I am an avid lover of horror stories. Not so much the blood and gore type, but more of the spooky ghosts and haunted houses variety. Add to that a tale of lost love and you have a recipe for my favorite type of book to curl up with on a dark (still adjusting to daylight saving) kind of day. Sweet Unrest has been out for awhile, but I just discovered this book when I came across the release information for book two in this series, Gathering Deep, which came out in October 2015. This will be an author I continue to watch because her writing is beautiful!
Sweet Unrest is a classic Southern Gothic. It takes place in New Orleans, on an historic plantation site that recently invited an historical preservation professor and his family to help with the colleges recently acquired assets. At the center of the story is the professors teen daughter, Lucy Aimes, who like many of her age is not so happy with the move from the bright lights of Chicago to the rural atmosphere of the south. I really like Lucy as a character because we come to see that she is a bit of a romantic, and when she meets the boy her age at the plantation that takes an interest in her hobbies we see the start of a budding summer romance. Lucy also meets another girl her age and quickly begins adjusting to her new life.
Things start to go a bit haywire when Lucy visits a voodoo shop and joins in for a local festival celebration that ends very badly for another local girl. From there a tale of mysteries slow unfolds in a mesmerizing perfectly blissful speed that kept me completely captivated to the book and completely unable to put it down.
There are ghosts, voodoo witches, prophetic dreams, along with sweet romance and glimpses into the past of New Orleans. The perfect blend of good with bad, black and white, that accompanies any true Southern Gothic. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Southern Gothic Young Adult books.