Dream Student

Dream Student

by J.J. DiBenedetto

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BN ID: 2940044622265
Publisher: J.J. DiBenedetto
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: Dream Doctor Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 58,860
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve university, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests. The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.

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Dream Student 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
prismseven More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this story in exchange for a honest review. The beginning of the book was a little confusing and I found it hard to get into the story. As I continued to read the storyline became clearer and the characters more interesting. By the middle of the book I was hooked. I enjoyed the mystery of finding the killer and the action that occurred to stop the crime. Nice bonus of a little romance on the sideline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These type of books are not typically what i read, but i fell in love with it! I couldn't put it down and am now on the second one. I definitely recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable and believable. Very impressed. Original concept!!!!!
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Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I didn't hate, but didn't love. Although the topic of dreams intrigues me, I find the topic to be a little unreliable. I don't think it's fair that Sara see's the bad guy's dreams as reality, but everyone else's as fantasies. I also found the time period to not be effective. If the story would have taken place later in the past or in present day, it would have been a lot stronger. I liked the characters and found them to be believable, but I still felt they could have been a little more developed. Lastly, the story didn't have enough action for me. It was slow at times, and I wish it would have been more of an addictive page turner. Even though I found issues with the book, I still enjoyed my time reading it and don't regret picking it up. This book was a solid 3 for me. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it, but I enjoyed it.
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
This book has an interesting premise. It starts out with a pretty normal college girl with pretty normal college girl problems. Next thing you know she’s seeing into other people’s dreams. That could get messy if you really think about it. Oh, and it does get messy. I liked Sara. It was nice getting to watch her transform from this rather shy and inconsequential person into someone who was confident enough to use her dream “power” for good. With all she sees in her dreams, I think that the author did a great job by providing her with a really great support group of friends and family. It was a different take on that for me. Most protagonists are usually floating around on their own trying to solve problems. They’re usually very introverted or have some other quirk. It was a different take to have a main character who was a regular person. The book has a lot of dialog where the same things are said over and over but, it actually wasn’t annoying. It helps solidify the characters as people to me. Wouldn’t I run the problems over and over in my head to find a solution? The description’s of the murders is very well done. The author doesn’t blast you with a ton of gory details and still manages to translate the horror of what is happening and what Sara sees. For the full review check out my blog : https://alliesopinions.wordpress.com/
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Dreams, we have all heard they have meanings, but for medical student, Sara, her dreams are portents of events yet to happen, and they are deadly, dangerous and haunting. From the day to day schedule of a busy med student to the terrifying nightmares she endures, Sara finds strength and support from her new boyfriend and her amazing roommate as a sadistic murderer’s bloody trail is recorded in her brain through her nightmares. Is there a way to predict who will be next or a way to prevent these deaths? Feeling impotent, frustrated and terrified, will she make the hit list or will someone close to her become another brutalized victim? Time is running out on both her sanity and the lives of young women and Sara is running on empty, sleep deprived, under pressure and unsure of how to proceed, can this monster be stopped? J.J. DiBenedetto’s Dream Student will pull you into another time, another century, as we visit the 1980’s, the pressures of medical school and the nightmares of one girl who can predict the most heinous of events, because she is seeing them in someone else’s dreams. Rich with day to day details, when the meat and potatoes of this plot are served, it is non-stop mystery, suspense and gives a whole new meaning to interpreting one’s dreams. Nightlights optional.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
A good paranormal murder mystery/romance that opens in 1989 and involves a college student who dreams the dreams and thoughts of those she is in nearby contact with, including a serial murderer. Narrator Heather Jane Hogan has a very pleasant, easygoing voice and sets a nice, even pace; readers will know when they are in a dream scene because of her slowed, floating delivery for which she is very consistent. Her range of voices is very limited in fact, almost non-existent, but she does a good job at discerning characters. I’m sure the author was trying have us “live” as if we were Sara, the protagonist, but especially later on in the story, the dream scenes are much too long and repeated over and over. That said, Dream Student: Dreams, Book 1 is well worth the listen. There’s lots of details, a little crazy college stuff and mild sex scenes that were more like those old black/white movies that I love to watch, where you actually must use your imagination instead of having pornographic sex shoved in your face, or ears in this case. The story is also believable; true, we see and hear all kinds of fantastical stuff and there’s probably an old movie out there that is has a similar storyline but Dream Student didn’t get too far-fetched from reality. The wildest of imaginings are often believed by the easily influenced, but this story is a bit more down to earth and about dreams…something everyone has, even if we don’t always remember them. Sara is an unwilling participant in the dreams of others so within a short time she learns to help those she can in their daily college crises, and with best friend, Beth, and boyfriend, Brian, by her side, Sara comes face-to-face with terrifying events in order to solve the murders taking place near the college. She must keep dreaming the horror to find the killer before more lives are lost…. The cover of this 11 hours 33 min audiobook is beautiful though like everything else in life these days has a sexual undertone. Fortunately as I mentioned above that content is very mild. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
