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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

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Review by Suze
Lennie has lost her best friend Dylan. In her honor she's going to gatecrash a party. The party is the event of the year and it's time Lennie gathers some courage so she can experience things. She doesn't want to stay safe all the time, she wants to live a little. Her uncles have a moonshine business and she brings a few jars of their special liquor. The tradition is that everyone who drinks from the jar can make a wish. Lennie knows exactly how to perform the ritual as she's seen it done so many times already. There's only one thing she doesn't know and that is that her uncles don't let people make a wish as a joke. However, when Lennie finds out the truth it's already too late...
Down with the Shine is a unique story. I loved the idea of the magic moonshine. Lennie doesn't have a good reputation, but she knows how to stand up for herself. She's a bit too serious which is why she wants to let go just for once, but the aftermath is terrible. I loved Kate Karyus Quinn's vivid descriptions and her fantastic sense of humor. There were quite a few funny scenes and I laughed out loud several times. I liked the be careful what you wish for aspect and Down with the Shine is a great interpretation of the expression.
Kate Karyus Quinn has an easy flowing writing style. Down with the Shine is a quick read. It's light read with some pretty dark aspects, which is a good combination. There isn't a dull moment in the story. There's so much chaos and plenty of running around and I could feel the panic and the guilt. The ending is surprising and original and I liked it that the author chose to finish the story with an unpredictable scene. I really enjoy reading original and creative stories and Down with the Shine definitely fits into that category, I love it when a book is different and there's nothing like it. If you're a fan of Magical Realism you should definitely give this book a try.


  1. I really want to read this one! I live in Tennessee where we see a lot of moonshine references. The idea of magic moonshine is brilliant.

  2. Sounds intense!


  3. Magic moonshine? Sounds interesting.