Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
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?