Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Clean Sweep
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #1
Heroes/Heroine: Dina, Sean & Arland
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 60,000 words
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Available at: Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.
And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.
When a creature starts mutilating dogs in Dina’s neighborhood, she’s forced to take actions into her own hands when the local werewolf refuses to do anything. Unfortunately for her, that same werewolf refuses to let her handle things herself and pretty soon she’s forced to team up with him to find the creatures before they escalate into killing humans. Things only get worse when powerful vampires show up to warn them off. But what happens when these vampires can’t get the job done? In Dina’s attempt to save her neighborhood will she end up losing everything instead?
Oh, I loved this one! I couldn’t help but fall into this world like I fall so easily into the Kate Daniels series. I loved the uniqueness of the idea behind the Inn, which is an entity of its own. The fact that Dina is the Inn Keeper and holds a great amount of power was right up my alley. Mixed with her using her powers on not only Sean, the alpha-strain werewolf, but Arland, the vampire soldier, and anyone else that decided to cause problems on her land made the story that much more appealing. Not to mention, the authors included graphics of each major character within the novel and even though I wished there were more graphics to show some of the scenes, I absolutely loved the pics!
I loved that Dina had no issues with getting her hands dirty and even loved that Sean and Dina started off so badly on the wrong foot. Dina at first, seems very bland but as the story progresses, you see that she has a lot of layers to her and tries to hide her emotions. Sean is very aggressive, powerful and just won’t give up while Arland is forceful and thinks his way is the only way.
The three working together are make a great team and I loved experiencing their planning to eliminate the enemy. Readers should be aware this is a classic first story in a UF series. That means there is only a sliver of romance. The love interest is possibly Sean or it’s possibly Arland but besides one brief kiss, we don’t know which yet. Dina’s love life is still developing and I imagine it’ll be an epic one!
I think my only niggle with this story is the explanation concerning other alien planets and wars around them. While I liked that this world expanded to include an almost sci-fi element, the way it was all described felt clinical and out of place. It seemed odd to me the way it was just dumped into the story.
Overall, I absolutely loved this story. The idea centered around an Inn Keeper and all the power they hold was fascinating to read about. I loved the situations Dina was forced into because of her desire to help. It was a refreshing story and different from the other novels I’ve read by Ilona Andrews. I can’t wait to see where they go with this series and especially can’t wait to see if more graphics will be included in the next stories!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*