Foul Is Fair (Foul Is Fair #1)
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 (Foul Is Fair #1) Details

TitleFoul Is Fair (Foul Is Fair #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250239549
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Retellings

Foul Is Fair (Foul Is Fair #1) Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Omigahhhhhhhhh!This book is too much in all of the best ways. Vengeful, violent, over the top, and fabulous!! I can TOTALLY imagine Quentin Tarantino rolling around in this book and sighing with pleasure.Suspend disbelief and just get in there, this one is so much fun!!Thank you to Hannah Capin, St Martin's Press and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Scary, bloody, violent retelling of teen Macbeth with the mash-up of Cruel Intensions, Riverdale, Mean Girls, American Horror Story “Coven” and of course one of the best disturbing high school movie “Heathers”! So what do you think? You’re gonna be in or out! As a die-hard fan of all Shakespeare works, I took my place at the back seat, flipping pages with distorted face, widen eyes and the thought balloons appeared above my head says: “WTH I’m reading! Those teenagers couldn’t be real human Scary, bloody, violent retelling of teen Macbeth with the mash-up of Cruel Intensions, Riverdale, Mean Girls, American Horror Story “Coven” and of course one of the best disturbing high school movie “Heathers”! So what do you think? You’re gonna be in or out! As a die-hard fan of all Shakespeare works, I took my place at the back seat, flipping pages with distorted face, widen eyes and the thought balloons appeared above my head says: “WTH I’m reading! Those teenagers couldn’t be real human beings!” They might have been produced in a lab by the protected genes of famous serial killers including Manson, Dahmer and Wuornos! So here is our cast: Jade is our avenger, psychopath bitch a.k.a Lady Macbeth says who would have thought all these boys to have so much blood in them…Mack is our innocent(!), decent, unfortunately manipulated MacbethHeathers girls a.k.a Witches: Jenny, Summer and MadsThe kings a.k.a motherf.cker, despicable, dirty human wastes (I wish Jade give me some private time with those boys because they’re winners of my punching, slapping, kicking, beating the shit out of them contests! I’m volunteer to use them as decorative punch bags of my Fighting Women Club and Making Cupcakes Club –after burning so much energy, we get our treat!-)So Elle attends a St. Andrew’s prep party with her coven but she gets rofied and raped. So old Elle dies and Jade is born at that moment to give the punishment those four guys coming from rich and powerful families. Now she’s determined to conduct her mission and massacre them one by one with the help of her coven members swear on a blood oath! She starts her plan by transferring the same school with those guys and befriending their girlfriends, seducing their teammate Mack, pulling his strings as if he’s her favorite puppet! Let the blades sharpen! Let the massacre begins! But Jade shouldn’t forget that a person who desires revenge should also dig two graves!Did I enjoy it? It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s disturbing and it’s ruthless, nasty, unrealistic somewhat cheesy, awkward. All those teenagers reminded you of aliens from other dimensions with their absurd and weird reactions and their dialogues, relationship dynamics. There was lack of emotions on this story, only real powerful dynamic was revenge theme which was keeping the story alive and intriguing. But I still enjoyed the most parts even I thought in any second Mulder and Scully would appear and took those coven members into a spaceship and send them to the planet they had come from.Those coven girls are amazing future version of Heathers! I imagined all AHS coven cast on my mind and match with those characters:Emma Roberts- Jade, Younger Lily Rabe-Jenny, Taissa Farmiga-Summer and Billie Lourd as Mads (even she wasn’t casted at the “Coven” season, nobody could be better Mads than her.)So it’s a good work, great, bloody, frustrating, dark retelling even I had some issues to connect with those characters. My last sentence of review before thanking the Netgalley and publisher comes from Macbeth Act I-Scene I: “Fair is foul and fouls is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air”Special thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for sharing this ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review! Well, I happily accept to excitedly read any Shakespeare retelling!
