Waiting on Wednesday #9: Down with the Shine

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, wherein us book-types share our barely concealed excitement regarding certain books that have yet to be released...

This week: I'm pretty sure it's an historical fact that moonshine always makes a social gathering into a PARTY!

Title: Down with the Shine

Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: April 26, 2016
Genre(s): YA, fantasy, horror

Synopsis (via goodreads.com):

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...

I first read about Kay Kayus Quinn during the (online) YA scavenger hunt (YASH) in October. Down with the Shine sounds original and fun, in a psychotic-kind-of-way! Touring around the websites of all the new and diverse authors that took part in YASH was fun and I found some great promising reads! I believe there will be another in the spring? Happy hunting, happy reading!

~ Spinning Jenny


  1. This book sounds so darn interesting. I hope you enjoy reading it.
    My WoW

    1. Thanks Sandra! It's a different pick for me, but I'll give it a go!