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In Dreams

(The Dream #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,173 ratings  ·  134 reviews
When Katherine Johns starts dreaming about a boy she doesn't know, her college roommate Taylor is determined to find him. Convinced he must exist, Taylor is relentless... until she finds out exactly WHO the mysterious stranger really is.

The realization rocks the girls to their core and sends them down a path of unimaginable heartbreak as they learn to navigate their new re
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2011
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Katherine Johns has shiny straight hair, adorable freckles on her nose, and strangely intense dreams. Even though she only just started college, she's already attracted the attention of the most sought-after man at school, hockey-star Cooper Donovon. But how can she concentrate on him when she's dreaming of her soul-mate?

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Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Katherine is dreaming about a young man she has never met. In her dreams, she is so comfortable with him, it is almost like she has known him all her life. Her dreams are so powerful, so vivid and so emotional that she begins to wonder if just maybe, somehow, this young man is real. But Katherine doesn’t know what to believe. Could the young man in her dreams really be real and if so what does that mean?

Katherine’s best friend, Taylor, loves the idea that Katherine’s dream man may be real but wh
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
What I loved: Cooper! He's one of the best male YA characters I've seen written in a while. All-American, confident but put in his place by the right girl. I have to say if this were a YA contemporary novel without the paranormal element or other male character I would have been happy reading it that way. Austen, boy of her dreams is great but I just didn't feel the same pull to him as I did Cooper, alive and in the flesh.

J Sterling did an awesome job of fleshing out all of the characters and t
Lady Raven RAVE!
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it for readers

3.95 stars

Katherine is your typical college freshmen when she starts dreaming of a mysterious guy who she has a deep unexplainable connection with. Once she confides in her roommate Taylor, they both sets out on a mission to discovery who this mystery guy is while dealing with regular college life.


This was different...and the weirdest love square/triangle relationship I have read but yet found interesting. With saying that, I st
Aug 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

First off… I didn’t hate this book… it just wasn’t for me. Why? I didn’t connect with the characters. The storyline jumps right in there and it didn't give me a chance to connect with them.

Usually when I read a book, I want to go through what they do, I want to feel what they feel and I want to fall in love when they fall in love. But with this book, I couldn’t. We aren't given a chance to get to know Katherine before she’s quite devastated over a boy in her dreams and I didn't fall in love wit
Kristen Landon
Jul 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Instead of thinking of this as a harsh critique; I'd like everyone to think of it as a learning experience.
This book is a prime example of a self-published book that could really have used some good editing. The story line is decent and the characters are okay. There were a lot of basic things that an editor could really have helped the author improve on. I'll give a couple of examples that asspiring authors can note and thus avoid.
First of all point of view. Stick with one POV character. If you
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: author
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about a college age girl who falls in love. The problem is who she falls in love with. The premise of the story should be silly but it worked. I won't give anything away. It took me about a third way through before I became completely enthralled and stayed up until 2am to finish the book. One of the guys in this story, Cooper, had me at hello. But towards the end of the book, I thought his choices were a bit unrea
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I downloaded In dreams today from Amazon for free, after hearing people from a reading group rave about this book. Granted, I heard the words hockey boys and wanted to read it anyway, but that's not the point.

In Dreams introduces us to Katherine, a girl who dreams about a boy she has never meet. She doesn't know why she's dreaming about him, but she just knows every time she does she falls deeper and deeper in love with him. And there lies the problem. In falling in love with him, she is struggl
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

ohhhh J.ster how u made me giggle !!!! i luv u !!!

the banter between Kat (the lead female character) & Taylor (her awesome best friend ) was just flat out funny !!! The classic 1 liners that Taylor came out with had me laughing out loud all the way thru the book !!!

eg:Taylor..."NO! Obviously he's smart. Only an idiot wouldn't want to date me. And since i dont date idiots, it all works out."

Tayor....."Fine, fine. Yes, u have to give Cooper a chance. Your country would wan
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Received this free on my kindle! It's been on there since January, but I finally got a chance to read it today. I'm not sure how different the new version is from the version I have, but it's definitely interesting! I really loved the beginning of this book! From the beginning, we already know there's a love triangle. Love triangles are really frustrating, and to be honest, I thought this was a stand alone book. But, apparently it's a series! Who knew.

Anyways, I thought this was a contemporary
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Katherine is having dreams about a boy she doesn’t know. But they feel so real to her that she wakes up from them feeling lost and lonely without him. Than there is Cooper in her real life that she is drawn to but she can’t let go of her dream boy to fully commit to Cooper. It’s not until she goes to Thanksgiving dinner at her college room mate Taylor’s house and finds out who she is dreaming about. What happens next is shocking and heartbreaking at the same time for both Katherine and Taylor. K
Char ღ Denae
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fresh. Original. Amazing!! I read this book so fast that I feel like I had a one night stand that took me through every emotion and left me exhilerated but drained. I don't even know where to begin to tell you why I liked this book so much. I was intrigued from the very beginning. I found myself trying to figure out what the heck was going on, then I began guessing at what was going on. Sometimes I was right but there was always a twist that kept me enthralled. I kept expecting the characters to ...more
A. Sweeny
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Dreams is a perfect paranormal romance with a 'dreamy' enchantment that all of us have wished for. But it is also a mystery and has raw emotions of longing and confusion and heartbreak.