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AvidReader2015 More than 1 year ago
In a story reminiscent of Dorothy in the land of Oz and Alice in wonderland, here is a new heroine exploring the strange realm of her dreams, in a journey to find her inner power to solve them and finally, turn a corner. But this is no children story, or as she puts it, "Not in Kansas anymore": Sara is the chatty and slightly naive college student, living in the dorms. She refuses to talk about her nightmares, hoping they may eventually go away. Finding herself all of a sudden in a cheerleader's outfit, Sara realizes one thing, which is crazy and impossible--but all the same, true: "this is not her dream anymore." Somehow she has slipped into someone else's head, and she doesn't know how to get out of there. Unlike her own dreams, his persist, somehow, in her waking memory. Trapped in terror, she is utterly passive, the way we find ourselves helpless to escape while we dream. Luckily, at first he is oblivious to the fact that Sara is watching his sick fantasies. When she reads a newspaper report about the murder of the victim she saw in her sleep last night, Sara comes to realize that what she sees are premonitions of the next murder. Her visions are puzzling, and they compel her to put together the pieces of the puzzle in order to try and avert what she knows is about to happen. Will she succeed doing it in time? Will she put herself on the line, risking her own life? "He saw me. He knew I was there. He knew I was watching." The book alternates between two points of view: Sara's voice (in first person) and the description of her dream sequences (in third person.) Why are these sequences in third person, and italicized, to mark the difference in an even more pronounced way? Because, I think, these are out-of-body experiences, and we get to witness them not through Sara's voice but through the author's all-seeing eyes. James DiBenedetto presents us with a mental exersize, a riddle for us to solve, if only we suspend disbelief. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first few chapters were a bit boring, to be honest, I skipped a few paragraphs with too much every-day stuff description that I think were unnecessary to the story. I guess the author’s idea was to introduce every character, even the secondary ones, in case he would make Sara dream of them in the future, but other than Jackie’s story, I think the rest of her dorm partners’ stories were unnecessary and boring. Of course we want to read about Beth and Brian, her best friend (and my favorite character) and her sweet boyfriend. Once she starts to understand the dreams and they start thinking about what to do with them, it gets very interesting and I found myself reading faster and trying to solve the mystery along with the characters. The book is very well written and edited, you can tell the author grew a lot between the first chapter and the last. It becomes better and better when you read further on it and I had to start the second book right after I finished this because I wanted more. It could be a book for every age, however, since it mentions sex (not explicit, but still) , I would recommend it to everyone 18+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good story that is well written. The characters are believabe, and the story line flows smoothly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is crap so bad so so bad
RochelleRosesandThorns More than 1 year ago
J.J. DiBenedetto is that rare author who is capable of writing a series in which each book stands on its own. There are no cliff-hangers (one of my pet peeves) here. Whether or not one wishes to read the next book in the Dream Series is entirely dependent on the quality of the writing of the books one has already read. The only drawback to having read Dream Doctor first is that I pretty much knew how Dream Student ended when I picked it up. Therefore, it’s a testament to Mr. DiBenedetto’s talent that Dream Student engaged me on page one and kept my attention right through the final page, even though I knew who did it before I opened the book. That is the mark of a truly excellent author, and I cannot give greater praise. Buy the book and see for yourself. And if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series, I guarantee Mr. DiBenedetto will keep you guessing to the very end. I’m very good at figuring out the ends of books, but he fooled me with Dream Doctor, and probably would have done so here as well. I look forward to reading Dream Child. It’s waiting on my e-reader.
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LeeRyder1 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this whole series of books. I have come to love the character of Sara very much. JJ Dibenedetto takes you into a world of full immersion that pulls you in and doesn't let go. I read the third book first so I kind of knew where the story was going so make sure you read them in order not to spoil them for yourself. Whichever one you read first surely will be entertaining, exciting, and interesting. This is truly a great read and I definitely will read more of JJ DiBenedetto's work because she truly is a talented writer. I hope she writes more of this series because it's really awesome. Getting into the world of people's dreams can be scary and strange with many twists and turns and Dibenedetto delivers! A well written story I would read again and again! Reviewed by Lee of Fae Books. 
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Tandrence More than 1 year ago
I was offered a free ebook copy of Dream Student (Dreams #1) by J.J. DiBenedetto after I had entered a giveaway for the book and didn't win.  It took me a few weeks to get around to reading it, but now that I finally have, here is my review. Sara is a typical pre-med student, trying to balance studying, dorm life, having fun, and suffering through the most unimaginable nightmares.  At first the dreams don't seem so bad, she sees a boy that she feels an intense connection with.  They later meet at a club and it is insta-love.  But she keeps having these recurring nightmares of a man brutally murdering young girls and dumping the bodies.  She wakes up screaming and crying.  It isn't until she sees an article in the paper with the girl's picture that she realizes that her nightmares are really happening.  She is viewing someone else's dreams while she is asleep.  Sara and her friends must work together to stop the murderer before he claims his next victim. The concept for this story is nice and interesting.  It is a cool idea that you could be a crime fighting dreamer.  I think that the author could have done a lot more with it than he did.  At one point Sara visits the sleep lab on campus and they run tests, telling her that the results don't make sense.  They hook her up to all of the probes and scanners while she sleeps, and as soon as her nightmares begin according to the tests it is like she became an entirely different person.  As soon as Sara leaves the sleep lab, there is no follow up with that.  I would think that the professors took an interest in the test results and would want to investigate more, but they don't. Also, there is a lot of content in the book that is unnecessary and boring.  It is frequently mentioning class schedules, and minute details about how the characters are spending their days.  A lot of this could have been eliminated with absolutely zero impact to the story.  If the author had worked a little bit more on character development and a little bit less on minute details about the characters' class schedules and studying the book would have been more interesting.  As it was, it was still an interesting read, the story had a nice flow, and the pace picked up quite a bit near the end.  I'd be interested in seeing what the author did with the story line in the other books of this series.
lovelygen13 More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest. When I started reading the first chapter, I was a little bit confused. It would alternate between dreaming Sara and awake Sara. Yes, the dreaming Sara parts would be in italic but I was confused still. I didn't know exactly what was going on. All that changed after a few pages. I started to understand what was going on and I have to say, it got me wanting to keep reading. This book isn't all about Sara having dreams about things that will happen or things that happened; it is also about investigating the murder happening in those dreams. There is one problem: Sara doesn't know when those murders will happen, how to stop them or who is behind them. Sara wants to start investigating who is behind these murders. She turns to her best friend Beth and Brian, whom you will know about in the book. The three of them join forces and start to uncover the story behind these murders and why are they happening. That's something I loved about this book: the investigation and the true meaning of friendship. I love how Beth never thought Sara was crazy, how Beth stood by and helped Sara through the nightmares and helped her uncover the murderer. From all of the characters, I loved Beth more. I also loved the humor this book has. It isn't all serious. There were times where I would smile or laugh. Beth was such a funny character. As I mentioned before, she is my favorite character. At times, the book would turn out to be a little slow but it would pick up it's pace very quickly, which I like. Even in those dull moments, there were scenes that were so captivating to me and meant a lot to me. I really like this book. I can't wait to start reading the second book in this series.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Told in the pleasingly natural voice of an 80s premed student, and set around co-ed college dorms, Dream Student takes an exciting and original premise and creates an intriguing mystery story around it, filled with convincing characters and genuine feel for the hard work and hard play of college life. Sarah, who, like most of us, never remembers her dreams, suddenly finds herself experiencing, and remembering, other people’s dreams. It starts fairly quietly—just the occasional nightmare and a fairly amusing romantic fantasy. But soon the campus is filled with rumors of a killer on the loose, and Sarah’s sharing his dreams. Sarah shares a very authentic view of dorm life too. Those students old enough to drink might do so to excess and suffer appropriate consequences. They’ll sleep together too, sometimes after a whirlwind experience of love at first sight. But they’ll also suffer the consequences in late assignments and fears for the future. Sarah’s voice remains convincing throughout, even when agonizing over her choices. And she learns wise lessons that will surely help as she trains to be a doctor. After all, those in the medical profession frequently need to keep secrets just as surely as the dreamer of her neighbors’ pet nightmares. Nice touches of humor, an honest assessment of the coming demands of med school, and an enjoyable, if sudden, romance, combine to make this a pleasingly different mystery. Sarah’s very committed to her future and her friends. She’s a very real student of the eighties and a believable young adult, with just that one strange difference in her dreams. The mystery’s fun too, and nicely timed, letting readers spot clues but never leaving the protagonists too far behind. A fun book and the start of a cool series. Disclosure: I was given two books from this series by the author, and won this one in a contest.
SEStone519 More than 1 year ago
Between studying for finals and spending time with her new boyfriend, Sara Barnes has more than enough on her plate at the end of the semester. Then she begins to see dreams that aren’t her own. Apart from learning rather awkward details about her friends, Sara doesn’t see any harm in them. But suddenly a man’s dream invades her sleep, and what she witnesses terrifies Sara to her very core. Now Sara must figure out whose dream this is and how to stop him from doing it again. The premise of Dream Student convinced me to choose this book. It’s a great idea for a novel: a college student intercepts the dreams of a madman. There is a huge promise of suspense and drama that will keep the reader turning each page to find out what’ll happen to Sara and her friends. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver. I struggled to get through this book. The biggest issue was that it lacked tension throughout. Tension occurs initially when Sara begins having the dreams. But it drops off pretty quickly before the midpoint, and the story shifts almost exclusively to the relationship between Sara and her boyfriend for a while. Even the chapters leading up to the climax fall flat  because the suspense and tension has been ignored for so long. On top of that, the writing frustrated me. The narrator–Sara–would tell the reader information rather than show it. It seemed like the author was afraid that the reader wouldn’t pick up on important things on their own. There is also no satisfactory explanation given as to why the main character has a sudden personality shift when she meets her boyfriend. A shy, quiet girl all of a sudden becomes outspoken and brave when she starts dating him. I don’t quite buy that the relationship changed her that much, even if it was love at first sight. I had a hard time with the prologue as well. It felt like an information dump, giving the reader facts the author thought they needed before reading the story. I was confused reading it since I didn’t know or have a relationship with any of the characters. It was also the only time that the boyfriend narrates a scene in the entire book. The opening pages of the book establish the world and the parameters of who will be narrating. That one-time scene breaks the implied contract with the reader. This book is geared toward young adult readers and is the first in a triology. I wouldn’t recommend it. Rating: one of five stars Dream Student by J. J. DiBenedetto is published by the author and is available as an eBook. *I received a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Sara Barnes, a medical student, starts to see other people’s dreams, which at first is problematic for her. Soon she finds a way to use her ability, which also leads her to the love of her life, Brian. But among those dreams are nightmares that belong to one mysterious person, terrorizing Sara at night. When a girl who is murdered in the nightmares appears in the news, Sara, Brian, and her friend Beth try to find the killer, aware that they could be the next victims. Book 1 of the Dreams series, Dream Student is a paranormal suspense by J.J. DiBenedetto. First of all, commendable cover art from Ami Low. Even though it is juvenile, it is still dark, quirky, and really captures the essence of the story. Personally, it is one of the best covers I have seen in the paranormal genre. The concept of Dream Student is exciting and intriguing. All the characters are well-fleshed out, especially the protagonist, Sara. The time setting of the late '80s is nostalgic. On the other hand, the book’s pacing is quite slow which lasts until the middle part for me – there are times that I feel there are too many details about Sara’s college life rather than her nightmares and the murderer instead. Even so, the believable dialogue and plot, coupled with the humor that J.J. DiBenedetto includes in his writing, greatly compensate for this minor flaw. The thrill of “who done it” does keep me on edge. Overall, a fascinating story from start to finish and I intend to read the next installment in the series.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. You know the old saying “Never judge a book by its cover”? Couldn’t be truer than in relation to this one! The cover turned me off when I first saw it, but I have to say, I’m glad I got over that and read the book. “Dream Student” had a very Nancy Drew kind of feel to it, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. In this story, Sara is our heroine (great heroine name, if you ask me). She’s a pre-med college student who begins entering into other people’s dreams. This begins a series of events that, as I said, seemed very Nancy Drew-ish. She finds herself in the dreams of the very cute and adorable Brian, a college freshman. But then she also begins to dream of brutal murders that she then finds happened in real life. She and Brian end up meeting in real life and begin a relationship and together they to try and solve the mysteries of Sara’s dreams before more lives are taken. I also want to add here that Sara’s character really surprised me in this book, as she starts out kind of awkward and conservative but blooms into something more during the course of the story. This book isn’t a graphic depiction of young love or anything, but Sara finds herself in the role of older woman and seductress with Brian. Go Sara, you minx! I thought that the character construction and dialogue were the strong points of this book. The characters are easy to relate to, even with the paranormal flair of the story, and the dialogue seems very real. The story grabbed me right away, even though it did seem to slow in the middle. I could not put down this book during the last 20%, it was gripping! All in all, this was a really great story, told exceptionally well. This author has a unique and absorbing style. As I said, I wasn’t sure this subject matter would interest me. However, the way it was told made it hard to resist. A solid 4 star book for me, I would highly recommend it! I now have to go out and read the other books in this series!