Thursday, December 5, 2013

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Dina Demille runs a Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town and tries her best to pretend to be normal. Her broom is a deadly weapon, her house is a sentient magic inn for otherwordly visitors to Earth, and her 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 can be a little difficult. Now something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth begins hunting dogs in her neighborhood. Feeling responsible for the welfare of her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with an alpha-strain werewolf and a cosmic vampire, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’d ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

One of the things the writing team of Ilona Andrews does best is world building.  Everything no matter how fantastic feels real to the story.  The characters are fun and though heroic they also have their flaws.  This is the best kind of fantasy filled with action, adventure and a little bit of romance.  I am really looking forward to further adventures with Dina and the gang.

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