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he’s determined to set things right-even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure. Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all.” -WorldCat

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