Title: Foul Is Fair
Author: Hannah Capin
Release Date: Feb 18, 2020
Publisher: St Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Fair is foul and foul is fair”
I know I’m late on this review. This book was released on February 18th, and I finished it a few days before that. But I couldn’t write this review. Don’t get me wrong – I sat down more times than I can count to start it, and ended up staring at a blank page. I’m struggling now, and it’s been well over a week since I’ve finished it. But that’s the way this story left me: speechless.
Foul Is Fair follows Elle and her three best friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer beginning with the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen. Elle and her coven are glittering, powerful, and ruthless – the rule their LA world with an iron fist and no regrets. Boys hate to love them and girls want to be them. Until. Until the night of Elle’s birthday, and they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. And the golden boys choose the wrong girl for a night of “fun”.
Determined to wreck her own vengeance, Elle forms a plan with her coven: she’ll transfer to St Andrews and destroy them from within, taking them down one by one. And the girls will spare no mercy while they do it.
Before I go any further, I would like to applaud the author for providing an entire list of content warnings HERE and honestly, if there was ever a book that’s needed a list, THIS IS IT. I mean this with my whole heart: if any of these triggers are challenging for you, read this book with caution. It does not pull any punches.
This book gripped me from the very first page. Elle and her coven have such a feeling of magic about them, for a world that isn’t in a fantasy book. They create their own power, and control their own fate. They are there for each other through thick and thin, no matter the cost. Their loyalty flirts with insanity, and I was absolutely living for it.
“They are mine and I am theirs.”
Beyond the characters, the writing was gorgeous. This story was full of so many emotions, and they came through so perfectly on the page. I felt what Elle was feeling, and I rooted for her, no matter how brutal her plans were. The writing is gripping and dark and twisted, but so full of power.
“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.”
I don’t know what I expected going into this book, but whatever it was, that isn’t what I got. What I got was a novel so full of vengeance and rage and power and destruction that I could feel it inside my chest. This is not a novel of forgiveness or redemption or healing and moving on. This is a book about revenge, and taking back what’s yours by whatever means necessary. This is a story of brutality, of ruthlessness, of getting even, even if that means burning it all down in your wake. And I loved every single second of it.
Foul Is Fair released on February 18, 2020.
*All quotations are taken from an ARC and are subject to change prior to publication.