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Dark Before Dawn [Kindle Edition]

Stacy Juba
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you could control minds...would you? A chilling teen supernatural thriller from the bestselling author of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim and Face-Off. It's hard enough for Dawn hiding that she's psychic from her new classmates and new step-family, but things gets even worse after she learns that E-S-P spells D-A-N-G-E-R. Dawn has been psychic since she was seven years old and has always considered herself an outcast. Even her own mother discourages her talent, so Dawn has kept her abilities quiet and feared a lifetime of loneliness. When she gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious perception, Dawn finally belongs to a group. As her intuition strengthens, so does Dawn's self esteem. However, when she discovers her new friends may be tied to freak "accidents" in their Maine beach town, Dawn has an impossible choice to make - continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her. This blend of suspenseful psychic novel and New England mystery is aimed at young adults and at adults who enjoy supernatural YA. The Audible edition is performed by Cassandra Morris, who has also narrated books in the Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars series.

Editorial Reviews


A spooky and fast moving plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the shocking end...Dark Before Dawn is a special book that should not be missed. Fresh Fiction

Dark Before Dawn is a choice pick for those seeking works of modern fantasy and ESP. The Midwest Book Review

I was truly taken with this takes a great plot to really stump and throw the reader off and Juba did an awesome job of keeping me interested. Shadow Kisses

This is a young adult novel, but I can tell you that as an adult I was completely drawn into the story and anxious to see how it would all end...Stacy has an easy way of writing that draws you into her stories and keeps you there. Peeking Between the Pages

About the Author

Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children. Her titles include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim for adults; Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off for young adults; and The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children's E-Book Bundle for children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466396210
  • Publisher: Thunder Horse Press (September 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PG7SXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Before Dawn Sucked Me Right In!! February 8, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Received this ARC copy free from First Reads/giveaways.

Is being psychic all rainbows and sunshine like TV, movies, and people make it out to be? Is it really that neat to know things before it happens? Can there be an evil side to having psychic abilities? All these questions went through my head as I picked up and started reading Dark Before Dawn. In this book a teenager, Dawn, has the ability to "see" things before they happen and hear other peoples thoughts sometimes or feel their feelings/emotions. Dawn feels that she is on a whole different planet than her Mom, especially after her Dad was killed in a car accident when she was 7. When her Mom re-marries and they move to Maine to move in with Jeff (the new husband) and Ken (his son). The older Dawn gets the more questions she has about her, so called, gift. She doesn't understand it or how to control it or why she has it. Dawn is introduced as a misfit, confused, picked on teenager who has no real relationship with her family and is a social outcast (being in a new school certainly doesn't help that situation). To try and "fit in" or at least gain one friend she hides her ability, but when she sees the only boy, Scott, who was nice to her die in one of her visions shouldn't she try to warn him? Well, she does, but that leads to many bad things. The kids at school call her a witch and she becomes even more outcast, that is until Candace and Jaime befriend her. They have psychic abilities too (Candace more that Jamie) and tell her that Serina (a local psychic) helps then learn more about being psychic and wants Dawn to come to a meeting. So starts Dawns new friendship circle. However, should you really learn from someone who is willing to do it, not only free, but in such a way that makes you vulnerable?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark before Dawn November 24, 2011
I thought this was a well written book and would really suggest this to any young adults who are interested in the paranormal, but I would also suggest it to all readers of all ages.

Another home run by Stacy Juba
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read December 1, 2011
Though I usually do not read teen books or books that are about psychics, I decided to read this one and I'm happy that I did. This book covers the problems that a teen girl has with the psychic abilities that she has and the abilities that others have. It covers the use and misuse of these talents. The story is interesting and keeps you reading to find out what happens to the characters. I enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Aly
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The interactions between characters were all very interesting. Dawn's mother seems to have blinders on or want to avoid things and I don't think that's a very healthy thing to do. But it was cool to see how things worked out because of her. It's a difficult situation but one that should be dealt with and not hidden. It's a really terrible thing to see what Dawn does and not be able to stop it.

