Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted April 26, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus QuinnDown with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by HarperCollins on April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Horror, Love & Romance, Horror & Ghost Stories
Pages: 368
Source: HarperTeen

Think twice before you make a wish in this imaginative, twisted, and witty new novel from the author of Another Little Piece.
When Lennie brings a few jars of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s house party, she has everyone who drinks it make a wish. It’s tradition. So is the toast her uncles taught her: “May all your wishes come true, or at least just this one.”
The thing is, those words aren’t just a tradition. The next morning, every wish—no matter how crazy—comes true. And most of them turn out bad. But once granted, a wish can’t be unmade . . .

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“Down with the Shine” by Kate Karyus Quinn was nothing like what I was expecting. I found myself getting really bored with the story. I couldn’t keep up with what was going on. The story line just seemed to keep dragging on to the point that I just wasn’t interested anymore.


Why I didn’t like “Down with the Shine”:

  1. I could not relate to the characters at all. Everyone knows how big the characters are for me in books. It was disappointing to me that I just couldn’t find any connection to these characters.
  2. The story line was not presented well. The idea was very unique and fun but I don’t think the story was executed well at all. I found myself bored and uninterested. Everything seemed to jump around too. First the story was about wishes and then it switched to her dad hunting her. I just found myself confused and done.
  3. Why would we promote kids drinking? I know that it happens but why do we want to center the story around teenagers drinking alcohol?
  4. Long. This book seems a lot longer than it needs to be. This could again becoming from me being very bored at the execution.
  5. The wishes were so ridiculous. I think the idea is still really cool but the wishes could have been a lot better and the consequences that the characters had to deal with. I feel like some of the things that people wished for was just so others could laugh. I would have liked the story to stay consistent with either being dark or being humorous. Combining the two didn’t work for me.

Even thought I didn’t like “Down with the Shine” doesn’t meant that someone else with different tastes wouldn’t like it. I think Quinn’s writing was good. It was the story line that I just couldn’t get into. This just was not a story for me.




About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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