Monday, April 18, 2016

Title: Down with the Shine
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Source: received from publisher via Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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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...

I live in the South and I know people who know people who have friends that brew their own moonshine -- and I freely admit to having partaken in it a time or two. But I'm not one to watch Moonshiners and I've never taken an interest in it, one way or the other. I do, however, love a good dose of magical realism, so it's a good thing the wish-granting aspect took center stage in this book.

Down with the Shine was very...different and weird and I liked it quite a lot. It was darkly humorous, which was actually just what I was in the mood for when I picked this novel up. Lennie is an outcast among her peers, ostracized because of who her daddy is, and the only person who accepted her has been dead six months. In an attempt to honor her friend's memory -- and in a bout of self-pity, let's face it -- she decides to crash the invitation only party of the affluent queen bee, where social pariahs like herself are most unwelcome. That is, unless they come bearing gifts, like the very moonshine Lennie's uncles would disown her for taking.

The hilarity of Lennie's ignorance -- when it comes to the moonshine and her own wish-granting abilities -- is only second to the repercussions of unleashing such a farce on the very kids who have tormented her for years. This book had me cackling one moment and left me thoroughly creeped out the next, from the sheer stupidity of some of the wishes to the hired goons Lennie's fugitive father employed. It was morose at times but also very funny, and me and my dark sense of humor just clicked with it.

The thing is, when dealing with wish-granting or faeries or maybe just life in general, specificity is key. Lennie had a gazillion wishes to undo but she couldn't do so without risking making things even worse. Without any way to completely wipe out all of the wishes she'd granted, Lennie had to get creative, and in doing so, she really surprised me as a character. She was just a naive, woe-is-me heroine when the story began, but she really came into her own by the end.

This novel also had a very clever ending. Honestly, the whole novel was clever, in a facetious, unpretentious manner, and it felt like I was laughing with the story rather than at it. Because of this book, I am more interested than ever to pick up the rest of the author's work. I hope her other books are as weirdly funny as this one. ;0)

GIF it to me straight:

About the author:

Kate Karyus Quinn is a chapstick addict with a love for live theater and a BFA from Niagara University to prove it.

After growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, Kate left her hometown for Southern California and film school, where she earned an MFA in Film and Television Production from Chapman University.

After finishing her degree, she moved with her husband to Knoxville, Tennessee. However, she recently made the move back home, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would... build character.

Kate is first and foremost an avid reader and unapologetic booknerd. Although, she mostly reads YA and romance, she often samples different genres in her constant search for the next great read.

Find Kate:

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  1. This sounds like such a unique read! I love how fitting the gif is XD

    1. It really was! I've never read anything quite like it. =)

  2. شركة نقل عفش
    اهم شركات مكافحة حشرات بالخبر كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذلك شركة رش حشرات بالدمام ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة الجوهرة من افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بجدة حيث ان تنظيف خزانات بجدة يحتاج الى مهارة فى كيفية غسيل وتنظيف الخزانات الكبيرة والصغيرة بجدة على ايدى متخصصين فى تنظيف الخزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش واثاث


  3. شركة سكاي لخدمات نقل العفش والاثاث بالمنطقة العربية السعودية نحن نوفر خدمات نقل اثاث بالرياض ونقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة ونقل عفش بمكة ونقل عفش بالطائف نحن نقدم افضل نقل اثاث بخميس مشيط ونقل عفش بجدة
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    مدونة لنقل العفش
    شركة نقل عفش بمكة
    شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام


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