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    In Los Angeles is a privileged group of mean and powerful teen girls, the world is their oyster until Elizabeth Jade Khanjara, known as Elle, crashes a St Andrew's Prep Party on her sweet 16th birthday, with her friends, Jenny, Summer and Mads. She is raped and assaulted by 4 boys after her drink is spiked. Her memory fragmented and elusive, Elle becomes Jade, with her new short revenge black hair, she is no victim, no survivor, and with the unswerving support of her loyal coven of sisters, she In Los Angeles is a privileged group of mean and powerful teen girls, the world is their oyster until Elizabeth Jade Khanjara, known as Elle, crashes a St Andrew's Prep Party on her sweet 16th birthday, with her friends, Jenny, Summer and Mads. She is raped and assaulted by 4 boys after her drink is spiked. Her memory fragmented and elusive, Elle becomes Jade, with her new short revenge black hair, she is no victim, no survivor, and with the unswerving support of her loyal coven of sisters, she swears a raw, bloody, unforgiving take down of those who thought they could act with such lawless, arrogant, impunity. They picked the wrong girl. In this feminist re-interpretation of Macbeth, those familiar with the play will recognise quotes and characters from Shakespeare's play in the novel. As Jade enrols at St Andrew's as the new girl, the guilty parties have been identified, presided over by king golden boy, Duncan, and his gang of corrupt lacrosse sport team jocks, with their rigid ranked hierarchy. Until now, they have been the untouchables with their guaranteed golden futures, not any more. Spells are cast, if fair is foul, then foul becomes fair as Jade and her coven scheme, manipulate, and ruthlessly exploit the weaknesses of their enemies, choosing Andrew Mack as the key weapon to bring about death, destruction, madness and mayhem. As fear and guilt begin to insidiously take hold of Duncan and his boys, Jade and Mack become an item, prophecies are made that tempt, corrupt and beguile, promising a new order to come. There are ghosts, daggers, and hands that refuse to be washed of the glistening red blood as toil and trouble take over in St Andrews.Hannah Capin's prose is as sharp as broken pieces of jagged glass, poetic, and dramatic, all primary colours and monochrome. She takes our contemporary world issues with its sports men and others who have eluded justice when it comes to their unforgivably brutal crimes against women and girls, and weaved a dark narrative of a no holds barred, blood thirsty revenge, drawing on Macbeth for its inspiration. Jade and her coven are not women that can be ignored, they are bright, intelligent and deadly. You mess with them at your peril as Duncan and his group are to discover, but far too late to save themselves. This is a compulsive and memorable read which I will not forget in a hurry. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Penguin Random House UK for an ARC.
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    If Macbeth pulled a Kill Bill on the movie Heathers, Foul is Fair would be the scene of the crime. This book is f*cked the f*ck up.So, obviously, I LOVED IT!Think Sadie by Courtney Summers on a meth binge. This is a story about the ultimate revenge. And, much like Kill Bill and Heathers, it's over-the-top craziness that couldn't possibly happen in real life, which is exactly how it should be told. This book is a revenge fantasy and if you aren't chill enough to appreciate that style... well If Macbeth pulled a Kill Bill on the movie Heathers, Foul is Fair would be the scene of the crime. This book is f*cked the f*ck up.So, obviously, I LOVED IT!Think Sadie by Courtney Summers on a meth binge. This is a story about the ultimate revenge. And, much like Kill Bill and Heathers, it's over-the-top craziness that couldn't possibly happen in real life, which is exactly how it should be told. This book is a revenge fantasy and if you aren't chill enough to appreciate that style... well then, that sucks for you. "We’re magic. I can feel it right now in the dark. We’re invisible when we need to be and then so firework-bright no one can look away. We’re patience and brilliance. We never forget.We never forgive."Hell to the mf'ing yeah! 🙌I love our main character Jade. She is the badass best friend that you're secretly kind of scared of but you're simultaneously addicted to the rush. "I’m a guardian angel who fell from heaven before I ever got inside the gates."Yes girl, yessssssss 🤘Omg y'all, before I forget, Hannah Capin can write her ass off. I could read her words all day. I did read her words all day. And all night. I'm pretty sure I highlighted more passages from this book than any other before it. Her prose is just that damn good. It's really something you need to experience for yourself. Pure magic. ** THANK YOU to Jordan Hanley with St Martin's Press for providing me with a ARC in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...“Sweet Sixteen is when the claws come out” Elizabeth Jade Khanjara (Elle) is turning sixteen. Elle and her ride or die friends (Mads, Jenny, and Summer) are about to crash a party. It isn't just any party, it's a St. Andrew’s Prep party.Unfortunately, the night takes a horrible turn.Now Elle is Jade.Jade and her coven are out for REVENGE!Names are written in lip liner.Jenny says “Fair is foul and foul is fair”Little Jenny My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...