Waiting on Wednesday: Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Waiting on Wednesday is a topic hosted by Breaking the Spine, where bloggers post about books that they are looking forward to being published in the near future 🙂

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Lennie always assumed that when her uncles referred to the “family business” they were talking about bootlegging. Unfortunately they were talking about the wish granting effect that their homemade moonshine has.  Because of this misunderstanding, chaos erupts as Lennie grants more wishes in one night than her uncles would grant in an entire year.  This includes Lennie’s personal wish, the return of her best friend who was kidnapped and murdered just six months ago.  She must find a way to fix this mistake, when the rules state that a wish can’t be unmade.

This sounds like it is going to be a really eerie book, that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Down with the Shine comes out April 26th, 2016, and is published by HarperTeen.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Waiting on Wednesday is a topic hosted by Breaking the Spine, where bloggers post about books that they are looking forward to being published in the near future 🙂

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The Leaving begins when 5 kids who were taken when they were Kindergarteners and return to their hometown at 16 years old and are physically fine.  The problem with their return is that they cannot remember where they have been or what happened to the 6th child that went missing with them 11 years earlier.  This story unfolds as the kids try to cope with a return to their lives, while trying to remember where they have been, and the still missing boy’s sister works harder than ever to find her brother.

The Leaving comes out June 7th, 2016, and is published by Bloomsburg.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

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The Impossible Knife of Memory

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Rating: 5/5 stars

Hayley is a senior in high school who is struggling to take care of her father who suffers from severe PTSD.  After spending years on the road living as a truck driver and homeschooling Hayley, her father has decided that it would be most beneficial to Hayley if they move back to his hometown and enroll her in public school for her senior year.  On top of managing any crises at home, Hayley also has to try to navigate the social rules of spending time with people her own age.  While also learning to follow the decorum and procedures of being in a classroom.  Although it is very obvious that she doesn’t take the latter responsibility too seriously.

After a few months of stationary living, it becomes clear to Hayley that her father’s condition is not improving. Worse yet, without the option of escaping to a new town like he did while truck driving, he is now in the worst downward spiral Hayley has seen yet.  As much as Hayley would like to blame this on external factors, like his old girlfriend returning to town or the illegal drugs he is taking, the truth soon becomes hard to ignore.  Hayley’s dad is struggling with a huge emotional and mental burden and until he acknowledges this and seeks help, the treatments and programs offered by others are all meaningless.


The Impossible Knife of Memory is a really powerful story with a gritty realism that keeps it grounded.  I loved that Hayley was portrayed as a complex character who was had great inner strength but could also be very immature and judgmental at times.  It felt like these character flaws were a good balance of Hayley’s natural personality but also a result of her unusual circumstances.  The problems that the other primary and secondary characters were experiencing throughout Hayley’s narration also made reading this book a much richer experience.  There is a common thread throughout these sub plots that show the reader different ways that the actions of parents affect their children. This reinforces Hayley’s own story and makes for a much better reading experience.