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The Discovery

(Pyxis #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,295 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad’s cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Things take a strange turn when she uses her late grandmother’s food dyes for a bake sale, and her customers suddenly find her irresistibly alluring. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same d ...more
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Published November 4th 2011 by StoneHouse Ink (first published October 2nd 2011)
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Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
With quite the original premise, Pyxis takes you on a fun and mysterious ride with Corinne and her best friend Mason. All throughout the book, you're never really sure why Corinne has been having these strange nightmares that mirrors Mason's, nor why she has these bottles of liquids that seem to have strange effects on her classmates…

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Pyxis. There weren't that many reviews on it and the blurb was very mysterious if a bit vague. Therefore, I was really
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Let me tell you one thing: Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down until you have read the last page.

Pyxis follows a story of a 16 year old girl,Corinne whose grandmother died recently.She discovers a mysterious box containing different liquids.Thinking of them as food colors,she add them to her cakes for the school bake-sale.Whoever buys and eats her cake,at the bake sale,starts acting strange.Corinne along with her best friend,Angelina soon realize that these "food co
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My rating 5/5

If you want to know what the Pyxis is...

Wow, I must say, I was impress! This is the first book for the author K.C Neal and I didn't expected to be this good! I didn't have any kind of expectation: I wanted my mind been free of any kind of prejudgment and I was amaze by how I became addicted to this book. I read a lot of YA Fantasy and finaly they often ended in the same way or the same kind of action. But sometime, some books (Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen Series by
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
I generously received a ARC of this book for review from the author, so first i want to thank her for allowing me to read her book. I found this be a very refreshing and exciting read, as i was always wondering what was gonna happen next. I wanted to know the answers to all the mysteries in the book just as much as the characters did!

I know you probably see my 4 out of 5 stars and are thinking "well why take of a star then?" Well because, and maybe it just went over my head and i didn't catch i
Oh my god, I was so sad when I pressed ‘next’ on my Kindle and it said ‘END’! It was so unexpected and I was thoroughly enjoying reading Pyxis so I was not happy to have to put it down because it is a fantastic read.

I will admit though, I wasn’t sold immediately. For the first say.. 25% of the book I just felt as though everything was too rushed. The characters weren’t developed enough, the plot was moving too fast with no real explanations as to why we should care about what was happening to Co
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Pyxis is a great start to this wonderful and exciting new series by K.C Neal.

Pyxis follows the story of 16 year-old High school student Corinne who notices changes in her friends and her popularity after using unusual dyes from a strange box left to her by her late grandmother in a school bake sale and then starts to dream of things she believes are really happening, her life becomes quite interesting and complicated and finding out answers
Emma (BelleBooks)
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, arc
Pyxis follows the story of 16 year old Corinne who is still coming to terms with the recent death of her grandmother. She discovers a strange box filled with strange looking liquids that her grandmother left her, with no idea what these colourful liquids could be Corinne thinks they must be some kind of home-made food colourings and uses them to colour icing for her cakes for the school bake sale.

After people who eat Corrine's cakes start acting very strange toward her, Corinne and her friend A
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
"I won't let anything happen to you," he said softly.

What a wondrous start to what I believe is going to be a wondrous series! K.c. Neal in her debut release Pyxis: The Discovery wrote a story of mystery, magic, and of course, romance. I adored this book from the first to the last page, K.c. has put together an amazing cast of characters that I cannot wait to meet up with again in book two, Alight!

Pyxis follows Corinne, Corinne is your average teenager, she has her best friend Ang and her best g
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pyxis: The Discovery Review on K-Books

I absolutely loved this book. Ever since I heard about it and read the blurb I thought it sounded amazing and couldn't wait to read it. I was not disappointed whatsoever.
I think Pyxis is a phenomenal debut that blew me away.

Corinne and her friend Mason are plagued by strange dreams that none of them understand. Little does she know that it is their destiny to protect two worlds along with her best friends. But how can she protect these worlds when she doesn'
heather - NightlyReading
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book sucked me in from the first few pages!

