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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA paranormal The main character, Dawn, is well drawn and engaging and every other character is fully fleshed out These people seemed real to me and every time I put the book down I found myself thinking about the characters and wondering how it would all turn out for them The paranormal angle was very well done and believable in the context of the story It was also a real page turner If I hadn t had other things that I absolutely had t I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA paranormal The main character, Dawn, is well drawn and engaging and every other character is fully fleshed out These people seemed real to me and every time I put the book down I found myself thinking about the characters and wondering how it would all turn out for them The paranormal angle was very well done and believable in the context of the story It was also a real page turner If I hadn t had other things that I absolutely had to do, I could easily have finished this in one or two sittings The plot had enough unexpected twists to keep me fully engaged and the ending was completely satisfying The family dynamics and school situations also seemed very believable and well done Everything about this book was a real winner I certainly hope Ms Juba writesbooks in this category She s exceptionally talented and the teen characters, no matter what their role in the story, feel real and alive and are completely engaging.The moral lines drawn between good and evil and the choices the characters make were part of what made this such a compelling read Like the Harry Potter books, we are drawn into the story and the moral dilemmas of the characters without ever feeling that the writer is preaching to us.All around, a wonderful read My Review 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 high school If that isn t stressful enough, Dawn is also psychic Yep, as in she can tell what team will win with what score Awesome right Not to Dawn, mainly because most of her premonitions are about which classmate is next on the reaper s list Dawn faces a new challenge warn those w an impending death and obliterate My Review 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 high school If that isn t stressful enough, Dawn is also psychic Yep, as in she can tell what team will win with what score Awesome right Not to Dawn, mainly because most of her premonitions are about which classmate is next on the reaper s list Dawn faces a new challenge warn those w an impending death and obliterate any chance she has in having a normal life OR walk away and live w the guilt Of course Dawn, chooses the former and in doing so she makes new friends Friends that have a lotin common w her, friends that help Dawn understand her psychic powers As the story progresses, Dawn learns to control her powers, she becomes stronger and she also learns about her family history What I liked about this novel Dawn is your typical teenager sans the psychic powers , with typical parental problems This is good because the readers can relatewith the characters situation Also, the message that the author is portraying, at least the message that I got, is to follow your intuition even when your brain is screaming the opposite After all, the heart soul knowsthan the brain Also, that it is better to know the truth because in doing so you will be better prepared to handle whatever comes your way Parents want to protect their children by hiding the truth from them This doesn t always work like never We find out, we get mad, go do stupid things, trust those that shouldn t be trusted Why Because the truth is a powerful ally and an evenpowerful weapon Read the book, so you can understand me What I didn t like about this book The pace is a bit slow for me It didn t have enough movement, for lack of a better word It was building up to the ending of course but it seemed like Dawn just took way, WAY, too long in figuring out what we already knew halfway through the book There were a lot of unexpected twists, which is what propelled me to continue reading Oh Why was the cute, nice, potential boyfriend murdered This was not cool Let Dawn have a love life Overall It s a good novel I am sure that BOOK 2 will be better I recommend this book for teens, there is no mature content so parents, your kids will not be corrupted I look forward to reading the next installment The ending, as in the last page, pretty much sold itself for me 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 paranorm 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 Received this ARC copy free from Goodreads.com 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 the Received this ARC copy free from Goodreads.com 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 thequestions 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 evenoutcast, that is until Candace and Jaime befriend her They have psychic abilities too Candacethat Jamie and tell her that Serina a local psychic helps then learnabout 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 Dawn wants to have somewhere to fit in so bad and is so badly wanting to understand her ability she will do anything to make it happen When Dawn gets a feeling of evil at Serina s house and dismisses it for nerves will she be sorry later I have to say that this book was well written and a joy to read Stacy Juba the author did a terrific job with this book It had action and kept rolling right along all the way to the end I found myself wanting to read faster because I thought I knew what was going on or going to happen and couldn t wait to see if I was right As I read I never really saw anything sinister going on with the little psychic class Serina held for the three girls Candace, Jamie and Dawn Throughout this book there are clues as to what you should be catching on to, but if you are like me they didn t all sink in until it was later in the book When I finally saw what the author was doing with the plot my mind just reeled with excitement and wonder I also found myself going, how could I have missed seeing that The wonderful twists and turns all throughout the book were very enjoyable too, kept me as a reader on my toes and filled with wonder I think this book hit a cord with me because I tend to be intuitive myself, not by any means psychic, but I can tell when things are wrong with someone I am close to I think of how frustrated I can be when I get that feeling, but don t know what is wrong or with who, and can t even imagine the character of Dawn who can see things and hear things too This book also brings to light a common problem, bullying All the bad in this book started with one girl just not fitting in in high school and getting picked on My advice after reading this book Never pick on anyone, you never know what secrets they are hiding from you that could cause you real problems