First The Review:
PyxisAuthor: KC NealPublish Date: November 4, 2011Publisher: Stonehouse InkCorinne 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. (Goodreads)
I have this love/hate relationship with debut books. I love them because it could be something so fresh, new and eye popping that my brain will implode and I’ll die of great reading material. (It’s a metaphor, obviously, do you know how many times a year I would die if that were true?) And then I hate them because the author is untried and it could be a huge disaster that drags me through its pages and the only reason I finish the book is because I held myself at gun point. For this very reason I’m always scared but excited to read a debut book. However, I’m pleased to say that no gun is required for Pyxis. In fact if you plan on reading it I recommend a door with a sturdy lock on the inside so no one can interrupt your euphoric reading.
The characters are fresh and not so standard. Corrinne is not one of the clique nor does she want to be. She stands on her own in the plethora of heroines. She’s not the sobby OMG save me type of girl and I like that she thinks or tries to for the most part. Mason is what I think every girl wants. He’s a sweetheart through and through and his devotion – for lack of a better word – to Corrinne is endearing.
The Plot moves along rather quickly, which is why I recommended that lock earlier. Once you get sucked into the book there’s no getting out of it until it’s done. You MUST know what happens or you’ll die of frustration. You’ll still die of frustration when you reach the end but at least you’d have gotten there.
Overall it was an intriguing, and often pulling out my hair read. It’s something all to itself and I really can’t put it into words the awesomeness of the literature. The unknown is definitely something refreshing in YA and I look forward to the next book.
And Now for the Giveaway:
What better way to start the new year then with a giveaway with the first review? ^_^ Have at and good luck! ^_^