Monday, 24 February 2020

Book Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (YA/Contemporary)

Title: Foul is Fair
Author: Hannah Capin
Publisher:
Wednesday Books

Publication Date: 18 February 2020
Pages:
336
Format:
eBook - EPUB
Genre:
YA/Contemporary
Source:
ARC via NetGalley/Publisher

 


Elle, along with her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer are the queens of their school. Untouchable, they have the kind of power that others only dream about. No party is closed to them, and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s birthday, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party, and her life changes.

The lacrosse boys went after the wrong girl. Elle, along with her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer are the queens of their school. Untouchable, they have the kind of power that others only dream about. No party is closed to them, and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s birthday, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party, and her life changes.

The lacrosse boys went after the wrong girl.

Elle enrolls at St. Andrew’s Prep as Jade, with revenge on her mind: with the help of her coven, they’ll take down each boy, one by one. They’ll lose their power, and their lives, as the coven destroys the social structure of the school. Elle and her friends will make sure these boys can never go after a girl again, and they have a perfect way in: a boy named Macbeth, whose ambitions could turn deadly. 


Foul is Fair is certainly an interesting read. It's dark, disturbing, yet also contains a thread of black humour. Capin's prose is excellent, and her retelling of Macbeth does, for the most part, work well. This book was entertaining and fun. The reason it gets four stars from me, rather than five, is that it was also somewhat unbelievable at times. The characters were extremes, and almost emotionless, save for the desire for revenge. Meanwhile, the action took place over such a short space of time it was hard to accept Jade could manipulate Mack so quickly and completely. So, do read this book for the entertainment value. Just be willing to step away from reality and suspend disbelief. If I were to say this would make a good Tarantino movie, that should give you an idea of what to expect.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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