14 September 2013

Dream Student Tour Stop!!

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.

I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book.  You know the old saying “Never judge a book by its cover”?  Couldn’t be truer than in relation to this one! The cover turned me off when I first saw it, but I have to say, I’m glad I got over that and read the book.  “Dream Student” had a very Nancy Drew kind of feel to it, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

In this story, Sara is our heroine (great heroine name, if you ask me).  She’s a pre-med college student who begins entering into other people’s dreams.  This begins a series of events that, as I said, seemed very Nancy Drew-ish.  She finds herself in the dreams of the very cute and adorable Brian, a college freshman.  But then she also begins to dream of brutal murders that she then finds happened in real life.  She and Brian end up meeting in real life and begin a relationship and together they to try and solve the mysteries of Sara’s dreams before more lives are taken.  I also want to add here that Sara’s character really surprised me in this book, as she starts out kind of awkward and conservative but blooms into something more during the course of the story.  This book isn’t a graphic depiction of young love or anything, but Sara finds herself in the role of older woman and seductress with Brian.  Go Sara, you minx!

I thought that the character construction and dialogue were the strong points of this book.  The characters are easy to relate to, even with the paranormal flair of the story, and the dialogue seems very real.  The story grabbed me right away, even though it did seem to slow in the middle.  I could not put down this book during the last 20%, it was gripping! 
All in all, this was a really great story, told exceptionally well.  This author has a unique and absorbing style.  As I said, I wasn’t sure this subject matter would interest me.  However, the way it was told made it hard to resist.  A solid 4 star book for me, I would highly recommend it!  I now have to go out and read the other books in this series!


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.



  1. Thanks for hosting me and for the wonderful review!

    Even though it's kind of obvious in retrospect,would you believe I never thought about the nancy Drew aspect of the book until you mentined it...

    1. LOL...I'm a Nancy Drew fan from waaay back, so it's a great thing to me!