Review: Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell

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.


*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

So it all started very promising. A girl plagued by nightmares or dreams of a past, you can say. When moving to New Orleans it only gets worse and then meeting Alec, it all seems to be connected somehow. Though that is about as interesting as it gets, unfortunately.

While the whole outline definitely had potential, in the end it didn't really work for me. I do get swept up in the unraveling of the mystery (even though it was pretty predictable and I figured everything out halfway through) , but I am not emotional invested enough to care about the outcome. Lucy is pretty great and overall a normal teenager, still everything stays very superficial. Mostly it was that connection between her and Alex, that I didn't see or feel. To me he was definitely still stuck in the past and Lucy just seemed to be good helping the guy. The part where they fall for each other I seemed to have missed.

Now I don't necessarily need a happy ending, I do prefer one or for the things at least to be resolved. This was absolutely not the case here. With this ending it feels like there needs to be a second book, even though the plot line was definitely finished. I felt so bad for Lucy, she went through all that crap and in the end there is no personal benefit for her at all. Yes, she did a good thing, but seriously I'm wondering that if she knew how it was going to end if she would still have done it. I personally wouldn't have read the book if I knew how it was going to end.

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The Author
Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest (Flux, Fall 2014) and Heartless Things (Simon Pulse, 2016). When she's not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

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