The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven
To be published on September 19, 2023 by Delacorte Books
Plot Summary for The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven
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 freshman Lottie is determined to find out what really happened. But when her beautiful but standoffish 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 will they give in to the ill-fated attraction that's growing between them?
Review of The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven
Okay, so I did not even realize that The Society for Soulless Girls was a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and now this book makes a bit more sense to me.
Other than that, I'd describe this as a paranormal, opposites attract f/f academic romance.
Alice and Lottie are roommates at Carvell College for the Arts. Lottie is a sunny athlete on scholarship, while philosophy student Alice is a prickly loner.
Everyone at Carvell is aware of the terrible North Tower Murders and happy that hte school is finally opening again.
Lottie and Alice aren't really geting along ... or are they just secretly attracted to one another as they investigate what's going on at Carvell?
I felt that this book was a bit long, but really enjoyed watching the Alice/Lottie relationship play out.
The book also deals with female anger and how it's been pathologized. If I'd known it was a Jekyll and Hyde retelling that would have made even more sense.
Not my favorite academic paranormal romance of 2023, which goes to the impressive A Study in Drowning, but this was a solid read!