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Clean Sweep

(Innkeeper Chronicles #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  47,685 ratings  ·  3,805 reviews
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 ot ...more
ebook, 225 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by NYLA
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Dear Ilona Andrews,

I'm writing to you today to inquire about your availability to speak at a week-long conference hosted by Concerned Readers Anonymous. We're a non-profit organization made up of mostly bibliophiles, with the odd comic book geek thrown in for good measure. For the most part, our meetings are pretty tame, and involve talking about our latest reads while trying to be the least introspective person in the room. Also, sharing pictures of our cats has become a favorite staple.

We kno
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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I fell right in love with this book! This is also my first Ilona Andrews book, but it won't be my last! I love them!

Dina Demille runs an Inn called Gertrude Hunt. She has a little Shih Tzu named Beast. There is a permanent guest living with Dina as well, her name is Caldenia and she cracks me up talking about eating people from time to time. :-)


There is something killing the dogs in the neighborhood, which ticks me off to no end. Dina asks her new n
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 3.5

This book is part sci-fi, part fantasy, and all hilarity. It is utterly charming. Sure, there's a werewolf, a vampire, and a love triangle, but Twilight this ain't.

This is my first Ilona Andrews, and while I cannot say that it has converted me into a fan of their writing, I did enjoy this book. My main problem with this book is that it didn't draw me in as much as I had expected. It was a pleasure to read, but it lacked a certain spark that would consistently hold my attention
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
2/13/22 - I know I reread all of these recently, but I had to listen to the Graphic Audio version. It was so good!!

9/13/17: "Jesu, Helen, turn the horses!"

After finishing this for the FOURTH time, what more needs to be said?

10/22/15 - UPDATED REVIEW:

Well, kind of. Mostly it's a few quotes for the masses, then I've got a secondary spoiler-tagged section for questions and theories.

It was as if a medieval castle and a Southern-belle, antebellum mansion had a baby and it had been delivered into
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-app, romance, fantasy, sf
4.25/5 ⭐

Uhm, why did I wait so long to read this thing? Because, er- it was damn good.

Given the fact that it was so short (I mean, not even 300 pages goddamn it!), this book was packed with so many heart-pounding moments that I didn't think possible. I felt like drinking three Espressos in 10 minutes.


I really loved the characters.
Dina is a sassy innkeeper with a wicked broom and a smart mouth, Sean is a sexy werewolf that doesn't back down when he wants to piss Dina off, Arland still did not im
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🏰 My Name Is Gertrude Hunt Buddy Rerererereread (MNIGHBR™) with the IA Addicts 🏰

And the moral of this rerererereread is: I think I like this one a little. It's probably not that obvious, since it's only my seventh reread but, yeah, I think I like it. A little.

And the other moral of this rerererereread is: not sure what the fish Santa is doing but I'm still waiting for a canine derivative for Christmas. I've been asking for one for six bloody shrimping years now, so it might perhaps maybe tim
I first read Clean Sweep when it began as a free on-line serial story. It was entertaining, but seemed to be taking a paranormal romance direction in the second book, Sweep in Peace, so I stopped following the series. Peace was recently released as a Kindle book with an accompanying deal on its predecessor. In the spirit of curiosity, as well as escapism at the end of a long week, I decided to give it a re-read.

The plot centers around a young woman, Dina, who owns a mystical Inn. The neighborhoo
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The premise honestly didn't sound all that good to me. Sorry.
And (again, no offense) I just don't like the look of these covers. They just don't make me want to open it up. Kinda reminds me of the style of the covers on some of the books I would have read 30 years ago or something.
I know better than to judge a book by its cover, I just...


But I saw that my library had these so I decided to find out if all the IA Addicts out there were right when it came to these books.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
99c Kindle sale, Dec. 20, 2019! This is the start of a SF/fantasy series by Ilona Andrews that I've really enjoyed. A fun, light read, and easier and quicker to get into than the Kate Daniels series, if you're a newbie to Ilona Andrews. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Dina Demille, a young woman, runs a quiet bed-and-breakfast in a small Texas town. Her inn is a quirky old Victorian home that looks like “a medieval castle and a Southern-belle, antebellum mansion had a baby and it had b
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Things are not as they appear and fuck if that aint the GODDAMNN motto here at Gertrude Hunt Inn

Dina Demille runs a cute Texas home but GUESS WHAT its a MAGICAL INN and she is a legendary INNKEPPER that can CONTROL it so basically a sanctuary type magical zone for ALL CREATURES and yup okay i love this concept

Sure she a sweet Southern belle who loves to care for people but you better watch yo self if you fuck with her or her guests
“He didn't deserve a warning, but I gave him one anyw
This is based in a very unique world where there are supernatural creatures - but they are actually aliens, and "Inns" (planetary rest-stops) that are sentient. A hotel for the creatures that your average human has no idea exists.

