Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Librarian M shares a unique new thriller:

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Lennie’s dad is Leonard Cash, a notorious criminal who famously brought her along on a bank robbing spree when she was six. Now Lennie is in high school, where she doesn’t really fit in, both because of her dad and because she holds almost everyone at arm’s length. After her best friend is murdered, she decides to throw caution to the wind and bring some of her uncles’ famous moonshine to a back-to-school bash.

The next morning, Lennie discovers that her uncles have been keeping a secret from her: aided by the moonshine, she and her family have the power to grant wishes. She has created a nightmare scenario at the party house out of the wishes of teenagers who drank the 'shine. Now she not only needs to set everything right before the damage is irreparable, she also has to get away from her dad, who has been looking for her for years.

Down with the Shine is not quite as weird as (Don’t You)Forget About Me, but it is still plenty weird. Many YA books are about a teenager coming to terms with his or her life situation, but this book does it in a unique way that brings in some elements of both fantasy and horror. Pick it up if you’re feeling wild!

More to read:

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

I Second That: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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