ARC Review: Down With the Shine

Down With the Shine
Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: April 26, 2016

When Lennie brings a few jars of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s house party, she has everyone who drinks it make a wish. It’s tradition. So is the toast her uncles taught her: May all your wishes come true, or at least just this one.

The thing is, those words aren’t just a tradition. The next morning, every wish—no matter how crazy—comes true. And some of them turn out deadly. But once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…and Lennie has to find a way to fix the damage.

I loved the concept of the novel when I first read the blurb. A girl who can grant wishes, over a toast of moonshine! I thought – yep, some crazy things are about to ensue. And they did. Lennie – oh, snarky and moody Lennie – had no idea that her family were in the wish-granting business. And when a night of partying gets too wild and the morning after wilder, with a guy’s palm stuck to hers and her best friend coming back from the dead, she is brought into the reality of her gift/curse. Her father was partially the reason for it, and his misdeeds have always kept her in the people’s eyes as a spoiled fruit. Now, as she races about to figure out what all went wrong, and how many wishes she granted, she is trying to get them back to normal. Easier said than done, because the wishes are literal and she can’t exactly unmake them.

There is a lot of mythology created around the wish math which frankly, was confusing to pay attention to. Bottom line, she is not the only weird thing out there and wishing big could either fix things or screw them further. The storyline is pretty good, and the writing of Lennie as a character, as well as some choice others was brilliant. I felt it could have done more in the character development department, and I didn’t particularly find the ending that good in the light of the wave-of-magic-wand sort of climax. There were other circumstances that couldn’t have been changed by her wishing and I felt those were overlooked to rush towards the end of the story. Nevertheless, it was a story I enjoyed reading, non-stop, and overall, I found it satisfactory for a stand-alone.

Received a free review copy from HarperTeen, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

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