Hello Avid Readers,
Last year, I decided that mini reviews were the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 This means that I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organisers. When I read a book that I’ve bought for myself, I share my thoughts within a paragraph or two that I publish on Amazon UK, Goodreads and here on my blog.
Today, I want to share my thoughts about a book I first read in 2014 and then again with the Audible narration in 2016. My review originally appeared on my old Blogger site and I thought I should really copy it over here …
Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews
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. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.
A Wonderful Urban Fantasy Story To Start A New Series.
Ilona Andrews is a new-to-me author but I really enjoyed this book: it was a great self contained story that also left enough mysteries unanswered in the back story to allow for sequels.
I loved the original premise that mythological beings such as werewolves, vampires and shape-shifter were not an evolution from humans but extra terrestrials from other planets. The idea of who and what the Inns and Innkeepers are is a refreshing change and believable within this fantasy world that this husband and wife team have created.
The writing style, depth of characters and story development made this a real page turner for me. I couldn’t put it down! To feel so involved with Dina & actually feel for a building (Gertrude Hunt, the Inn itself) just proves what talented authors Ilona and Gordon Andrews are. The supporting cast of characters were just as thought out and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them in subsequent books.
I really loved this book: there wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about it! If you’re a fan of urban fantasy with a science fiction twist and a horror/thriller story line then I suggest you give Clean Sweep a try. I’m glad I did.
Since originally reading this on my Kindle back in 2014, I have downloaded the narration by Renée Raudman and really enjoyed her performance; she was a new-to-me narrator but I really liked the way she read the narrative, putting different tonal variations into her voice while reading the emotional or dramatic scenes and I liked the way she altered her voice when reading dialogue for the various characters. Ms Raudman’s narration enhanced this story and transported me into the world and I wont hesitate to download stories narrated by her in the future.
Buy CLEAN SWEEP in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:
Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository ¦ Waterstones ¦ Foyles
(I am part of Amazon , Audible , The Book Depository, Foyles Book Shop and Waterstones affiliate programmes, which means when you use those links to buy a copy of this book, I will get a (very) small % from the sale.)
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add this one to your groaning TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now,