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Synopsis from K.C. Neal’s website: 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 must admit that when I started reading Pyxis, I had no idea where it was going to go, but that’s a good thing. We first meet Corinne as she’s selling baked goods in her high school, and every boy who comes through her line practically drools over her. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Corinne and her best friend, Ang, start digging through the box of what they believe is Corinne’s late grandmother’s food dyes and then suddenly find themselves the centers of a secret society-like group. Although they try to obtain more information on this pyxis and what it all means, the previous generation of the group isn’t helping. All Corinne knows is that she must somehow find a way to get her aunt Doris, who has been placed in a retirement home because she had a stroke, to tell her what she needs to know. And with a crazy town local hot on their heels, Corinne knows that they don’t have much time.
Pyxis has a unique premise and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end of the story, and then leave you begging for more. Corinne is a strong, loveable protagonist who gets sucked into something she never even knew existed and refuses to let it go until she can get the information she needs. And the chemistry that grows between Corinne and Mason is undeniable. In many places, I found myself holding my breath, waiting for them to just get together already. It’s obvious that Mason is attracted to Corinne from the start, and he will do whatever he can to protect her—which may work out well in her favor as this story progresses. I give this 5/5 stars.
As an added bonus, I’m holding a week-long giveaway for this book, and one lucky reader (U.S. only) will win a copy—either in paperback or eBook, your choice. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below, and you will be entered in to the contest. I will announce the winner next week after the contest closes.
About the author: Young adult fantasy author K.C. Neal is repped by herself and published by StoneHouse Ink. Her debut novel, Pyxis: The Discovery, has received enthusiastic praise from readers:
“Pyxis is a phenomenal debut that blew me away.” -K-Books (5/5 stars)
“An amazing cast of characters that I cannot wait to meet up with again in book two, Alight!” -YA-aholic.com (5/5 stars)
“A completely fresh and original concept in the world of YA Paranormal.” -BelleBooks review (5/5 stars)
Most of K.C. Neal’s days are filled with some combination of writing, reading, gardening, working, and watching stuff on Netflix with her husband and their maltipoo, Oscar. She has an irrational fixation with L.A., and during occasional trips there she pretends her life is more glamorous than it really is (“Entourage” is her guilty pleasure). She likes to surf and hang out on sandy beaches, where drinks are served adorned with tiny umbrellas.