Thursday, 28 April 2016

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Down with the Shine
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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...

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Down with the Shine “I wish,” he says, his voice pitched low but easily reaching the ears of everyone in that hushed kitchen. “To be there when you get what you deserve.”

This was a YA magical-realism story about a girl who could grant wishes.

Lennie was an interesting character, and it was quite funny how she had no idea she could grant wishes. She dealt with the news pretty well though, and tried her hardest to put right the wishes she made.

The storyline in this was about Lennie granting a bunch of wishes and the consequences of those wishes. Some of the wishes were really quite bad, and the consequences really severe, and Lennie had to make a really bold move to try and rectify the chaos she had caused.

The ending to this was pretty good, although Lennie did risk a lot to accomplish what she did.

6.5 out of 10

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