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Foul is Fair

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Jade is the full forced, superhero that a rape victim's dreams of being in Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin. Dark, confident, and full of plans of revenge, Elle and her coven of ladies are twisted, clever, and full of the right amount of darkness that stick with the reader long after the last page has been turned. On her 16th birthday, Elle is discretely drugged and then gang raped at a fancy prep party for students of St. Andrews.

When Elle starts to recover from the brutal attack, she and her friends pledge to get revenge on every person that was responsible for her rape. Elle reinvents herself as Jade and takes power from her attackers...one by one.

This isn't your easy to swallow down light revenge... this is the darkness of Macbeth with many modern twists. Jade and her coven are intense and dramatic. There are so many parts of me that wished for a different ending, but it ended just as fate determined.. Diving into the themes intertwined between this fast paced can't look away for one moment plot has me dizzy...but overall the theme of the coven or tribe of women that Jade has to back her up is very empowering! I hope every woman has a tribe that will be there for them like Jade's friends are for her. ( Well...maybe not the crime part, but perhaps that depends on the day).

Many triggers: rape and teens having sex (though not graphically portrayed), alcohol, drug use, suicide, murder, Shakespeare references (in case that scares you away).... I am sure there is more.

Thank you to NetGalley, Hannah Capin, and St,. Martin's Press for an advanced reader copy for me to enjoy. As always, my opinions are my own.

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A stunning and violent feminist manifesto, Foul is Fair follows Elle as she plots to take down the prep school boys who targeted her. With stunning lyrical prose, this timely novel discusses the effects of toxic masculinity, assault, and the lengths women must go to get justice. Highly recommended for fans of Macbeth, Cruel Intentions, or Heathers!

A special thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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**Warning! Some possible spoilers.**
Wow! What an amazingly dark and beautiful story. I was intrigued because I saw it described as Cruel Intentions meets Kill Bill. That is probably one of the most accurate quick descriptions of a book I've ever read. I would definitely throw in a little Shakespeare with that as well. Just a warning, it is very dark and violent, and some of the scenes could be triggers for some people. The imagery in this book is just stunning. When you read it you will know what I'm talking about. When the heroine, Jade, describes her and her coven, it's so vivid and breathtaking that I can clearly picture them in my head in all their glory. It is written in first-person from Jade's perspective. She is one of the most brutal, but intriguing and beautiful heroines I've ever had the pleasure of reading. She's dark and twisted but incredibly strong and intelligent. She is beautiful and dangerous. The complexity of her revenge and the imagery that is used is what makes me think of Shakespeare. The ending is done incredibly well with a bit of tragedy. It's heartbreaking. This character is a true phoenix, rising from the ashes of trauma to become a force to be reckoned with. I will look for other books by this author. Her writing style is mesmerizing. Thank you to NetGalley and Hannah Capin for allowing me to read this.

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Girls going and getting revenge on the shitty, Princeton boys who take what they want and never, ever seem to face consequences, HELL YES.

Jade is the perfect Lady McBeth, and I love me a retelling, so I was 100% down for this book. I thought I'd rip through it and never be able to put it down.

Unfortunately, I started to feel a bit of a strain as the book went on. I think the writing style is beautiful, and poetic, but I also know I struggle with that style. It makes the narrator seem older (weirdly enough), and it separates me from the actual action of what's going on. And this separation really was what made this only a three star book for me.

Overall, if you like lyrical books about revenge and anger pulsing under your skin, and the general feeling of "YES!" this book is for you. If you find poetic phrasing and breaks distracting, probably not quite right.

Thanks to NetGalley for the early read.

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I've never read anything from Hanna Capin before Foul is Fair but absolutely plan to as soon as I can! Although Foul is Fair covers quite a few touchy/feely subjects it is beautiful! The writing just flows off the pages and I didn't want to put it down even after my husband would inquire about supper!

I don't condone violence and I knew before I read it this book was gonna be full of it but I read it anyhow because I wanted to hear Jade's story. I cringed in a few parts but I also understood after reading how a beautiful and happy 16 year old could become so heartless.

I can't say much more without spoiling parts of the story but will add that Jade's plan of revenge was brilliant and twisted all at once!

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I wanted to like this book so bad. By 50% I just had enough. The book seems to not really habe a point to me. It's about revenge but the main character, who yes, has been wronged, seems to have no soul. Has even talked about how she and "her coven" are the meanest girls at their school. Yes, these prep school boys are doing bad things, but those girls are terrible people also and while I can feel sympathy for wjat the main character has gone through and maybe even understand wanting revenge, I can not sympathize with the character over all as a person and I can't stick with the book because even the killing of the guys involved is slow going and kind of boring. It also doesnt make a lot of sense that a teen could transfer so easily from one prep school to the next in a matter of days. Or that her parents would be so cool with it and with her not wanting to report what happened or even get help to work through wjat happened. I just can't get on board with this one.

