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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.
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.