Book Review: Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Down With The Shine Review

25647300 BOOK: Down With The Shine

AUTHOR: 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…



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Rating: 4 stars

*I would like to thank Harper Collins International for sending me an ARC of this book.

This doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

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 that!).

Just a short story, Lennie brought a few jars to Michaela’s party. Yup, she’s aware that she brought some. The thing she’s not aware of was that every wish will become true, no matter how crazy it is.

“Wishes cannot be undone. Nothing in life can ever really be undone.”

I liked how the story flowed. I had some guesses when I was reading the book and I wasn’t disappointed. Kate’s writing style was amazing. It’s really suitable for everyone. I recommend it if you’re looking for some light YA magical reads. Thumbs up for that!

Anyway, here’s one of my fave lines from this book….

“I can’t stop smiling. The world isn’t the horrible place I thought it was.”




2 thoughts on “Book Review: Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

  1. I have been considering this book. So glad to know that it didn’t disappoint you. I love books about friendship but when you said that the writing style is amazing, I just thought I should read it . Great review!


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