Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review - Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep
Author - Illona Andrews
Series - Innkeeper Chronicles #1
Genre - Urban Paranormal
Pages - 200

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 an oddly pleasant book! Clean Sweep takes Vappires and Werewolves and pushes them past earth's boundry.. literally! The Vamps and Wolfys of this world are not of this world, they are from other planets and just happen to come to earth and to Dina's Inn. 

 What is an Innkeeper? An Inkeeper is a person who runs a specialzed in for those passing through earth. She protects and serves them neutraly through magic of her own. An inkeeper does not get involved with others and does her duty with aplumb. Too bad somone is offing doggies and humans in Dina's town! She has no choice (according to herself) to not get involved. Dina was a likeable character, she was strong and witty. I found myself laughing at her inner voice and cheering for her. Our main guy Sean was okay, I am not one for military types (even the furry four legged kind) he was brash and sometimes rude but he grew on me by the end. Our vamp Arland was what most typical U.P. Vamps are, Charming, beautiful and deadly. I did like him more than Sean and I hope something developes between him and Dina 

 Now my favorite character, that I do hope gets moer time next book is Beast, the tiny black and white Shih-Tzu. Why? she is bad ass! She is always there with licks for Dina, and when she needs a little help running a certain werewolf up a tree well.. she gets the job done! There is more than meets the eye with this pint-sized pup. 

 The way the story is told is fluid, there is really no swearing and the sexual theme is toned down, this may change in future books but I found it a breath of fresh air personally. The world building and the way that other species are alens was very interesting. Even down to the spiders at the end, I hate spiders but i wanted to know more about them.

 If you like your love triangles, fighting baddies, magic and witty Heroines, then Clean Sweep will entertain you. My only gripe? it needed to be longer!


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