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Make a wish…

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,
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Hardcover, 355 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Kate Quinn Yep. No sequels, prequels, or anything else in the works. It stands totally alone. :)

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Emily May
This started strong but grew too silly for my tastes.

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
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“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
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Taylor Knight
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is probably one of the weirdest and most fun books that I've read this year. I'm not really a big fan of magical-realism but I actually enjoyed the bit of magic in Down with the Shine.
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
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Rebecca McNutt
Down With the Shine seemed to have low ratings overall so at first I had no interest in reading it, but I actually ended up really liking it. It's a funny, simple story that makes me think of The Twilight Zone if it were crossed over with Song of the Sea. Sure, the tried and true "be careful what you wish for theme has been recycled time after time in fictional literature, but I liked how this book never takes itself too seriously and just has fun with the plot and quirky characters.

Even more in
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Naudia
This book follows teenage Lennie Cash in her attempts to be a "cool kid". No, but seriously. Down with the Shine had inhumane amounts of potential and it all went Down the Drain. The plot in its entirety consists of Lennie making multiple dumb decisions all in the name of...what, exactly? She was quite literally out endangering lives.

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
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Down with the Shine, Kate Karyus Quinn’s third novel, starts with a prologue that promises a dark, twisted and very unusual book. The promise is strengthened by our knowledge about Quinn’s previous works, which were always gritty and weird enough to stand out. In Down with the Shine, Quinn takes her unusual approach even further by mixing ideas and genres, albeit with questionable results. It is, it would appear, entirely possible to try a bit too hard to be innovative and fresh. In many ways, t ...more
Karen
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Lennie (a girl with an unfortunate name) lives with her three uncles and her comatose mother. Her uncles sell moonshine for a living. After her best friend, Dylan, dies Lennie is devastated. Lennie decides to steal some of her uncle’s moonshine and crash the biggest party of the year. She is only trying to follow Dylan’s advice and live a little. Lennie follows her uncles footsteps and toasts each drinker with a wish. The net day she finds that all those wishes came true, even her own for Dylan ...more
Adrienne Carrick
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How to tell if you'd like this book....
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)
Colleen Houck
Totally unexpected. Love the idea of a wish granting power and the trouble you could get into because of it. Really liked Smith. Also the uncles are awesome.
Jeri
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-read
A story of be careful what you wish for!
Lauren Stoolfire
As far as Lennie knew her uncles' family legacy was bootlegging, so when she takes some of their moonshine to Michaela's blowout house party and does their traditional toast with her classmates. As a part of the toast, everyone makes a wish before they drink. Even Lennie makes a wish of her own, to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago. When the sun comes up, Lennie realizes pretty quickly that her uncles' family legacy is actually in wish granting - and now that leg ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 entertaini
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Alessandra Crivelli
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF. This book has been in my 'currently reading' shelf since before summer.
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.

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Talk Supe
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
oh how I love this dark comedy YA urban fantasy! I hope Kayrus turns this into a series or writes something similar because Down with the Shine is stylistically fantastic its screaming for an encore.
Tammy
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it

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

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Rhea Dsouza
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Basically just a big bad nope.

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
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Celine
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kate Karyus Quinn not only has a fantastic imagination, but also the skills to translate that onto the page.

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
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Adele
Originally posted on Adele Is Reading.

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
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Bella
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG I loved it.. I had no idea what i was getting into wen I read this one.. I read the blurb but just quick and said this might be a good one. Well it was SO GOOD and I couldn't stop reading it! Kate delivered a story filled with twist and turns and some crazy good imagination!

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
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Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads)
This review also appears on my blog.

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
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A
This book has a beautiful cover.

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.
Taschima
This one actually sounds very interesting.
Jamie
Around 3.5 stars. But Closer to 3 than 4.
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
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Hannah (jellicoereads)
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The perfect, uh, tonic – pardon the pun – to aid me in the midst of a massive reading slump. I was impressed with the weird yet compelling nature of the author’s writing in her previous book, Don’t You Forget About Me, and she steps up her game in Down With the Shine.

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
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Lissa
When the book first started out, I was sure that I was going to LOVE it. The first few chapters were deliciously dark, with a girl (Lennie) whose father is a notorious bank robber (and apparently still on the run) and whose best friend was chopped up into pieces and left in a suitcase. The darkness was JUST RIGHT and wonderful.

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
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Stacee
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this and was super eager to read it.

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
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Janet McNally
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It's such a fresh and fun premise, and the spookiness brings it to the next level. Lennie's voice was great, funny and snarky and real, and her struggle to figure herself out--her place in the world and in her family--was completely believable. I love the exploration of "be careful what you wish for," since it's such a great way to get at the heart of what it means to be human. That sounds heavy. And there is some heaviness here, some serious stuff, but also a lot of humor ...more
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
What an awesome and refreshing book. It was such a great blend of fantasy and contemporary. Lennie is the daughter of the notorious Bad Daddy Bandit. Her uncles are taking care of her while her mom is basically a shell of her former self and her father is on the run from the law. They run a moonshine business and little does Lennie know, but they are actually able to grant wishes with their moonshine. Lennie's friend, Dylan, was brutally killed months earlier and her brother Seth blames Lennie f ...more
Gracia
"3.75"

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.
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

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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