Dream Student

(Dreams, book 1)

Fiction - Paranormal
336 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2013
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Sara Barnes, a medical student, starts to see other people’s dreams, which at first is problematic for her. Soon she finds a way to use her ability, which also leads her to the love of her life, Brian. But among those dreams are nightmares that belong to one mysterious person, terrorizing Sara at night. When a girl who is murdered in the nightmares appears in the news, Sara, Brian, and her friend Beth try to find the killer, aware that they could be the next victims. Book 1 of the Dreams series, Dream Student is a paranormal suspense by J.J. DiBenedetto.

First of all, commendable cover art from Ami Low. Even though it is juvenile, it is still dark, quirky, and really captures the essence of the story. Personally, it is one of the best covers I have seen in the paranormal genre. The concept of Dream Student is exciting and intriguing. All the characters are well-fleshed out, especially the protagonist, Sara. The time setting of the late '80s is nostalgic. On the other hand, the book’s pacing is quite slow which lasts until the middle part for me – there are times that I feel there are too many details about Sara’s college life rather than her nightmares and the murderer instead. Even so, the believable dialogue and plot, coupled with the humor that J.J. DiBenedetto includes in his writing, greatly compensate for this minor flaw. The thrill of “who done it” does keep me on edge. Overall, a fascinating story from start to finish and I intend to read the next installment in the series.