I quite enjoyed The Dead Queens Club earlier this year and was really looking forward to Hannah’s 2020 release. So you can imagine my excitement for getting my hands on an eARC of Foul is Fair. Was it as good as I hoped it to be? Let’s find out!
Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.
Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
Published by Wednesday Books on 04/02/2020
I don’t really like the style of the cover and the colors aren’t really my thing. But I do love that our main character is Indian and that it’s displayed on the cover. Other than that this is a pretty forgettable cover which is a shame because I think this book deserves more!
As soon as I started reading this book I knew it wasn’t for everyone. Hannah Capin uses a very distinct writing style in this book and I don’t think it will work for everyone. I loved it right away and it got me in the perfect mood for the story. The writing style created an atmosphere for me that worked like a charm!
Fair is foul and foul is fair.
Foul is Fair deals with very dark themes and the writer wrote an in depth overview of triggerwarnings. I will link this list here because I think it very important for readers to have these lists available if they need them. Before the story starts Jade is raped by a group of private school boys and this is her tale of revenge. Her idea of revenge involves a plan for killing the guilty parties so you can imagine how dark it gets 😉
The main inspiration for the book is Macbeth but you can also find Heathers, Mean Girls and AHS ‘Coven’ in there. Yes, these characters are absolutely horrible and this is not a healthy way to deal with trauma. But it makes for a delicious read! And I could definitely imagine the joy someone could find in reading about Jade’s revenge on these boys. That does not mean I or the author are saying this is the way to deal with trauma. But I think we can all agree that people get away with rape way to easily and when do get sentenced its usually a joke compared to what they did to the person they raped.
Killing someone hurts worse if somebody you love is holding the knife.
I loved how this story enfolded and couldn’t put it down. It was such a quick read for me! I kept telling my mom all that happened because I needed to talk about it haha. She hopes it gets translated in Dutch so she can read it too!
There was a very nice diversity present in the coven. We got a transgender character, a bisexual or lesbian character, and Jade is Indian. I loved how all of this diversity was simply present. It didn’t feel forced and it was just a nice representation of the world around us. I also quite liked Jade’s parents. They were very supportive of their daughter.
For me there was only one issue that prevented me from giving this 5 stars. Mack and Jade got together incredibly fast, a bit to fast for it to be believable in my opinion. I get that stretching it out might’ve made for a slower paced book but it was just a bit unbelievable. The ending went equally fast, and I liked to have seen that drawn out a bit more as well. I even reread a certain part two or three times because it went so fast, I didn’t fully grasp what was going on. Luckily we are getting a sequel and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
As you read, I really liked this very dark read. I definitely don’t think this will be for everyone but if you like dark books with unlikable characters, this might just be the one for you!