“Sweet Sixteen is when the claws come out” Elizabeth Jade Khanjara (Elle) is turning sixteen. Elle and her ride or die friends (Mads, Jenny, and Summer) are about to crash a party. It isn't just any party, it's a St. Andrew’s Prep party.Unfortunately, the night takes a horrible turn.Now Elle is Jade.Jade and her coven are out for REVENGE!Names are written in lip liner.Jenny says “Fair is foul and foul is fair”Little Jenny Kim is the sweet one. Summer is supermodel blonde, tan, and gorgeous. Last but definitely not least is Mads. Jade and Mads have been best friends since age four. Mads knows what happened without Jade having to explain.“They are mine and I am theirs”St. Andrew’s is about to meet its new queen…Duncan, Duffy, Connor, Banks, Malcolm, Porter and MACK! They stalk proudly through the halls of St. Andrew’s.“They’re power and boasts. Invincible. But everyone can break.”What happened that night? What will Jade and her friends do for revenge? Wow! What a wild and dark read! This was a fast read. I really liked the short chapters. This book may not be for everyone. I went into it knowing I was going to have to suspend my disbelief. It's over the top, but this TWISTED story had me gripped.I appreciate that the author included a trigger warning at the beginning. The book does deal with many sensitive issues.A savage and unique story about friendship and revenge that makes no apologies. I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Described as a 'feminist modern re-imagining of Shakespeare's Macbeth...part Cruel Intentions and Kill Bill'.You have my attention.Thank you, Wednesday Books, for the ARC!!!
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Ladies, it's time to sharpen your claws. When 16 year old Jade is gang raped at a St. Andrews Prep party by a bunch of rich, over privileged pricks she doesn't withdraw, she doesn't even cry, but she does vow to take bloody revenge. With the help of her four best friends a.k.a the coven they will exact their revenge on those that drugged, that raped, that guarded the door, and that turned a blind eye. For these young ladies aren't your average young ladies. They are the shriek you hear in the Ladies, it's time to sharpen your claws. When 16 year old Jade is gang raped at a St. Andrews Prep party by a bunch of rich, over privileged pricks she doesn't withdraw, she doesn't even cry, but she does vow to take bloody revenge. With the help of her four best friends a.k.a the coven they will exact their revenge on those that drugged, that raped, that guarded the door, and that turned a blind eye. For these young ladies aren't your average young ladies. They are the shriek you hear in the middle of the night. They are the talons that will rip through your skin. They are light and glitter. They are vengeance. You have all been warned. First of all a huge FUCK YES to Hannah Capin. The story, her writing style - everything worked perfectly here. I can find no faults. Obviously this isn't the most realistic of stories but it's a war cry for women everywhere. We don't have to be silent when we can be powerful. 5 *Fearless* Stars! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    5 bloody starsShe's beauty, she's grace, she's going to put them all in their place—the grave. Concept: Writing style: Characters: Pacing: Foul is Fair comes out on February 18!I had no idea what I was getting into with Foul is Fair, but I'm here now and it was amazing—twisted in the best way, dark in the best way, and so validating in its satirically dark version of female victim agency.Elle went to a party for St. Andrews prep boys when she was 16. She was chosen as a target for their 5 bloody starsShe's beauty, she's grace, she's going to put them all in their place—the grave. Concept: ★★★★★Writing style: ★★★★★Characters: ★★★★★Pacing: ★★★★★Foul is Fair comes out on February 18!I had no idea what I was getting into with Foul is Fair, but I'm here now and it was amazing—twisted in the best way, dark in the best way, and so validating in its satirically dark version of female victim agency.Elle went to a party for St. Andrews prep boys when she was 16. She was chosen as a target for their non-consensual idea of "fun." Imagine what a group of untouchable rich, white boys could do to a vulnerable girl with a drink of who knows what. Yes, that. Trigger warnings for that subject matter.They picked the wrong girl. Elle now goes by Jade, and she's got a plan. Those boys might be golden, but they're not invincible—all men can bleed.Jade enrolls at St. Andrews and Foul is Fair truly begins. I honestly cannot distill into words how glorious this novel was. First off, it was brilliantly written. Semi-stream of consciousness, semi-loose form narrative, Foul is Fair has the kind of writing that is hard to get into, but once you're in it you can't stop. It's a rolling train and the brakes are gone. Read this one on a weekend, folks, when you can devote some time to reading it in large chunks. On top of the writing, we have a Tarantino-esque surrealist violent plot line. Jade's got a hit list, and a swat team of girlfriends who are here to take them down from the inside. Now, obviously, I am not a fan of killing people. That's not the point that Foul is Fair is making. It's not a glory piece on violence. That concept is merely a device the author uses to convey the visceral emotions on behalf of every girl who's been abused, every girl who's been the victim of male violence. In a world where women are still fighting for their right to their own bodies and their own safety, this novel is the best kind of social commentary. I was so, so happy that the author chose to be this unflinching. What a great novel. This one is unforgettable for many factors, the least of which being that you will never read another novel like this it. New all-time favorite, and a new author to watch.Thank you to Wednesday Books via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Instagram
