Dream Student

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Sara Barnes has her life totally under control. All she has to worry about is college exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school—and what to do about the cute freshman who has a crush on her. And everything is going according to plan, until the night she starts dreaming other people’s dreams. More
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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.

The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.

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About the Series: The Dream Doctor Mysteries
What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can. And this gift – or curse – will lead her on an extraordinary journey.

Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined. She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them. And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too.

And that's only in the first four books...

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Reviews of Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto

VickyWalters reviewed on Oct. 1, 2017

Love this series! Interesting characters and awesome story line
(review of free book)
ginaedwards reviewed on March 22, 2017

A very unusual and clever premise for this excellent book - experiencing other people's dreams leads the main character into a murder investigation. A great story - try it!
(review of free book)
Amber Lewis reviewed on Jan. 29, 2014

I really enjoyed reading the book “Dream Student” by J.J. DiBenedetto. It caught my attention right from the start of it and I wasn’t able to stop reading it. I have recommended this book to a few of my family and friends so far. I would like to read more of his stories since I have really liked him. Before I read this book I had never heard of this author but I was really impressed with his story.

I can totally relate with Sara and the things that she said within the book. Most of the times I have dreams that I truly can’t remember. All of us dream at some point at night while we sleep. Some of us may not be able to always remember what we dreamed about. Sara who is the main character in the book has been trying to cope with her dreams which feel like nightmares to her. These dreams and voices that she is hearing are really frightening to her. I can really relate to some of the things that she is going through. She is also trying to succeed in college along with the other issues that she has been having.

I would have to say that I would personally give the book five (5) stars easily. I can’t wait to read the other books of J.J. DiBenedetto that are in the series that he has written.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
shodge5 reviewed on Jan. 22, 2014

Dream Student is the story of Sara Barnes, a likable, young pre-med student. While living away from home for the 1st time, Sara suddenly finds she has a very unusual ability. She can "see" other peoples' dreams. She sees the dreams of other students, people around her, then, to her horror, she begins to "see" the dreams of a murderer. Even worse, Sara soon learns these nightmares are coming true! With the help of her new boyfriend and her room-mate/best friend, Sara sets out to learn the identity of this monster and save his next victim.. I really enjoyed this first book in the "Dream Series". The story grabbed my attention right away and I couldn't wait to find out how the story would play out.Now, I am ready to read the next book in this series to see what adventures Sara and her friends will be involved in next.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
pontiac21 reviewed on Jan. 19, 2014

I loved the book the dream student. Sara reminds me so much of the girl that I used to be.
You see in the beginning of the book how her life seems to be so simple and she knows what is going on. You than start to see some of her struggles while she is in school. It reminds me of how it felt in college and how you feel like you are going to get a little batty at times.

The book also reminds you of how easy it is to fall in love with someone. I know that in college it can be harder to date. You have exams and a ton of work but the book shows you how that can all be balanced. I have also always been a sucker for a great love story which is something that this book gives you is a great love story. It is also funny to read the roommates entire take on love and how it should be handled.

I learned how you should always watch your back in any given situation because you never know what will happen. This is an important thing to remember because you never know what will happen. You have to be prepared for anything to happen. I loved how the writer was able to depict this really strong woman who could handle anything that life decided to throw at her.

Dream student gives the reader the impression that one should always count their blessings in life. You only get one life and it is best to take it by storm. I know for me this is one of the biggest things that I take into consideration everyday. This books shows how it is important to live life to the fullest no matter where you are. This is an incredible book that I hope more people read.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Melissa Smith reviewed on Jan. 19, 2014

Dream Student, the first book of J.J. DiBenedetto's Dream Series is great. This novel is amazing, and I cant wait to read more from him. The story grabs your attention from the very first page and holds you until the very end.

Dreaming is something we all do. so its easy to relate to the characters of this book. Plus, we all have fear of nightmares and the hope that when we have a nightmare it wont come true.

Sara, the girl in the story, is trying to cope with her dreams, that are more like nightmares, plus trying to deal with all the challenges of being in collage. And when she realizes that they aren't "just" dreams, it all takes on a whole new meaning!

I give this book 5 stars and cant wait to read book 2 in this series.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Crystal Davidson reviewed on Jan. 19, 2014

So, Im new to this genre, and Im not sure what you would call it! Is it romance? Yes! Is it paranormal? This poor pre-med student is able to look into other peoples dreams! So yes, its a bit paranormal! Is it a thriller? Absolutely, this same girl starts glimpsing the dreams of a killer! And to make matters worst, girls shes seen in her dreams have turned up dead! Her, her boyfriend, and her best friend/ room mate plot to stop the murders in this heart stopping tale! I was captured from beginning to end! I loved this book! I felt like I was right there every page I turned. It was written so that romance readers, crime lovers, thrill seekers, and even mature students can read, relate and love it alike! The end was flawless. It wrapped up the whole book, left me asking questions, but wasn’t done in a way that left me mad about a cliffhanger! Cant wait to read the next book in this series!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Angela Caito reviewed on Jan. 17, 2014

When it comes to authors, J.J. DiBenedetto is a name that you don’t want to forget. He has created a masterpiece with his novel, Dream Student. This book is one that will grip your mind and pull you in from the very first page, and you won’t want to put it down until you finish reading it.

We all dream, even if we don’t remember our dreams, we all do it every single night while we sleep. Could you imagine what it would be like to not only dream, but to be able to leap into the dreams of others around you? To see their fantasies, fears, and desires of the world. One would think that would be a wonderful ability to possess.

In Dream Student, we are introduced to one Sara Barnes. Sara is a college student, and she is having some pretty strange dreams indeed. From the silly dreams of her friends in the dorm, to the fantasies of a man she has never met. Then there are the dark dreams of a dangerous person that Sara wishes she wasn’t dreaming about at all. Bound together with her closest friend and her new love, Sara Barnes is about to take a step into a reality that she has never known before.

Throughout the story, we feel a closeness to Sara as she reminds us all of our college days. The final exams that stress students out, as well as the friendships, laughter, parties and romance that once upon a time, we all have taken part of at some point in our lives. Aside from the familiar happy and silly dreams that Sara has, she also has dreams of something so brutal, so evil, that even she wishes she hadn’t dreamed at all. Can dreams that we have become our reality? You’ll have to read this outstanding novel to find out just how exciting, as well as dangerous, dreams can truly be.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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