Pyxis by K.C. Neal
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication date: Nov. 4, 2011
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Source: Author - Thanks, Ms. Neal!
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 the person who was supposed to teach her how 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?(goodreads.com)
Pyxis was a quick and quirky read, something light to pick up and read to take your mind off of important things. And though it was far from perfection - like many things are - I still really enjoyed it!
As a person who loves to bake, I was pleasantly surprised when the opening sentence was about a bake sale. And then I discovered that the pastries were magical. I was hooked. The beginning is full of allure. Original magical aspects are introduced, mysterious dreams are haunting Corinne, and the guy she really likes is coming back from a very long trip - the only problem is that he totally played her before leaving. It's all good and drama-fied. But I think it starts to flop a little. Not much is really answered about Corinne and her friends' roles with the pyxis. There's not much of a climax. The ending is left wide open.
Now that I got all of the negative out of the way, let me move on to the positive.
There was Corinne. She was a little slow to understand and accept things, but she was sweet and funny and fun to read. There was Mason who is totally amazing. He's sweet and hot and smart...and...and...just amazing. And of course, Ang. She was totally innocent and adorable, and I wish she would have been in the picture more.
The relationship between Mason and Corinne was slow and sweet. There wasn't a large amount, and it wasn't instaluv. Their relationship/friendship had issues that needed to be worked out. At first, those issues were ignored, but then they are addressed. After things are resolved there is no "OMG, I LURVE YA FOREVZ. WE'RE SO PERF." Thank the heavens. Things are still in a very beginning stage, which is okay. That's what works for those two characters.
All in all, this book was a very sweet read. While it is not going to haunt my thoughts, I will be looking forward to the sequel! There are still a lot of questions that I have no doubt will be answered in the next book. And a romance I expect to progress!
To check out the rest of the stops, you can go here. Thanks so much to K.C. Neal for hosting me and allowing me to be a part of this awesome tour! Also, K.C. is holding a huge giveaway for a Kindle.
Good luck to you all!