J. Sterling puts forth a literary gem and asks us to choose, along with the heroine(Katherine)of the story.I read this book in one sitting as it is light enough and at the same time very poignant. The twist and the end left me breathless and in tears. Can not wait to read the next one!!! Highly recommended.
Andrea Gage
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Dreams has got to be one of the most amazing books that I have read all year! Kathrine thinks that she has her dream boy all figured out and while searching for him meets Cooper. Cooper is the guy that everyone wants...except for Katherine who cannot get over her dream guy. In Dreams is the book that has you sucked in from the first page and takes you on an emotional roller coaster that you would never want to get off of.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
“In Dreams” is a feel-good, heart warming, love story with an unexpected twist, aimed at young adults. The characters are hip and sassy; and the dialogue witty and laugh-out-loud! By the third chapter, you already feel yourself drawn in by the honesty and raw emotions the characters exude; which makes this an overall fun read to be enjoyed on a sunny afternoon, next to the pool.
J.A. Templeton
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this novel. J. Sterling delivers a fascinating romance!
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I happened upon this book while it was a free download on Amazon and I'm glad I got it...I would've gotten it even if I had to pay for it
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Dreams is a story about Kathrine who is currently away at college and is roommate to Taylor. Taylor worries about Kathrine when she wakes her up and Kathrine is startled because the dream she had felt so real. She and Taylor set out to find the dream guy. Later they go to a party and Kathrine meets Cooper, the most popular guy in school. He is attracted to Kathrine and the talk. She is also attracted to him but feels connected to the dream guy too. After some time the two start to date. Kathr ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Bright and likeable teenager, Katherine has been dreaming. Dreaming about a...dare I say it...perfectly dreamy young man. Said dreamy young man seems to be as enamored with Katherine as she is with him. What a perfectly splendid way to spend quality time in the Land of Z-zzzs!

And when Katherine is wide-awake, things are even better. Ice Hockey God and all around nice-guy, Cooper Donovan seems to be falling shyly in love with Katherine. And lucky ol’Kath isn’t exactly immune to the charms of Mr.M
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romantic fans, contemporary romance
Recommended to Jenna by: J. Sterling
I honestly don’t know what genre “In Dreams” belongs to, but I can say that it’s a light, feel good paranormal romance. It’s paranormal because of the “dream” element and stuff, other than that, it’s just your normal contemporary romance novel.

There are just so many things to be said in this book. While I liked the book’s honesty and omniscience to all of the character’s feelings, I can’t really pinpoint an exact reason to why I gave it 2 stars less from the perfect one. I loved knowing each cha
Probably 4.5. I loved this book and really haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, despite a few issues I had with the story. Some things seemed entirely too implausible and unbelievable--especially that so many people would just buy into Katherine’s dream guy with no skepticism or question. Many people seemed very quick to believe/encourage her--just blindly accepted that such a thing was possible and completely real. Some of the POV changes in the story confused me a little, too, and I wa ...more
Suzanne Williams
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
If I forget for a moment the plot of this book, which I do not believe in, and simply concentrate on whether or not the author pulled off the story, I must say "no." This book was ripe with mistakes. The grammar, punctuation, and capitalization from start to finish was terrible, causing me to ask if it was edited at all. Simple sentence structure and comma usage was entirely ignored. Several sentences had dangling modifiers that left me giggling - in particular, the sentence where Kat was applyi ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is intended for YA readers 12 and up, but I love J. Sterling so I didn’t even read the about the book snippet before reading it. I read Chance Encounters and liked it and decided to buy whatever others books she had on amazon (while anxiously awaiting her new release The Perfect Game). (I only feel this is important to tell you in light of some of my other 3 – 5 star review books that contain a lot more of the physical aspects of a relationship, this one does not.)

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Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank the author for giving me an ecopy of her book for review purposes.


I haven't finished reading this, but I fear that if I do finish this my brain will turn into mush. Say something intelligent, Katherine! I feel like if I continue reading I will turn into a shallow, love-obsessed teen.

There is too much tell in this book and almost no show. How am I supposed to feel, smell, hear, or even see anything if all I get is: "He was beautiful. She was a bitch. I was sexy."?
Amanda  Nemec
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hmmm... I almost gave up on this book at the beginning. I had a hard time getting into it, and I think it was mostly due to the dialogue and the shifting POV (which I think is a common problem with a lot of writers, btw). I imagine the author pictured it more like how a movie is filmed, you know, in one room with one character, and then jumping into another room to give us a view of what someone else is up to. That's a little rough on a reader though. The dialogue... I think I had the biggest pr ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
(I'm stealing my own review from Amazon when I got this book for free.)

I'm so glad this book was free, I wouldn't have paid for it or I would have asked for my money back. The book was too choppy, the conversations the people had were terrible, I don't believe I've ever heard a college student say "Oh Gosh" Or "Oh my Gosh" as many times as the main character did. She has little to no self esteem, doesn't believe she is pretty or that guys find her attractive when they clearly do. There is very l
Mikila Marshall
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Dreams is about a girl named Katherine Johns who starts dreaming about a guy she has no clue who he is. All she knows is that he makes her feel all kinds of love. After telling her college roommate Taylor about the "Dream Guy", Taylor makes it her mission to scope out any guy that could actually be him.
I started reading In Dreams about 3 days ago. Not used to reading from the screen of my laptop I soldiered on through headaches and blurred vision.
First off, the characters. Taylor especially
Andrea Randall
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Dreams grabbed me in the first chapter and never let go. It actually crept in to my dreams!

The book follows young college students. While the central story is incredibly emotional and devastating all at the same time, the story between the friends is light.

The dialogue is incredibly and wonderfully relevant, something all YA readers will relate to. As a 29-year-old I laughed out loud several times at the interactions between the characters, because it was so much like conversations I had with
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J. (jenn) Sterling is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author of multiple contemporary romances. She lives in California with her only son, Blake. If you can't find her sitting behind a computer screen writing new stories, then there's a good chance she's sitting in the bleachers of a baseball stadium watching him play.

Jenn enjoys traveling to new places, meeting her readers and spendi

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