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Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
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With Lola, Scrivner Love creates an unforgettable female antihero: a gangleader of the Crenshaw Six unafraid of settling things on her own terms, which often ends in bloodshed. ( )
  JaredOrlando | May 23, 2017 |
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It was not a good sign that I hated the first chapter of this book. Too much back story was dumped on me all at once. Up until the point in this book when I gave up, it was all tell and no show and it was painfully slow going. I was also never going to develop any empathy for these characters. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher but I wound up listening to the audiobook borrowed from the library. ( )
  fhudnell | May 20, 2017 |
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Lola is not for the faint of heart; especially if you are triggered by graphic violence, rape, the drug culture and men giving into their animalistic nature. This story will make you squirm as the fast paced yet entertaining storyline provides some interesting character development in a woman who takes feminism to a whole new level.

She’s trying to exert herself in a world that is completely defined by men while trying to survive amidst violence, drugs, gangs and like I said – men at their worst.

She proves she’s a fountain of strength, a survivor and most importantly a fighter with a moral edge even if it is defined by questionable boundaries. She has come through abusive situations, nightmarish parental influence, and now has to live another day with the Cartel breathing down her neck.

If you liked Sons of Anarchy or Breaking Bad then you’ll love seeing a woman take on similar action.
  ttsheehan | May 13, 2017 |
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I received this as an Early Reviewer. It was, for me, a compulsive read. The writing flows well, the characters were diverse, complicated, and Lola herself was a fascinating mix of ruthless ambition, aggression, compassionate generosity, and loyalty. While there are some contextual issues the story was engaging, complex, and, finally, rewarding. Lola's motivations and decisions are multi-dimensional. The "who is really in charge" scenarios while a bit kludgy in a few scenes, worked overall. I really liked and was satisfied by the ending which I won't spoil here. Well worth the read. ( )
  Wazeau | May 1, 2017 |
Lola Vasquez is in her mid-20s, barely five foot tall. Her boyfriend is the leader of an up and coming LA gang named the Crenshaw Six but Lola is the “real” brains and muscle behind the operation. She had a horrific childhood, dealing with a junkie mother and severe poverty but instead of letting this sordid past destroy her, she crafted herself, into a smart, cunning young woman, who can be as ruthless as any male counterpart.
When the gang finds itself in between warring cartels, the story really kicks into gear and Lola rises to the challenge, with badass resolve.
This is a solid crime novel, filled with action, suspense and unexpected twists. It is also well-written and I want to mention that it also deals with child rape, so if this is a trigger for you, beware.

“Yes. Ghetto gossip spreads faster than lice at a daycare, hopping from head to head, brain to brain, growing, changing, and morphing into the best narrative to trade over coffee or tequila or cocaine at the kitchen table.” ( )
  msf59 | Apr 30, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451496108, Hardcover)

An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.      

Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

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