Author: Hannah Capin
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: St. Martin’s Press/Wednesday Books
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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. (Goodreads)
*I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s for this blog tour. This does not affect my opinion.*
To say this book was something completely different than what I’ve ever read and even imagined I was getting into would be an understatement. What a wild ride! It was violent, passionate, thrilling, a little terrifying, and completely entertaining from start to finish.
Hannah Capin’s writing style took a while for me to get the hang of and even by the end of the book there were moments I had to do a double take but wow…is it ever effective. I felt not only fully immersed in the story and Jade’s revenge plot but also in the world overall. I swear there were moments when I was snuggled warm in my blankets but was positive I should be at St. Andrew’s or one of the lush houses of the prep schoolkids.
The characters and the relationships with each other were so complex and messy and I loved it. The golden kings of the school make look like “it” on the outside but behind the armour there was so much decay and so many secrets. It was hard not to love even the characters you hated because they were just so vibrant…there were a couple of times I could picture Banks in front of me being obnoxious and would have loved to test out a few 4- or 5-punch combos on his face for example.
Obviously in terms of the actual plot you have to suspend your disbelief to a certain extent. You would not regularly have a group of girls hatch and carry out a multiple murder plot but once you’re into the story it feels like there’s no reason to question it, you’re just along for the ride. And what a ride it is. Ever time you think there will be a lull something happens and the action picks back up. This is aided by the short chapters that keep you right in the thick of things.
First and foremost, read the content advisory for this novel before deciding if it’s right for you,personally, to pick up. It definitely touches on topics that could be very difficult for many readers and Hannah has done an excellent job outlining possible harmful content.
If you determine that Foul is Fair is a safe book for you and the synopsis is up your alley then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a wild ride. This is not your run-of-the-mill revenge plot. Jade and her “coven” mean business and are NOT afraid to play or to get dirty on their quest for justice. It’s frightening and entertaining all at the same time and you probably will curse whatever makes you put the book down until next time.