Pyxis (Young Adult Magic Fantasy Series)

Pyxis (Young Adult Magic Fantasy Series)

by K.C. Neal

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BN ID: 2940151677387
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Series: Pyxis Series
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 34,479
File size: 689 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Pyxis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
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? 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. 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?
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a great book with a wonderful storyline. It was easy to read and flowed very well. There is only one downfall with this book. The author does a great job building up the story, but the ending was too hurried. However, that being said the ending was fulfilling. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Pyxis: The Discovery (The Pyxis Series Book 1) by K.C. Neal is a book that you need to be sure to have a comfortable place to sit while reading it. This book will grab you from page one, hold you down as you watch the pages turn and turn and turn some more. This book is a must read for all. It is a Young Adult book but is such a different paranormal story. Corrine finds some small bottles that she assumes are food colorings that she uses in some petit fortes she bakes for a bake sale at school. Those who ate the petit fortes begin to act and behave very weird. Corrine, her friend Ang, and Mason find out that they are somehow involved with a special box that was found and holds small bottles of different color of liquids. The also find a note in a hidden compartment with written information. They find out that Corrine is Pyxis ..... Mason is her Shield .... Ang is one of her Guardians but there are two who is the other? What is their job together. Who are they to protect? Who wants to harm Corrine? But, beware ..... CLIFFHANGER!!! My mouth fell open when I got there. So I will be off to find the sequel. I read this book in one afternoon, it's so good. This book would make a great gift and would look good on your bookshelf. I gave this book 5 stars but wish I could have given it more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look forward to reading more from K.C. Neal.
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The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
The first book of this series is a opener. You find out alot about the characters and this strange Pyxis but you don't really find out what this "Pyxis" is about or its purpose. It has great character developement so you get to see the relations between them. Corinne is a Pyxis, what that means yet I don't know. She is protected by a Shield, Mason, and has 2 Guradians, Angeline and the other has not been named. Other than a aunt who is suffering from a stroke, she has no idea what is happening with her and the source of her dream/visions. I had to laugh because when Corinne made sweets for a bake sale she used this weird liquid she found for food coloring. Only a teenager would be that brave. The character personalities were dead on for teenagers which is a relief because a lot of stories are not realisitc of true teenagers. I think a lot of YA readers will enjoy this story because of the cuteness of it. I am curious to read the next to find out more about this strange group and see what they are supposed to do.
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The story line seems really interesting. The story drags the reader in once the plot gains momentum. I still do not know if Corinne is a witch or what, but I definitely cannot wait for the next book so I can find out what happens next!
stampymom More than 1 year ago
K.C. Neal has done a fabulous job of writing a young adult novel that is completely unique from all of the other young adult novels that I've read. From the first page I was smiling, and knew that I was going to like this book. I think that the opening scene in Pyxis is one of my favorite. It immediately gives the reader insight into Corinne and her friendship with Angeline and her rivalry if you will with Sophie. Without saying that Corinne isn't a part of the "popular crowd" you knew just by how all of the characters interacted. I love it when an author doesn't have to tell you what's going on because they show you through the story. I didn't want to stop reading once I had started, luckily Pyxis is only 178 pages so I didn't have to stop until I was finished. This book is full of friendship, mystery and first love. K.C. Neal has definitely earned a new reader in me with Pyxis. Needless to say I am anxious to find out what's in store for Corninne in Alight:The Peril book 2 in the Pyxis series.
