Pyxis (The Discovery) (Pyxis Series)

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Pyxis (The Discovery) (Pyxis Series)
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14+
Release Date
December 02, 2011
ISBN
978-0615549019
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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.

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Magical, Mysterious & Romantical!
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4.0
Plot
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Let's start with some cover love shall we? So pretty!

This was a fun, magical, mysterious, romantical story, unlike anything I've read within the paranormal genre recently. (Btw, if you've never heard of "romantical" before it's because I just made it up. I do that sometimes. Make up my own language.)

Corrine Finley, a Sophomore at Tapestry High School appears to be your average teenage girl with a BFF, an after school job at her Dad's cafe and feelings for a guy who had major boyfriend potential until he was caught kissing her arch nemesis after the Winter Solstice Dance. (Boys...*sighs*) As she tries to put him behind her, life begins to go from so-so to interesting when the goodies she bakes for a school fundraiser (using some of her late grandmother's food dye) sends all the guys into a frenzy making her the object of their affections. While she knows she's not riding the ugly train, the sudden admiration is a little surprising and overwhelming for Corrine. Even her BFF, Angeline or "Ang" thinks it's strange so the two decide to try to figure out if there's more to Grandma's food dye than just the blue and yellow coloring.

Turns out the little box that Corrine thought was just something to house the dye has a fancy name, "Pyxis" and could be a recipe for disaster if it falls into the wrong hands. What the girls discover within the Pyxis is that things are not always what they seem and everyone has a destiny to fulfill whether they're ready for it or not. Both girls have a role to play with Corrine's job being that of protector of this world and the world that haunts her dreams. Wait, what?! How the heck is she supposed to do that?! Well, with a little help from her friends of course! Ang will be along for the ride as will Mason, which could complicate things.

Mason is the guy who broke her heart when Ang caught him macking on Sophie (resident Mean Girl) after the Winter Solstice and then jaunted off to another content for half the year with his family without a word about it. Granted, he's been doing humanitarian work there but still. He's been e-mailing Corrine the whole time he's been away but she's ignored him. (How could he kiss her one minute and then turn around and hook up with Sophie the next minute? Ick!) When Mason does return home, Corrine is in for a big surprise. (OhMyMason!) Not only has Mason grown but he's been having nightmares similar to Corrine's. (What is up with that?!) The more time they spend together the less Corrine can fight the feelings she has for him but she also can't forget what happened with Sophie. Can you blame a girl?

Let's focus on the hotsauce that is Mason for minute...he's smart, sweet, funny, charming and he spends time building wells in Africa. A-FR-I-CA people! Add to that, his tallness, great hair, beautiful eyes, ripped bod (See? Building wells is beneficial for all involved.) and his need to protect Corrine at all costs. He's the total package. He's also willing to go the extra mile when necessary and the scene where he volunteers to try the white fluid before Corrine gives any to Aunt Dot is HILARIOUS and I laughed until I cried!

Together, Corrine and Mason (and Ang when she's not busy) begin to look for answers to their questions surrounding the box, it's contents and their joint dreams. Corrine's Aunt Dot is the only one who can help them but she's stuck in a nursing home and doesn't seem to recognize anyone. Their dark dreams worsen and start to spill over into the waking world causing Corrine to need Mason's company more just to feel safe. (Um, I have nightmares, maybe Mason could help me out too?)

Will they be able to bring Aunt Dot out of her stupor before things get any stranger or will the darkness from their dreams finally creep into the daylight, overtaking Corrine, Mason and everyone around them?

I'm really looking forward to the next installment in this series because I have tons of questions like what's gives with Sophie? What exactly DO the blue and yellow liquids do? Will Jordan Gumbreath make a reappearance? I can't wait be "Alight"ed. ;)
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Enjoyable!
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This review was reposted from my book blog: http://book-spark.blogspot.com/

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Romance
Received: Free ebook ARC as part of blog tour in exchange for review

Review: My first thought was "Hahaha!", my second though was "Oooh! That doesn't sound good!", and my third thought was "Hooked!"
Though not too original, this debut novel from author K.C. Neal is enough to make you visit her blog, her Twitter, her Facebook, everything in search of some elusive info about the second in this cool new series. That's how much I loved The Discovery. The book starts out innocent enough - a bake sale and the protag's cookies are by far the best. You meet the best friend, the archenemy and some cute guys who seem to hover around Corinne (the protag). But then you realize this boy-magnet thing is not normal. In fact, it is unheard of. And then you start to suspect...
The book itself is short and sweet. The 100 or so pages flew by so quickly that I kept trying to turning pages in disbelief. How could it have ended already? Just when it was getting to the horrific and awesome part, the book ended. What a cliffhanger! I need Book 2 right now!!

Corinne and Mason are generally likable characters, and they have great chemistry, although Corinne seems to be yet another version of the emotionally stunted heroines (romantically) we've come to see in many YA books nowadays. (If you're listening, it's really getting pathetic, writers! Please do me a favor and change it up once in a while!) After Mason returns, Ang (the best friend) just sort of disappears - whenever something important happens, she is with her family or helping relatives. I was hoping to see more of her. I really love her character. She's has a bubbly personality but she can be serious and is quite intelligent for coming up with the cookies experiment (what's the experiment? I guess you'll just have to read it to find out!)

And the not-so-awesome: The narration needs some work. It isn't very mature yet, but I'm not dwelling on this since it's her first book. Also, the text messages will really get to you, especially if you're a teenager (as I am). I think they were supposed to provide some sort of unique narration, but all it did was annoy me. Here's one: "Thx for the update gr8 2 hear" That is so stereotypical! Most teenagers don't actually text like that and it really bothers me. Other than that though, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see more by this author!

Recommended for: Fans of paranormal YA and The Secret Circle (L.J. Smith
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Cute and Quirky!
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3.3
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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!

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