Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pyxis By K.C. Neal ~ Review

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Source:  Purchased eBook copy

From Goodreads:

Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad’s cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Things take a strange turn when she uses her late grandmother’s food dyes for a bake sale, and her customers suddenly find her irresistibly alluring. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in its path.

Pursued by shadowy figures and a crazy woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she learns she is destined to protect this world--and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.

My Thoughts:

3 stars - Fast and quirky this one creates a whole new genre

Pyxis is unique.  The supernatural is there but it's not like what I've read in other books.  As a result, this book is difficult to predict and that makes it a fun read.  It's certainly YA but the angst is not the focus of the story.  That make it different than most YA books and in many ways refreshing.  It just has to be experienced and enjoyed because you can't compare it to the rest.  It's a fast read that's ending had me wanting to pick up the next book as soon as possible.  I will admit that it felt like I'd only seen the first act in a 3 act play.  Very little felt resolved.

Corinne is understandably confused by her situation and she tries to puzzle out the Pyxis without the help of a mentor.  That's not working so well.  I did want to shout at her a couple of times when I saw the clues before she did, but I still liked her.  I love Mason although I'm still wondering some thing about him.  He seems to know a little more than he may be letting on.  I'm hoping for more about that in the next book.  I do love his devotion to helping Corinne despite her reluctance to make him officially her boyfriend.  Authors use lots of the things to get in the way of a couple getting together but the reasons in this one seem vague.  I'm hoping to see more with that in book two as well.

If you're looking from something fast and quirky that doesn't feel like anything else, then this is a great YA book to pick up.


  1. I'm glad that you liked this. It does seem like there's a lot left unanswered, but book 2 does answer some of it, and give us more questions lol!! I really enjoyed Alight. There is a lot that goes on in it and has me pining for book 3 now.

  2. I hadn't gotten to book 2 - Pyxis left me feeling just like you did and I'm not sure! It was kind of like an appetizer. lol But you're right, it was unique. Great review. :)

    1. Yes an appetizer is a good way to describe it. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. I still need to read this one. I've heard really good things about it and Alight. Maybe it will feel more complete? Glad you enjoyed this. Nice review!

  4. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the review!