It starts out with Corinne and Angeline at the school’s bake sale. Corinne loves to bake and made some special petit four’s since Angeline had suckered her in to help. Corinne started to notice that people who would never have given her the time of day before have now started to notice her, and be nice to her! They soon figure out that the issue is a little something extra special that Corinne added to the baked goods. She thought it was just food
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Seems EVERYONE has been talking about this book lately! SERIOUSLY! I really HAD to check it out and see WHY everyone seems to like it! Boy... all these bloggers that absolutely loved it ARE RIGHT! Pyxis is freakin' incredible book!
The story is very original and I found the characters pretty much realistic, normal, average teenagers any person could relate to. The story is centered around Corinne Finley, who discovers one day she has a strange family history. Under very strange circumstances she
My review can also be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)

When Corinne finds the people around her suddenly acting strange, her and her best friend Ang strive to find out why. Their suspicions soon turn to a mysterious box that was left for Corinne by her recently deceased grandmother. Thus begins the story of Pyxis .

The first installment in a sure-to-be captivating series, Neal has a very natural flow of writing. Her descriptive narration makes this original tale one th
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I've been wavering between 2.5 and 3 stars for Pyxis, and I think this is going to be a hard review for me.

I liked the synopsis for this book and was excited when I downloaded it to my Kindle. For an awesome price I might add, it's only $2.99. It has a unique and fun premise.

Corrine was a mostly likeable protagonist and definitely a believable teenager. She was at times ditzy and immature. I did admire her conviction though. Mason was mildly intriguing but so needed to develop a backbone. All th
Heather Robbins
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I jumped right into reading this book without knowing what it was about. Yes I do this quite often as it makes the book that much more fun for me to figure out what is going on. I got dumped into Corinne's life and I enjoyed every minute of it! Her character is very real and has great depth. She is a typical teen and the way she deals with everything is spot on. Mason...well when he was finally introduced umm swoon! He is a great guy with great heart! He's very protective and I would want him ar ...more
♥ Amanda
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
How refreshing to read such an original YA book! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series and can't wait until spring to read the next one! I'm excited to find out what powers Corrine ends up with, the mass destruction that is foretold to happen, and to find out if my guess is right about who the other Gaurdian is ( I'm thinking Sophie). K.C. Neal did such an amazing job in the descriptions, I was sucked in from the beginning, and would LOVE to move to Tapestry myself :) Great read, an ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books:

I really only meant to give Pyxis: The Discovery a glance to see what it was like...but I ended up getting sucked into the story. Before I knew it, I'd read a full third of the book without coming up for air! Author K.C. Neal managed to hook me with her blend of mystery, paranormal elements, and cast of very likable characters.
Why should YOU add Pyxis: The Discovery to your TBR
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YAers in general
Pyxis was adorable puppy, you know the one you see in the pet story, not the one eating its own poop (true story), but that really cute one that whimpers at you and tries to play with you through the glass? Yes, that one. That really cute one that you just wanna squeeze and squeeze and ask 'What are the pyxis? Are they fairies, tell me little dog TELL ME FOR GOD'S SAKE I JUST WANNA KNOW???!!!!'

And while you're having this emotional break-down, do you know what that cute adorable thing i
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Let's start with some cover love shall we? So pretty!

This was a fun, magical, mysterious, romantical story, unlike anything I've read within the paranormal genre recently. (Btw, if you've never heard of "romantical" before it's because I just made it up. I do that sometimes. Make up my own language.)

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
Original review at The Midnight Bookworm

The cover: I love the cover, I have since I first saw it on the request form to reserve an eARC of the book. Originally, I thought the glowing bottle was some type of pixie dust, because I thought the title was pronounced "Pixies.” To be honest, I requested this book before reading the blurb. I thought the title was fun and the cover was pretty (I judge books by their covers on a daily basis). It wasn’t until I actually read the description that I realized
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Full review can be found at Mother/Gamer/Writer
ARC was provided by the author for my honest review

K.C. Neal has written a book that is a great reflection of herself; unique, charming, and simply fantastic!