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  • Laurie Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read this one early, and it pretty much shattered my eyeballs. (Is that a thing? It is now.) FOUL IS FAIR is both a scream and the silence that follows. It's an unapologetically dark, feminist Macbeth, and I am here for it. Hannah Capin's writing is truly out of this world. It glitters and cuts, is both bold and poetic. The dismantling of these golden boys is raw and powerful and damn satisfying. Jade is not your typical protagonist and you will love her for it. If books I was lucky enough to read this one early, and it pretty much shattered my eyeballs. (Is that a thing? It is now.) FOUL IS FAIR is both a scream and the silence that follows. It's an unapologetically dark, feminist Macbeth, and I am here for it. Hannah Capin's writing is truly out of this world. It glitters and cuts, is both bold and poetic. The dismantling of these golden boys is raw and powerful and damn satisfying. Jade is not your typical protagonist and you will love her for it. If books had teeth, this one would have fangs. Preorder, friends.
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  • Lily ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 stars. We stan books that include content and trigger warnings.Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr |Twitter 2 1/2 stars. We stan books that include content and trigger warnings.Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter
  • Hannah Capin
    January 1, 1970
    hello all! i'm hannah, the author of FOUL IS FAIR. i look forward to sharing this book with you soon! i'd also like to share the link to the content advisory page for the book: hannahcapin.com/foulisfair. FOUL IS FAIR discusses several difficult subjects, including sexual assault and relationship abuse, and may not be a safe read for everyone. please keep your own wellbeing in mind. thank you!
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes even when you don't particularly care for a book, you can at least recognize it wasn't necessarily a bad book, more it just wasn't for you. That is the case for Foul is Fair. I have read many positive reviews for it already and have seen it compared to various films and tv shows. And what is interesting to me is basically all of the comparisons are for things that aren't among my faves and therefore maybe I wasn't the best audience for this type of story.The story is pretty wild and Sometimes even when you don't particularly care for a book, you can at least recognize it wasn't necessarily a bad book, more it just wasn't for you. That is the case for Foul is Fair. I have read many positive reviews for it already and have seen it compared to various films and tv shows. And what is interesting to me is basically all of the comparisons are for things that aren't among my faves and therefore maybe I wasn't the best audience for this type of story.The story is pretty wild and over the top and for the most part it just didn't work for me. The Swallows by Lisa Lutz is another book that has a revenge storyline and I just connected with the characters in that one more. I think early on you will be able to figure out if the writing style and plot is for you. Again, many readers thought this book was amazing so I highly recommend checking out their reviews. I can at least recognize it was a unique and well-written book and therefore have no regrets reading it.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    A fun young adult novel that is at times cringeworthy and also very dark. Think Cruel Intentions meets American Horror Story! I really enjoyed the narrative, but felt that the writing at times was a bit scattered. Definitely a fun lazy weekend type of read. Multiple trigger warnings throughout the book, but the author deals with them carefully and professionally. More to come.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Its Elle's sixteenth birthday. All she wanted to do was to party and make great memories. But her memories soon turned to nightmares when she woke up battered and bruised. Her drink had been spiked. She remembers being pinned down by several boys. Elle now calls herself Jade and she plans to get her revenge on the boys wh attacked her.There is a trigger warning page at the beginning off the boo. Jade and a group of friends out for revenge on the boys that attacked her. The teenagers are Its Elle's sixteenth birthday. All she wanted to do was to party and make great memories. But her memories soon turned to nightmares when she woke up battered and bruised. Her drink had been spiked. She remembers being pinned down by several boys. Elle now calls herself Jade and she plans to get her revenge on the boys wh attacked her.There is a trigger warning page at the beginning off the boo. Jade and a group of friends out for revenge on the boys that attacked her. The teenagers are stereotypical rich kids. This is a fast paced, dark and creepy read. The story is loosely based on Macbeth. I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin Random House UK Children's and the author Hannah Capin for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • alana ♡
