Dream Student (Dreams #1) by J.J. DiBenedetto (Review By Shelby)


**Review By Shelby From The Nerd Girl Page**

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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.

“Dream Student” is the thrilling first installment of the Dreams series.


Honestly I’m not sure how to feel about this book. It was a very slow read for me. It wasn’t one of those books that you pick up and can’t put back down. Still, the story was quite interesting (in theory).

Sara, a pre-med student, finds herself able to enter other peoples dreams. An intriguing concept made all the more intriguing by what she sees while in said dreams. The characters were all very well written and complex, the book is full of detail and scenery that the reader has no problem visualizing, and the storyline (in my opinion) has a lot of potential. However, it did fall flat for me as it didn’t seem to go anywhere until about 80% of the way into the book. What should have been a mystery built up around Sara and her ability to see horrible things happening in her dreams turned out to be a lot of story about dorm life and Sara’s love life. Though it is interesting, it didn’t do much for the story.
With that being said, there was a very touching scene in the book where Sara and her father are discussing love. Sara’s dad says, “But from the minute we first saw you – perfect beautiful little you – after that, I couldn’t even imagine the whole world disappearing. Because if it did, then you’d disappear too. And I never want to imagine a single minute without you in it. If you ask your mother she’ll tell you exactly the same.” This was by far my favorite scene in the book and brought a tear to my eye.
Though this story was a little dry for me, it did have it’s interesting moments and I’d like to read the next book in the series and see where the author takes it. I’d like to find out if Sara continues to have the dreams as they’ve all but dried up by the end of this first book. I’d like to know what’s next for Sara and Brian. Hopefully their relationship finds a little more depth. And I’d like to find out how Sara handles Bob moving into the same dorm as her. I wouldn’t recommend this book based on it’s paranormal or mystery elements but maybe for people who like a good love story with a touch of mystery mixed in.



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  • starkllr2

    Thanks so much for taking thetime to review my book!

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