Sweet Unrest

Sweet Unrest

by Lisa Maxwell


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For as long as she can remember, Lucy Aimes has been plagued by a dark, recurring dream of drowning. But when her family moves to an old plantation outside New Orleans, she starts having intense new dreams, vivid scenes of a bygone era filled with people she shouldn't know but does. Searching for answers to her haunting visions, Lucy reluctantly descends into the city's mystical culture. What she finds is Alex, a charming but mysterious boy who behaves as if they've known each other forever. Lucy shouldn't be so drawn to him . . . but she is. As she tries to solve the mystery surrounding Alex, a centuries-old vendetta unspools around her, resulting in a vicious murder. Now trapped in a dangerous crossfire, Lucy must act fast to save her future—and everyone she loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738740812
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,017,949
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lisa Maxwell (Washington, D.C.) is a debut author. When she's not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives with her very patient husband and two not-so-patient boys.

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Sweet Unrest 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book full of twists and turns. Loved it. Couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
SpiderWeb327 More than 1 year ago
This is a WONDERFUL book filled with rich history, mystery, paranormal and romance elements!! I loved the dream sequences and found the book impossible to put down. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in this serious and would love to see it go on-and-on. I can't recommend this book high enough!!
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Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  So. This is one of those books that I'm on the fence about. As soon as I saw voodoo, New Orleans, and Young Adult, I was like sign me right up.   Don't get me wrong. I got those things. But something felt off. For starters, it was a slow beginning. It felt like a chore to stick around long enough to get into the story. Lucy was a hard character to follow. She wasn't outwardly bad. But I struggled a lot to rationalize some of her reactions and actions. I wanted more from her I think. I still don't exactly know what I wanted from her. Just something different than what I got. I will say that some parts of this book were so haunting that I was legit scared while reading and had to turn on a lamp.   The romance, and I'm using that term lightly, left me wanting for a lot more. It was predictable and boring. I never got behind Alex and Lucy as a couple. It felt like an afterthought that the author completely got into then forgot all about. Maybe that was the problem with this entire book. It felt underdeveloped. It read like a first draft instead of an ARC copy.   I feel like Lisa Maxwell had good intentions with Sweet Unrest. The plot could work so well. But it would need a lot of attention for me to give it another go. It has everything I'd want in a book about New Orleans. But the delivery fell short of my expectations. I'm still on the fence if I liked this book or not and that's exactly how I feel about continuing the series. I just don't know. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Lucy had been plagued with recurring dreams and when her father accepts a job in New Orleans she hopes this might help her. When they arrive on the plantation, she is overwhelmed with its beauty and stops to takes some pictures. While doing that she notices a man standing off to one side. She immediately feels drawn to him but when she looks away for a moment, he disappears.  When she stumbles across him again, she learns his name is Alex. He isn't what he seems but Lucy cant help but seek him out. As Lucy becomes accustomed to life in New Orleans, she makes friends with a Voodoo Queen, finds a witchs' house and becomes part of a centuries old vendetta. Can she solve the mystery of her dreams before its too late? The first thing to grab me about this book was the blurb. It sounded so good and lately Im loving the books that are about voodoo and New Orleans. Its such a fascinating subject and place. Well Lisa Maxwell definitely showed the creepiness and appeal of New Orleans. She gave me chills in parts with her descriptive writing especially when she was showing us the witchs house!! Character wise, Lucy was wonderful. She was brave, loyal, smart, strong and such a likable character. With her new surroundings and secrets revealed, I thought she handled everything perfectly. Then we have Alex, the mysterious stranger. I really liked his character too. He was such a gentleman and really cares for Lucy. I loved seeing his story unfold slowly and I loved his and Lucys relationship.  New Orleans was the perfect setting for Sweet Unrest. It made the plot that much more believable. When Lucy goes there she is skeptical of voodoo and doesnt believe but when Chloe introduces her to a Voodoo Queen she starts to think that maybe this is real. Then when things start getting out of control and people she loves are in danger, the only one who can help her is the Voodoo Queen and a ghost.  There's a romance that spans centuries and this was another highlight for me. Im not going to say too much about it in case I spoil it but its such a passionate and heartbreaking romance that you feel heartbroken for the characters involved.  Overall Sweet Unrest was such a chilling ghost story and a hauntingly beautiful love story that its a must read. With its beautiful writing and creepy setting, you will fall in love with the world that Lisa Maxwell weaves and you wont want to turn the last page. The ending was a shocker that will leave you breathless but yet its the perfect ending for the book! I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author and look forward to more from her.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I love all things southern gothic, NOLA, voodoo, and so on, so I was excited to read Sweet Unrest.  It had all of those things and more.  And yet I still had some mixed opinions about the story. Lucy and her family have moved from Chicago to an historical plantation outstide of New Orleans.  It is a place full of history and magic and intrigue and Lucy, despite her practical nature and inate scepticism, falls right into the middle of it.  I loved the story line that developed around her... the darkness, the magic, the mystery.  The characters were colorful and the stories of each of them were, for the most part, well developed and interesting. There was a bit near the end, though, that caused me to page back to see if I had missed something.  I had, but it wasn't anything written.  One of the supporting characters, Piers, suddently alluded to being something more than what he had previously been, somehow more involved.  There was no explanation, no nothing. That was jarring and confused me completely. The ending threw me, too.  I am still not sure how I feel about it.  It is difficult to talk about without spoiling, so forgive me if I am a little vague.  In some ways, it almost felt a little forced.  I don't need everything to be tied up in a pretty little bow to enjoy an ending.  But it kind of left me with a cheated feeling, like there should have been more resolution. Things to love...    --The gothic goodness of the story, the voodoo and the intrigue.    --The well-researched flavor. Things I wanted more/less of...    --More explanation and closure at the end. My Recommendation This definitely had all the makings of good southern gothic fiction.  The darkness, the magic, voodoo, secrets, and ghosts.  Other than the couple issues I mentioned, I really did enjoy most of the book.  Even the issues with the character aren't truly enough to deter me.  My biggest problem was the ending, but that is other simply a matter of interpretation by the reader, so it is entirely likely that others won't take it the same way.  I gave this 3.5 mugs!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Bittersweet and haunting, Sweet Unrest was a fantastic YA romance. This book was wonderful and I totally loved it. From the delightfully creepy atmosphere, to the sweet romance, this book was lovely. The atmosphere for this book was wonderfully done. Creepy and touched with hints of magic, the who atmosphere drew me into the story. It was undoubtedly the best part of the book. Lucy was a great heroine. She was clever and determined to help Alex. She was loyal to those she cared about and had a stronger will than appeared at first glance. Overall, I really liked her. Alex was wonderful. He had a lot of secrets about his past and how he was caught in the situation he was in. I thought that it made him a deep and rather interesting character. Not to mention he was totally sweet and utterly adorable. The romance was lovely. I thought Lucy and Alex were great together. Their feelings for each other were well portrayed and I liked how their shared history gave them an even deeper relationship. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot was good, but my one issue with the book was that I wasn't totally hooked, for some reason. But, I was still kept interested the entire way through. The secrets that littered the past had me anxious to find out the full truth, which took my by surprise. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was heart-breaking, yet utterly perfect. Sweet Unrest was a wonderful YA paranormal romance. I really liked this hauntingly lovely, delightfully creepy read. YA lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review