    January 1, 1970
    This book was truly a WILD ride from start to finish, and I was here for it every step of the way. It's dark, twisted, wicked, and so beautifully written. And to top it all off the author includes a trigger warning page.RTC closer to pub date since I'll be a part of the blog tour.Buddy read w/: AmandaBlog | Twitter
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a wild and insane ride, I had no idea what I was getting into.Elle and her friends go to the party of a boy who attends another school, she expected to have fun but what she got will have her plotting deadly revenge.The story is unapologetically dark and wicked. It is supposed to be the retelling of Shakespeare's Lady MacBeth but I haven't read that book, so I don't know how faithful it is to it. I find the idea of a well-plotted revenge entertaining as long as the story and the This book is a wild and insane ride, I had no idea what I was getting into. Elle and her friends go to the party of a boy who attends another school, she expected to have fun but what she got will have her plotting deadly revenge.The story is unapologetically dark and wicked. It is supposed to be the retelling of Shakespeare's Lady MacBeth but I haven't read that book, so I don't know how faithful it is to it. I find the idea of a well-plotted revenge entertaining as long as the story and the characters are believable, in this case I found the timeline too rushed for the events to be plausible. Overall, the book is a fun ride, more of a revenge fantasy than a fully, realistic plot.ARC provided by Publisher via Netgalley
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    The UK cover is nowhere near as stunning as the US one! On the upside, its already out here... The UK cover is nowhere near as stunning as the US one! 😭On the upside, its already out here...
  • Aga Durka
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was not what I expected! Dark, gritty, and violent story of how sweet (and bloody) the revenge can be when getting even consumes your whole life, including your heart and soul. Elle, a.k.a. Jade, wants a payback, and she is willing to do everything possible to get her revenge. With the help from her three best friends, “the convent”, Jade starts her journey to destroy everyone involved in “the incident” that turned her from a popular and vivacious girl into a dark and “vengeful queen” Well, this was not what I expected! Dark, gritty, and violent story of how sweet (and bloody) the revenge can be when getting even consumes your whole life, including your heart and soul. Elle, a.k.a. Jade, wants a payback, and she is willing to do everything possible to get her revenge. With the help from her three best friends, “the convent”, Jade starts her journey to destroy everyone involved in “the incident” that turned her from a popular and vivacious girl into a dark and “vengeful queen” who wants her power and control back. Told in a beautiful and poetic prose, this story will keep you up late at night reading. It will make your skin crawl, your heart pound, and you will not be able to stop flipping pages until you know how this, almost Shakespearean, play ends. So get ready to suspend disbelief and enjoy this wild and over the top story. Thank you Netgalley, Wednesday Books, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Mandi1082
    January 1, 1970
    Very Dark and gritty. Think Shakespeare MacBeth mix with American Horror Story mix with Mean Girls and you have Foul is Fair.When Elle attends a party with her group of girls called the Coven she is roofied and raped by a gang of boys. So she plots to seek revenge on everyone who is involved by killing them one by one. Trigger warnings for Sexual assault, rape culture, violence and language. I did not know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this ARC. It's not something i usually Very Dark and gritty. Think Shakespeare MacBeth mix with American Horror Story mix with Mean Girls and you have Foul is Fair.When Elle attends a party with her group of girls called the Coven she is roofied and raped by a gang of boys. So she plots to seek revenge on everyone who is involved by killing them one by one. Trigger warnings for Sexual assault, rape culture, violence and language. I did not know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this ARC. It's not something i usually pick up to read so the writing and the story telling was definitely different from my usual reads. Just wasnt for me. Thank you St Martin's Press and Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    All I want is to have this book in my hands, right now, dear god, please. I have never wanted a thing more than this book. This book is my dreams realised.*****This book was FUCKED UP in all the right ways. I loved it; it made my heart race and it was almost impossible to put it down.This is a book full of unapologetic feminist fury and it is EXACTLY what the world needs right now. All hail the angry, vengeful, vicious, monstrous, powerful women of the future.