if you are mean to them Highly recommend this book to the young adult group and the adult group After all I think some of the best books out there are young adult books They have a different feel to them that the authors make oh so well Out to you, Stacy Juba, I hope you write another book so we can see where Dawn goes from here with her new found abilities and acceptance from her family When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak accidents in town, Dawn has an important choice to make continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her This novel is aimed at young adults, and at adults who enjoy paranormal YA such as the Twilight series, House of Night, and The Vampire Diaries series, Meg Cabot s The Mediator series, or Lois Duncan books I m pretty glad I signed up for this book on one of the Goodreads group R2R programs I got a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review It s not usually the type of story I m into, one basically completely lacking in the romance department, however I found that the story carried my along so well that I barely even noticed the absence Dawn is a psychic who doesn t understand her abilities or where they came from She s constantly being cut down by her mother because of them, and to I m pretty glad I signed up for this book on one of the Goodreads group R2R programs I got a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review It s not usually the type of story I m into, one basically completely lacking in the romance department, however I found that the story carried my along so well that I barely even noticed the absence Dawn is a psychic who doesn t understand her abilities or where they came from She s constantly being cut down by her mother because of them, and told to stifle her powers When she moves with her family to Covington love the name it doesn t really come as a big surprise that she meets up with other psychics While the book doesn t have many twists or turns that aren t easily predicted, the flow of the story moves smoothly Juba has a distinct voice which makes it easy to picture what s going on I did still have a few issues with this book One of them is something that Dawn thinks to herself, which is that she wonders what her life would have been like if her mom had died instead of her dad That threw me She s gullible, sure, otherwise she wouldn t have fallen for many of Serina s tricks, but she doesn t seem cruel While that thought isn t necessarily horrible, it is still pretty bad, and we haven t seen her mom treat her nearly bad enough for her to think it Another thing is the use of the word avenged towards the end Serina avenged herself, not her enemies Of course, these two things are just semantics, I just felt the need to mention them Other then that the only real problems I had, again, was the obviousness of all of it, including the central plot arch, and the switch in POV Sometimes we d be in Dawn s head and then we d get a glimpse into another characters It was strange and jarring That and the grammar, where tenses were constantly being switched so that I had to reread a sentence over again in order to figure it out But the characters were all given distinct personalities and were well rounded I could picture each one in my mind, and could decide which ones I would want to hang out with and which ones I wouldn t This really helped pull me into the story All in all, I d give this a 4, and I would without a doubt readby this author I recommend this to anyone who wants a good paranormal story all about murders and manipulative psychics Dawn Christian and her family recently moved Well, there was a marriage and a move to Maine she now has a step father and a step brother to go along with her mother But her psychic abilities make her evenof an outcast at her new school that is until a few other girls let on that they have the same abilities and introduce Dawn to a fortune teller Mysterious deaths and tough choices follow.This story started off strong Dawn is in her teens and having trouble fitting in both at home an Dawn Christian and her family recently moved Well, there was a marriage and a move to Maine she now has a step father and a step brother to go along with her mother But her psychic abilities make her evenof an outcast at her new school that is until a few other girls let on that they have the same abilities and introduce Dawn to a fortune teller Mysterious deaths and tough choices follow.This story started off strong Dawn is in her teens and having trouble fitting in both at home and at school She can t talk to her mom about her psychic abilities and that makes it hard for her to talk to her mother about anything else Plus she now has this awkwardness at getting use to having a step father and step brother In fact, the book spends a lot of time focusing on how out of place Dawn is While that is definitely integral to the story, after a while it is was also tiring as the same issues were rehashed over and over again.But then things pick up again when Dawn meets the fortune teller and witch Cassandra Now she is part of a small group of teens, all with psychic abilities, being taught and guided by this experienced witch Things were looking up for Dawn However, there is something dark at the center of this group and while Dawn can sense that, she doesn t figure it out right away.A few deaths occur that are attributed to freak accidents Dawn believes otherwise and keeps digging As she delves into this mystery she also stumbles upon the mystery of her own father s death Apparently her mother has been keeping secrets This little side plot line was my favorite as it had the right mix of suspense, coming of age, and truths uncovered.There is some joking around about Dawn s step brother and how cute he is I really hope the author doesn t turn this into a step sibling romance in the next installment The ending felt a little rushed to me but maybe that is because so much of the rest of the book kept repeating over and over again Dawn s not fitting in So the succinctness of the ending was a different pacing from the rest of the book.Narration Cassandra Morris was a great choice for Dawn She does teen girls well Her female and male voices were believable and distinct Stacy Juba has created a fabulous story for kids and adults We begin this story with Dawn a young girl with psychic abilities that her mother wants her to hide She has a premonition that something horrible is going to happen on her first day of school And boy was she right What happens next is the stuff of nightmares I can t go into too many details because it would give away the story But I will say that Juba has created a character family that is so wonderful in all its crazy familial int Stacy Juba has created a fabulous story for kids and adults We begin this story with Dawn a young girl with psychic abilities that her mother wants her to hide She has a premonition that something