Dark Before Dawn by Stacy Juba

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    Psychic chills and thrills

    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….

    Review by Darcie Helle:

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    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!

    Review by Nanette Martin:

    Stacy Juba’s paranormal, YA Mystery, Dark Before Dawn, is a enjoyable escape, no matter your age. Pick it up when you have time to finish because, once you start, it’s hard to put down. Stacy has mastered her craft, and the pictures she paints with realistic characterization, believable dialogue, and quick paced plotting, all add up to the artist’s gift of storytelling. As a writer of young adult fiction, she captures the true essence of teens, and channels in this novel, with paranormal perfection, their needs for understanding, their desires to fit in, and to be accepted.

    She does this in such a way that even if you are no longer a teen, you are taken back in time to the place where you remember your own angst. Books like Dark Before Dawn should be required reading to be enjoyed for parents of teens, to help them reconnect with the issues and concerns at the forefront of their children’s lives. Some things don’t change, we all need understanding and acceptance and a place to fit in.

    (As I tell my teens, “We’re all just kids down here, I just got here before you did.”) In the end, we all need the same things, and if we don’t get them… tragedy can occur, as we discover through this skillfully told tale. No matter how old a kid you are, there is a lot to appreciate in Dark Before Dawn. The voices of Stacy’s characters resonate and stay with you. This novel in particular delivers an exciting mystery, with an unique twist. I highly recommend this book, and any other the talented Stacy Juba has written. Keep ’em coming, Stacy!