Foul is Fair – Review

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Many thanks to Wednesday Books & Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

Macbeth meets Mean Girls…only significantly more bloody? Sign me up. I’m not a big fan of Shakespeare, but I love diving into modern retellings. In fact, I really didn’t know anything about Macbeth except for the quote “What’s done is done.” As I would make my way through Foul is Fair, I would read the synopsis of Macbeth to see how the story matched up to the original and found it to be an interesting reading experience.


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.

I love a good vengeance story because it’s a fictional way to deal with the injustices people face in the real world. It was exciting to see how true this would stay to the original story while carving its own path in 2020. The beginning of this story drew me in with the sharp writing style and aggressive characters. It was dark and edgy, something lovers of Sadie by Courtney Summers would likely enjoy.

My main issue with this story was the repetitive nature of the storytelling. Many lines were repeated so endlessly it started making the story feel tedious. There were certainly parts I needed to skim just to get to the next point of action. I definitely felt this story could have been cut down a bit or edited a little more to make the story as action-packed and exciting as it could have been.

Overall, Foul is Fair was very dark and at times entertaining, but in the end, it was overshadowed by the length and tiresome storytelling. Unfortunately, I can’t pull out much more of a reaction to this book to share in a review. I wish the book had inspired me more but it was just another lackluster book to add to my list.

Rating: 3 stars

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol says:

    Awwww! Sorry it was lackluster! Where are the editors?!?!

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    1. Thank you, Carol!! ❤

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  2. Oh no, that’s so disappointing! I actually went and bought this book after reading the first chapter and being immediately hooked. I thought it’d be the over the top dramatics that would make this an iffy read for me, but I can definitely see how the repetitiveness would be an issue. Great honest review!

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    1. Ahh, shoot. Maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did. I’ve seen some really positive reviews.

      Thanks so much for reading my thoughts. I’ll look forward to your review.


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