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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 Macbeth


Heathers girls a.k.a Witches: Jenny, Summer and Mads

The 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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This book was described as a mash up of Kill Bill, Cruel Intentions, and a feminist Macbeth and I was so concerned that it was over reaching. It. Is. Not.

FOUL IS FAIR is sharp and witty and so spellbinding that I really didn’t want to put it down. Hannah Capin’s writing is so smooth and delicious that reading felt self indulgent. This is even more impressive given the themes in the book, which are by their nature quite serious and heavy. This doesn’t make light of the trauma but instead brings the power back to the survivor.

Jade is a truly a work of art as a protagonist and you can’t help but cheer her on as she plots through her revenge fantasy made real.

Reading this book felt almost cathartic and empowering. I never imagined I was going to enjoy it this much, but I’m so grateful I had a chance to get my hands on an ARC.

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Thank you NetGalley, Wednesday Books and Hannah Capin for a free copy of this book for my honest review.

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. The author warned that this book could be triggering with some of the themes. I decided to try it anyway. What a thrill ride of a book. At first I thought it would be over privileged teens doing what they wanted with a total disregard of the consequences or anyone else's feelings.It was all that but so much more. Actions come with a price and these young people paid a price or their actions. It is a story of friendship, sisterhood, the old boy, or should I say, the young boy network and the total disregard the parents seem to have for what their teenagers are doing. I applaud the fact that this girl stood up for herself and made sure the boys who hurt her were punished. I didn't care for the way she punished them or the lengths she and her friends went to for revenge. But that is my opinion. The writing was excellent and very visual and poetic in a way.

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She gets it.


When I received an e-mail earlier today from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press giving me the opportunity to read Foul is Fair over the next 48 hours I was unsure whether I should read it or give it a miss due to the trigger warnings. Then I noticed that the author is Heather Capin. So I read it.

She gets it.


She just does.

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CW: offscreen rape, violence and gore

For all those who rage-watched the news about rapists and would-be rapists who got off with light sentences, slaps on the wrists, or Supreme Court appointments, Four is Fair is the Macbeth re-telling set in high school that will fuel your revenge fantasies. An unforgettable, dark, cold, and murder-y story about a fierce and unapologetic villain protagonist unleashing bloody retribution on the untouchable golden boys. It is dark, fierce, and violent, so it may not be for every reader.

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This book was super intense, aggressive, bloody, cutthroat, heartless, vengeful, and all around a great story. MacBeth meets the MeToo movement. A girl is sexually assaulted and vows, with the help of her three friends, to get revenge. It was very detailed, very bloody, very ruthless. Definitely not a light read, but very captivating. I loved it.

Trigger warnings: sexual assault(not actually depicted in story), teen violence and drinking, murder, gore

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I've just spent the afternoon falling in love with Jade's coven of girls and fell into an ending bitter and sweet as almond. This is a brilliant book, aching and beautiful and smarter than I am, glittering and brittle as glass and twice as sharp. Yes it is Shakespeare; no, you won't quite notice. Is the price of vengeance always everything? Jade has already decided not only that it is, but also that it's a bargain. What begins with a thrill strips boneward with each reckoning until shock is subsumed into something that approaches grief. Also- because I would be remiss without the point- a Greek chorus is inserted into the story to wonderful effect. Fun enough for teens, and deep enough for a bookclub- it can be read on a few levels, all of them engaging. Cannot recommend enough. Five stars.

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Timely, vicious, delightful. Capin's writing is only getting better and better and her interpretation of the iconic revenge story is an anthem for the angry teenage girls of today.

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Just WOW!! Although I have to say this cover is not winning me over. The story inside it was awesome!! This was a dark story in the style of a Macbeth Feminist!! The authors writing and pacing worked wonders in this story that I could not put down!!! Its so out there and bold and doesn't shy away from being dark and raw! And wow just wow I loved Jade to the very last page and if anyone says anything bad about this book i'm just going to explode! I don't know if this author has any other titles out but I am going on the hunt for them right now. And OMG this book doesn't come out until next year I am so going to die right now.

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“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.”

This book truly is very much a “we are so tired, it’s time to commit murder” mood. And that’s probably the best thing I can say about this book. It encompasses a whole mood. It’s a Cell Block Tango and Nightmare by Halsey kind of book. I know that I get mad sometimes, every time I see the complete idiocy of the justice system ruling on sexual assault cases. The smug teen boys who get off easy because “what about their future?!”. This book spit in the face of the concept of justice and just says- they had it coming.

