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
When I got Sweet Unrest from the library I figured it would be another piece of YA garbage focusing on hoodoo/voodoo and reincarnation. But instead of garbage I got a book that did its research about voodoo, actually did a good job discussing why there would be insta-love via reincarnation and worked in planation deep south history, photography and added a hint of how race was viewed back in the day and gave us BAM Sweet Unrest, a reincarnation voodoo ghost story.
I thought the main character had spunk and was interesting and not too whiny. The love interest was mysterious and not unhealthy in the way YA normally is and the plot line had depth. I like novels that take the paranormal with the historical and make it work, conjuring images of sweaty southern afternoons and ladies dressed in too many layers fanning their faces.
The ending of this book was surprising and without giving anything away it doesn't end the way you think it would, which was a breath of fresh air! So hopefully you can pick this up and enjoy it as much as I did.