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  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis book is goddamn powerful it left me shaking. And the writing? Can we talk about the writing? It's haunting, beautiful and visceral. Holy shit.RTC
  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    What a wild and unique story!RTC
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin in exchange for my honest review. ***4.5 DELICIOUSLY DEVIOUS STARSWhen wealthy boys gang rape Elle, she and her (metaphoric) coven of best friends devise a plan to make them pay. With their lives. Going by her middle name Jade she enrolls in their exclusive school with plans to taken them down literally by way of a boy she manipulates to do the killing.FOUL IS FAIR is to literature what the movie ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin in exchange for my honest review. ***4.5 DELICIOUSLY DEVIOUS STARSWhen wealthy boys gang rape Elle, she and her (metaphoric) coven of best friends devise a plan to make them pay. With their lives. Going by her middle name Jade she enrolls in their exclusive school with plans to taken them down literally by way of a boy she manipulates to do the killing.FOUL IS FAIR is to literature what the movie HEATHERS was to cinema, campy, over-the-top dark fun. Revenge porn against rich boys who think toxic masculinity is their birth right. FOUL IS FAIR works because Hannah Capin writes with such a strong voice that doesn’t quite take itself as seriously as it pretends. Capin knows her readers are smart enough to be in on the joke, that we’ve seen to many white athlete rapists given light sentences because they seem like good boys with promising futures and the girls, well, they shouldn’t have put themselves in a position to have made the boys rape them. FOUL IS FAIR is the anecdote to that culture.My only reason for not giving 5 complete stars is that Jade’s parents are from India and aside from giving her an Indian sounding last name, Capin, who appears to be white, did nothing other than giving her brown skin to write her any different than a blue blooded pilgrim who came over on the Mayflower. When I white writer pens a POC main character, I think more needs to be done other than a name to check the diversity box. I’m not saying writers can’t pen other cultures just that I think they owe readers more than a name.FOUL IS FAIR is listed as Book #1 and in already excited for Book #2.
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  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    Cool concept, but the writing was not for me. RTC.
  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    This is the kind of story that is hard to put down. And if you are forced to put it down you keep thinking about it. Our story begins with a party. One of those parties that you see in shows like Gossip Girl. Beautiful people. Dancing, Drugs. Our heroine and her friends crash the party. The most popular guy and his friends choose her. Unfortunately. When these young men decide to drug her and rape her she warns them they have chosen the wrong girl. As the story progresses she makes them truly This is the kind of story that is hard to put down. And if you are forced to put it down you keep thinking about it. Our story begins with a party. One of those parties that you see in shows like Gossip Girl. Beautiful people. Dancing, Drugs. Our heroine and her friends crash the party. The most popular guy and his friends choose her. Unfortunately. When these young men decide to drug her and rape her she warns them they have chosen the wrong girl. As the story progresses she makes them truly regret what they did or allowed to happen. Excellent story. There are some disturbing parts. There might be some triggers so tread carefully.
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  • Sierra Elmore
    January 1, 1970
    Partial list of content warnings: rape, sexual assault, misogyny (not condoned), violence, murder I know they see it—for just a second——our fangs and our claws. Wow.Hannah Capin's sophomore novel is a sharp, incisive look at rape and power in today's society. After a brutal rape at a party, Jade Khanjara and her clique/coven decide to get revenge on the four boys who thought they could ruin her. Lots of murder, lying, and suspicions ensue as Jade enmeshes herself within the boys' inner circle to Partial list of content warnings: rape, sexual assault, misogyny (not condoned), violence, murder I know they see it—for just a second——our fangs and our claws. Wow.Hannah Capin's sophomore novel is a sharp, incisive look at rape and power in today's society. After a brutal rape at a party, Jade Khanjara and her clique/coven decide to get revenge on the four boys who thought they could ruin her. Lots of murder, lying, and suspicions ensue as Jade enmeshes herself within the boys' inner circle to take them down.Though it's a marked departure from the comedic The Dead Queens Club, readers of Capin's debut will find plenty to love here: female friendship, the takedown of the golden boy, and feminist ideals are all well on display here.UPDATE (reread 7/28/19): Jade really did THAT