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Corinne Finley is a regular kid, eager to fit in at school and quite content with the life she leads. There¿s nothing extraordinary about her or the world she lives in. Or so she thinks. Trying to forget about her almost-boyfriend¿s betrayal, she immerses herself in her school work as well as her after-school job. Giving as much time as possible to her best friend, Angeline, and the family around her, she¿s happy with the way things are going. Well, aside from still pining for Mason, of course. Try as she might, she can¿t deny her feelings for him. When people start acting differently with her at the school bake sale, Corinne wonders just what has brought about the change. She hasn¿t done anything different with her cooking. At least, not that she can remember. When Angeline brings to light the fact that she did indeed do something different, she realizes that what she¿d thought were her grandmother¿s ordinary food dyes were something else entirely. Her dreams soon start showing her things that she can¿t quite understand. Part of her knows that danger is around the corner, but from who or what? When Mason starts having the same dreams, Corinne begins to question what is going on. Embarking on a quest for answers, they never imagined that they were part of another world ¿ one similar to the one they live in but full of magic and even more secrets. Mason promises to keep her safe. To always protect her from those that seek to do her harm. They can¿t deny the fact that their feelings for one another are growing. Nor can they set aside the urge to know more about who, and what, they really are. I honestly enjoyed this story. It was truly intriguing and made me want to read the next installment for the series. While there were a couple typos here and there, I didn¿t let that detract from getting into the story. The world that K. C. has created is quite vivid and allows the reader to get caught up in each of the characters lives. It¿s one of those story that leave you thinking ¿what if¿. All in all, it¿s a great read. Others will enjoy it also. I know I did!
WordSpelunking More than 1 year ago
K.C Neal¿s Pyxis: The Discovery is a captivating book with a superb mix of fantasy, romance, mystery, emotion, and drama. Pyxis is a quick and gripping read. It pulled me in from page one and I couldn¿t put it down until I was finished. Neal offers an original, innovative, and imaginative premise full of intriguing fantasy, engaging characters, and a well-developed storyline. The story moves at a steady pace, never too slow or too fast. There isn¿t a great deal of action, nor is too much revealed in this first book, but that doesn¿t mean I was ever bored or anything less than intrigued while reading. Much of the book is used simply to introduce the characters and the overall plot, and Neal has set up her series nicely in this first installment. I really loved the fantasy elements and found them refreshing and enthralling. Although too much isn¿t revealed about the origin of the Pyxis, the box, and the magical liquids, I found myself completely fascinated by them. And instead of being frustrated by the lack of revelations surrounding these elements, I was simply and eagerly curious about them. Neal has definitely enchanted me with her fantasy. But the book isn¿t all fantasy or mystery; there¿s a great deal of emotion as well. Relationships-romantic, familial, friendship-play a big role in Pyxis and Neal has created very realistic and dynamic situations where these relationships are involved. I really liked that Corrine¿s family wasn¿t perfect, yet they weren¿t tragically dysfunctional as many families tend to be in YA books, and I loved the fact that Corrine, as a teenager, could totally appreciate this. This first book in the series doesn¿t really introduce a definite or solid antagonist, which I found a little disappointing. There is a troublesome and possibly dangerous character, but it¿s not made clear whether or not they are the main baddie. I also would have liked a bit more danger or peril for our characters. But the ending is shocking and OMG worthy. The book ends kind of abruptly and I found myself thinking ¿Oh noes! It can¿t just end there!¿. But the ending will definitely leave you wanting more. I really like Neal¿s characters. I found them all quite relatable, realistic, and well developed in their own ways. The three main teenage characters, Corrine; Angeline; and Mason, make for a dynamic and engaging group. Pyxis is a fun, enchanting first book in what is sure to be a phenomenal new series. I¿m hooked and can¿t wait to read more of the series.This is one book you really should read!
chugaries More than 1 year ago
A very nice book to read!
