Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Lola

Melissa Scrivner Love

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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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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I thought that this book was definitely ingrained into the climate of the culture. Lola was an extremely strong character who was a force to be reckoned within her gang, however soft enough to help a little girl. Her complexity was great and admirable. This was definitely far from the normal books that I read, however it was a great piece of literature.

This isn't the type of book I normally read. The setting just didn't sound interesting - woman leader of a gang. But the book does grip you with the story and the courage of Lola dealing with her situation. Once I got into her life and what she had to deal with I couldn't put the book down.

When I requested this book, I don't think I was completely sure what kind of book I was getting into, but I did end up enjoying it for the most part. Just not my normal setting for books. I did really love the main character and the way she handled herself. Definitely a well-written strong female character!

I read this in two sittings (would have been one if I hadn't had class), and it was so much fun. It had a lot of the hallmarks of a good thriller, but the setting and characters felt like ones I hadn't seen before. Really enjoyable!

This story was a page turner. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen to the main character and if she was able to make it through her situation. This story was also about things that can happen in the underside of a big city. But mostly looks can be deceiving. I am glad that I had a chance to read this story.

Melissa Scrivner Love's debut novel, Lola, is a must read! Lola is unlike anything I've ever read and was impossible to put down. Lola struggles with making her place in a world dominated by men while dealing with her childhood trauma, maintaining peace/loyalty to her family, and trying to save another innocent child from enduring the same trauma that she did. I was pleasantly surprised with this novel and it's main character. I was expecting Lola to turn soft and tuck her tail and run, but she didn't. The ending was unexpected and amazing. I would definitely love to see a sequel, and look forward to reading more from Love.

 


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