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21 February 2020

Blog Tour: Book Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

I received a copy of Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin in January's Wildest Dreams box, and I read it and loved it and was about to post my review when I jumped on the blog tour. A digital review copy was made available to me, but I did not use it. As I'd already read it. And loved it. Woooo.

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin US CoverAdd to Goodreads button
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.

Source: Purchase | Review Copy

5 Words Review: Revenge, friendship, manipulation, family, misogyny.

Content warning: Off page sexual assault, misogyny, rape culture, abusive relationships, bullying, transphobia, suicide, substance abuse, violence, gore.

I think that Foul is Fair is one of those marmite books - you'll either love it or hate it. And from the very first page, I loved it.

Foul is Fair is exactly my type of book. It needs those content warnings, and the author has a detailed breakdown on their own website. It is dark, so very dark, and it is full of vengeance. It's brutal and packs a punch, it doesn't hold back. It's theatrical and fast paced, and I loved how the Shakespearean influence came through and really complimented the story. Jade is understandably a very angry narrator - and she has a lot to be angry about.

One thing I particularly liked about this story was the way friendship was explored. Jade is A Lot, and this was shown particularly in how she interacted with both her actual friends (her coven) and the group she was inserting herself in to.

After reading Foul is Fair I will definitely be checking out the author's other book. I just loved their writing style so much.

One small thing I want to throw out there is that I think I prefer the UK cover - it's sharp and subtle and has such impact. It reminds me of some of the RSC posters I've seen in the past too, particularly the font. Don't get me wrong, both covers are absolutely gorgeous, but in a bookshop it's the UK one I'd grab. What do you think?

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin UK cover


  1. I loved this book so much! although I'm opposite of you I love the U.S. cover more!

  2. Definitely love the UK cover more. I'm currently reading this and loving it

  3. I like the UK cover more! I think I might have to pick this up soon! Great review!

  4. This cover is really cool! Kinda like paint splatters

  5. I have never heard of this book. I am not sure if it would be my cup of tea, but I would definitely be willing to give it a try!


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