I couldn't even imagine what Dawn had to go through even as I was reading her perspective. It just seems a really difficult thing to deal with.

And then to find out the reason behind everything that's going on and Dawn's inability to see things. I was surprised how the ending came about as I didn't think that would actually happen but it was certainly unexpected and that was good.

It was certainly a good read and I would recommend it to anyone.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read For All Ages! October 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
While geared toward YA readers, this book easily crosses over to older adults. Dawn is a teenager struggling to find her place in life. She doesn't quite fit in at her high school and is adapting to a new stepfather and stepbrother. To complicate matters, she is a powerful psychic with no guidance and her mother wants her to ignore her abilities. Another psychic teen, a mentor and Dawn's desire to fit in soon lead her into the kind of trouble she'd never dreamed possible.

The characters are well crafted and easy to relate to. The story moves at a good pace, with the mystery and suspense becoming more intense as the plot unravels. The writing style is Stacy Juba at her best. I loved everything about this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read December 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What happens when E-S-P spells D-A-N-G-E-R? Well it could mean one of two things. One, you need to learn to spell properly - or two, you're a young girl with psychic powers and you've met other young girls with psychic powers and made some friends. Only for something sinister to be in the air...

Well, that's the plot today of the book Dark Before Dawn by Stacy Juba, a Young Adult Paranormal novel involving psychic powers. It may sound like the plot to a Charmed episode, but in actual fact, this is a lot more enjoyable (apologies to Charmed fans).

Like a lot of teenagers, Dawn has trouble fitting in and making friends. The fact that she seems to possesses psychic abilities and can read minds by accident doesn't help matters and can put her in some quite embarrassing situations. But when she makes friends with Candice and Jamie (two girls that also possess psychic abilities), they bring her to a powerful psychic called Serina, who seems almost too keen to teach her about her abilities. With it, Dawn learns new abilities that she never knew that she had, which empowers her and gives her more confidence. But there couldn't possibly be a sinister side to Serina and the girls, could there?

Well, I don't want to give too many spoilers - but if you know how most Paranormal stories go, you can bet that there will be some sinister dealings somewhere down the line!

I liked this one, it was a nice change to the amount of romantic novels I've done the last few reviews (not that I don't enjoy reading those of course). The language and writing style is simple to follow and very easy to read, making this perfect for teenage readers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars New-to-me author, enjoyable read!
An enjoyable read with a touch of suspense and a dollop of paranormal, this audiobook was nicely read by the narrator, who has a very pleasant voice and brings life to teenagers... Read more
Published 20 days ago by rebecca moe
4.0 out of 5 stars the best part, a new high school
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Dawn is a teenager whose mother just got remarried, so guess what? Dawn gets relocated to a new home, with a new brother, new step-father and, the best part, a new... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good it just ended to soon
Published 1 month ago by joan virkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Wow wow, wow, WOW! If you love young adult paranormal fantasy, you're going to LOVE this book. I loved the main character and the storyline. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Brantley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Believable and sympathetic characters. I'm a 70 year old adult and I couldn't stop reading. Believable suspense. Teen angst can be deadly.
Published 2 months ago by Paul Dale Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 on the Masq Scale
Walki's Review

Social life for a teenager can be a minefield, between the in-crowd, bullying, and ostracism. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Masquerade Crew
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Before Dawn
I received a free download of "Dark Before Dawn" by Stacy Juba in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 12 months ago by coccotoro
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Book kept me at the edge of my seat trying to guess what would happen next. This is a great book to read.
Published 14 months ago by H.moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark before dawn
Very good book, kept my attention the whole time. Hard to put down. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Published 14 months ago by penny
5.0 out of 5 stars A different twist
High school is different for everyone, especially for kids who are themselves different. This book offers a different angle on a "coming of age" story.
Published 15 months ago by Lmhufana
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More About the Author

Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children. She has written about ice hockey, sibling rivalry and sportsmanship, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths solving mysteries. Her latest novel Fooling Around With Cinderella (the first in the Storybook Valley chick lit sweet romance series) is coming soon. Stacy is always happy to hear from readers. Feel free to say hello on the following sites:






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