Review: Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto

June 24, 2014 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedettoDream Student
by J.J. DiBenedetto
Series: Dream #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 22, 2013 by Self-Published
Format: eBook
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3.5 Stars
Source: Author

What would you do if you could see other people’s dreams? If you could watch their hidden fantasies and uncover their deepest, darkest secrets…without them ever knowing?

Sara Barnes is about to find out. She thought that all she had to worry about was final exams, Christmas shopping and deciding whether she likes the cute freshman in the next dorm who’s got a crush on her.

But when she starts seeing dreams that aren’t hers, she learns more than she ever wanted to know about her friends, her classmates…and a strange, terrifying man whose dreams could get Sara killed.


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.

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About J.J. DiBenedetto

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.

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