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Cycles

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When a pair of misfit teens uncover disturbing experiments conducted in the basement of their neighbor's house, they become entangled in medical research that could destroy their lives and forever alter the human aging process.

She remembers things that never happened.
She's a stranger in her own home.
She always knew she was different.
She just d
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Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by Levanter Publishing
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Mary
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After an accident, thirteen-year-old Renee Beaumont needs a blood transfusion, which shouldn't be a big deal, but it turns out her blood is unique. Her neighbor Dr. Dawson fortunately has some blood that he claims is hers that the doctors can use to save her life, but Renee can't remember ever giving him her blood. When she and her best friend Sam investigate, they discover a cache of blood in Dr. Dawson's lab that's all labelled with his dead daughter's name. What does it mean that Renee's bloo ...more
Ashley Chen
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
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Alisha
It is summer 2015. I needed to make a run to Costco and picked up cheap lunch with my four children, ages seven and under. It was crowded and we shared one of the odd tables with Lois Brown! She was so kind and engaging with my kids. I had just finished The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner and Mrs. Brown's daughter looked the perfect age to love it (plus The Lioness series by Pierce), so we started talking about books and she mentioned that she is an author. What a pleasant surprise! ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephanie
The author of Cycles, Lois Brown, sent my other blog, Teen Text Talk, her book to review. There was a contest for however many reviews she received by a certain date. There was no way that I was going to get this book read in such a short amount of time, so I didn't bother with the contest, but told her that when I got to the book I'd give it an honest review. A month later, on my birthday no less, I read it in one sitting...seriously, it's that entertaining.

Renee Beaumont is a typic
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Juhina
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, ebook
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
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Beth
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed the mysteries I've read by this author, so thought I would try this YA paranormal. I did find some punctuation and wrong word errors that could have been cleaned up with editing. I also thought some plot points were awkward and unlikely. However, the story was interesting, and I didn't find the story as laden with teen angst as many for the genre. An exception to that is Sam's "love" interest and the gum swapping scene. I found his infatuation to be implausible and that scene partic ...more
Tess
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ent ...more
puppitypup
YA Sci Fi Some YA can be enjoyed at any age. This book, alas, is not one of them. Shockingly simplistic writing, as if it were out of a high school creative writing assignment.

In addition, the author seems to be writing about things that she has no first hand experience of. For example, Renee, at 5'2", sat upon a stool to groom her neighbor's horse. I am 5'4" and have owned many horses. Even the shortest required me to stand on tiptoes to brush its back. If I had sat upon a stool, I would have be
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Sarah
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-love
The premise of this book is seriously cool. I just don't know if this story is the right story to present the idea. The overall plot was fine, but the execution was... Just okay.
Recommended for readers ages 10-16

Pros:
-Premise, as stated above
-Characters. The characterization was a bit inconsistent or lacking, but there are some very interesting people within this book. Ms. Frazier reminded me so much of my junior high English teacher!
-Quick, easy, appropriate
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Ingrid
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The concept was fascinating, the storyline was interesting, the quality of writing was more than just a bit better than some of the other books I've read recently...I just couldn't get into it as much as I would have liked. It may be that it just didn't strike my fancy or that there was too much going on around me to really give it a fair fighting chance. I honestly don't know. What I do know that is that I probably will never read it again and will almost certainly never purchase the sequel. Is ...more
Isaiyan Morrison
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
The writing in this novel was beautiful.

The story moved slow for me in the beginning but once they find out that Renee Beaumont's blood is different, the story takes off from there.

The book has paranormal and mystery elements that I enjoyed. However, this novel read as either a middle grade/ YA novel, which are the types of novels I don't read as much. Still, I remained hooked until the end.
Ciayrra The Scorpion Flower
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun fantastic read!

