Review of ‘Foul is Fair’ (Foul is Fair #1)

Published by Wednesday Books, Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough.

I am going to break out of my norm just a little here because it is hard to stay out of first-person when I do not like a novel.

Multiple Issues

Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
Wednesday Books
Image Credit: NetGalley

My first issue with the novel is the aesthetic. I was not thrilled with this cover at all. I felt like it was sloppy and did not fit the tone or plotline at all. The color choice is a little off-putting, and I’m sorry, but what is her chin on? This is probably my least professional review ever, and I apologize for that, but this cover, it really bothers me.

Then there is the plot. Once I read the plotline, I was instantly drawn in. I love historical retellings, and I love revenge stories, they are (usually) gritty and tension driven. However, honestly, once I started reading, I was almost immediately put off because I could not connect to the main characters.

Yes, this is supposed to be a retelling of Macbeth from the female perspective and Jade is the Queen while her best friends are the three witches. Nevertheless, the writing style it lost me. It is everything terrible about an unreliable narrator because Jade tells the story in a jarring and slightly unbelievable. It seems unrealistic, how accommodating everyone is, how easy it is for her to tell her parents and her friends, and then start at a new school. Yes, it is significant that she does not allow herself to be a victim. However, instead of coming out of the situation in an empowering way or gets her revenge in an empowering way, she just comes off as cruel and unrelatable. Yes, something unimaginably horrible was done to her, but she lets herself drown in that pain.

The character dynamics, again, they just were not believable. Starting at the new school, makes Mack fall in love with her instantly, gets involved with the in-crowd in a snap? Sorry, but as much as this is fiction, the reader should not have to suspend belief that much.

Final Thoughts

I wanted to like this book, the premise was everything I usually love, but it comes down to the writing, to the tone of the story, both of which are off-putting. It was a struggle to read this novel, and honestly, it almost made it to the DNF pile. (★★☆☆☆)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Feb. 18, 2020

Page count: 336pp

Age Range: 14 & Over

ISBN: 978-1-2502-3954-9

Publisher: Wednesday Books

List Price: $18.99

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