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Dream Student

(Dream #1)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,105 ratings  ·  295 reviews
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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 cu
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published March 18th 2013
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Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

I really like this cover,especially the font.I think it describes somehow the book,and even that there is a person in it,which I hate in covers,this one pulled it out greatly.Great job on that!


Dream Student is a fantasy dark thriller which contains some really dark and suspense moments.I found it a little big boring to be honest,especially the beginning,but I can't say I didn't enjoy it,it had it's moments.F

Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Ok, fuck it.

DNF at 27%.

I pride myself on being able to finish all of the books I start, mostly out of sheer stubbornness. I hate to admit defeat. But this book did it. I can't read another page.

Sara is having dreams that she doesn't think are hers. She meets a guy that is in her dreams and falls madly in love with him instantly. He is able to cure her nightmares and stop her screaming just by being near and everything is all cheery.

First of all...

Dreams don't make sense most of the time. If I ha
N.N. Light
Ever wonder what it would be like to witness other people's dreams? Well, for Sara, it's more like a nightmare. Every night, she has dreams that aren't her own. Worse, she learns all the deep, dark secrets of her friends, family and people in her town. But when she starts having dreams about a man murdering her, she knows she must act. But who to trust and who'll believe her?

This is such an incredible new adult paranormal! I loved the fast-pace of the plot, the characters (especially Sara) and
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just dodgy romance. That was my main issue. There was a WHOLE HEAP of insta-love and love at first sight.... I don't do that. That's it for me!

Love y'all xx
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
The story opens up with Sarah, who’s in the middle of her dream and get pulled to another person’s dream : places she never saw, people she never encountered. Some of her dreams are also horrible nightmares, people’s dark fantasies she had to endure. Her best friend, Becky, popular and hot, will try to accompany her and try to changer her mind by convincing her to have fun, get loose. One day, at a bar, Sarah meets for the first time Brian. She’s been in Brian’s dreams many times but never met h ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You can't give half stars with this system but I gave this book 2.75 out of five stars.

Now I know that seems like a really low rating but I will explain why. Simply put the story dragged with a lot of information that I didn't enjoy reading. There was so much detail about class schedules and final exams that it just got boring at a point. Too much of the story in this first book focused on everything but Sara's dreams and I'm not really sure that was the author's intention.

This story is written
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
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There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, I just found it boring.

Sara was a bit of an odd character, I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a girl who acted and thought the way she did, and it was a little odd and strange at points. I didn’t really like any of the other characters in the story either.

The storyline was a little questionable for me, and I didn’t quite get why Sara didn’t see how nuts she would sound when she told people that h
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
2.5 generous stars

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It must be me - I had a hard time getting into to this one - the story began in a miasma of confusion - what is going on here. Sara is a college student who begins to have dreams - nightmares really - about a man who is killing girls - some she knows. Her roommate tries to be sympathetic and suggests a visit to one of her psychology profes
This is one of those books where I wish goodreads had half stars. This really was more of a 2.5 rating. The part that I liked least was all the extra stuff. I felt like the author spent too much time focusing on everything but the dreams. Maybe I just wanted more excitement. However, I was intrigued enough to want to at least read the next book.
Alison (Ali's Books) Flores
Sara Barnes is a twenty-one year old medical student that finds herself inside the dreams of others. This can be a good thing; it brings her Brian. But, it can also be a really, really bad thing. She keeps seeing an atrocious act take place. She sees this act play out over several nights, and then one night she sees a body being dumped. After seeing the face of the victim on the news, she knows this is really happening. What is she supposed to do, and how is she supposed to balance these crazy d ...more
Kyra Halland
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-review
Kyra's Star Ratings:
Story: ****
Characters: ****
Writing: ****
Suspense: ***

(I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purpose of giving an honest review.)

Dream Student is the story of a pre-med student who is an unwilling witness to other people's dreams. The novel is balanced between Sara's progess through her junior year of college as a pre-med student, a romance that is literally a dream come true, and a paranormal suspense novel where Sara finds herself inside a serial killer's drea
Bárbara Moura
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, first-reads

Read my entire review (as well as another blogger's) in English and Portuguese here.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I would like to thank the author for their kindness!

I started this book without great expectations, because although the premise seemed very interesting, the synopsis itself did not arouse my curiosity.

When we begin reading, we are immediately introduced to the dreams of Sara and Brian, the main characters, and the strangeness of observing another person's dream. Sara
Aug 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.

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
Jess the Audiobookworm
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sponsored
4.25 ★ Audiobook⎮ Dream Student was a really solid read. It took me a couple of months to get through it, mostly because of its slow pace. This wasn’t the kind of story that immediately grabbed me, unlike my previous DiBenedetto experience with Finders Keepers. Dream Student was a much more laid-back listen.

