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Dark Before Dawn [Kindle Edition]

Stacy Juba
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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.

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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: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • 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: #556,482 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Paranormal YA Read! October 31, 2011
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Just in time for Halloween is a chillingly creepy novel called Dark Before Dawn by Stacy Juba. I've read another of Stacy's books called Sink or Swim and I really enjoyed it so when the opportunity to review this one arose I jumped at it because it sounded so good to me. I love anything to do with psychics, fortune tellers, and teenagers who get themselves into scary situations and Dark Before Dawn didn't disappoint me at all. 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.

Dawn has had psychic abilities since the age of seven which seemed to manifest after the death of her father. Her mother has discouraged these abilities and basically pretended they didn't exist and wants Dawn to do the same. So Dawn spends a lot of time hiding her abilities from her mother and everyone else. It has made her seem a little strange to others and consequently led to her being one of the unpopular kids most of the time.

When her mother remarries Dawn finds herself with a new stepfather, stepbrother, and a new school. As usual she is singled out as not being part of the crowd and messing up in gym class sure doesn't help. Then it hits her. She has a vision about one of the popular boys at school and because she feels she couldn't live with herself if something happened to him, she warns him of the impending danger. When her vision comes true she is branded a witch and the teasing becomes even worse.

Then she meets Candace who tells her that there are others like her right in their town. Someone who can teach Dawn how to use her abilities. Dawn has a bad feeling about it all but agrees to meet his woman Serina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step Into the Light with a Great Mystery! November 14, 2011
Stacy Juba's paranormal, YA Mystery, Dark Before Dawn, is a enjoyable escape, no matter your age. Pick it up when you have time to finish because, once you start, it's hard to put down. Stacy has mastered her craft, and the pictures she paints with realistic characterization, believable dialogue, and quick paced plotting, all add up to the artist's gift of storytelling. As a writer of young adult fiction, she captures the true essence of teens, and channels in this novel, with paranormal perfection, their needs for understanding, their desires to fit in, and to be accepted. She does this in such a way that even if you are no longer a teen, you are taken back in time to the place where you remember your own angst. Books like Dark Before Dawn should be required reading to be enjoyed for parents of teens, to help them reconnect with the issues and concerns at the forefront of their children's lives. Some things don't change, we all need understanding and acceptance and a place to fit in. (As I tell my teens, "We're all just kids down here, I just got here before you did.") In the end, we all need the same things, and if we don't get them... tragedy can occur, as we discover through this skillfully told tale. No matter how old a kid you are, there is a lot to appreciate in Dark Before Dawn. The voices of Stacy's characters resonate and stay with you. This novel in particular delivers an exciting mystery, with an unique twist. I highly recommend this book, and any other the talented Stacy Juba has written. Keep 'em coming, Stacy!
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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 4 months 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 5 months ago by Andrea
3.0 out of 5 stars But it was cool to see how things worked out because of her
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The interactions between characters were all very interesting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good it just ended to soon
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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 6 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 6 months ago by Paul Dale Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 on the Masq Scale
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Social life for a teenager can be a minefield, between the in-crowd, bullying, and ostracism. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Masquerade Crew
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Published 16 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 18 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.
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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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