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
Anagha Uppal
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal YA and the Secret Circle (L. J. Smith)
Shelves: posted
Originally posted on my blog:

My first thought was "Hahaha!", my second though was "Oooh! That doesn't sound good!", and my third thought was "Hooked!"
Though not too original, this debut novel from author K.C. Neal is enough to make you visit her blog, her Twitter, her Facebook, everything in search of some elusive info about the second in this cool new series. That's how much I loved The Discovery. The book starts out innocent enough - a bake sale and the protag's
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
some time ago, there was a thing on K.C.Neal’s website saying book bloggers could reserve an e-ARC. I read the vague summary, and requested one not knowing at all what I’d actually get. It could have been anything. It was an original concept with the cakes being the thing that starts a discovery, which then quickly escalates into something really awesome.
After realising tipping liquid from strange bottles into cakes that will be given to strangers is not the best thing to do, as the customers s
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book is FANTASTIC!

My Rating: 10 of 10

My Cover Thoughts: I absolutely love this cover. The cover designer did a great job! The girl on the cover is kneeling on the ground holding o bottle full of something. This cover draws you in and as you read you will see the significance of the cover.

My Thoughts/Review: come on a ride of a lifetime with Mason and Corinne! Corinne has had some rough things happen to her and she is still reeling from the death of her grandmother when she has to
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
PYXIS was amazing. It’s a short book but it’s the perfect length to get you interested in the characters, interested in the story and leaves you wanting more and more and more! One thing that terrified me of this book, by time I was halfway through was there wasn’t a whole lot of action. I thought that it could really ruin the book but let me tell you . . . that is definitely not the case. This book doesn’t need a huge fight, tons of action for you to keep turning the pages. It’s got enough info ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. T
D.M. Dutcher
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. It's not bad, but doesn't go much of anywhere.

Corrine finds a couple of bottles of what she thinks is food coloring in a box given to her by her grandmother. The petit fours she makes start to display some unusual side-effects, and soon she finds she is part of a mystery. What is the Pyxis? Why does she have these horrifying dreams. Why is her name as well as people she knows listed as part of a Pyrmidal Union? The key to finding out is her Aunt Dorothy, but she has been near-comatose
Christy LoveOfBooks
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, read-in-2011
I love when books flow so smoothly, that I don't even realize that I've reached the end. And then that's when the depression sets in. *sigh* When I started Pyxis, I honestly didn't know what to expect, or what specifically the story was about. Not knowing actually made reading the book even more interesting.

The story centers around Corinne, a 16-year-old sophomore in high school, who notices that certain people are acting strangely after they eat some of her goodies from the school bake sale (No
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Sara's review from

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 counterp
Terri Rochenski
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hmmmmmmm. Well I'll be honest. I had a hard time deciding on how many stars I wanted to give this novel. 3 wasn't enough, but 4 pushes it a bit for me. I'm not a huge YA fan, but I don't feel that affected my star choice here.

Ms. Neal wrote a unique story--the magic involved isn't something I've ever read about before. That being said, I had a few moments where I had a problem with the believability factor. Granted, we're reading about high schoolers, but would two girls really run an experimen
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Corinne finds a box with strange, bottled liquids within it, left to her by her deceased grandmother, she suddenly has bigger problems than the other sixteen-year-olds in the small town of Tapestry. After she uses two of the liquids as food coloring for petit fours she makes for a school bake sale, Corinne and her best friend, Angeline, notice strange behavior in those who ate the treats.
Corinne and Angeline investigate the box further and it leads them to terms such as pyxis and pyramidal
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Most of K.C. Neal's days are filled with some combination of writing, reading, gardening, working, and watching stuff on Netflix with her 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 ...more

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