The writing of this book is the biggest component of this. The main character has incredibly evocative and striking internal narrative that build up the world around her to this Shakespearean level of drama, which is perfect for its Macbeth ties. Albeit, Jade, the main character, is super pleased with herself, but honestly? Good for her. It also makes for some really amazing quotes, I mean…yeah some/most are kind of Hot Topic slogans, but I think once you get into the feeling of the book, just lean into the theatrics, it’s easier to swallow.

Once I got into it, which only happened after I made the playlist for this book, I found that Jade and her friends were actually fun to root for. It’s just this book where I was constantly hoping for the worst? Like- I just got really excited about murder, as one does, and I got into touch with my villain side. It’s really fun over here, btw. I was always so resolved though, sometimes I would get torn over certain characters, which just adds to its complexity.

It was a bit of a set back that this wasn’t a book that I could start reading and like. I had to build up some anger to justify any feeling I had reading it. I had to get mad and listen to the right music and then I could get into the story, otherwise things seemed too middle school edgy. Just consider this book gasoline to your already burning fire.

In terms of the side characters, I really loved the witches. Honestly, they were so cool, but I also never trusted them. Just saying. As for the guys? Well, if they didn’t want to get hurt then they shouldn’t have dressed so hurt-able. I mean- they were asking for it.

TL;DR: This is a really fun read for when your as mad as these witches are. Though its a specific mood read, it’s also really just well-written, the suspense is killer and the ending blows you away.

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I am shocked at the positive reviews this book has been receiving from early reviewers. All the characters, including Jade/Elle, were terrible people. I did not enjoy reading about them, and I found it very difficult to get behind the revenge story because it was so ridiculous. Although I can completely empathize with a sexual assault victim wanting justice, a murderous rampage certainly does not seem like the answer and I did not find it at all gratifying. I would be extremely hesitant to promote this book to teen readers, because it glorifies murder and manipulation through sex. None of Jade/Elle’s coping mechanisms for her assault were positive, and I personally feel this book would be very unhealthy to put in the hands of someone who has actually been sexually assaulted.

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this book made me sick. To basically promote revenge killing. I understand rape was involved and everyone should be punished but to plan and execute multiple murders by four 16 year old.’s .what are a we thinking. I finished this book and could not wait to find something else to fill my brain with then this horrible story. Skip this book. I hope this author rethinks her writing

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I requested this book because of the fact that it's a Macbeth retelling as well as the angry revenge fantasy contemporary. And boy, did this book deliver on that!

I was immediately drawn in because of the witchy aspect and that is so freaking cool. Elle and her friends are in a coven that you really don't want to mess with and some of the male characters find this out very soon as they terrorize them. I'll add here that there are content/trigger warnings attached to this book, which can be found here.

Aside from these, this book is far from a victim story. It's about revenge--and at an extreme case--and girls who literally take no crap. I definitely felt empowered after reading this book but not in the violent sort of way. It made me angry and reminded me of what I wished the Handmaid's Tale would have been, in all honesty. I felt for the characters in the story and it felt so real and relatable even though I haven't been in that situation or in high school for a little while.

My favorite part was the inclusion of the Macbeth tale. The parallels were well-done enough that I wasn't rolling my eyes at how close it was but I recognized the parts from the play as well as the similar characters. I loved that part and it was a really amazing retelling, which I completely and utterly appreciate, if you know how much I like retellings!

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Recommended: YES
For those who are not faint of heart, for an incredible parallel to Macbeth that still retains it's own integrity, for darkness and viciousness in many forms, for complexities of vengeance and fate and evil

Thoughts:
The language: vague yet beautiful. It's almost poetic, which is a nice match to the story (play) it's inspired by. Sometimes you're not sure what's real and what's figurative, and that uncertainty works so well with the story to make it hard to trust your narrator. It's a very powerful technique, and draws the story down so deep.

The inspiration: I can very clearly see the parallels to Macbeth, and for me it added so much to the story. It was such fun to see how events were similar, but interpreted in the modern context and with the situation that started it all. With that said, though, it wasn't so much the same that it became a foil to the original. This book stands all on its own, and someone with no knowledge of Macbeth will get a lot out of it as well as someone who's become a Macbeth Master.

The witchiness: I did not anticipate this, and a lot of the time characters who are not literal witches and refer to each other as their 'coven' can really turn me off for feeling childish. But this, this worked. Partly because these girls are fate, reflecting their other sides found in Macbeth.

The ending: I wasn't sure how that would play out, and oh my god. Just.... oh my god. ♥

I'm DEFINITELY going to be using this in classes in the future. It's quite dark though, so it would have to be with older students. There were times while reading where I had to take a break and read something lighter (I Love You So Mochi served me well) to detox a bit from the brutality. Might be a good idea to have one on reserve to break it up when you need to come up for air.

Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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