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  • Rambling narrative.. too close to source material.

    (I received this title as an ARC. All opinions are mine and freely ... Less than a minute ago Inkslinger (I received this title as an ARC. All opinions are mine and freely given.) "Fair is foul, foul is fair" - an infamous phrase and recurring theme, not just in this novel, but originally from Shakespeare's Macbeth. And make no mistake, despite the fact this novel isn't presented as such, it IS a modern retelling of the classic - from the coven's prophecy.. to the new King and his escalation in violence to keep his secrets.. it's all there. The author even maintains most of the original character names, if somewhat modified for modern use. Unfortunately for Hannah Capin, it's a lofty ambition to begin with, recreating one of Shakespeare's great tragedies, and while she's competent at stringing together the puzzle pieces of a story, she's no storyteller. At least, she doesn't show any real ability here. If the synopsis had been more honest about what it was, that also may have earned it more leniency. I might have enjoyed the way she reapplied certain aspects of the original work, such as the Inverness location, but going into a story expecting something fresh.. made me draw those contrasts much more strongly. My biggest issue with this novel, is really the narrative point-of-view approach the author uses to tell the story. It's often the weakest way to tell a story anyway. Authors intend to utilize it to immerse readers in their stories, but instead I feel.. it often alienates me. And our protagonist's 'voice' reads like rambling, with little direction and less control.. despite all her claims of the opposite. The words seem to pour out in a constant rush, more like a spill than a careful pouring of information. As far as the characters are concerned, the bulk of them are as designed.. thoroughly unlikable. However, I felt that also extended to our main character, Jade, and her friends. In fact, the only character I did like, was our new King. Our Mack(beth), and watching him fall to ruin was just unpleasant. Turning away from the original text in this case, might have been the only thing that would have won me over. Overall, the book was a disappointment. There was potential there, but the author just failed to bring it to fruition.

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  • Gritty unapologetic revenge story

    Foul is Fair, written by Hannah Capin, will push your boundaries, it certainly pushed mine in many ways. This story is savagely dark, ruthless at times but also shows the vulnerable side of young women and highlights the fantastic bond that women can have with each other. Vengeance is the central theme and is woven into every part of this story. Dark, manipulative revenge propels this book and keeps the reader on the proverbial cliff edge, wondering what will happen next. It did take me a while to gain my reading stride, the writing style being a mixture of prose and poetry. I found this style of writing a bit wordy and distracting at times, but it certainly added an artistic visual picture of what was going on in the book. I liked that the story is told using part dialogue from all the characters and part inner monologue from the main character Elle/Jade. I felt that it gave an authentic voice to all the characters. The story is over the top and hugely exaggerated, but maybe it needed to be like that to highlight the real-world issues and taboos this book throws at the reader. Foul is Fair delves into some very dark subject matter, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, peer pressure, bullying, physical violence, substance abuse including drinking, and marijuana use, and other types of substance use. All set within the halls of the hierarchies of high school. (This is the link for content advisory page from Hannah Capin http://hannahcapin.com/foulisfair) Without going into too much of the story, Elle and her “coven,” which includes her three best friends, Mads, Jenny, and Summer, crash a St. Andrews party on Elle’s sixteenth birthday. “Tonight Jenny and Summer and Mads and me, we’re four sirens…” That night everything changes for Elle, the night she becomes Jade. These group of girls is so tightly bound together that they will do absolutely anything for each other, and I do mean anything. I do like that the author did not make these girls perfect. These girls are spoiled, rich, and intitled and, at times, are not the most admirable group of girls. “…how to make boys think we want them, so then they want us, too. How to make them do anything we say.” Now on to the most horrid evil group of boys on the planet. These boys, too, are rich, spoiled, and entitled. However, what makes them extremely dangerous is they know that no matter what they do, they are above the law. And their influential, affluent families will do anything they have to do to protect them. “Duncan. Duffy. Connor. Banks. Four boys from the room with the white sheets and the spinning lights…” Unfortunately, these boys didn’t recognize the storm they created that one fateful night. But they all came to realize that they picked the wrong girl. Foul is Fair is a gritty unapologetic revenge story that will keep you turning the pages. This book is a fantasy portrayal of what a girl is willing to do when everything is taken away from her. I will say that this book is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it. ** Please note the quotes in my review are subject to change once the book is published** *** I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. ***

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  • REVENGE

    I went into this book expecting bloody revenge, and it did not disappoint. Definitely no forgiveness or moral high ground here. A fierce, feminist retelling of Macbeth for the #MeToo movement.

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  • A wicked Revenge Tale

    Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 5 out of 5 stars When Elle and her friends crash a party thrown by the wealthy kids from St. Andrews Prep on her sixteenth Birthday something terrible happens. While most of us would only dream of getting revenge on the "golden boys" that attacked us Elle and her besties whom she calls her coven decide to actually get the revenge we all would want. After telling her parents about her rape Elle tells them she needs revenge and she asks them to help her. First she needs to become Jade, second she needs to get into St. Andrews Prep by Monday. It doesn't hurt that her Father is a big deal deal in L.A. and gets her in right away. You will need trigger warnings if sexual assault and violence bother you. This is a hard core revenge story that really holds nothing back. I won't really go too much into this novel because it is hard to cover too much without giving much away but this is a really good book. It kind of brought to mind "Sadie" by Courtney Summers.

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  • Rated 4.5 Stars

    The main character, Jade is ruthless, brutal, cunning, devious and unapologetic. I loved her. I know those are supposed to be unlikable traits but on her they were perfection. I had issues with her as well but for the most part I was rooting for her. Foul Is Fair is about revenge, it does deal with other things but revenge is it's main focus. The acts of revenge are not sugarcoated. I highly recommend it.

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