Sara’s Review and Contest of Pyxis by K.C. Neal
This is a very special post for me. Murr! Not only do I get to post my review on a great new paranormal young adult novel, but I also get to host my first ever contest! ~tail waves happily~
Now I know that most of you are curious and anxious to get to the contest, but before I go into details about that, I intend to complete some business first. So with that having been said, on to the review! Murr!
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Release Date: November 4th, 2011.
Book Description from Goodreads:
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 her mentor 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?
K.C. Neal does a wonderful job creating a set of characters that are both believable and easy to relate too. Corinne is a typical 16-year-old girl. I enjoyed the fact that while she complained sometimes about everything that was going on in her life, it wasn’t angsty or annoying. I felt a great deal of sympathy for her and shared in her frustration as she tried to find answers to what was happening around her. Likewise Mason was a wonderful counterpoint in that he not only is very responsible and levelheaded for his age, but he has a mischievous side to him as well. He genuinely cares about Corinne and wishes to protect her. My only regret was that I wish I could have seen more of Angeline throughout the story as she seems like a fun character as well.
Besides the characters, Neal keeps the mystery and suspense going nonstop throughout the story. Just when you think Corinne will finally get the answers she is seeking, a new twist occurs which sets her back to square one. I continually found my fur bristling in excitement as the plot built. Was she going to rescue her Great Aunt in Time? Was Harriet Jensen going to get her hands on the Pyxis? And what is up with her creep eyes? So many questions that I wanted answers to. Which is why when I got to the end, I growled in disbelief because Neal ends the book with the perfect cliffhanger.
Yes, that’s right, I said the book ends with a cliffhanger! Not only that, but Neal doesn’t answer all the questions you would hope to have answered. Now, I don’t know about most of you, but I usually hate it when authors end a book with a cliffhanger. However, this one was good! And it sets up the plot for the second book of the series, which I am now anxiously waiting for. So here’s hoping I can get my paws on a copy of the second book of the series, Alight: The Peril, when it becomes available sometime Spring of next year. 🐱
And now, the moment you have all been waiting for. Unless you chose to scroll down the page instead of reading the review that is.
Today I am pleased to announce that K.C. Neal is offering up an eBook copy of her novel to one lucky winner! This contest, which is International, will run starting today, November 13, and end at 11:59 p.m. November 20, 2011 (PDT = Pacific Daylight Time). The winner will be chosen using Random.org. Yay Random!
So you must be wondering what you must do to enter, huh? Well, to enter the contest you must complete the following two requirements:
A: Either answer the contest prompt below or leave a comment/question for either K.C. Neal or any of us felines. 🐱
B: You must include your email address with your comment so that we have a way of contacting the winner.
That’s it. Simple, huh? Murr! So, now I just wish to say, good luck to all of you who enter!
What would you do if you found out you were destined to protect two worlds, yours and an alternate universe?
And the winner is….Steve!
Congrats Steve! I will be sending out an email to both you and the author and she shall be in touch with you soon. Enjoy the book!