Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles 01) by Ilona Andrews

Product info (from Goodreads):

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

My impressions:

„I was sitting in the foyer, trying to read a novel about angels and women who fell in love with them. The novel was great, but I couldn’t sink into it.”

Hmm…this quote sums up nicely almost all my thoughts on this one. Almost – so with a caveat. ‘Clean Sweep’ wasn’t exactly great but still I couldn’t sink into it. There were three reasons for that.

My first reason is the main character, Dina. Also known as Mary Sue. All the symptoms are here: her parents are missing, presumed dead, nobody knows why. Her brother is a space traveler and doesn’t keep in touch. She is all on her lonesome, she is not especially pretty and yet, and yet… she manages to draw the attention of more than one gentleman of fantastic provenience. Strange? Not in a world inhabited by Mary Sues. Speaking about the gentlemen…here we hit my reason number two.

Imagine such a scenario: a vampire (Arland) and a werewolf (Sean) meet at an inn. Both of them are extremely handsome – tall, well-muscled, with regular facial features – but each represent a different male beauty type. They don’t exactly like each other, they don’t trust each other but soon both of them start vying for the attention of their host, allegedly a simple human girl but with an array of hidden, interesting powers… rings a bell? If it doesn’t stink of ‘Twilight’ or the Sookie Stackhouse series I’ll read my mouse. The fact that the said girl owned a Shih-tzu dog helped only a tiny little bit. 

My third and the last reason: the infodumps. I know, I know, with the beginning of the series there’s always a temptation to reveal this and reveal that, show some backstory, throw in a juicy tidbit here and there etc. Still an experienced writer should know how to avoid such traps. Maybe it’s me but I think the ‘Kate Daniels’ series was narrated far more skillfully.

Final verdict:

Not the worst UF romance I’ve ever read but also nothing I would like to continue desperately any time soon. Not after the first part anyway. Meh.

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6 Responses to Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles 01) by Ilona Andrews

  1. blodeuedd says:

    At least meh kitten was not around

  2. heidenkind says:

    I never was able to get into Ilona Andrews, either. Did you make that graphic?

  3. Carole Rae says:

    Sighs we need a break from love triangles featuring werewolves and vamps.

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