Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

May Contain Spoilers

I am in the middle of one of the worst reading slumps I can remember. This all started after finishing Slam Dunk, which kept me on the edge of my seat for 31 incredible volumes. Then I read the final, glorious volume in the Kate Daniels series, and now nothing can hold my attention. Well, nothing except audio versions of Kate Daniels. Thought I’d start the series from the beginning, and see what I missed the first time around.

So then I happened to remember that I purchased Clean Sweep ages ago, when it was on sale at Amazon.  Poo Penny has read and enjoyed them series, and I while I am really longing for another Hugh book, or a story about Derek or Julie, I figured – what the heck? I love the Nevada Baylor books, too, so obviously Ilona Andrews is my crack. Or something like that. So I downloaded this and hoped for the best.

I will admit that it took a few chapters to get past the fact that Dina isn’t Kate. While Dina is kick ass in her own, awesome way, she’s not Kate. And Sean, despite all of the muscles and shifter teeth, isn’t Curran. So, while it took a few chapters to adjust to their individuality, I finally did get with the groove of the story. Probably about the time Dina took out a vicious alien predator.  With a broom.

I love the concept of Innkeepers, and being hosts to weird, possibly deadly aliens guests. Gertrude Hunt, the inn itself, is also such a great idea. Is the inn sentient? Is it self-aware, or just feeding off the energy of the Innkeeper and the inn’s guests? I hope we get to know more about the inn in future volumes.

While I thought that the story is a maybe a tad short, it was very entertaining as Dina struggled to keep her guests in check, the local police officer off her back, and a deadly alien from slaughtering her neighbors. There is a surprising amount of action bundled into this compact book, and just enough background given about Dina, her missing parents, and the Innkeepers to keep me coming back for more. So while my reading slump is probably going to continue, I can count on the Andrews team to keep me distracted from RL for at least a little while.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy purchased from Amazon

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.