Jun 9, 2012

Review: KC Neal - PYXIS

Pub Date: November 4, 2011
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Format: ebook 218
Age Range: Young Adult

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.
I received this book from the author for review. Here are my honest thoughts:

The title of this book kept me from reading it for the longest time! I, like someone actually IN the book, thought it was about pixies. It's NOT. It's about the PYXIS (picks-issssss)! Totally different! So if you're thinking, "Nah, I'll wait until I have more time," because you're like me and do not read the descriptions of books, then take my word for it and give this one a chance.

I enjoyed the mystery revolving around the PYXIS. This book starts off with Corinne using some of the bottles in this mystery box as food coloring for her bake sale contributions. Then weird things start happening. Her best friend Angeline offers up an experiment, which freaked me out, but honestly, nothing happens with it. Other experiments take place with no results as well. I didn't like that part.

And I also didn't like that I figured stuff out before Corinne did. It was a little strange because I'm always usually with the narrator. Plus, when Mason comes home and wants to be with her, she should have just confronted him about the issue that was holding her back. People waste too much time on things they don't even know about! ;o)

But let's not focus on what I didn't like, because I actually enjoyed this story! It's fresh and different from the paranormal stuff out there. This is more like witch craft. Things don't always go right, but Corinne and the gang work to make it. And then there was the ending. You'll need the next one right away. That's all I'm saying.

Bottom line: Definitely check this one out for a different kind of YA paranormal-type read!


3.5 / 5 book sharks


  1. I liked it too! I thought it was really unique. It wasn't perfect but still pretty original, I thought. Great review, Mickey! And you crack me up thinking it was about Pixies. What the hell are you discriminating against pixies for?? I'm telling!! ;)

  2. I like the cover...awesome review!

    Followed your blog & grabbed your button!


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