Reviews for Gangsta Divas

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Diamond (Street Divas) takes readers back to Memphis where the brutal gang war between the Vice Lords and Gangster Disciples rages on. At ground zero of the violence are estranged sisters Ta'Shara and LeShelle who have sworn to kill each other on sight. Cindy Lauper had it wrong, these girls don't wanna have fun. The sisters and their girl gangs get their high from murder and sexual hookups that challenge endurance and stamina. One girl observes what's going on in the streets, "Off the bat, I see chicken heads, grinding on a whole lotta bustas who ain't gonna do nuthin' but pour liquor down they throats, bust ‘em out, and then call it a night." Action roars at breakneck speed, and readers should get ready to cringe at many of the bloodier scenes that come across like snapshots from slasher films. There's no quarter given here. Memphis streets, as we learn, don't have a retirement plan. VERDICT Nasty sex and brutal violence marks this street novel, but each chapter is narrated by a different character, which makes it difficult for readers to follow which gangsta diva is describing the action. Still, this series has loyal readers, so prepare to stock up. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.