Cycles

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She remembers things that never happened. She's a stranger in her own home. She always knew she was different. She just didn't know why. Until now.

Renee Beaumont is about to die... again. More
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About Lois D. Brown

Lois received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a news correspondent in Washington, D.C. She later completed a Master’s degree in communications and started her own freelance business.

She has written nearly fifty articles and books, many of which are about nutrition and the use of natural food supplements. She worked as the chief editor to a former New York Times best-selling author Dr. Neil Solomon, and she co-wrote a book on time management with former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes.

In 2004 she published a book with psychologist Victoria Anderson catered to Mormons about how to better manage stress and anxiety. She has presented material from this book to large audiences across Utah.

Recently she has turned her interests to writing fiction after realizing the bedtime stories she tells her four children never put them to sleep.

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Review by: Erika Stroup on Aug. 13, 2012 :
Title: Cycles
Author: Lois D. Brown
Number of Pages: 198
Date of Release: December 15th, 2011
Summary From Goodreads:

She remembers things that never happened.
She's a stranger in her own home.
She always knew she was different.
She just didn't know why.
Until now.

Renee Beaumont is about to die . . . again.

Review: With a beautiful cover and an intriguing summary, Cycles drew me in immediately. It wasn’t just one thing that made me enjoy reading Brown’s writing it was a combination and I loved and appreciated that. Cycles is a unique tale that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Renee as a character is incredibly likable and I really loved trying to uncover her past right alongside of her. The incident in which she loses a lot of blood and needs a transfusion had me frightened for her even though it was the beginning of the book. Lois D. Brown crafted her as a sincere and mature 13 year old that anyone could relate to. Sam was a bit confusing, I loved how he didn’t instantly fall head over heels for Renee but found his attraction leading him to the popular girl at school. The relationship between Sam and Renee is endearing and only slightly tinged with romantic sprinkles.

The plot was fast paced and when I hit the ending I did not see it coming at all. I mean WOW I am still reeling from what you did Brown!! The journal entries from the 1960’s from a women named Helen who I will not tell you about were genius. It added another layer of suspense and another layer to the plot. I would definitely recommend this book it is fast paced short read that will instantly grab your attention!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: christie cote on April 08, 2012 :
Cycles by Lois D. Brown
★★★★☆


Renee was just a normal girl, until she was left to watch her neighbor’s horse, Mercury. She had never ridden a horse before, until people broke into the barn to steal the horse. When she put the saddle on to ride Mercury, she noticed that it had a spiral on it, which tended to be her signature doodle. During her escape with Mercury she took a tumble and blacked out. When Renee woke up in the hospital she learned that her blood type didn’t match any known blood type, which lead to the discovery that the people she believed to be her parents were not. Renee searched for answers as she began to remember things from another life.

Cycles was an interesting read. I really enjoyed the concept, it was different and a new one to me. I’m not sure if there are other books along the same lines but for me this was anew idea and I really liked it. I found it original and fresh. I enjoy when I find new stories instead of reading about the same idea used over and over again.

The author did a good job with writing an interesting Young Adult novel that grabbed me and I’m sure will grab other readers as well. The author will be releasing the sequel Spaces sometime this year and I look forward to reading the it to find out what happens next with Renee.

This book was provided to me from the author for review, thank you for a great new read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tess Watson on Feb. 29, 2012 :
One word to describe this book-Beautiful. Beautiful writing, beautiful plot, and beautiful characters! Cycles is very different from my normal read. It has that Sci Fi type of aspect to it, but it is very much a mystery read. The writing in this book is exquisite! It made me immersed in the world Brown created, and her writing captivated me. I really felt I was right there along with Sam and Renee trying to figure out the mysteries of Renee's past! Throughout the book there are these journal entries written by a woman named Helen and the whole time I was trying to figure out how that related to Renee. I loved how it wasn't until very close to the end that I found out what was really going on. Brown always gave me enough information to keep me interested but not enough to where I got bored because I had figured it out! She also created wonderfully complex characters in Renee and Sam. They were the social outcastes, but they had each other which was enough. There might be a hint of romance in there too. Overall I really loved this book, and I will definitely be looking out for Spaces, the sequel to Cycles!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ashley Chen on Feb. 28, 2012 :
The plot was amazing! So unique but with a hint of familiarity. I was attracted to it immediately! And I, myself, is a guesser. By that I mean I would guess with the characters, trying to figure out what is the mystery. I just kept on flipping pages. I can't believe that I didn't read the book when I first got it.

