Foul Is Fair
By Hannah Capin
Genre: YA Fiction
Content Warnings: sexual assault (not depicted), violence, profuse swearing, a suicide attempt, an abusive relationship, and brief transphobic bullying. For a more detailed description of sensitive content, please visit hannahcapin.com/foulisfair
Elizabeth Jade Khanjara and her friends, Jenny, Summer, and Mads go to a party hosted by the “golden boys” of St. Andrews Prep. But when things turn toward the darker side, and the boys do something unforgivable, the four plot their revenge.
Elizabeth—now going by Jade—creates elaborate plans as a means to get back at the “golden boys” for what they did to her. As the story moves along to the beat of the execution drum, things get darker and darker as Jade grows more and more spiteful.
While revenge stories aren’t my first pick, I was captured by author Hannah Capin’s descriptions—of the girls having claws and fangs, of the shadows becoming Jade’s wings. There are subtle hints to the original Macbeth; the coven, the king, the young man who wants to rule. But this story is told from the perspective of Hecate, the mistress of the three witches, and leader of all their evil deeds.
The plot moves at a faster pace as we near its end, until we reach Jade’s final moment. And while the ending can’t be called satisfying, it is as it should be.
Foul Is Fair is perfect for those who love subtle retellings, revenge stories, and/or thrilling tales of power.
I Rate It: 3 stars
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the book:
Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, 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 Jade’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. 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.
About the author:
Hannah Capin is the author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club, a feminist retelling of the wives of Henry VIII. When she isn’t writing, she can be found singing, sailing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad. She lives in Tidewater, Virginia.
“Fierce, vicious, and electric. If books had teeth, Foul Is Fair would have fangs. Capin’s language glitters dark and her writing cuts deep. Revenge is a dish best served by this deliciously unapologetic coven.” – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To
“Capin’s writing will seduce you with its beauty and then, when you least suspect it, slice you to the bone—just like Foul is Fair’s captivating, vicious, entirely unforgettable heroine, Jade.” – Layne Fargo, author of Temper and co-host of Unlikeable Female Characters Podcast
“Vicious and beautifully brutal, Foul is Fair gives a sword to every girl who has ever been a victim and makes them a warrior. This book is pulls no punches and will make anyone think twice before uttering the phrase ‘just a girl’. An unapologetic feminist battle-cry that leaves you breathless and thirsting for vengeance.” – Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me
“Foul is Fair delivers the story of a girl who snatches control back from a world that stole it away, through whatever means necessary. Hannah Capin deftly combines stunningly lyrical prose with the raw power of engulfing fury, sending a message written in blood. In a world where too many are forced into silence, this book roars back.” – S. Gonzales, author of The Law of Inertia and Only Mostly Devastated
Author’s Twitter/Instagram: @tldaaollf
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