Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Title: Down With the Shine
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harper Teen (April 26, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
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...










I have read a couple of  Quinn's other books and really enjoyed them so for the most part I knew what to expect from her writing. How all her stories are different, fun, unique and even sometimes weird in the best ways but I have to say, her latest book surprised me with just how much fun it was and how utterly ridiculous. 

It is silly and nonsensical at times, and just down right entertaining in all it's messed up wishing glory but most of all, it was hard to put down because it was so entertaining and I never knew what to expect next. 

Imaginative, compelling, humorous, and downright a good time, Down With the Shine is one that will knock you off your feet and leave you with a big old grin on your face when you are done. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

43 comments:

  1. This sure does sound interesting. Glad to hear it was entertaining even if silly at times. Great review!

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  2. Lol, this sounds so bizarre! But interesting, no doubt! I'll have to check it out. :D

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  3. I wouldn't have thought this one was humorous from the cover, Ali. It looks so serious! :D I'm in for a silly but entertaining story! :)
    Lovely review, Ali!

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    1. Oh no, it is definitely humorous and silly and strange in all the best ways. ;)

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  4. Guess 'bug old grin' was an error...yes? Anyway I love this idea of wishing through alcohol going awry. I don't drink so I would not get any wishes. Which in this case seems like the best thing that can indeed happen.

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    1. Oh and that cover looks amazing. Though it is a bit Catch 22 for me because while I love it I also wonder if it is best to use a cover that does not show this book's humor. Then again humorous covers can go wrong at times.

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    2. Oops, that was a mistake. I fixed it. ;)

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  5. Sounds perfect for me! I've been curious about this one for awhile now. Thanks for the review.

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  6. I love that cover. It pulls me in and makes me want to read what's inside. The book sounds appealing, I'm adding it to my tbr pile. Thanks for the great review.

    Simply Angela

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    1. Thanks so much Angela! I really like the cover too. ;)

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  7. I'm so curious about this one Ali! My husband was obsessed with the show Moonshiners for a while, so that aspect has me really interested. I haven't ever read anything about the moonshine industry:) Love that there's a paranormal element too!

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    1. It doesn't go a whole lot into that, mostly all the chaos that happens from it but it did have a bit and was interesting. :) I hope you like it if you do decide to try it Jenny.

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  8. I've been curious about this title ever since I saw it. How can anyone not want to read a book with that title? LOL! I'm really glad that this was entertaining for you. Great review!

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    1. I know! It was exactly why I picked it up. ;)

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  9. Oh wow what a great premise, and the visuals I'm getting from the blurb and your review. This looks very interesting!

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  10. Great review! This sounds hilarious and fantastic. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :D :D

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  11. I need more hilarious and fun books. I love the cover for this one.

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  12. This is the first time I hear about this book. And Quinn is a new to me author. I’m intrigued, thanks for putting it on my radar, Ali. Wonderful review! I’m so in the mood for entertaining book that would make me smile.

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    1. I really have been as well so I'm glad I could introduce it to you. :D Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  13. Sometimes entertaining is all we want! Super review! :)

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  14. I hadn't heard of this before! It actually sounds quite interesting and I'm curious now!

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    1. Glad I could make you curious about it if nothing else. ;)

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  15. Agreed! I loved this. Quinn writes the best strange stories.

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    1. Me too, we all need that every now and then. ;)

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  17. This book sounds like a book that I would read!I loved your review thank you for sharing, have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and you too!

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  18. I need to read more lighthearted books, and this one seems to qualify. Great Review
    Tori @InToriLex

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  19. This book has been getting some pretty good feedback! Added to my ever growing pile!

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  20. This sounds like the perfect book to take to the beach Ali!

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  21. This would be the first book I'll have read of this author. I'm pretty excited to give it a try even if it does get nonsensical at times. Let's just hope it's not too silly.

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    1. All her books are unique this is probably the silliest but still really good and not too silly I think. I hope you like it!

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