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Dark Before Dawn

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  168 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
Paperback, 212 pages
Published October 16th 2011 (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
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
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
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 sho ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a nice, quick, easy read and I have to say I really enjoyed it. This is not your typical slushy romance brand of YA Paranormal and I found that to be a nice change.

The plot is not overly complicated and I did see a lot of it coming, but I still enjoyed reading along to find out if I was right.

Well written with characters everyone can relate to, I would definitely read more by this author.

I give Dark Before Dawn 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 an ...more
I received a free download of "Dark Before Dawn" by Stacy Juba in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this YA paranormal thriller, geared mostly for the teenage group but also would be enjoyed by any adult.

Dawn Christian, sixteen had moved from Boston, to Covington, Maine, and now was starting her junior year at a new high school. But Dawn suffered from premonitions, and her mom wanted her to just forget about her "feelings", and get on with her life and try to make friends. But she
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bailee by: LibraryThing
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 ove
Brandy Nacole
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very intriguing story. The set of the story: Dawn, a psychic who is starting at a new school, trying to adjust to a new life with a new family, while keeping what she truly is hidden from the world. Dawn tries acting normal but finds it impossible to do when her ability pushes her reveal truths and to give warnings.
Dawn faces more problems when her own mother tries pushing her to ignore her ability.

Finally a light shines in her life, one that's too irresistible to ignore. Candace, ano
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classmum
I was lucky enough to win this novel from the blog Peeking Between the Pages. I say lucky as I loved it! Aimed at young teenaged girls, it was full of the worry and angst I expected of a young girl moving to a new school in a new town. Dawn's mother is newly married and has moved the pair to her new husband's hometown. Gradually we learn of Dawn's special powers. It's a shame the cover has to blurt them out to us - note the words ESP Spells DANGER on the front. Ms. Juba takes the reader well bey ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya
This book started out really well - great premise - I was interested. It was different. I looked forward to having time to read it to see what was going to happen. And then....the ending was just... off. I was really enjoying it up until the wrap-up.
It wasn't just one of those, "Oh! I can't believe that's how everything is going to be resolved!" deals - it wasn't that the ending was cheesy or something like that - it just really felt like someone else wrote the ending. The last quarter of the b
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dawn is adjusting to a new home, new school and new family. Her mom doesn't want anyone, including her new step-father and step-brother to know about her abnormality. Her psychic ability has kept her from having friends in the past and she is hoping to start over. Events occur that once again make her an outcast, but she is able to find some friends that have the same type of talents. Finally she fits in, but her inner voice is telling her to stay away. And for good reason. There are some very c ...more
Dharia Scarab
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Laura Reading
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written for young adults, this book can be enjoyed by more mature audiences as well.
Dealing with ones teen years gets more complicated when you find yourself with unusual talents or powers that most others do not have, and you can't talk to your mother about them. Add in moving to a new city and school, and life feels really difficult and unconfortable.
I like the way Dawn develops over time. She has to make better decisions and choices.
She has to decide who she can turn to and trust.

A well paced
Shanda Kerschner
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Vibe

Pretty good book. However, at times is reminded me of Stephen King's Carrie. It was an easy read. It has an ending that leads you to believe there may be a sequel.
Dan Wright
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
What happens when E-S-P spells D-A-N-G-E-R? Well it could mean one of two things. One, you need to learn to spell properly – or two, you’re a young girl with psychic powers and you’ve met other young girls with psychic powers and made some friends. Only for something sinister to be in the air...

Well, that’s the plot today of the book Dark Before Dawn by Stacy Juba, a Young Adult Paranormal novel involving psychic powers. It may sound like the plot to a Charmed episode, but in actual fact, this i
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal mysteries
Recommended to Mareena by: Tami at 'Magic of Books Promotions'
Sixteen-year-old Dawn Christian has recently moved to Covington, Maine to live with her new family - her mother, stepfather and seventeen-year-old stepbrother. Moving to a new town can be difficult for anyone, but for Dawn it has been particularly stressful. Having lost her father at the age of seven, it's just been herself and her mom since then - or at least it was until her mother remarried and they moved in with her new husband and his son. Dawn is actually settling in fairly well - getting ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
[3-4 stars]

For Dawn, being psychic is not easy. Her abilities have often put her in situations where she knows too much, alienating her from her peers for one reason or another. Needless to say, Dawn has never fit in. The situation is made worse when Dawn's mother remarries, moving her to a small town in Maine. Now there is even more pressure on Dawn to be normal, since her new family doesn't know about her secret, and she is once again the new kid in school. But this new town might be just what
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
[3-4 stars]

For Dawn, being psychic is not easy. Her abilities have often put her in situations where she knows too much, alienating her from her peers for one reason or another. Needless to say, Dawn has never fit in. The situation is made worse when Dawn's mother remarries, moving her to a small town in Maine. Now there is even more pressure on Dawn to be normal, since her new family doesn't know about her secret, and she is once again the new kid in school. But this new town might be just what
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When you compile the normal teen angst and the importance of ‘fitting in’ with the new kid in school, and one with psychic abilities to boot; you have the makings of an engaging and believable story. Dawn is the new girl in school, with a new step-father and step-brother, and the ability to predict the future. When she warns a student at school about his impending death – she ostracizes herself and becomes the butt of the mean girls sniping. As often happens in high school, those with similar in ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark before dawn

This rating I is because so many life situation s are in or. Typical teenagers, typical problems, I don't think so! Questions dilemmas, and the cruelty that can happen in high school all blend for a trip to danger. Read it in one sitting.
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 well.

Even though Dawn made quite a few bad choices along the way (which yes, made me keep arguing with my audiobook while I drove to and from work...this is perfectly normal, right?) it wasn't at all out of character for a sixteen-year-old who's adjusting to a new home and school/family situation AND is just starting to
Rebecca Austin
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-magic
All her life Dawn Christian has felt like an outcast and when her and her mom move from Boston to Covington, Maine she hopes for a new beginning. Dawn has premonitions and when she begins to have them about kids in her new town she is tormented immediately but finds solace with other outcasts at school, Candace and Jamie, who introduce her to Serina, the local psychic in town.

Yet Dawn soon realizes that not is all what she thinks it is and maybe her new friends aren't friends at all. Will Dawn b
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