5bat! Review: Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

November 11, 2015 Review 1

5bat! Review: Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona AndrewsClean Sweap by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles
Published by Self Published on December 20th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 227
Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: James
5 Stars

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.

What instantly drew me to CLEAN SWEEP when I saw it on Audible was the artwork. If you follow my comments on our Cover Art Coverage posts you'll know that I love actually artwork on covers. The artwork on this cover is absolutely amazing! And the artwork doesn't end there. Ilona Andrews commissioned four other beautiful pieces of art that are scattered throughout the book. I think it's sad that such successful authors have rather bland photoshop covers for their best selling Kate Daniels series, but when they self-publish the Innkeeper Chronicles they pay for a real artist.

I can count on one hand the number of modern books that I've read that I thought had a truly unique concept behind them (The exact number is 3 if you're curious). CLEAN SWEEP is one of those three. Dina Demille is an innkeeper. She owns a small inn for supernatural creatures. Except they aren't supernatural, they're aliens. Which means I'm in heaven! My two favorite genres, sci-fi and urban fantasy, colliding! It's already perfect and the Ilona Andrews writing team take it to the next level.

The plot line in CLEAN SWEEP is amazing. There is a wonderful story full of romance, action, and adventure. However at this story's core is the deeply seeded world Ilona Andrews has created. A lot of this book is about exploring the world they've created. They do an amazing job at describing everything, from how the inns work, to the political and religious backgrounds of the aliens that Dina comes across. Ilona Andrews does all of this wonderfully. I'm not talking about pages of just full on info dumps, but there is a lot of world building in CLEAN SWEEP.

CLEAN SWEEP isn't about a lone innkeeper saving the world or having an epic romance. CLEAN SWEEP is about how Dina Demille interacts with the vast universe that the Innkeeper Chronicles takes place in, and I love it for that. While reading about the adventures of some prophesied hero are great and fun I also like to read about the adventures of the average person. Also if you've read Ilona Andrews The Edge series there's a fun Easter egg for you when Dina visits Baha-char.

Notes on the Audiobook: Renee Raudman does all of Ilona Andrews books and she does an amazing job!

Series Titles:
  1. Clean Sweep
  2. Sweep in Peace
Similar Titles:
  • If you're looking for more books by Ilona Andrews try On the Edge.

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