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Pandragon Reviews - Dark Before Dawn by Stacy Juba

 

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 is a lot more enjoyable (apologies to Charmed fans).

 

So let’s start channelling our chakra and gather our inner spiritual energy and dive into Dark Before Dawn.

 

 

About The Author

 

Stacy Juba has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag: she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include the adult mystery novels Sink or Swim and Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, the children’s picture books The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children’s Bundle (Three Complete Picture Books), and the young adult novels Face-Off and Dark Before Dawn. She is also the editor of the essay anthology 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit.

 

Website: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Before-Dawn-ebook/dp/B005PG7SXG/ref

 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-before-dawn-stacy-juba/1105896327?ean=2940013428591

 

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Dark-Before-Dawn/book-FR1KyG_SGkOx_tLz3cSseA/page1.html?s=V2kxe7qEY0Ob5UL-4FW6Qg&r=4

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dark-before-dawn/id476451947?mt=11

 

More retailers at: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/dark-before-dawn/

 

Dark Before Dawn is also available as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set - which contains Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim and Dark Before Dawn in one download. http://stacyjuba.com/blog/young-ladies-of-mystery-boxed-set/

 

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Cover

 

Gotta say I love the title – very symbolic of the central character. And this cover is quite striking with its contrast of dark and light. It may not stand out amongst most covers I’ve seen, but it’s a pretty cool cover none the less and the themes of the book are portrayed nicely.

 

 

Overview

 

Like a lot of teenagers, Dawn has trouble fitting in and making friends. The fact that she seems to possesses psychic abilities and can read minds by accident doesn’t help matters and can put her in some quite embarrassing situations. But when she makes friends with Candice and Jamie (two girls that also possess psychic abilities), they bring her to a powerful psychic called Serina, who seems almost too keen to teach her about her abilities. With it, Dawn learns new abilities that she never knew that she had, which empowers her and gives her more confidence. But there couldn’t possibly be a sinister side to Serina and the girls, could there?

 

Well, I don’t want to give too many spoilers – but if you know how most Paranormal stories go, you can bet that there will be some sinister dealings somewhere down the line!

 

I liked this one, it was a nice change to the amount of romantic novels I’ve done the last few reviews (not that I don’t enjoy reading those of course). The language and writing style is simple to follow and very easy to read, making this perfect for teenage readers.

 

The basic story (of a main character seeking acceptance, but isolated because of the gifts they possess), is one we’ve seen more than once in other novels, but I felt that the story was well done and I couldn’t see any plot holes in it, which was a good thing. Occasionally it was a little predictable in terms of the twists and you do kinda see what’s gonna happen before it does – but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to read. It’s a good length as well and not overly padded out, so most people will be able to get through this fairly quickly.

 

I think the only real issue I had with this book was a lack of a strong male character. All the guys in this book are either annoying or (minor spoilers) characters waiting to die. The closest we get is Ken, her step brother – but he was a bit of a prat and little more than a “damsel in distress”. I’m guessing this book was more intended for female readers, but I believe that, just because you may aim this book for one particular gender, it doesn’t mean you can’t put characters in that the opposite se can’t relate to or back. After all, even Twilight had some strong male characters as well as strong female characters. That’s just my view though and only really a nitpick.

 

But the above didn’t hinder my enjoyment of it and it was a refreshing read from the sort of books that I had before.

 

 

PROS (the Force is strong with this one):

  • Easy to follow story and plot is very tight and consistent.
  • A good collection of psychic powers throughout.
  • Great length.

 

CONS (I sense much fear in you):

  • More aimed at female readers, so male readers may feel a little isolated.

 

 

Summary

 

If you like a nice, easy to follow story with a strong plot, then this will be right up your street. It could have had more strong male protagonists, but I still found a lot to enjoy in this book and I’m sure that readers of Young Adult Paranormal novels will as well. Go get yourself a copy – you know you want to!

 

 

FINAL SCORE: 3.5/5

 

 

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers

End of the tour - But still time to grab yourself some goodies!

Well, last week was just amazing! Even though it was a short one, the Trapped on Draconica blog tour was, for me, extremely fun. It was great to share my thoughts about my book with so many bloggers and authors - and to introduce myself to some possible new readers.

