Book Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

About the Book

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.


The Enchanted Alley’s Review

I’m not sure what I expected, exactly, but it wasn’t this. The story is unlike one I’ve read before, and the concept is brilliant.
However, I gave this story four stars instead of five (as I really liked it) because it felt almost like two different stories.
It took a while to get into the pace it held by the end. The story and characters seemed to shift unexpectedly about a third of the way through. Once the vampires showed up, the story changed quite a bit, becoming less about Dina and her parents, the house, and the innkeeper role and more about the vampire political scene.
Overall, while I enjoyed the story, I’d have liked to have seen more of Dina’s interaction with the inn and more about how she and the inn are connected. The werewolf was okay, but the vampires, not so much.
I will pick up the next one though.
4 Lamps

 

Enchanted Rating: 4


Clean-Sweep-Cover-SmallEssential Info:

Title:  Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1)

Author: Ilona Andrews

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Length: 235 pages

Release Date: Dec. 2, 2015

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

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