Friday, November 04, 2011

Review: Pyxis by K.C. Neal

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Pyxis
K.C. Neal
Release date: November 4th, 2011
by Stonehouse Ink

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Two worlds… one 16-year-old girl must learn to protect them both.

The nightmares haunting Corinne and her friend Mason hint at a universe that exists beyond the one they know. Her destiny is to protect a weakness between the two worlds, but her mentor is dead. As Corinne and Mason search for answers, she tries to ignore the sparks igniting between them, but can’t deny she feels safe only when he’s nearby. Will they find help before their nightmares break free?

*A copy was provided by K.C. Neal for review purposes*

With quite the original premise, Pyxis takes you on a fun and mysterious ride with Corinne and her best friend Mason. All throughout the book, you’re never really sure why Corinne has been having these strange nightmares that mirrors Mason’s, nor why she has these bottles of liquids that seem to have strange effects on her classmates…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Pyxis. There weren’t that many reviews on it and the blurb was very mysterious if a bit vague. Therefore, I was really happy when I fell in love with the characters and completely enjoyed the story. The pace of the book is wonderful in the way that it builds anticipation. It makes you yearn to find out what it all means, but also want to sit back and enjoy the ride. There is evidently a lot of mystery regarding what is happening to Corinne, with the liquids and the dreams. I loved trying to decipher every piece of information that was given- which heightening my curiosity even more so. I also enjoyed getting spooked a few times along with Corinne.

A wonderfully written character, Corinne is level headed, smart and truly amiable. If she lived here, I would definitely want to be friends with her. She just has a great personality. Her best friend, Angelina, is a lot of fun as well, though I wish she’d been more involved in Pyxis. However going by the plot’s development, she will certainly have a bigger role in the rest of the series. As for Mason, Corinne’s childhood friend and current crush, he has a wonderful presence in the novel and I adored his character. He is so genuine and has an incredible connection with Corinne that I could feel through the pages.

In Pyxis, the first novel in the series, we’re mostly introduced to the plot; We discover what’s in store for our characters and the unusual concept around the Pyxis legacy. It’s fresh, with unique paranormal aspects and amazing characters. For a debut novel, I’m very impressed and looking forward to the rest of the series. The next installment has amazing potential that will undoubtedly contain a lot of excitement, mystery and romance.

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21 Responses to “Review: Pyxis by K.C. Neal”

  1. SweetMarie83

    Great review, Giselle! I really want to read this book, it sounds so good…and the cover is gorgeous! I’ll be back the 14th for the interview and giveaway! πŸ™‚

  2. Jaskirat@SeeitORreadit

    Surprisingly I haven’t heard of this one but now I really want to read it! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about the characters. Good character development is so hard to find. Phenominal review!!!

  3. Giselle

    fivealarmbookreviews: Haha I read when he naps which is about 3 hours a day. I usually finish a book in 2 days if I don’t read at night also. =)

    SweetMarie83: I know the cover is great!

    Jaskirat: I know, right? Character development is often overlooked and makes the book flat. Not the case in this one, though! πŸ™‚

  4. Ron C. Nieto

    Love the cover. It’s one of those covers that just make me want to read it! Also, now I think I’m quite interested in finding out what the mystery around Corinne is…

    The only drawback I see from your review is that the first installment is a lot about setting up the place and getting out bearings, but still, it doesn’t sound like it’s slow or anything.

    Great review! Thanks for sharing it!

    Ron @ Stories of my life

  5. Giselle

    Ron C. Nieto: It was a lot of set up but it didn’t make the book feel slow or boring at all. It built the mystery around the whole premise it was really well done. Imo anyhow πŸ™‚

    Ron C. Nieto

  6. Candace

    Happy to see a good review for this one! Your right, it is a vague description and it’s definitely nice to see a review to get a better idea. I’ve been seeing this one around the blogosphere a lot lately so it’s good to hear it’s good!

  7. Michelle @ Book Briefs

    I will be back on the 11th to enter to win a copy for sure! You review has me really excited. It does seem really mysterious but that is just making me even more interested in it. Plus I love the font on the cover.

  8. Giselle

    K.C. Neal: You’re welcome! I’m lookimg forward to book #2! πŸ˜€

    A. Knight: I will never tell! Muahahahaha

    Andrea: I often have a hard time with the start of a series, too. Too much information or introduction can make a book dull. Pyxis was a very good start though I dont think you’d be disappointed πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the compliments guys! *hugs*