Though the characters are fairly young-ish. But they are very sophisticated and mature, but this made it a little unrealistic. :/ They are 13 after all. But often this fact was forgotten due to the fact that the story was so intense! I mean it kind of reminded me of Kathy Reich's Virals/Seizure books. It was a mystery with teens. I enjoyed reading this book a lot.

I love the mystery, contemporary, and paranormal aspects of the book. This was an fantastic read!! I would recommend it to everyone!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on Feb. 24, 2012 :
I flew through this novel at record pace. The writing flowed easily, the characters were all quite likable and believable and I found the premise to be interesting and unique. I have to admit that I was quite pleasantly surprised by this one. I wondered how I would relate to such young characters but I needn't have feared. Sam is wise beyond his years and Renee, well she also has much more experience than one would assume. (I don't want to give anything away!)


Lois Brown does a wonderful job of introducing two very young characters and throwing them into the midst of a fascinating and mysterious intrigue. I loved trying to puzzle it all out right alongside Renee and Sam. I don't think that I'd have been able to guess at any of it before it was revealed.


My only complaints would be that it did seem a smidgen unbelievable to me that two 13 year old were running around on their own. And there is one scene involving a conversation between Renee and a schoolteacher that seemed 100% improbable and age inappropriate. But then again...times may have changed greatly since I was 13!


On the whole, I was impressed with Lois Brown's creativity and her character development and am curious to see where the story goes from here...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Karen Doran on Feb. 23, 2012 :
Loved this book, could not put it down. I loke the mystery/thiller elements of this book and look forward to reading more from this very talented author. Thank you for the chance to review it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: juhina majdoub on Feb. 17, 2012 :
This book was addicting, to say the least. The beginning might be a bit misleading, 13/14 year old best friends, one with a love of horses and the other with a love of books and knowledge. But this book definitely surprised me and exceeded my expectations! This book is a mix of mystery, contemporary, and paranormal, which is a mix i'm starting to really warm up to!

The novel opened up with Renee getting into an accident and losing a large percentage of her blood, therefore a blood transfusion is needed. However, her blood does not match any other blood type, even some of the rare ones. When her neighbor, Dr.Dawson tells the hospital he has some of her blood stored in his house from a science fair project.. a project that Renee has never participated in. This begins the detective work of Renee and her best friend Sam. Renee and Sam seemed mature for their age, at times i would forget they're only 13 and 14, I was so engrossed in the story and following the duo during their search and attempted house break ins and science jargon, specifically about solar eclipses.

The climax of the story happened towards the end, and let me just say that I did NOT expect it at all! throughout the book you get a glimpse of journal entries of a woman accused of murdering her daughter in the 1960s. You have no idea how this is related to the story and whatever you will have in mind? yea it won't be that. Pleasantly surprised with the ending, though a tiny bit predictable, but the story ends with the beginning of a new mystery, which is what I will definitely be looking forward two in the second installment of Cycles by Lois D. Brown!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: juhina majdoub on Feb. 17, 2012 :
This book was addicting, to say the least. The beginning might be a bit misleading, 13/14 year old best friends, one with a love of horses and the other with a love of books and knowledge. But this book definitely surprised me and exceeded my expectations! This book is a mix of mystery, contemporary, and paranormal, which is a mix i'm starting to really warm up to!

