Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Airel-Arson-Pyxis Blog Tour - Review & Giveaways

This blog tour features 3 books, Airel by Aaron Patterson & Chris White, Arson by Estevan Vega, and Pyxis by K.C. Neal. Please see below for my review of Pyxis and for details on how to win a signed copy of Pyxis and for more information on how to win copies of all 3 books, swag, and even a Kindle!

Airel by Aaron Patterson & Chris White 
$2.99 on | £2.21 on Amazon UK
Airel is a story about an angel who falls so deeply in love with a woman that he chooses to fall from heaven to be with her. She gives birth to a daughter in Arabia, 1250BC. The girl is pursued ferociously, relentlessly by an enemy in the deepest darkness. In present day Boise, Idaho is just a girl: Airel. She's just your average high school student...who turns out to be anything but average. It's because of who she is, because of her ancestry, because of her lineage. Past and present crash in on each other in the final pages as what has been twisted comes dangerously unraveled.

Arson by Estevan Vega
99c | 86p on Amazon UK
Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster.

Pyxis by K.C. Neal
99c on | 86p on Amazon UK
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 dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in its path. Pursued by shadowy figures and a crazy woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she learns she is destined to protect this world--and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.

My review of Pyxis:
Corinne uses some food dyes that belonged to her late grandmother in some items she makes for a school bake sale. Only they are not really food dyes, and the students who eat the baked goods begin acting strangely. While investigating what the liquids really are and why they cause people to act differently, Corinne begins uncovering secrets which involve her. However, the only person who can give her the information she needs is her Aunt Dorothy, who has not been in her right mind and in a retirement home since the death of Corinne's grandmother.

Pyxis is the first book in the series and only the beginning of the story. In this one, Corinne discovers the pyxis and her starts finding out her role in all of it. We get to know Corinne, Ang, and Mason and are set up for the continuation of the story. Once you read this one, you will definitely want to read the next in the series. K.C. Neal has an easy to read writing style and has well developed characters. The story is engaging and provides a lot of suspense. I enjoyed reading Pyxis and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy.

A copy was provided by the author for review.

About the author of Pyxis:
Young adult fantasy author K.C. Neal is repped by herself and published by StoneHouse Ink. Her debut novel, Pyxis: The Discovery, has received enthusiastic praise from readers.

Most of her 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.

One SIGNED copy of Pyxis by K.C. Neal. To enter, just fill out the form below.

Giveaway details:
U.S. only. This giveaway will run until midnight EST on February 1. Must be 13 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Winner will be emailed and this blog post will be updated to include the name of the winner. Winner has 3 days to contact me or a new winner will be selected.

You can also win copies of the other books, swag, and there is a grand prize of a Kindle. Click here for more details.

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed.

Winner: Jessica M.


  1. Thanks so much for reviewing Pyxis and hosting a tour stop! :)

  2. Thank you for the giveaway. I look forward reading it :)

  3. Book looks so amazing, cant wait to read it.

  4. Can't wait to read...really looks amazing!

  5. I have this book on my Kindle. I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for your thoughts.

  6. The premise is awesome, but once you start reading, it's a bit of a let down. The attraction between Michael and Airel was purely physical, for no other reason than just looks. This told me volumes about Airel's character, and I was more than a bit disappointed with how she turned out. She starts out hilarious and original with her own internal monologue, but it soon devolves into a lot of cliches (especially concerning love at first sight and physical appearances) in terms of adjectives. Hot new boy in town! We're made for each other! And so on, and so forth, and I wanted to start screaming.



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