Dream Student by James DiBenedetto

Dream Student by  J.J. DiBenedetto

Dream Student

Dream Student

College junior Sara Barnes thought her life was totally under control. All she had to worry about was her final exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school – and what to do about the cute freshman in the next dorm with a crush on her. Everything was going according to plan, until the night she started seeing other people’s dreams.

It’s bad enough that Sara is learning more than she ever needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret fantasies whether she wants to or not. Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night, featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes. Now Sara wonders if she’s the only witness to a serial killer – and the only one who knows when and where he’s going to strike next.

Dream Student is the first book of the Dream Series.  @JJDiBenedetto

Author bio:

 J.J. (James) Dibenedetto’s fans would swear he’s got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy.

His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment.

Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination.



(over 160 reviews on amazon,com)

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To give you an idea of how much I loved this book, I have to tell you I purchased the other three stories before I was a third of the way through this one.

Dream Student is the story of Sara, a college student who begins to find her way into other people’s dreams. The first dream she stumbles into is that of Brian, a cute Freshman who happens to be dreaming about her. The second is that of the brutal murder of a teenage girl. Sara initially hopes what she is seeing is just the sick fantasy of a warped individual, but her hopes are dashed when she sees a newspaper report about the murder of the very girl she saw in the dream. When Sara finds her way into the killer’s dream again, she knows she’s having the dreams for a reason. It’s up to her to stop this man before he kills again.

Sara meets Brian in real life, and they instantly connect. With the help of Brian and her roommate Beth, Sara begins to piece together the steps of the murderer. The worst of it is, she can’t shake the feeling she’s seen him before.

Once I started reading, I literally couldn’t put the book down, and by the end of the weekend, I’d read not only Dream Student, but Dream Doctor (Dreams, book 2) and Dream Child, the next two books in the series. The story draws you in – part romance, part murder mystery, part young woman finding herself and coming into her own. The characters are real, with depth and the story is told smoothly. I highly recommend this entire series.

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my goodness! July 22, 2013
By Cynthia
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I really loved this book! I thought the author did an excellent job of getting into the mind of a 21-year-old girl. I even liked that it took place in the late 80’s because it was nostalgic for me. A time before computers had taken over the world and there weren’t even cell phones yet. Anyway, this book is suspenseful and entertaining. The only thing I have to point out is that the book does have some language and sexual themes, so for those who follow my reviews on GoodReads and/or my blog, be warned that this isn’t my typical book to review. The language wasn’t excessive and the adult themes weren’t graphic. I look forward to when I have the time to read the rest of the books in this series. Kudos to the author for his first novel!


5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Sharing is the new Vampire! August 13, 2013
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Dream Student delivers exactly what it promises and then some! The cover is quirky, the story is quirky, but believable, if you allow for the strange concept of someone intercepting other people’s dreams–an idea that was explored in the hit movie Inception. I, for one, don’t subscribe to the vampire mania, although I loved the Twilight Series. I don’t read about shape shifters, angels or demons. I prefer my paranormal to be more ‘normal’ and this theory of catching others’ dreams is just possible enough (in my head) that Dream Student caught my interest initially.
The blurb mentions a college student, her dreams, and a killer. And that was enough for this suspense reader to buy the book! What is above and beyond in this novel is that the author does a fantastic job of weaving the suspense in and out of a typical pre-med’s story. She’s a girl who has to get to class, hates the cold weather and discovers she’s able to see other people’s dreams and doesn’t like it one bit. He writes with finesse, compassion and credibility.
I was particularly drawn into the romance aspect of this story, a sweet contrast to what Sara is actually experiencing when she sleeps. The relationship with her suitor is an honest account of a true, first (and maybe last) love, written sweetly, and makes the reader remember young love. The characters are likeable, and the author uses humor and suspense alternatively to keep the reader engaged on every page. Not once did I find my interest wane, and that’s hard to do with me.
I am hooked and eager to read the next books in the series. Funny thing is that the night I finished Dream Student, I had a lucid dream with the main characters! Well done, DiBenedetto.


5.0 out of 5 stars A dreamy read July 3, 2013
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Sara is a disturbed young pre-med student. Strange and terrifying visions invade her dreams every night, and they don’t seem to belong to her. In fact, it seems as though she is able to tune into other people’s dreams. She and her boyfriend attempt to unravel the mystery, not least because his romantic fantasies about her are no longer private.

Things become more serious when Sara starts to receive the visions of a murderer. She might be able to warn his prospective victims, but doesn’t that just mean that someone else is targeted? And what if the killer finds out about her?

I love this premise; I could compare it to the plot of “Unbreakable”, but actually the author evokes the suspense and amateur investigation plot of a good giallo film. I’ll have to pick up the sequel.


5.0 out of 5 stars When Dreams Become Real August 16, 2013
Format:Audible Audio Edition

Sara is a college student who can see other people’s dreams.Some of the other peoples dreams are pleasant like Brian’s Dreams about her. Other dreams are not as pleasant. Dream Student will draw you in as you follow Sara in her everyday college life and also her Dreams. I had the audio book and kept speeding it up to make it go faster because I could not wait to see what was going to happen if Sara could solve the mystery before it was too late. Once you begin Dream Student you will not want to put it down. After you finish reading Dream Student you want to run not walk to buy the next book in the series Dream Doctor.

I was lucky to be given an audio version of Dream Student to review and was not even halfway finished when I Knew I want to read the rest of the books in the series.

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