(3.5 / 5)
Clean Sweep is the first in the new Innkeeper chronicles series by Ilona Andrews. Ilona Andrews is quite a popular urban fantasy author (or author’s technically as its a husband and wife team). This is the first book of theirs that I have read, and I admit I enjoyed it. Perhaps not as much as others seem to have enjoyed it though.
Dina runs a bed and breakfast in a small town in Texas. However beneath the surface, this Inn is not your normal place to stay. Dina is an Innkeeper in a magical bed and breakfast and caters to paranormal alien creatures. Soon she finds herself harbouring a killer, a werewolf, an injured vampire and a little beast. And there are a bunch of nasty creatures coming after her.
This was an extremely fun adventure. Honestly I would have rated it higher, if it were not for one pet peeve. A kinda love triangle… I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES! Everything for this book was going SO WELL! She and Sean were having a really fun romantically tense, fun filled adventure going on, and then the stupid vampires had to show up. And that’s where it went downhill for me. Not that there is REALLY any contest between the creepy vampire and the spunky werewolf.
Don’t get me wrong, it was still lots of fun. I loved the magical world, it was complex for such a short book and I loved the layers of storyline. It just began to feel a little too much like Anita Blake or Sookie Stackhouse in the last third. Like its been done SO many times before.
Having said that though, it was only the first book… Setting up the scene. And I have read some rave reviews about the second book, which I will put on my to read list! I am interested to know what happens.
The audio version was great! I really enjoyed the narrator and her southern drawl!
Clean Sweep – Would I recommend it?
Yes it was a lot of fun, with or without the love triangle.
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