Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: Cycle by Lois Brown

“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.”

How would you explain having memories of things that never happened to you? What would you do if you felt like an outsider among your own family members? After a fall from a horse nearly kills her, Renee has to answer these questions, and many more, about herself. And all of those answers end up fitting together like pieces to the puzzle of just who she is. Renee finds out that she is the result of a rare phenomenon – a Cycler. Born in the middle of an eclipse during the Saros Cycle, Renee is forced to be reborn after a certain point in her current life, something she’s done before that has left her with memories from her past lives. Renee is special, but that isn’t always a good thing. In this case, there are people who want to study her in order to make a profit from her condition. Now she has to do whatever it takes to keep them from using her as a lab rat. Cycles is a mystery that, while interesting, reads at a rather slow pace.
I rate this book:

I thought Cycles had a really interesting plot behind it. However, it was incredibly hard for me to get into the story. I felt like the story jumped around too much for me to really follow what was going on. The answer to the mystery behind the entire plot didn’t surface until towards the end of the book. Cycles is a book that combines science and mystery in a new and interesting way, but it requires a lot more effort on the reader’s part to stay focused on the story itself than most books do.

Lois Brown 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 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. Two years ago she turned her interests to writing fiction for all ages.


Jessica Gibson said...

I really like the cover for this book.

Jordan Butcher said...

The cover is beautiful! I was just hoping for a bit more depth in the books though...