Review ~ Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews @Ilona_Andrews

Posted August 15, 2019 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review ~ Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews @Ilona_AndrewsClean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Length: 7 hrs 55 mins
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #1
Published by NYLA on December 2, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 235
4 Stars
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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.

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The Andrews have created a new, interesting world in the Innkeeper Chronicles. We have vampires, werewolves and all kinds of species with an otherworldly explanation for them all. It is really original and sets the stage for the imagination to run wild.

In Clean Sweep, the first book of the series, we meet Dina Demille. She is a young owner of a special kind of inn. The inn specializes in the otherworldly and Dina’s job is to serve and protect those under her roof. She is just settling into this young inn with little experience after searching the universe for her parents with her brother.

Dina’s town is being terrorized by an otherworldly creature, and even though it is not a direct threat to the inn, she feels responsible to protect the town. There is a new werewolf who has moved into town and has made it obvious that this is his territory. Dina attempts to make him responsible for taking care of the otherworldly menace, but they end up working together.

Vampires are introduced, who are on the search for the otherworldly creature. Their leader, Arland, then ends up building an alliance with Dina and Sean (the werewolf) to trap and eliminate the creature.

Clean Sweep was fascinating. The world building was done very well and was so interesting. The plot of the story was really enjoyable. Seeing the play between the characters and what the inn was capable of kept me listening. I was so scared I was going to miss something!

I love the stories the Andrews release as they are all so original and fascinating. I can’t wait to read more of Dina and friends in the upcoming books. I will be binging this in audio. As usual, Renee Raudman does an amazing job narrating this couple’s story. I think this is one of those pairings that if I think of the author I will think of this narrator and if I think of this narrator, I’m going to think of this author.

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2019 Audiobook Challenge