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Dark Before Dawn

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  166 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
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 hav ...more
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published September 24th 2011 by Thunder Horse Press (first published September 22nd 2011)
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Darcia Helle
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
Nancy Adams
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michele Drier
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
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 even more of 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
Christina M Condy
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
Katherine Emberley
If you could control minds, would you?

This is the tagline from the author's website,, 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
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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