ARC Review – Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

25647300Title: Down With the Shine

Author: Kate Karyus Quinn

Rating: ★★★ 1/2 / ★★★★★

Synopsis: 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…

Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

I wonder if I read this book at the wrong time. My co-blogger swears by Kate Karyus Quinn novels, and I own all of them, but decided apparently to start here. Down With the Shine is a fun book, but it’s also very ridiculous in a way that plays with the reader’s senses. Haunted moonshine is a great concept — haunted moonshine that can grant wishes? Even greater.

And yet, it didn’t entirely work for me. I’m not sure why that is either, given that a lot of the wishes in the novel were pretty fantastical or outright morbid, but it’s almost as if the novel wasn’t sure which it wanted to go, and I got a large sense of that. I thought the characters were really entertaining, if a bit flat, I thought the story was cheeky, if a bit corny at times too. It’s like reading certain Stephen King novels — they are so much fun, but at the same time you want a bit more than the novel is providing.

Like I said, perhaps it was me reading it at the wrong time (my mother was in the hospital and sadly passed way). While it was so fun and silly, it didn’t hit the notes that perhaps I was looking for in a spooky read. Perhaps down the road when I have a clearer head I may give this one a reread because the potential is totally there and I’m wondering if it was more me than the book. Still, Down With the Shine is A LOT of fun, and I do look forward to trying some more of Kate Karyus Quinn’s other novels.

River’s Review:


Also apparently all of her books take place in the same world because the characters from her previous books are referenced in this!!!! Now I want to go back and re-read the others to see if there are any connections omgggggggggg.

I loved this book so much. I loved everything about it. I loved the characters, the craziness, the writing, the magic, EVERY.THING.

This is one of those reviews where I loved the book so much I don’t even have words.


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