I am so excited to be part of this blog tour!! I read and reviewed Pyxis last year and loved it so I knew I needed to be part of this tour. Besides that, I think K.C. Neal is amazing. She let me read and review Pyxis last year when my blog had just started and I only had like 15 followers or something. It meant the world to me that she wanted me to. I mean, it's not like very many people were reading my blog, so I wasn't getting her book much exposure. Anyways, I just wanted to say that she totally rocks and that I had to take part in this tour!! For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the BB Book Tours page.
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- Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
- Publication date: 9/15/2012
- Source: ebook provided by the author for review/tour
*If you haven't read the first book, this review may contain minor spoilers for Pyxis. It will not have any spoilers for Alight though.
When Corinne learns who the second Guardian is, she must find a way to make peace with the last person in the world she wants to deal with. As she struggles, her nemesis unleashes an otherworldly evil, and a mysterious illness strikes Corinne’s friends. Faltering under the weight of her destiny, Corinne escapes to the dream world. There, she meets Zane, an Australian guy with a hot accent and a revelation that binds them together and alters the path of Corinne’s life. She throws herself into fighting for everything she loves, but just as she’s certain she will prevail, she’s robbed of what she needs most.
I really loved Pyxis, so I was looking forward to getting back into this world that K.C. Neal has created for us. I quickly got reacquainted with the characters and easily fell back into the story. I had forgotten how much I loved Angeline, Corrine, and Mason. This dives right back into things and progresses to give us new dangers and threats. Also along with that are some complications that Corrine and the rest of her Union must deal with. Everything seems to be working against them, but as a Union they are strong together and I love how they really connect.
Corrine is still a great strong character that I enjoyed. She is trying to get used to her connection with Mason and also learn her full potential as the Pyxis and what powers she has. She needs to learn how to use influence without the liquids and how to combine them to work the best. She also needs to learn how to work with her Union to fight off potential threats. She sometimes lets her wandering mind get the best of her, and I found myself quite angry, no not angry, disappointed with her is a better word for it. It's not just her wandering mind, but the actions she takes sometimes. I understand her need to have more information and learn what she can, but she also is risking putting her Union in more danger than necessary, going against her great aunts request, and also in my opinion, going against the trust of her Union. I won't go into the details on that, but I really was upset by Corrine's behavior at times. She also has a little bit of an insecurity/jealousy issue in this. I understand where she is coming from, but I think that she lets it get to her more than it should and she totally over thinks things.
If you thought things were intense in the first one, they get a lot more crazy in this one. Harriet is more dangerous than ever and she is targeting not only Corrine and her Union, but the rest of the town too. Harriet is vengeful and powerful and will do whatever she can to take the role of Pyxis from Corrine. With the help of the Shield from the Perth region Corrine is able to figure out the weird website (if you have read the first one you know what website I am talking about) and is able to contact the other Convergences. I think she is a little too trustworthy with giving them info, but that's just me. She starts to crave seeing Zane because he can teach her things. It is foretold that they will be together, but Corrine fears what that might mean for Mason. I was so mad at Corrine trying to seek out Zane so often. I felt like it was such a betrayal to Mason.
This book was a perfect blend. It had action, adventure, character growth, and a lot of family stuff. I really like when family is a part of the story. I loved that we got to see the characters grow not only as individuals, but as a team. I really enjoyed that getting the whole Union to trust each other and work together was a constant struggle, but made them all stronger too. There are some very touching and emotional moments in the book as well, but nothing that had me clutching a box of tissues. I think that this was an excellent second book in the Pyxis series and I am pining for the next book! 4 out of 5 stars
K.C. Neal's Favorite Baked Goods
Food – specifically baked goodies – is a big theme in the Pyxis Series. The whole story kicks off with Corinne accidentally dosing her classmates with emotion-influencing potions at a school bake sale. She grew up baking with her grandmother, and her father owns a café. In her house, there’s a second kitchen in the basement that her dad sometimes uses as a test kitchen when he’s experimenting with new dishes. Corinne’s bedroom is in the basement, so it’s almost like she has her own apartment – I would have LOVED that kind of setup when I was a teenager!
So, let’s talk treats! Here are my Top 5 favorites:
#5: Cinnamon Rolls
Dough. Butter. Cinnamon and sugar. Is your mouth watering yet? So simple, yet so awesome!
My favorite kind of cookie. Yeah, I kind of have a thing for cinnamon sweets.
#3: Red Velvet Cake
I don’t think I’ve ever met a cake I didn’t like, but I think red velvet is at the top of my list. Topped with buttercream frosting – YUM.
Maybe crepes don’t quite fall into the bakery treats category, but I love these things! I prefer sweet crepes to savory. Something simple, like jam filling or butter and powdered sugar. These are like potato chips for me - I could eat them until I burst.
This stuff is just amazing layered with awesome. Ladyfingers, coffee, cheese, liquor, sugar, cocoa… the individual elements make it sound, well, not exactly appetizing. It’s one of those things you just have to taste to understand. Unique and SO GOOD.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to pull out my cookbooks and start pre-heating the oven!
Thank you so much for the awesome guest post! I am now craving all of the above lol!!
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, especially where drinks are served adorned with tiny umbrellas.
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