Dark Before Dawn

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Psychic chills and thrills from the author of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and Face-Off.

Dawn Christian 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 and two teenage girls who share her mysterious perception, Dawn finally ...

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Overview

Psychic chills and thrills from the author of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and Face-Off.

Dawn Christian 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 and two teenage 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 learns her new friends may be tied to two freak "accidents" in town, she has an important choice to make - continue developing the talent that makes her special, or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.

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Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review
Dark Before Dawn is a choice pick for those seeking works of modern fantasy and ESP.
Peeking Between the Pages
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…Stacy has an easy way of writing that draws you into her stories and keeps you there.”
Lynn Cunningham, Fresh Fiction
A spooky and fast moving plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the shocking end…Stacy Juba is a quite a versatile writer and each of her books carry a unique plot that will capture you from the first page and hold you until the final sentence. Dark Before Dawn is a special book that should not be missed.
Tifferz Book Review
I was hooked within the first few chapters. I refused to put it down till it was done…I would recommend this clean read to anyone!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466396210
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Thousands of readers have downloaded the books of Stacy Juba. She published her first book, a young adult novel, at age 18 and she hasn't stopped writing since. Her recent mystery novels for adults include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim. Stacy is also the author of the patriotic children's picture book The Flag Keeper, which teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette, the Teddy Bear Town Children's Bundle, the young adult hockey novel Face-Off, and 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back.
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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Want a Good Scare?

    Dawn Christian, the protagonist of Stacy Juba's YA novel, has problems: She's had psychic visions since childhood that she can't control, she's forced to leave her friends behind and, with her mother, stepfather, and stepbrother, move to a beach community in Maine that she hates. Her stepbrother, Ken, already thinks she's weird and soon all the kids at her new high school think so, too. Then a sudden vision blindsides Dawn and she's befriended by Candace, a Goth classmate with psychic abilities of her own. Dawn's life moves into the danger zone when Candace introduces her to the adult Serina, a mysterious fortuneteller, and Jamie, a timid classmate who also wants to become psychic.
    Dark Before Dawn will keep you reading at a fast pace while learning a good bit of detail about the psychic world. Although written for teenagers, adults will enjoy the thrills as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    Fantastic Read For All Ages!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Not recommended

    This book goes against my religious doctrines. I do not recommend it due to witch craft, the dark arts, mind control and evil spells to commit murder against school bullies. 140 pages, free, well edited. YA Book.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Dawn Christian has moved to a new town, now that her mother has

    Dawn Christian has moved to a new town, now that her mother has gotten married. Dawn has never felt normal, but it is the first day of school and she has a very, bad feeling; the type of feeling that her mother never wants to discuss. Knowing that she never stands a chance of fitting in, she is shocked when she makes friends with a girl who claims to understand all about those psychic feelings. One trip to the town’s fortuneteller turns into daily after school lessons, with her new friend and another girl who hopes to connect with her sixth sense. Dawn continues her lessons, despite her inner voice warning her of evil, but when people start turning up dead, Dawn can no longer ignore the voice. Will she listen or will she stand by her new friends?

    Stacy Juba takes on the world of teenage girls and the paranormal in this book. Readers will easily gobble up this book in one sitting. Readers will be able to relate to not only Dawn in her new setting, just trying to fit in, but to also some of the minor characters as well as they play their roles in her new high school/home. This book does have paranormal aspects, but it is the emotional journey that Dawn is on, is what will compel readers to keep reading until the very end. Dark Before Dawn covers many genres marvelously.

    Notes:
    The author provided a copy of this book for me to review.
    This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

    Recommended to All!

    Dark Before Dawn was a great read, perfect to take my mind off things and slip into the world that centered around Dawn. I loved the plot and the idea of a sixth sense.

    From the first page I was excited to see the lifelike quality around the relationship between Dawn and her mother. It is definitely something that any teen age girl could sympathize with.

    The feelings that Candance and Elaine had towards the boys they like are very much like crushes I've had. Even though I wouldn't have killed over it, I can definitely understand. On the flip side of that, when I started the book, I thought that there would be a lot more romance to the novel. So I was sad when everything stopped at the crush stage.

    There are a lot of surprises and twists that kept me interested and kept the pace of the novel just how I like it.

    I enjoyed the fact that you got to understand where Elaine was coming from as well as Candance because so many novels out there don't give a reason behind why their bad guys are bad. No one just is bad, they become bad by choices they make and others make. So, I was excited to learn about their characters.

    Over all, this was a great read and a worthwhile read for everyone!

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    Highly recommend this book to all

    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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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    A must read for Teens!

    Dawn has had psychic powers ever since she was a child. Like most of us at some point or another, Dawn feels like an outcast and is constantly picked on. But imagine not being fully accepted by your own mother, not knowing the secrets behind your father's death, or being called a "witch" on a daily bases. Unfortunately for Dawn, this is everyday life. When she moves to a new town, with a new stepdad, new stepbrother, and a new school, she feels lonelier than ever. Then, Dawn meets a girl who shows signs of physic powers like hers, and another friend who wants to learn how to be physic, and she finally fits in somewhere. They become involved with a local fortuneteller who mentors them and makes them feel special and powerful instead of like freaks. But everything is not like it seems, and when local teens start walking to their deaths (literally), it's up to Dawn to figure out what's going on.
    I was truly taken with this book! Not only is it a real page-turner, but I had moments where I would stop and say to myself, "Oh no she didn't!" Dawn may have psychic powers but there are parts of her personality and situations that everyone can relate to. As the plot came together I found myself on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what would happen next, and guess what? I couldn't guess! It takes a great plot to really stump and throw the reader off and Juba did an awesome job of keeping me interested. This author is going on my favorites list and I can't wait to read more of her books.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    A page turner!

    Ms. Juba has nailed the high-school voice of her characters in "Dawn Before Dark". Dawn Christian gets transferred to a different school and becomes part of a blended family in a small town in Maine, a far cry from her life in Boston. With a new family, new friends and a connection with the town's psychic, Dawn finds that her own psychic ability is getting stronger, with some frightening effects. Ms. Juba has drawn a spot-on portrait of high school cliques and angst set against growing paranormal events! This is a taut story with a whiff of deja vu that will keep you turning the pages!

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    Posted September 28, 2012

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