*Book Review* Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell

Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format: eGalley
Pages: 336
Published: 8th Oct 2014
Publisher: Flux
Source: Netgalley
Genre: YA, Mystery, Paranormal
Shelfability: Acquire/Covet

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.

Sweet Unrest is a heartbreaking beautiful tale of bittersweet love and ghostly mystery. It's enchanting and chilling. Beautifully written with love able characters that made me devour the book in one day.

Lucy Aimes moves to New Orleans with her family. She suffers from dark and disturbing dreams that only get more intense the longer she is in new home. But she just thinks they are strange dreams. Little does she know that she is about to stumble upon a century old vendetta that threatens to hurt the ones she loves and only she can stop it with the help of a mysterious and handsome young man, Alex who is hiding a dark secret that is intertwined with Lucy and her dreams.

I was first drawn to this simply because of the amazing cover. With the wonderful Gothic looking fence I was a goner straight away. I am a sucker for anything that looks Gothic and then once I read the blurb I just knew I needed it. I am been obsessed with anything New Orleans even since a certain author's vampire books ;) I am drawn to the setting and instantly fall in love. Even though I have never actually been there. So you can imagine that my expectations were very high for this book. And boy, it did not disappoint. I found myself completely enthralled by the mystery of this tale. And being fascinated by the added mix of Voodoo and Lucy's dreams that are set around the time of the Civil War.

Lucy is a very believable teenager. She is not perfect. But when push comes to shove she will stop at nothing to protect those she cares for even if it means breaking her own heart. Alex, was a mystery and unravelling his secret was what kept me reading. It was thrilling as we delved deeper into the past to see how it connects in the presents and my god most of it I did not see coming!!  My only issue was that I personally thought it felt just a little rushed. It seems like everything happened over the course of a week or so.

Sweet Unrest is sure to be hit! I hope people read it and love as much as I did. With mystery, voodoo and a thrilling story line that sends shivers down your spine. I highly recommend it. Just don't read in public because if you are like me and cry easily you will end up n tears!!
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