ARC Review | Down With The Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

25647300Title: Down With The Shine
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Publication: April 26th 2016 by HarperTeen
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
ISBN: 9780062356048

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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…

reviewI received a digital review copy of this book from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Curiosity always gets me to read a book. And that’s the reason why I immediately wanted to read Down With The Shine the moment I’ve learned what’s it about. The story was quite simple; Lennie sneaks in to a party and brings along some of her uncles’ moonshine which they brew and sell for a living. It has been her and her best friend, Dylan’s plan to crash Michaela Gordon’s Labor Day party, but when Dylan was murdered some months ago, she decided to fulfill what they had planned in remembrance of her with one goal, to “own the party”. She expects the moonshine to be a hit – and it was. Everybody wants a taste of her moonshine, but before she lets them take a sip from her jar, she asks them to make a wish, just like how her uncles do it. Little did she know that she’s actually granting wishes – ridiculous, drunk wishes.
Honestly, I was quite put off with the outrageous wishes. Some of them ranges from silly to extremely absurd. Okay, I’ll let that pass considering the circumstances. Circumstances = teenagers + alcohol. (I guess they need a little bit of guideline in making wishes. Check out this video!)
But I admit, the whole idea of Lennie being able to grant wishes amazed me, even when things turned a bit bizarre.
I was in it for the whole story. I wanted to know how Lennie will clean up the mess she made. The story telling was good and easy to follow but the actual story just got really weird and messy halfway through which made me confused in some parts. I didn’t understand some them but I think the problem was on my end. I guess it’s one attribute you can’t take away from the story because it’s supposed to be weird and messy and, it works. But there’s something in this book that I didn’t really buy, and it’s the romance between Lennie and Smith, Dylan’s angsty twin brother. It’s not like they don’t have chemistry, but, Smith is just a bit too much of a mess to be the guy I would root for. Not to mention that there’s a lot of things already going on to even bother about it.
Down With The Shine is the first Katy Karyus Quinn book I’ve read and I’ll definitely look up more of her works. If you’re looking for a contemporary with a touch of magic, this is one book you should pick up.


  • Moonshine wishes – What’s cooler than having wishes over a jar of moonshine? Then add a whimsy feel to that with the phrase “May all your wishes come true, or at least just this one.” 
  • Magical Contemporary – The typical contemporary setting sprinkled with a whimsical event makes this book an odd one and it’s really something that I enjoyed. It’s not all out fantasy and it’s not your ordinary contemporary read but it’s a mix of both that is surely blended well.
  • Backstory – Down With The Shine isn’t only about Lennie being able to grant wishes through a sip of Moonshine, the story goes way back and I’m really glad to have that included in the book.

Book Description and Cover Image from Goodreads

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