Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted April 17, 2016 | 29 Comments

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus QuinnDown with the Shine
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher

There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade...

So freaking good!

Ever since I read Quinn’s debut novel, I go into each one completely blind. I don’t even read the blurb, knowing nothing about them. All I do is see her name on the cover and dive-in, trusting I’m going to have a great experience. And I certainly did with Down with the Shine. It’s a lot lighter than her previous books, but I am not complaining.

Quinn has, without a doubt, a gift for storytelling. I’m not talking about your basic novel with tired tropes. No, hers are always fresh and unique, keeping me fully mesmerized from cover to cover. She has the magic, that’s for sure.

With that being said, Down with the Shine is a little strange and quirky – I love it! I wasn’t expecting it to be so humorous, though. Even some of the darker moments had a whimsical feel that made it hard not to giggle or keep from smiling. Some of the situations are so ridiculous it’s funny. Believe me, I mean that in a totally good way.

There definitely isn’t a shortage of amusing characters. Lennie finds herself in quite the predicament after accidentally granting wishes using moonshine to a bunch of people at a party. Oh man, these people and what they wish for. Let’s just say I’m not going to eat Cheetos for a while. I really enjoyed all of them, though, especially Lennie. She’s a fantastic heroine who had me laughing with her quips and sarcasm.

Down with the Shine is just an overall fun and refreshing book! It’s a quick read, and even though it’s beyond satisfying, I crave more. It’s over too soon, and now I’m back to waiting for Quinn to wield more of her magic.

By the way, how pretty is that cover?


29 responses to “Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

  1. This sounds crazy but in a fantastic way! The cover had caught my eye but this was the first time I read the blurb and it definitely had me giggling – especially with the literal balls of steel. This sounds dark, quirky, funny and fantastic. I’m definitely adding it to my TBR.

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  2. Fresh and unique – I think I’ll add Quinn to my auto-buy, too, Christy! I love it when authors can tell a beautiful story without resorting to tried and tired tropes in order to do so. It’s really refreshing to read prose that doesn’t follow in anyone’s footsteps, too.
    And I’m the same way as you in many ways, for my fave authors, I never read the blurb or anything, I just get the book and go in blind to be totally surprised 🙂 Great review!

  3. I was not expecting this one to be on the lighter side Christy! I’m definitely adding it to my list now. I was curious before because my husband is obsessed with the show Moonshiners (so I’ve of course had to watch as well), so that element definitely appealed to me. The granting wishes part has me excited though, I can’t wait to find out what everyone at the party wishes for!

  4. This book is definitely on my TBR list, I love these types of whimsical , magical novels. Thanks for sharing this great review.

  5. I love the quirky reads, the stranger the better actually. I haven’t read anything of hers before, but this sounds too lovely to pass up. I need a lighter, funnier read and I think I’ve just found it Christy. Thanks for sharing lovely and wonderful review! <3 <3

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  6. That is definitely one pretty cover and the blurb sounds pretty cool and original too! I am glad to hear you enjoyed it! And going in without reading the blurb can be a great experience, although I usually read the blurb and then forget parts about it, so depending on how long ago that it was I heard/ read anything about the book I know a lot or very little about it, but hardly go in completely blind. I can’t resist reading the blurb of a book. From the blurb I would’ve expected a more dark book, but that’s great it got humorous as well, sounds like it worked quite well. I am adding this one to my to-read list!

  7. I have this book on my TBR because the premise just sounds so interesting! I like quirky and strange, and it’s always great when books can make you laugh. Especially if the laughter comes from the absurdity of the situations, that can be the best when it’s done right. And yes, I LOVE that cover!

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  8. I’ve had this one for a while. I had no idea it released already. Shows how well I’m doing keeping track. I’m glad it was good, gives me something to look forward to.

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