The novel opened up with Renee getting into an accident and losing a large percentage of her blood, therefore a blood transfusion is needed. However, her blood does not match any other blood type, even some of the rare ones. When her neighbor, Dr.Dawson tells the hospital he has some of her blood stored in his house from a science fair project.. a project that Renee has never participated in. This begins the detective work of Renee and her best friend Sam. Renee and Sam seemed mature for their age, at times i would forget they're only 13 and 14, I was so engrossed in the story and following the duo during their search and attempted house break ins and science jargon, specifically about solar eclipses.

The climax of the story happened towards the end, and let me just say that I did NOT expect it at all! throughout the book you get a glimpse of journal entries of a woman accused of murdering her daughter in the 1960s. You have no idea how this is related to the story and whatever you will have in mind? yea it won't be that. Pleasantly surprised with the ending, though a tiny bit predictable, but the story ends with the beginning of a new mystery, which is what I will definitely be looking forward two in the second installment of Cycles by Lois D. Brown!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Candle Star Press on Jan. 02, 2012 :
I always tread cautiously when my blog (Bookworm Blather) attracts requests for book reviews. I see a wide range of talent and professionalism, but Cycles, by Lois D. Brown, I am pleased to say, rates among the best stories I’ve received.

Within, an accident leaves13-year-old Renee Beaumont’s life completely shaken. Not only does she narrowly escape death, but doctors in the hospital identify abnormalities in her blood. Abnormalities that lead to questions concerning her parentage. Abnormalities that may be linked to an increasing number of dizzy spells and memories that cannot possibly be her own. Abnormalities that prompt the sudden interest of individuals who do not have Renee’s best interest at heart. Abnormalities that push Renee, along with her best friend Sam, on a wild ride of discovery that lands them smack in the center of a most peculiar blending of science and legend.

I have lots of good things to say about the story’s mechanics. Intrigue begins right away. The opening chapters create a host of questions that are skillfully unraveled throughout the remainder of the story. A deadly horse epidemic, Renee’s habit of drawing spirals, Sam’s father’s death, solar eclipses - all these details come back around to tuck nicely into the story later on. The plot is original, engaging and creative. There is a measure of predictability, but I think the kids for whom the book is intended (12-16) will enjoy figuring out the clues artfully planted along the way. And in all fairness, there were elements I didn’t foresee.

As to Ms. Brown’s writing, it’s very nice. There are moments it doesn’t read as smoothly as a title with a whole publishing team behind it, but I was very pleased with the overall effect. She creates some wonderfully descriptive word pictures, often in tandem with bright humor. For example, “Dawson cleared his throat again. He was either allergic to the hospital’s disinfectant spray, or he was nervous.” The title, too, is wonderfully metaphorical and clever.

The characters, as is often the case with contemporary teen fiction, feel a bit cliche. Rich girl with parents that ignore her. Geeky guy with a crush on a cheerleader. But they are given quirks that make them feel realistic and warmth that wins a reader over. Gamma Didi, on the other hand, is hugely original. An old Indian woman with gentle wisdom, odd habits, tribal memories, and modern intelligence, she’s the perfect counterpoint to the teens. Indeed, she’s the character that jumped off the page and became my favorite.

I would rate this book easily appropriate for kids 10 and older. Romance is kept sweet and innocent, language is perfectly clean. There is some violence at the end, but it isn’t graphic or overwhelming. There is an element of spiritualism – souls of the departed watching out for the living and the mention of a seance – but it’s very background, and a bit of mysticism is necessary for the story’s magical elements. Ms. Brown nicely blends legend with science.

I enjoyed Cycles a great deal, and I’m happily putting out my recommendation. Besides, with a 2.99 price tag, you can’t afford to pass it up!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lucy Mae on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Fun, fast, read. The plot of Cycles was a little sci-fi (not the alien kind) and a little mystery/thriller. I liked the mix.

The book is written from two different perspectives: the girl and boy protagonist. My favorite was Sam, the boy. He's a great, quirky character.

The book has no bad language and some mild peril. Good fit for it's audience (young adult).
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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