horrible is going to happen on her first day of school And boy was she right What happens next is the stuff of nightmares I can t go into too many details because it would give away the story But I will say that Juba has created a character family that is so wonderful in all its crazy familial intricacies The fear Dawn s mother feels at each and every new psychic awakening The struggles of a young girl in a new family with a new step father and step brother and going to a new high school are all so very believable The mis fits who Dawn finds and fits in with and the mysterious psychic who is willing to teach children to awaken their inborn talents make this mystery a true page turner.The twists and turns that this story takes were relatively straight forward and whether it s my instinctual abilities to deduce what s going to happen next or a psychic ability I just knew all was not as it seemed And so I knew something would happen with the psychic but even I never truly expected who she was and why things were happening Stacy Juba really needs to continue on with this saga because I feel that there is so muchto be done with Dawn But it is a strongly written piece and I do recommend this book to children aged 10 and up I really believe that young and old alike will love this tale and as a woman whose own children are different I can say that this is a wonderful story of how children treat their peers and a good lesson on how to treat those that are different than you And while it wasn t written to be a lesson on acceptance of others it is indeed a story about accepting who you are regardless of your differences So please do go out and grab a copy of this book because it is well worth the read and will keep you flipping those pages to find out what happens next.Details Disclaimer Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review The free book held no determination on my personal review If you could control minds, would you This is the tagline from the author s website, stacyjuba.com, and it so eloquently sums up my thought after finishing this book If you asked me this question 2 days ago, I would have answered HELL YES After finishing Dark Before Dawn, I will admit that I am torn.First off, Dark Before Dawn is written from the perspective of Dawn, a I actually am unsure if we ever get a true age of Dawn 16 ish year old girl who has been able to predict when something If you could control minds, would you This is the tagline from the author s website, stacyjuba.com, and it so eloquently sums up my thought after finishing this book If you asked me this question 2 days ago, I would have answered HELL YES After finishing Dark Before Dawn, I will admit that I am torn.First off, Dark Before Dawn is written from the perspective of Dawn, a I actually am unsure if we ever get a true age of Dawn 16 ish year old girl who has been able to predict when something bad is going to happen and had delved into some peoples minds Her whole life she has felt like an outsider looking in She has never been able to make friends and keep them Her own mother doesn t understand her Her father is dead and her mother has remarried what could possibly go wrong The situations that are portrayed in this paranormal young adult fiction are eye opening and thought provoking I spent my time reading how the main character, Dawn, handled various dilemmas, whether internal or otherwise, and I tried to compare how I would react if thrown into a similar situation I get asked what my favorite types of books are To this I always answer the same, any genre that allows me put myself in the shoes of the characters and makes me think about life in general.The writing style of this author was perfect Throughout the book, I felt like I was in the head of a teenaged girl living in a new town and dealing with a whole new world I enjoyed that there was a feeling of being an outcast and it was exactly how I would expect a girl to feel being thrown into a new family with an ability that she is unable to let surface.I was sad to see the story end and this is one of the few times I wish a stand alone was a series If Stacy Juba ever writeswith these great characters, you can bet that I will be the first in line, or rather, the fist to proceed to check out In the meantime I will be delving into the other titles of not only Stacy Juba s young adult selection, but all of her books Dark Before Dawn focuses on Dawn, a 16 year old girl who is forced to move from Boston to Maine because of her mother s marriage Not only does Dawn have to deal with a new family, a new house, and a new school but she also has psychic abilities that scare her and have isolated her She tries to keep her psychic abilities a secret but when she has a vision of a classmate s death, she feels that she must warn him Soon she is being teased and tormented by the cool kids And when her vision comes Dark Before Dawn focuses on Dawn, a 16 year old girl who is forced to move from Boston to Maine because of her mother s marriage Not only does Dawn have to deal with a new family, a new house, and a new school but she also has psychic abilities that scare her and have isolated her She tries to keep her psychic abilities a secret but when she has a vision of a classmate s death, she feels that she must warn him Soon she is being teased and tormented by the cool kids And when her vision comes true, his friends spread a rumor around school is that she is a witch and she caused his death She is befriended by another girl at school who also has psychic abilities and is introduced to her mentor But Dawn soon starts to question the mentor s teachings and finds herself wondering if her initial bad feeling about evil was right all along.I absolutely loved this book and read it in one sitting The story was well written and fast paced I was interested from the first page to the very last I liked that even though this was a paranormal book, it was very realistic The interactions between Dawn and her mother were something that any teen girl can relate to and understand The high school relationships and cliques were pretty much how I remember high school being And in some ways, Dawn and her friends reminded me of myself and my little group of high school friends except for the psychic abilities.This book is very appropriate for teens and young adults, especially those interested in the supernatural It is also an enjoyable read for adults of all ages I highly recommend that you put this on your TBR and that you check out Stacy Juba s other books Dark Before Dawn


About the Author: Stacy Juba

Author of Storybook Valley fairy tale chick lit series, the Hockey Rivals YA sports series, suspenseful cozy mysteries, andStop by Stacy s website to get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit Stacy is also an affordable freelance editor and lover of happy endings Check out her other website


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