Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pxyis: YA With Color

So I haven't been posting as normally as I'd like in the review categories. But I have some new gals coming on and I can't wait until they get started. Until then there are those special people that I just have to make time for. One of them is K.C. Neal and her debut YA novel Pyxis.

This is a story that breaks ideas that people have about YA by leaps and bounds. But's not time for the review. First I'll let you know that the benevolent KC has offered up a Kindle to win and all you have to do is follow The Belle of Boise. Like KC's Facebook page. All the links and stuff are at the bottom through rafflecopter. Now for more about KC, her book and my review.

Most of K.C. Neal's days are filled with some combination of writing, reading, gardening, working, and watching stuff on Netflix with her husband and their maltipoo, Oscar. She has an irrational fixation with L.A., and during occasional trips there she pretends her life is more glamorous than it really is ("Entourage" is her guilty pleasure). She likes to surf and hang out on sandy beaches, where drinks are served adorned with tiny umbrellas.

Connect with KC!
My blog
Twitter (@KCNealTweets)

Book Blurb

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?


True Young Adult lit stay's true to the age of it's characters but respects the intelligence of the youth today. Pyxis is one of those books that are so popular in YA right now crossing genre's so subtlety at times you can't tell and at others jumping up and demanding you recognize if for the tone it's set. Elements like emotion manipulating liquids in the form of food coloring used at a bake sale, dreams and nightmares of prophesy and warnings, and magical lands make it clear this is paranormal. Paranormal at it's finest I might add. But then there are the other subtle genre's thrown in. You'll have to read it and look to find out what I mean.

Neal's ability to stay true to the characters created, like how Corinne is indeed loving but also young making sometimes irrational decisions, is solid through out the novel. The alternate world for me was an amazing piece, reminding me of The Neverending Story in it's vivid descriptions and conflict for the protagonist.

Pyxis is a definite 5 star read and I was glad to recieve it from the author and participate in this blog tour.

Side note: Phatpuppy art created the cover. The same amazing artist who works for Amanda Hocking and impresses her fans daily on Facebook.

So how about you dear readers...what do you think of the coverart? The premise?


  1. Bri, These giveaways are so complex sometimes, I wonder if I've even gotten my own name right! I think I did some of the required things..I know I'm a follower of yours and I've followed several others and I'm a twit and have a face...other than that it's a wing and a prayer!

  2. Thank you for participating in the fun. It was nice to visit your blog today. I signed up to follow and look forward to reading more of what you have to share.

  3. I'm unable to follow Nightlyreading on FB--I keep getting a message that It's a restricted site.
    Thank you for the fun giveaway. The book looks great, and I love the cover.