 

I'd just like to say a HUGE thank you to all the people that took part in this - Mysti Parker, Sasha Summers, Sheenan Freitas, Michelle Horst, Alana Woods, Brian Wilkerson and Kate and the whole Read2Review team. Thank you for making this week special for me and for making my first blog tour a blast! I'll be sure that the next blog tour will be a longer one!

 

For those of you that have been following the tour, you STILL have time to grab yourself some goodies in the ultimate prize pack! The deadline for the prize ends in a few hours tonight, so go sign up to grab yourself a prize or five! Don't worry, you don't have to do anything too complicated, just follow this link and do a few simple things!

 

 

THE ULTIMATE PRIZE PACK LINK

 

 

Have a great week people! Speak soon!

 

 

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PANDRAGON

 

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers

Last day of the Trapped on Draconica Blog Tour - Magic Versus Science

Ok, so we are on the final day of the Trapped on Draconica blog tour (so sad :(). I hope you guys have had fun this week following me from blog to blog and checking out all the posts and showing support to all the great authors and bloggers that have been a part of this event!

 

To end this tour, I finish with my very good friends at Read2Review - who are actually responsible for my dive into book reviewing and I have a lot to thank them for. Today I'm doing a guest post with them on two of argueably the greatest aspects of Fantasy Fiction - science and magic. Both have been a defining factor of the creation of the world of Draconica. Two conflicting beliefs that are opposites of each other - but maybe not so far apart.

 

Anyway, please check out this post below and leave a comment on it to show you care!

 

 

MAGIC VERSUS SCIENCE

 

 

Don't forget, you still have time to enter for the Trapped on Draconica ultimate prize pack, so get your entries in quick! The link to do so is here!

 

 

TRAPPED ON DRACONICA ULTIMATE PRIZE PACK

 

 

Thank you SO much to all the authors/bloggers that took part in this tour and helped promote it. You guys are awesome! Also, thanks to everyone who followed it, commented, read and generally talked about it. You guys are also awesome.

 

I'll be announcing the winners of the ultimate prize pack in the next couple of days. Watch this space!

 

 

Pandragon

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers

Day Six of the Trapped on Draconica Blog Tour - The Geography of Draconica

Sorry for the late posting guys! Pulled an all-dayer at work today so only just had a chance to post this!

 

Well, we are nearing the end of the Trapped on Draconica blog tour - man has this week gone quickly! But it's been amazing fun this week and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have!

 

Today we have something VERY special planned. The creator of the Trapped on Draconica TV Tropes page Brian Wilkerson (who also gave Trapped on Draconica a positive review) wanted to ask a few questions about the world of Draconcia itself. It's a rare chance that I get to talk about the world my book is set in so I jumped at the chance. Check out this link to see what we got up to.

 

 

THE GEOGRAPHY OF TRAPPED ON DRACONICA

 

 

And as an added bonus, why not check out the Trapped on Draconica TV Tropes page. I'm sure you'll agree that Brian did an amazing job putting it all together and the links he made are well thought out and perfectly matched.

 

 

TRAPPED ON DRACONICA TV TROPES PAGE

 

 

Don't forget, there is still a chance to catch the Ultimate Prize pack! Deadline is 26th November so get your entries in quickly! You can find the link in previous blog posts, so go check it out and win yourself some amazing prizes!

 

Check back tomorrow for the last post in the Trapped on Draconica blog tour - where we visit my good friends Read2Review for a very special post.

 

 

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers

Day Five of the Trapped on Draconica Blog Tour - The Story of Trapped on Draconica

Ok, so yesterday I got a little bit confused and accidentally swapped the posts around for today and yesterday. Silly me! Oh well, onwards and upwards! I'll put it down to the worry I have about my dentist appointment today - I'm having a tooth removed later on.

 

So, without any excuses this time, today we visit Michelle Horst, the author of Vaalbara: Visions and Shadows. For the days leading up to this blog tour, she has been dropping hints about who will be coming to visit her - and today she reveals who it is. It is... (dramatic pause) ME! But then, you guys probably already knew that!

 

Today's blog is something a little bit different - it's a little talk about the story of Trapped on Draconica and how I came to write it. So for those not sure what Trapped on Draconica is all about, this should explain it a little better!

 

 

THE STORY OF TRAPPED ON DRACONICA

 

 

 

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers

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