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Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Down-Shine-Kate-Karyus-Quinn/dp/0062356046/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465579111&sr=8-1&keywords=down+with+the+shine

Author Page:  http://www.katekaryusquinn.com/

Ok, although this is classified as YA, it is definitely for everyone.  I was given an advanced readers copy at the RT Convention in April 16, but just got to reading it now.  It was released in late April 16.  This story is amazing.  It is truly eye opening to the power of wishing. After you read her story I think you will agree, “I WISH it were true.”  This story is an easy read, but is a little complicated with all the sub plots and twists and turns the story takes, so it is probably best for a bedtime, quiet space read.  

Every kid wishes before they blow out the candles on their birthday cake, and wishes on eyelashes, and wishes on a penny thrown into a fountain.  That is sort of what this book is like.  Everyone just wants one wish to make themselves feel more welcomed, wanted, or avenged.  Only, words really do make all the difference in the outcome of wishes.  

The heroine or antagonist, she fits both, just wants to live life free for 1 night.  After the death of her best friend at the hand of a stranger looking for our heroine she decides to share a little of the family business with her classmates at the party of the year.  Little does she know that her family’s business for many generations hasn’t just been making moonshine, but also granting wishes with that moonshine.  So when she shares her family’s moonshine and wisdom with her classmates, it turns into an epic wish fest only revealed by the light of day.  

The story develops quickly from there and you begin to see the many layers of wishing and how it could be a detriment rather than a gift in some eyes.  She spends the rest of the book trying to figure out how to reverse the wishes.  Along the way she is able to reconcile her feelings for the many people who come in and out of her life.  She gains a new appreciation for the people around her and their personal plights as well as why she’s felt like she wasn’t living for the few years of her young life.  These mysteries are all revealed at a fast pace along with the authors inventive wish results, that make you just say, “I want balls of steel.”  Read the book you’ll understand.  

Only bad thing about this book is the cussing.  If your teen, tween isn’t versed in that kind of language, skip it for a few years.  I understand most teenagers (my hubby teaches high school) talk and think this way, but it is a bit much in the prose of the book, that could have been toned down and not lost the stories overall appeal.  So that is my PG rating duty.  So pick up the book and happy reading!!

~ Fly Girl