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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    In the past year or so, I've expanded my reading boundaries to include genres I've previously shied away from like Young Adult. And the rewards have been tenfold! I've discovered amazingly talented authors spinning fantastic tales in the genre, and as a matter of fact, one of my favorite books of 2019 was of the Young Adult genre. Go figure! lol But still - to say Foul Is Fair is out of my reading wheelhouse is a gross understatement. So why did I love it so much? I honestly can't say other than In the past year or so, I've expanded my reading boundaries to include genres I've previously shied away from like Young Adult. And the rewards have been tenfold! I've discovered amazingly talented authors spinning fantastic tales in the genre, and as a matter of fact, one of my favorite books of 2019 was of the Young Adult genre. Go figure! lol But still - to say Foul Is Fair is out of my reading wheelhouse is a gross understatement. So why did I love it so much? I honestly can't say other than it spoke to me on a deeper level, sparking a dying flame. And I'm happy to say it rewarded me with another Young Adult favorite author and book! Hannah Capin's rendering of Foul Is Fair is BOLD, brutal, violent - with inspiration drawn from a teen Macbeth, no doubt. Through edgy and daring prose and first person point of view, the story of Elle and three of her closest friends is told. Drugged and gang raped at a Prep Party at the age of sixteen, Elle is the banner-child for the old saying, "Don't get mad, Get even!" And heaven help me, I cheered for her all the way as she and her friends methodically planned and served up vengeance to the boys who violated Elle in such a despicable way. I'm not going any deeper into the story or plot lines, but I will say that the author's brilliant writing sucked me into this story much more than I anticipated. However, beware the trigger warnings of rape, language, and extreme violence as it is prevalent in this book.Author Hannah Capin takes on real world issues faced by girls and women in their daily lives in Foul Is Fair. Through a dark narrative, she spotlights the good-old-boy mentality as people's willingness to turn a blind eye to the violence often perpetrated against girls and women is prevalent. This story also features the issue of a bullying mentality often found among students as they seek to climb the social ladder and reign supreme over their school mates, holding court with their own little clique of friends. Issues of class, race, and sexuality often dictate ones place in the hierarchy. The fact that I felt empathy and actually pulled for Elle and her friends during their reign of terror and deliverance of vengeance to her abusers is simply amazing. I kept thinking I should find their brutality revolting...but I didn't. I can only credit that to the amazing story telling abilities of Capin. She sold me this story hook, line, and sinker. Could it have been told in a lighter, less violent manner? Maybe, but there's little doubt it wouldn't have had the same dramatic impact as Foul Is Fair. Raw, dark, and gritty, this story sends a warning to bullies and abusers who manage to elude justice - Beware...we're coming for you. You picked the wrong girl this time. Or should I say the right girl? A fantastic read in the genre! Highly recommended!*Many thanks to Wednesday Books for an arc of this book via Netgalley.**This review will post on Cross My Heart Reviews during the Foul Is Fair Blog Tour Feb. 11-25
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    I was engrossed in the book from the very beginning. I found myself thinking about it at work and couldn’t wait for my lunch breaks so I could read a few more chapters. I saw somewhere that this was a mashup of Kill Bill and the #metoo movement and I couldn’t agree more. Before I say anymore, please make sure that you are in the best headspace for this book. This is full of things that might be triggering for people. The author has included a full list of trigger warnings at her website, I was engrossed in the book from the very beginning. I found myself thinking about it at work and couldn’t wait for my lunch breaks so I could read a few more chapters. I saw somewhere that this was a mashup of Kill Bill and the #metoo movement and I couldn’t agree more. Before I say anymore, please make sure that you are in the best headspace for this book. This is full of things that might be triggering for people. The author has included a full list of trigger warnings at her website, https://www.hannahcapin.com/foulisfair. This follows the aftermath after Elle who now goes by Jade was sexually assaulted at a party. She wants revenge in the worst way and her friends vow to help her get it. This was a very bloody and violent tale. Full of terrible people and manipulation so strong that it’ll shock you. Full of writing that was both lyrical and chilling. I couldn’t help but root for Jade. Her character was morally gray but, but you can’t picture her any other way. I became obsessed with her and reading about how far she would go to get her revenge. As much as I was obsessed with Jade, the friendship here was my favorite thing about this book.