ARC Book Review Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn


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..

Jan Review

“May all your Wishes come true, or at least just this one” That the secret to granting the wishes with this magical Moonshine that Lennie uncles have been brewing in the bath tub and that Lennie sneaks off to a cool party so she can be part of the popular crowd at least for a few hours.

Little does Lennie know that all the crazy wishes her so called friends wish really are coming true and she is in for the ride of her lifetime.  This book has some comical bits to it such as the kid who wishes for steel balls, or the cheeto touch, and of course wishing your best friend back from the dead.   By the end though everything gets figured out and Lennie learns some hard lessons along the way.  A great fun read.



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