Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

down with the shine

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, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade… (Goodreads)

I was drawn to this book because the cover is pretty gorgeous. After reading the premise, it was definitely a book that screamed out to me “try me out!!”. Since then, I have been pretty much pining and raving about this review any chance that I got. This book was a fairly quick read, but I was disappointed. It was ok, but not as good as it could have been.

I was pulled into the book at the beginning because of the events that unfurled straight away!! Hello, who wouldn’t want to know more about that! As it carried on and led up to the party, and even after the party, I was enjoying the book. Even the morning after the party had me snorting away in a very un-lady like manner! Some of the wishes that were made were just hilarious – and very clearly the product of drunk teenagers!!

However, it all started to come crashing down at about 50% of the way through the book! It all became a little bit jumbled and very far fetched – with pretty much no explanation whatsoever! I was a little bit confused and had quite a few questions that never really got answered. There was no explanation as to why there are people in the world with special abilities – where did the come from or why do they have special abilities when other people don’t?

I liked the main character (Lennie) well enough. She was easily relatable and someone who I could be friends with. She was, however, as clueless as us readers. She had no idea what she was doing or how to undo what she had done the night before. I also liked her uncles! Whilst they were a little bit rough around the edges, they were pretty funny and they cared about Lennie, even if they didn’t really show it in a conventional kind of way!

Dylan sort of bugged me. She is someone, I think, who, if I met in real life, we would probably be constantly arguing! She seems to think that her ‘life’ (and I use the term loosely here – people who have already read this will understand!) sucked, when it wasn’t really that bad. She was more content to see the worst in everything and, in my opinion, act out, then make something of her life.

The ending was a HUGE disappointment!!! I was expecting something major and explosive and there just wasn’t. In actual fact, it made very little sense, considering the explanations the readers were given throughout the book! When the book ended, I just sort of sat there, stared at my kindle, wondering what the hell had just happened. It needed more pizazz and to make more sense.

Overall, this book was a quick read, with some very quirky characters and funny moments (W2, looking at you, here). I was, however, largely disappointed because I expected more! It could have something to do with the fact that I had hyped it up in my head… or maybe because I recently finished ACOMAF and I am still reeling and mind boggled from that!!! I gave this book 3/5 stars.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Feel free to leave comments!

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Hey guys! So, clearly I cannot be trusted with Amazon or a book store… and I have no self discipline!! I told myself I would’t buy any new books because I have so many, but I did…

the crown The Crown by Kiera Cass – I have been waiting for this book for over a year and I have already read it and I loved it!!

ACOMAF A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – I think this book is on everyone’s TBR! So, I grabbed a copy on May 3rd and I have just started reading it!

the lie tree The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – I think I was drawn to this book by the cover… plus I have had it on my TBR for a while! So obviously I couldn’t resist…

down with the shine Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – I have had this on my TBR for ages and I was upset when I wasn’t able to get an ARC copy!! This book definitely looks like something I am going to really enjoy, so I really look forward to reading this book!

invisible I am Invisible I Am by Harriet Showman – For regular readers of my blog, your probably thinking “but she already read (DNFed) and reviewed this book.” Well, the author contacted me on Goodreads, both to thank me for my review and because she found out (through my review) that the version on Netgalley was a broken version when downloaded onto some e readers. I mean this in the sense that some words were either missing or there were letters missing from the words etc, which isn’t what she was intending for the readers to see! So, I offered to re read the book and she sent me a copy which has all the letters there!

What have you guys added? Feel free to leave links and I will check them all out!