Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

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Title & Author: Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Publisher/Year: HarperTeen/April 26, 2016

Format: Paperback ARC

Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Other Books By Author: Another Little Piece, (Don’t You) Forget About Me, Among the Shadows

My Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

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…

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts on This Book

I’ve read Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn last fall and her other novel, (Don’t You) Forget About Me, has been on my TBR list for quite some time now. When I saw she had a new young adult book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read an advanced copy of it and I am SO happy I did. I raced through this book in about 2 days and enjoyed every single page. The characters were awesome, the whole storyline was amazing and the author did a great job adding not only comedy but some dark moments as well. Kate Karyus Quinn also made a reference to Another Little Piece (and she may have made one to (Don’t You) Forget About Me as well but I haven’t read it yet). The books themselves aren’t sequels or a series but seeing one tie into another was pretty cool and original.

“May all your wishes come true, or at least just this one.” I’m not going to lie, this line will haunt me if I ever hear someone say it out loud after reading this book. Lennie heard her uncles say this many times when someone would come through to buy their moonshine and would make a wish and toast the first sip. Of course she never realized that this was much more than just a toast, so when she sneaks out several jars of her uncles’ moonshine to take to a party, she causes so much havoc. Some characters, such as W2 and Zinkowski, have hilarious wishes that some true, others are far more serious and a few are innocent. Watching each wish unfold was entertaining and seeing the outcomes of their wishes made you constantly wonder what would happen next and if Lennie would be able to find a way to make everything go back to the way it was before the party.

All of the main characters in the book were enjoyable, even the bad ones. They all brought something to the story and without even one of them there would have been something missing. Lennie may not be the smartest character, but in her defense she didn’t have any idea of her wish granting abilities until after the damage was done. She was genuinely caring though and was trying to fulfill her dead best friend’s wish of going to a crazy party. Lennie’s dad was evil in every sort of way, her mother was mostly absent but played a huge part in the family legacy, and Lennie’s uncles honestly seemed like the cool uncles you’d want to hang around at a family party. They were tough on Lennie but only wanted the best for her and to protect her. Lennie’s friend Dylan and Dylan’s twin Smith proved to be two key characters. Although we don’t get to know Dylan before she is murdered, we get an interested undead version of her thanks to Lennie’s wish. Smith on the other hand was a character I thought I was going to despise from the beginning but grew to love as the book went on. Last was Lennie’s friend Larry, who you ended up feeling sorry for a majority of the time. It was clear he had a thing for Lennie and would do whatever would please her. He was also such a goody two shoes and momma’s boy that you felt bad he got stuck in such a crappy situation.

Overall, I really enjoyed Down With the Shine, enough to want to purchase my own copy to reread once it is published. I’m also making a mental note now to also purchase myself a copy of her other book, (Don’t You) Forget About Me. I would love to see Down With the Shine turned into a movie, definitely think it would be awesome to see on the big screen and I cannot wait to see what book she writes next.

Mass Book Review

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I know I said sometime last week that I was going to do a post with multiple book reviews and here it is. I have seven books that I have read and do not feel like I could give a good, descriptive review on each one, not to mention that I would get impatient after the first two and most likely not finish the rest. So here are the seven books that I have read within the past month. I will include a paragraph review for each as well as the summary and rating.

Review 1

20527879Title and Author: They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed. All because of the list. Kenzie Summerall can’t imagine how she’s been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her. This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes. If you’re on it this year? Your life ends. The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer? Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list…before her number’s up.

My Thoughts on This Book

I had waited months for this book to come out and when it finally did I tore into it. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from the summary, but in a good way. It totally took me by surprise and I loved it. The twist was completely unexpected and shocking. They All Fall Down kept me on the edge of my seat and I am praying there will be a sequel.

Review 2

17343998Title and Author: Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

She has everything she’s ever wanted. But not her memory…When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her. What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…  

My Thoughts on This Book

I went to Barnes and Noble for a different book that they ended up not having. Not wanting to leave empty handed I picked up this book (and the book in my next review). I had looked at Six Months Later many times and only just now got around to reading it and I really enjoyed it. I have had a thing for YA mysteries and thrillers lately and this one is definitely at the top of my list. Six Months Later kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

Review 3

17520996Title and Author: Broken by CJ Lyons

Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

WOULD YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE TO BE NORMAL? Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, Scarlet has come to terms with the fact that she’s going to die. Literally of a broken heart. It could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But the clock is ticking… All Scarlet asks is for a chance to attend high school—even if just for a week-a chance to be just like everyone else. But Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with each slammed locker and vicious taunt. Is this normal? Really? Yet there’s more going on than she knows. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does…

My Thoughts on This Book

I rented Broken from the library before and didn’t get a chance to read it before I had to return it. I bought it when I went to Barnes and Noble and as soon as I started reading I was sucked in. My own heart broke for Scarlett and how she was treated. Towards the end of the book I kind of had an idea of what the truth was. I don’t think it was obvious and it was still shocking how the book ended.

Review 4

12665819Title and Author: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Rating: 3hearts

What This Book Is About

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

My Thoughts on This Book

I bought this book over a year ago and read it this year around Halloween because it seemed like a creepy mystery. I was not expecting it to have a paranormal twist to it though and that twist almost made the book confusing to understand. It wasn’t nearly as creepy or thrilling as the summary made it sound but it also wasn’t horrible.

Review 5

15777797Title and Author: Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die. It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets. How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?

My Thoughts on This Book

I also bought this book a year ago and just read it recently and I absolutely LOVED it. It has definitely been one of the best thriller/mysteries I have read ever. It took me two days to read and I am currently waiting for the sequel to come in the mail and am looking forward to the third book coming out as well.

Review 6

12013031Title and Author: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is. 

My Thoughts on This Book

The Night She Disappeared is so far my favorite April Henry novel. This book gave me chills at some points and I loved how short yet detailed and well written this book was. I loved the characters (strong female lead) as well. It was a quick thriller and I am definitely now a fan of April Henry.

Review 7

16059396Title and Author: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

“Take her out back and finish her off.” She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run.

My Thoughts on This Book

While not my favorite April Henry book, I still really enjoyed it and it made me understand why people rave about her books. It was quick yet still packed full of action. I also loved the characters and the relationship between the two. I am looking forward to reading her other books now.

So there you go, seven books with seven ratings and small reviews. They are not in the order I read them though. I will be doing individual reviews from now on. I had to do this massive post to get caught up.