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ARC Review: The Society For Soulless Girls by Laura Steven

Release Date: July 7th 2022

Ten years ago, four students lost their lives in the infamous North Tower murders at the elite Carvell College of Arts, forcing Carvell to close its doors.

Now Carvell is reopening, and fearless student Lottie is determined to find out what really happened. But when her roommate, Alice, stumbles upon a sinister soul-splitting ritual hidden in Carvell’s haunted library, the North Tower claims another victim.

Can Lottie uncover the truth before the North Tower strikes again? Can Alice reverse the ritual before her monstrous alter ego consumes her? And can they stop flirting for literally fifteen seconds in order to do this?


My thoughts and feelings …

Late July I started reading The Society for Soulless Girls. Early August I put it back down again because the vibes were not right. This book was written for cold, rainy days not a heatwave.

Set in the 90’s, this book follows Alice and Lottie, two first year roommates attending a prestigious university which has re-opened for the first time since a series of brutal murders closed the campus a decade prior. The two girls become enthralled in the university mysterious past in one way or another – Lottie wants to solve the case, while Alice is battling with an intense anger that lives inside of her.

My favourite thing about this book was the well written imagery which I think really helped build up the atmosphere and the suspense. I listened to this on audiobook and I just found myself nodding in approval at some of the descriptions throughout the book.

I actually highly recommend the audiobook in general for this book. I’ve been dipping my toe into this format recently and Society For Soulless Girls was my first fiction-audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed this way of consuming the book. The chapters alternate between Lottie and Alice and they have seperate narrators which I appreciated.

When you have more than one POV in a novel, there’s usually a clear favouritism and that was definitely the case for me. I thought Lottie would be the one I was going to enjoy the most, but actually it ended up being Alice. There was a mix of things that made me like her more. Alice’s chapters seemed to focus on the more “spooky” stuff whereas Lottie was invested in solving the mystery which I didn’t find as engaging.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the relationship between Alice and Lottie. They both seemed super suspicious of each other and sure, as the reader who can see into both of their inner monologues sure, they should be, but looking at it from what they knew of each other the reasons were silly.

Overall I’m conflicted with my thoughts and feelings on this book. I liked the premise, liked the setting and the way it was written – I’ve already hyped up the imagery and descriptions – but I can’t say I was totally mad about the plot. And then I have to take into account that I was listening to this via audiobook which I’m not very good at doing yet (as silly as that is to say). I guess with this book I’d recommend it based on the potential and in hopes of finding out what others thought about it.

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