Pyxis (Young Adult Magic Fantasy Series)

Pyxis (Young Adult Magic Fantasy Series)

by K.C. Neal

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BN ID: 2940013639409
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication date: 06/09/2012
Series: Pyxis Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 716 KB

About the Author

K.C. Neal lives in Idaho with her husband and their maltipoo, Oscar. She holds degrees in Chemistry and Health Sciences, and works as a medical writer. She s a competitive vegetable gardener, occasional surfer, avid reader, and enthusiastic cupcake eater.

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Pyxis 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 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.
Anonymous 20 days ago
I enjoyed this book
jacindahinten on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Normally a cover of the book or the description are the two things pulling me into wanting to read a specific title. But with Pyxis, the title is what called to me! I kept thinking, what¿s a ¿pyxis?!¿Corrine and Angela, I can throw Mason in there as well, have the kind of friendship I¿m jealous of. I wish I was that close to other kids in high school and growing up. I love how protective Mason is of Corrine¿he isn¿t a creepy/stalker type, he¿s just always there for her when she needs it. I love that K.C. Neal put tons of food and baking into her book¿I
momgamerwriter on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Pyxis is a novel that stole my heart from the first sentence. I was immediately sucked into a compelling world of magic, myths, and mystery. Honestly I had no idea what to expect when I decided to read this book. I mean what the heck is a Pyxis anyway and why should I care about it? Finding the hidden truths to this mystery is what kept me both interested and excited in the story of Corinne, Angeline, and Mason, family secrets, and the journey that one small box led them all on. It was a quick, surprising, thrill ride and I can¿t wait to do it all over again with book two.Neal does an amazing job of building relatable YA characters. The main characters are typical teenagers with a little (not much) angst and high school drama. Corinne was a wonderful protagonist and enjoyable to read. She¿s smart, sassy, stubborn, pretty much all the fun `S¿ words. She never came across as annoying or bratty which is great considering she is only 16 years old. I loved riding her emotional roller coaster as she tried to uncover the secrets of the Pyxis box and the mysteries surrounding her grandmother and aunt. Her highs and lows soon became mine, and I found myself wishing that she would soon get the answers she so desperately desired.Angeline was another great character I enjoyed getting to know. Out of the two, she was more levelheaded and often times the voice of reason for Corinne. Their banter was delightful and portrayed a genuine best friend relationship. Likewise, Mason was also a fabulous character. In the next installment, I can definitely see him talking an `Alpha Male¿ role with Corinne because of certain circumstances (which I won¿t spoil) that takes place in the book. He¿s a loveable, dependable protector and I wouldn¿t mind having him in my corner should I run across my own Pyxis box! Overall, Pyxis is one of those books that will take you by surprise. As a debut novel, Neal had outdone herself with her unique storytelling. The book blurb doesn¿t really do it justice because it is so much more than what it describes. With the twists and turns and family drama, Pyxis will keep you guessing until the very end. I am patiently waiting for Alight, book two in the Pyxis series, because¿the journey has just begun! Originally Reviewed On: MotherGamerWriter.com
LizzieBeth95 on LibraryThing 27 days 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!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I really liked this book! I loved the paranormal elements but also the mysteriousness to it as well.What caught me about this book is the estrange bottles of liquids. I was fascinated by what they held inside. The power the was wielded in such small bottles. I adore reading about the main character Corinne and watching her become something different. It amazed me how quickly she is able to learn and adjust to what is happening to her.I also really like that the author Ms. Neal gave the reader such a great plot to follow. I loved being pulled into the story feeling as if I am in it myself. I liked how well the plot is paced. It didn't go to fast nor to slow. I liked that it gave enough to the reader to keep on reading the book till the very end.The love interest in the book is not one too developed but just starting. I liked that is begins with discovering secrets and learning to trust each other. I liked that these characters have a long great journey in front of them. One that I will enjoy reading.Overall, Pyxis is a great book of magic! Every bit of writing keeps you entranced to keep reading till the very end. The only gripe I have about this book is that it is short. I longed for more story, but I guess I will have to see that when the next book comes out.
Anonymous 29 days ago
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NOW I TOTALLY WANT TO READ IT!!!!!
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago