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Dream Student (Dream Series Book 1) by [DiBenedetto, J.J.]
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"Author DiBenedetto (Dream Home: Dream Series, 2014, etc.) has created a highly entertaining concept in the saga of Sara" - Kirkus Reviews
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.

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.
 
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WINNER - FIRST PLACE - Paranormal Romance Guild 2014 Reviewer's Choice Awards - Best Series, Paranormal Romance-Suspense

Product Details

  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW3FPF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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.
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Dream Student started out with such potential, but it progressively just got worse and worse for me. I was really excited to start reading it at first, the first few chapters drew me in and made me want to find out what was going on. It quickly became tedious and kind of boring though. Unfortunate.

**some spoilers ahead**

Sara is a pre-med college student and suddenly she starts being able to see other people's dreams. Not often, usually her roommate or boyfriend, but then they jump to a murderer. It is always the same thing until he kills the current girl and moves on to the next one. An interesting idea, and the dreams were the best part of the book, but it just didn't work for me. Maybe if they would have been a bigger part, and there would have been more dreams that weren't so normal, or just more people's dreams, it would have been more interesting. That and if Sara did something about the dreams, or used them for good, for the first 75% of the book.

So what was the first 75% of the book? Well it was a pretty boring, detailed description of Sara going to school. I swear you were told everything she ate, or didn't eat, or when she forgot to eat. It seemed like every single mealtime was in there. Why? I am not sure. I don't care. That is just one of the over detailed descriptions about her life in this book. There are also way too much detail about what classes she was going to and her study habits and just everything about her life. She is a college kid, finals are coming up, you don't have to detail every hour of her day. I will assume she is studying and going to class and eating sometimes. It was a bit too much.

The other issue with the book? It was almost all telling not showing. I like showing.
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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.
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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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