I thought it was interesting, a disease that forces you to rebirth. It’s quite scary thought. Similar to passed lives. This was a quite interesting theory for a story.
Marissa
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5. Enjoyed the unique storyline.
Linda
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an AWESOME story for kids and kids young at heart! I was spellbound as I rapidly inhale this story and can't wait for book two!!
Helen Hesketh
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cracking read

This book is well written, fast pasted with a imaginative storyline a great mix of folklore and science. I managed to read in two days
Pat Raab
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. I'll never think of an eclipse the same way again.
Natalia Bonilla
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Amelia


I tend not to expect too much from freebie books, but Cycles turned out to be a pretty stellar middle grade/younger YA thriller. Yep, a thriller. Not too frightening for the kids, but still gripping enough to keep me reading "just one more chapter". The writing is great - age appropriate and intelligent with great characterisation and very few errors. There's something unassumingly accomplished about it.

"No one hung clothes outside to dry, except Gamma. She said it made them smell better, claiming
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Cheyenne Williams
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive an e-book copy from the author. I loved the summary right away: it's short, interested me from the first line, and ended in a way that guaranteed I was going to read it.

What I Liked:

This book totally blew my expectations out of the water.

I have read a lot of YA books, and within those books, a good portion were paranormal. I have read every kind of plot line, from vampires to werewolves, from fairies to half-bloods. Also, I've bec
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Becky
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I must admit I have had this for a couple of months, I am so far behind with my review books it's unreal, I just don't seem to have time to sit down with my laptop and read (excuses, excuses I know) and actually once I sat down and read this I got through it very quickly, took me just over 2 hours to read.

Renee gets on very well with her neighbor Dr Dawson, but other people say he is weird, odd and shouldn't be
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Home. Love. Books.
To see this review and other like it check out my site, Urban Fantasy Reviews at www.ufreviews.com

I am sure I have said it about a million times now, but YA books are not my favorite type of book on the planet. But lately this view of mine has been challenged. I have had the opportunity to read a lot of really quality YA books, with writing that has seriously impressed me. I personally love it when a YA author uses language that doesn't talk down to people just because their young, I think it makes a younger pe
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Tiffany
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Cycles is the story of Renee, a 13-year-old girl who, after a fall from a horse, discovers that there is something strange about her and everyone around her is keeping secrets. Renee and best friend Sam decide to do some investigating of their own, only they don't realize just how deep the deceptions go. I hadn't heard of Cycles until I was fortunate enough to receive a review request by the author. As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I was interested.


Cycles is told from three character's po
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Jodie
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebook
From the first page, CYCLES is blasting with action and suspense. It never stops or slows down until the end. Lois has written a very unique and intriguing read that many will love and enjoy. As you learn to know Renee and not only what she has came from, but about to go through, you can't help but soften your heart towards her.

It all started when Dr. Dawson needed to go out of town, leaving Renee tending to his horse and to lock up when she was through. Obviously, Dr. Dawson felt the need to
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Erika
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-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
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Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
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
...more
ReadingDiva Book Reviews
Originally posted on ReadingDiva's Blog

I just finished reading Cycles by Lois D. Brown and the concept of the book is unique, interesting and one that will keep you turning pages. This book has an interesting plot. Regardless of how good of a reader you think you are you will not be able to guess the end.

The plot though a bit disturbing is also fascinating. I can’t help but compare this story to The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. I enjoy this book because of the different aspe
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Lyndsey
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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Summery:

When Renee discovers that her neighbor, Dr. Dawson, has bags of his dead daughter's frozen blood stored in his basement, she decides it's up to her to uncover the doctor's mysterious past. What she learns, however, is not what she expects. Now she and her friend Sam Miller are on the run, hiding from scientists who want to use what the two teenagers know to change human life forever.
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For me a few things
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Christie Cote
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
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 matc
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Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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
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Lois Brown’s love of all things fantastical began at an early age when her five older brothers made her watch television shows such as “Dr. Who” and “Lost in Space.” (Yes, the originals.) Her passion for science fiction continued when, at age 12, she spent an entire summer buying “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” collector cards. She used her babysitting money earned over an entire year to get a ful ...more

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