Published by Ilona Andrews on December 2nd 2013
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.
Of course Ilona Andrews would cure my book slump. Clean Sweep is the first book of the Innkeeper Chronicles and I am hooked.
I never fancied myself as a sci-fi reader until now. This was such a fun and interesting read. I would describe this book as a cross between Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Firefly!
But what really sold this book for me were the characters. The best thing about the Andrews’ characters are their humanity. It doesn’t matter if they’re an alien from another galaxy or a criminal with a bounty on her head, all of them have something that draw readers to them. Plus, they’re just so much fun to read. So fun that you forget these characters are not all pleasant people and could main you without breaking a sweat.
I can’t say enough about Ilona Andews and their work. I love them and highly recommend them!