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TheRomanceBookie22 More than 1 year ago
I was extremely lucky enough to get an early copy of "Pyxis" by KC Neal. And let me just tell you I was impressed. This is KC Neal debut, and it was 100% not a disappointment! Great story! Great characters! The awkwardness in that turning point between friendship and more, is so believable! Check it out if you get a chance! It's a great read, that will keep you on the edge of your seat! :)
AmyTheReader More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved this book! K.C. Neal did an absolutely great job! This story follows the life of Corinne, a 16 year old girl who has recently lost her much loved grandmother. I was hooked on this story from the very beginning. Starting with the bake sale that had boys practically fighting over her cupcakes and then acting strangely interested in her afterwards. She discovers that this has something to do with the dye she used for the icing of her cupcakes, from a box with 'Pyxis' written across the front. Her and her friend Ang, decide to conduct an experiment to see what else happens with the use of the colours used for the dye. Corinne was left heartbroken after her best friend expresses feelings for her and kisses her, only to later see a picture of him kissing her enemy Sophie. Corinne is left confused and upset with no resolution because her best friend Mason goes away. He emails her constantly but she refuses to reply. That is until Mason describes a dream he had, which is similar to the one Corinne had, with all the other weird stuff going on, she doesn't think it can be a coincidence. She emails him about the Pyxis box and a list of names she found within it, but he doesn't know anymore than she does. Mason is set to arrive home in a couple of days, but Corinne is torn about how to act and whether she wants to see him. She decides that for the time being she will pretend that nothing happened between herself and Mason or Mason and Sophie, which confuses Mason. Of course things are not what they seem, but really, are they ever? When their shared dreams start to seep into the waking world, they know something bad is happening. It turns out that Corinne, Mason and Ang all play a part in this Pyxis thing. The Pyxis thing that they know nothing about, great! Her grandmother was supposed to teach her what to do, and how to do it, but she is dead. So how will the three of them figure out what is going? I'm not going to give any more away, so you will just have to read it for yourself! This was a really great read, I enjoyed it from start to finish. K.C. Neal has taken her idea and created a beautifully written story! I can't wait for the second instalment in the Pyxis series!!
SophieGonzales More than 1 year ago
I can't resist a good cover. So it was when I first saw Pyxis that I knew I had to read it! I mean, isn't it gorgeous? Definitely has earned a place in my favourites. The story, also, doesn't let the cover down at all. It's very well-written, with vivid descriptions and characters who all talk and go through life like you'd expect authentic teenagers to do. But, of course, with a few oddities as they do live in a world where paranormal activities exist. These paranormal elements of Pyxis are so original - there are magical liquids that can manipulate human emotions, prophetic dreams, and enchanted lands all perfectly blended with the more 'regular' elements of the world. Plus, I loved the strong sense of family and friendship - it adds a very human, everyday element to the story; from dealing with irritating schoolmates to helping a sick relative. And again, it all ties together perfectly. Pyxis ends on a pretty interesting and exciting cliffhanger, which leads immediately into the next book of the series. I seriously can't wait to find out what happens in the next installment! A fantastic book and a wonderful start to the series. If you're into young adult novels and fantasy, then don't miss this!
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!! Really! Right from the beginning you are sucked in. First off, I love baked goods, so how could I not be instantly in love when it starts off with a bake sale. Then she brings out a little humor right away too. The characters are so fun to read, and really get to know. The book moves along at a perfect pace, making you need to keep reading because you need to know what happens next. I am generally not a very fast reader, but I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. Corrine is a fun character. She's funny and smart. Like a typical 16 year old girl, she doesn't always make rational decisions, but it makes it easy to relate to her. She goes to the normal hangouts that all the other teenagers go to, has a job after school, has a great best friend, and of course, boy problems. I do wish that we got to know her best friend Angeline, just a little better. She was a bit occupied with other things in this book, so we don't get a whole lot of her, but I am sure that in future books we will get to know her much better. I like how she was doing normal everyday things though. It makes it seem realistic, where some books take too much of reality away. Then there is Mason. Mason and Corrine have been friends forever. He has been away on a trip, and he returns shortly after weird things begin to happen. He is very charming, and friendly, and I couldn't help but like him. He also happens to be super crush worthy. Corrine finds that she has a box that is the Pyxis, but she doesn't know what it is, or what to do with it. She needs help and tells Mason about it. Corrine and Mason discover they are having the same dreams, (or nightmares really) and they are part of these strange things that are happening. They just don't know how they are part of it, or what to do. Corrine tries to fight the feeling of wanting to be with him, but as they work together to find the answers they need, they start to realize they need each other. Mason feels like he needs to keep her safe, and she feels safe with him. What they discover is beyond what they ever could have imagined and they know only they can stop it. I still can't get this book out of my head. It is such a cool and interesting story, and I am just almost speechless. I know that this is a book that I will go back and read again. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. This one was so amazing and left you just staring at the last page thinking "Oh my goodness, you are ending it like that?!!!" It's a good thing though. I love good cliffhanger endings. I know I am going to go insane waiting for the next one. This book is a must read! I give it 5 out of 5 stars for sure!