Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This was a book that I wanted to love. It had a good concept behind it, and the story was compelling. However, I still find that it was not my cup of tea, so to speak.
It was written in a tense that I am not used to reading in, and it is not a tense that I would have chosen to read in if I had known before I purchased the book. It’s written in first person, present tense, and it’s written almost like a diary.
Also, there were way too many characters introduced. The main characters were easy enough to keep up with, but they were dry and almost two-dimensional. I never knew enough about them to really want to stay interested in them, and when the writer added more characters on top of that, it became very confusing. Between her house-mates and Brian’s house-mates, all the names began to blur together about halfway through the book.
The book did get stronger, however–the writing tighter towards the last two-thirds of the novel. The pace never picked up enough for me, but the story was a good read.
I put the sequel on my to-read list because I want to continue with the story.
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The Thought Readers by Dima Zales
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved this book! I could not put it down once I started turning the pages. For me, it was one action-filled moment after another and that kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next.
Since Darren did not know much about his ability, it made it easier for me to learn about it with him. The explanation was a bit sparse, but it was understandable and believable to me.
The only thing I did not appreciate much about this book was the way the females were handled in it. Darren spends a lot of the first three chapters going over his “rules” of the Quiet–the biggest being “don’t touch the women.” But he has no problems going into a ladies’ locker room later. And the ladies are constantly referred to as simply “hot.” What makes that woman “hot,” and what makes the woman not mentioned in the book “not hot?” A bit more detail without making the ladies look like a side of meat would have been appreciated in those moments.
All-in-all, it was a good read, and I will definitely be grabbing the next book in the series soon. It was an enjoyable read to me, and I can’t wait to read more of the story.
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