Down with the Shine
Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.
At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, ...more
You know, I love dark books. I can't help it. Give me some page-turning horror, angst, heartbreak and challenges. Pull me apart and put me back together! And sometimes, though less often, I love light and funny books. I personally prefer having my heart ripped out over a few giggles, but some humour now and then is needed and appreciated.
What I've never really understood, however, are those kind of cultish horror comedies that try to blend da ...more
“I wish,” he says, his voice pitched low but easily reaching the ears of everyone in that hushed kitchen. “To be there when you get what you deserve.”
This was a YA magical-realism story about a girl who could grant wishes.
Lennie was an interesting character, and it was quite funny how she had no idea she could grant wishes. She dealt with the news pretty well tho ...more
I think this book's biggest strength is the characters. Lennie is snarky, funny, and well developed. I liked a lot of the side characters as well. I did think that at times Lennie kind of turned into a love sick puppy around Smith because she did tend to over look the awful things that he had said to her.
I lo ...more
Even more in ...more
The synopsis and gorgeous cover made for quite the eye-candy to me. I even pre-ordered this book expecting something to completely blow me out of the water, but Dwt ...more
1.) Your favorite phrase is "Careful what you wish for."
2.) You ever wished to be included in the cool group.
3.) You had a secret crush in high school and would have done anything to have it reciprocated.
4.) You had parent issues.
5.) You're drawn to clever, humorous writing, with a dark side.
6.) You have a secret obsession for Cheetos. (Trust me on this one)
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 entertaini ...more
So I think it's the time to labeled it as 'DID NOT FINISH!'. I hardly abandoned books but this wasn't for me. Super boring and completely different from what I've expected.
I could have forced myself to go on but I have so many good books waiting for me on my shelf that the waiting would be unbearable.
Sorry, but don't think I'll give it another chance.
The nitty-gritty: Potential not quite realized, but a fantastic premise full of hilarious dialogue and some hard-hitting emotional moments near the end.
And once again a cool cover and a really good idea grab my attention and I immediately hit that “request” button! Down with the Shine does have a great concept: a girl is able to grant wishes when toasting with her uncles’ home-brewed (and illegal) moonshine. But you know how the saying goes…”Be careful what you wish for.” And that’s exactly what...more
Down With The Shine had an intriguing premise, promising magic and family traditions and chaos. What ultimately reached my copy was a book with great potential, but a very faulty execution. There are hardly any positives I can vouch for in this book, but let’s see.
Our protagonist Lennie, lives with her trio of quirky uncles who are in the business of bootlegging moonshine. In the setting that the book is based in, we discover that Lennie’s best friend, Dylan, has ...more
Everyone knows Lennie's name. After her criminal father killed a few people during a heist and got away with it, it's hard to just live your life; which is exactly what Lennie wants. There are more secrets in her family - including the fact that she can grant wishes. Which her uncles did not tell her. And now she has granted a dozen wishes to drunk teenagers by accident. Whoops.
I have been ...more
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Guns, Murder, Kidnapping, Torture.
Down with the Shine is a Young Adult Fantasy novel. I didn’t really to know what to expect with this book, except for the fact that I would end up liking it or not liking it at all. For that reason, I waited until I could borrow Down with the Shine from the library to read it.
Down with the Shine has a great concept to the story–that Lennie can grant peoples’ wishes. With that in hand, imagine what could hap ...more
Lennie is not the cool kid in school or in town, not only does she have uncles that make and seek moonshine her mom is a bit on the crazy side…oh and her dad well he is famous but not in a good way. So as you might see L ...more
Let me just tell you how much the cover caught my attention. It was just on point and so photogenic (okay, #bookporn). Among the other ARCs that I got from Harper, this was the only one that made me stay till the end.
Down with the shine was a mixture of YA, magic, friendship, fantasy. Almost everything in one book. The premise of this book is unique. I’ve never read something about jars that can grant wishes since I started reading YA books (plus point for tha ...more
I...don't know what genre this book is, and maybe that's a good thing. It's 1/3 a voice-y suspense thriller, 1/3 a wacky contemporary fantasy with macabre elements and 1/3 a dreamy magical realism story w/ a coming of age plot. It's all authentic and unique. Recommend to those who like dark with their wacky.
I did enjoy this. Especially at first. I flew through the beginning of the book. A murderer for a father, wish granters, loss of a best friend... I ate it up. I enjoyed seeing and getting to understand Lennie as a character. How she sees her family and how that changes. How she learns what friendship is.
After a while I felt the story wasn't moving along very well. I lot of back-and-forth drove me about nuts. She doesn't handle anything relating to Dyl v ...more
The world isn’t a horrible place I thought it was. The world is great. It’s awesome and full of possibility that I was simply never drunk enough to see before.
The concept itself is pretty intriguing – what if the wishes you made re ...more
And then it stopped.
And then the author apparently decided to switch from creepy darkness to light and fluffy comedy, and my head was spinning wondering why in the world s ...more
I loved Lennie. She's snarky as hell and it was a lot of fun being in her head. I also loved her uncles and of course Smith. There were a few people who needed to be slapped, but I'll let you be the judge of that.
The main plot point had me captivated from the first page. Lennie not finding out about the wishes until after the party was an interesting form of conflict and the repercussions are pretty mind blowing.
Overall, it's a unique ...more
This book was really good though i didn't like the ending, maybe if some things would had been different while others stayed the same as the first "timeline" "storyline" or whatever, would have been a lot better.
Should I have found this book as funny as I did? Because I laughed so much during it that I can't help but feel bad. But everything did work itself out in the end so it makes it all acceptable? Down With the Shine is definitely one of the most uniquely funny, fun, and interesting book I have read in a while. I was genuinely sad and disappointed that I finished it, I wished it would have continued on because there is so much I want to know.
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