In a way, the pace is sort of fitting for the premise. Dream Student is about pre-med student, Sarah Barnes, who suddenly finds herself with the ability to telepathically (and involuntarily)
Lisabet Sarai
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sara Barnes is an ordinary college student. Perhaps she’s a bit more studious than most, given that she plans a career in medicine, but for the most part, her worries correspond to those of the typical university junior: getting up early for class, inedible cafeteria food, tough exams, freezing her butt off walking across campus, the rare hangover from a wild party. Studying and socializing with the other men and women in her coed dorm, she views herself as totally normal—even boring, compared t ...more
H. Rose
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's a great book if you're excited from page one, and I WAS. I got so excited reading the prologue that I began freaking out because moi Kindle Paperwhite seriously needed to charge. I was out doing urgent errands and OMGosh I just had to finish the errands ASAP because I knew moi Kindle Paperwhite would shut down soon and I need to get to my laptop so I could read in the fabu~* Amazon Cloud. I could hardly wait to get some place where I could settle in and read because this book is INTRIGUING ...more
Dina Roberts
This book takes place in 1989, but there's not much of a 1980's feeling in the book. Well, there's a lack of internet. That's very 1980's. But I would think a book published in this century, taking place in the 1980's, would try to be more of a period piece. I'd expect more popular culture references...more fashion fads. There's not many. Though the chapter titles have very cute references to 1980's TV shows and movies.

I was thinking maybe the author wrote this book back in the 1980's, then with
Samantha LaFantasie
Honestly, I’m a little on the fence with this story. There are so many good things to say about this but there are also a few more negative things. Depending on your preference as a reader, will depend on how you view those negative points.
It was a fast-paced plot, riddled with mystery, suspense, and even a bit of sex and strong language. The characters were developed well enough that I could easily see them as individuals and not cardboard cut-outs. They used “real” language too. Meaning, they
Alisha Tarran
Dream Student is a bit of a toss up for me. I spent most of it skim reading the boring parts that I didn't really care about. This book is by no means fast paced, it starts off slow and continues at a slow pace, hence the skim reading the majority. There's repetitive and boring detail all about her classes and her college life, the dreams themselves where much the same and how she would wake up from them. It was all so repetitive and bland.

BUT. There are parts where you get little bits of infor
First, a special thank you to Mr. DiBenedetto for sending me a free copy of his book!

Dream Student is about Sara Barnes, a college student in the late eighties, who starts having disturbing nightmares about murders that end up being true. I love the premise, an other-worldly, psychic kinda deal, but the writing was very difficult to handle. I felt there was a lot of excess dialogue, description, what have you, that could have been left out. For example, pretty much every time Sara and her friend
Dermot Davis
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Most of us sleep and wake up not remembering or even wanting to remember our dreams. Some of us wake and do remember our dreams but tend to regard them as maybe curious, quirky or even perhaps a little zany. Overall, we tend to regard them as irrelevant and having no bearing whatsoever on our waking life. And then there's Sara. Sara does remember her dreams and her dreams are very relevant to waking life because not only do they involve people she knows, they involve people she knows doing thing ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
“Dream Student” by J. J. DiBenedetto was a fantastic paranormal suspense novel. Sara, age 21, is in her junior year of college when she realizes she is seeing other people’s dreams at night. The book becomes a giant mystery and a race against time to find a way to stop a murderer whose dreams she is seeing night after night.

DiBenedetto does an excellent job with character development. Sara is incredibly likeable and realistic as she deals with the emotional turmoil of her dreams. The reader gets
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book when it was free on kindle..

The book tells the story from Sera perception. She begins by having a dream with an unknown boy, who having a dream/fantasy of her in a cheerleaders costumes, and she comes to the conclusion that she is experiencing someone else's dream. She doesn't confirm this fact until she actually meets the guy from her dream...

Sounds all fun? For example when she saw her friend/roommate having a pseudo-sex dream of Sean Connery... That would be some teasing mat
Bárbara Tomé
First, a special thank you to Mr. DiBenedetto for sending me a free e-book version of his book!

Read my entire review (as well as another blogger's) in English and Portuguese here.

Dream Student is the first book of Dreams series, whose main character is Sara Barnes, a girl of approximately my age and who, like me, wants to be a doctor. She’s a young woman that we can include in the comprehensive category of normal, and therefore could be me, my best friend, my next-door neighbor. For these reason
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The spacing of the story was a little too slow at the beginning for but it caught up somewhere between the middle to the end.

Sara's unique ability to see the dreams of other people was interesting although it was scary when she can see the dreams of a murderer but thanks to that she was able to save lives. Although I do wonder why her ability appeared out of nowhere.

I think my favorite dream of hers was about Brian's. It was kind of funny but when they actually met, it was very sweet. The kiss
Sharon Stevenson
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: month1-rar
'Dream Student' is the story of college student Sara and her strange dreams.

There are some very interesting ideas regarding dreams in this book, but I have to say to me it read primarily like a romance novel with the dreams Sara is having as an intriguing and at times very creepy sub-plot. The romantic element is extremely well done. The dream plot unravelled quite slowly while Sara's romance blossomed, but it came to a satisfying conclusion in the end.

I enjoyed the characters very much in this
Dana Busenbark
Sara is a pre-med student in her Junior year at the university. We start out the book in a dream sequence that is a little on the odd side. It really sets the tone of the book however. Who is this male that she sees in the basketball dream? When her dream shifts to something more horrific, who is that man? What happens when Sara's talked into going and seeing a former professor of her roommate beth? Why does Beth want her to see him and talk to him? What she sees as she waits for him is truly ho ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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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,

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