“My beautiful deadly girls with their loyalty so strong nothing could break it.”They called themselves a coven and I can’t help but agree that it sounds pretty accurate. Their loyalty to each other was so astonishing. I need some friends like this. They are the people you picture when you need help to hide a body. Their endless and open love for each other was beautiful. Between these girls, we get a diverse group of people. Good POC and trans rep. I seriously want to be accepted into this group of friends. While I loved this story and what it represents, I have to admit that this has a lot of things that would never happen or don’t make sense. A lof things just fell into place so quickly or too perfectly at times. There were also a couple of times that I felt like I skipped a page or had to reread something. Despite my issues of it being believable 100% of the time, I loved it. If you want something gritty and full of revenge then pick this up. Seriously, put on some music that makes you feel like a bad b**** and head to your bookstore when this release. TW: graphic violence & death; sexual assault; manipulation; transphobia; sucide; abusive relationships✨I received an ARC via the publisher for an honest review. Quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Just an FYI to start: this is a story about revenge after a sexual assault. The assault happens very early in the story and is not described in detail, but it is the inciting event for the entire story. This book was different than most YA I've read and I appreciate a book that tries something different and unexpected. I didn't realize this was also a retelling of Macbeth until well into the book.I liked the vivid, choppy writing and the book's emphasis on the fact that there's no "right" way to Just an FYI to start: this is a story about revenge after a sexual assault. The assault happens very early in the story and is not described in detail, but it is the inciting event for the entire story. This book was different than most YA I've read and I appreciate a book that tries something different and unexpected. I didn't realize this was also a retelling of Macbeth until well into the book.I liked the vivid, choppy writing and the book's emphasis on the fact that there's no "right" way to react to a sexual assault. There is no exploring of feelings here; Jade is just a flaming ball of pure rage. I did struggle with the fact that the story is pretty much 100% plot-driven. Though there is great diversity among the characters in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation and gender expression, on another level each character felt exactly the same: rich and beautiful and privileged and confident. I think some readers will find the raw, bloody drama of the story powerful and cathartic while others will be left confused or unmoved.Definitely a book to try if you love dark revenge stories and/or Shakespeare retellings and/or love books that are a little off the rails.Full review will be up on my site on February 17, 2020!Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    OMG...this book. Dangerous, deadly hellfire right here. This is a very particular book, for a very particular audience. And I loved it. Not everyone will. But that does not lessen my enjoyment of it, and honestly, the twist at the end had me reeling. I was not ready.A contemporary, modern retelling of Macbeth that touches on an all too relevant issue for young women today. Rape. It is dark and wicked and violent. Giving power to a young woman society would all too readily label a victim, or OMG...this book. Dangerous, deadly hellfire right here. This is a very particular book, for a very particular audience. And I loved it. Not everyone will. But that does not lessen my enjoyment of it, and honestly, the twist at the end had me reeling. I was not ready.A contemporary, modern retelling of Macbeth that touches on an all too relevant issue for young women today. Rape. It is dark and wicked and violent. Giving power to a young woman society would all too readily label a victim, or worse, in some cases, a liar. The Ensemble:Jade, our dear heroine or anti-heroine, our Lady Macbeth, will not let anything or anyone stand in her way of teaching the monstrous boys behind her attack a lesson they will never forget. She is determined. She is beautiful. She is smart. And she is oh so twisted and dangerous. Those boys might be golden, but they're not invincible—all men can bleed. Mack, our Macbeth of sorts, is a decent person, but he lacks agency and is all too easily manipulated. He is not bad. But he is weak. Jenny, Summer and Mads, Jade's best friends and the three witches of prophecy. Helping their fellow sister raise hell and bring down The Kings. Lastly, The Kings. Duncan Duffy Banks Conner Aka the pieces of human garbage, we all hate. The story was compelling, dark, humorous and often ruthless. Though there were times it felt slightly unrealistic. Such as the overall timeline of events. It was just unbelievable how quickly things came to pass. Mack seemed to fall for Jade so quickly, ready to kill for her so easily, it was almost unnatural. And the fact that no one was able to track down any information on Jade during the before time, in an era where social media exists, and these students seem to have limitless amounts of money was baffling.But that putting that aside, this book was addicting. The ending was not what I expected, but I am okay with that. If you are looking for a bloody tale of revenge, that holds true to its promise of blood, death, and mayhem, with a heroine who certainly had some questionable morals, then this is the book for you. I received a free ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to the Wednesday books for providing me with a copy to read and review!
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