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Dark Before Dawn Paperback – October 16, 2011
A spooky and fast moving plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the shocking end. Fresh Fiction
Dark Before Dawn is a choice pick for those seeking works of modern fantasy and ESP. The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, set at a theme park, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. Get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit on her website.
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The book is full of mystery, murder and mind control. A definite page turner.
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. All of a sudden she finds herself drawn into a world where others finally understand her and she is learning how to use her talent a lot more; even more important she finally has friends. As time goes on though a bizarre string of strange accidents occur and Dawn is forced to face the facts that these new friends of hers may not be who she thought they were - they are much, much worse.
I really enjoyed Dark Before Dawn. Stacy has an easy way of writing that draws you into her stories and keeps you there. For those who enjoy paranormal YA fiction with a good mystery to go along with it I would recommend giving Dark Before Dawn a try.
The story's protagonist, Dawn Christian, has been aware for some time that she is different. She knows things through premonitions. But her mother doesn't want people to think of her daughter as different and she discourages Dawn from mentioning this ability. Although demonstrating extra sensory perception isn't the same as not picking up your dirty socks, in either case having a parent dictate how to act or think is often interpreted by a young adult as a lack of support.
Creating characters who possess ESP in an otherwise normal, blended family situation gives this story an edge that the author utilized to ratchet the tension ever higher. The plot never felt contrived. Scenes were confined to a reasonable realm of possibility.
While the story dealt with paranormal phenomena, the author also wove in the plotline a very real problem of bullying that is prevalent in schools today. In comparing "the results of bullying" to an ongoing trial case labeled "The Making of a Murderer," two sides of a question arise. Does a bullied person become a danger to society because of adverse treatment, or does bullying treatment only release latent danger inherent within a person?
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