Pretty much..

Dina is our hero. She is in her 20's and is an Innkeeper. This means she runs the bed & breakfast for intergalactic monsters and takes care of their needs. She has only one guest, Caldenia, who is some sort of alien royalty who kills and eats her victims. A
Julio Genao
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
what a surprise.


i kept waiting for this to suck, but it never did.

just got better and better—more imaginitive, more funny, more more.

i had two quibbles:

1. every boy she meets is gorgeous

2. every boy she meets wants to fuck her or put her in jail and then fuck her

3. there is no three; i told you i only had two quibbles—pay closer attention next time.

niggles with pacing or structure or character development evaporated in the face of the eminent awesomeness of the plot, and the admission at the en
Robin (Bridge Four)
11/17/16 Kindle Daily Deal today on my favorite UF authors book at Amazon

Reread because 3rd time is a charm with my fellow Ilona Andrews Addicts starting Nov 3 2015

Yep, I'm still team Sean and I need Dina's broom and I really want to visit Gertrude Hunt for a stay because I have often felt that the rules of physics should just be suggestions.

2nd Read November 2014

There are some books you read the second time through and you find yourself skimming to get to the parts you really liked or the
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 10/2/18!*

*4.5 stars*

Let's just admit something to ourselves: Ilona Andrews can do no wrong.

This new series from my favorite writing duo is freakin' fantastic. It reminds me of the world of The Edge series (On the Edge) while not being a romance. It was magic and humor and made me want to SQUEEEEE!

I want to read more about this magical innkeeper who temporarily houses freaky intergalactic beings!! I don't know how this author pair keeps coming up with new, fresh
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, scribd
I fell asleep countless times while reading this book and I can't believe the same duo wrote the outstanding Hidden Legacy series. It didn't help that the cast of characters were all so self-aggrandising and insufferable. This is certainly one for the HATED IT list. 😒😒
Aisling Zena
Reread 8/12/17

5 sweeping stars

I absolutely loved this book! I fell in love with the world, the inn, the murderous guest Caldenia, Dina the innkeeper, everything really.


It was a breath of fresh air, a wonderful revamp of stereotypes (werewolf and vampire) in the urban fantasy genre in a totally different way . Ilona Andrews built a new world to be immersed in and I'm thirsty for more. Loved the Innkeeper idea though I kept expecting her to do this:
Of course she doesn't. She is an innkeeper not a
Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Having been on Goodreads and part of the blogging community for awhile now, I've come across the name Ilona Andrews quite a few times, but this was the first book I've picked up by this author, or rather dual authors. A pseudonym for a husband and wife author duo, Ilona Andrews has penned a number of urband fantasy/paranormal novels and series that I have somehow overlooked until I picked up a copy of Clean Sweep. And boy am I glad I did!

Jo ★The Book Sloth★
~6~ Ilona Andrews stars

The Ilona Andrews team shows yet again that they can right some of the best Urban Fantasy out there. This book reached all my expectations and then some, and trust me, they were high. Clean Sweep is a great Urban Fantsay, Sci-fi book, the first of a new series for our favourite pair of authors and I was taken with it from the first page.

Ilona Andrews create a new, complex universe in Clean Sweep. It is an advanced world where people can travel from planet to planet through
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars rounded up

Ilona Andrews are becoming one of my favourite authors. Their stories always have a good plot that keeps the reader engaged. It's full of witty banter, swooonn worthy men, badass heroines who really know how to take care of themselves (which I'm honestly all here for), and weird ass creatures who just don't know how to give up. Their books are so much fun and I'm glad that I have a lot more of their work to read eekk!

"What are you intentions toward Dina?" Arland asked o
Dear Traveller! Welcome to the lovely Gertrude Hunt Inn B&B, in the town of Red Deer, Texas.
A perfect place to rest and relax, where your every need will be catered to by your caring Innkeeper, Dina Demille. Walk around the lovely, shady orchard; sit on the porch; sip a glass of lemonade in company of the gentle, aristocratic lady, permanent resident of the Inn & most wanted, killer tyrant of the universe (addicted to FunYun and YelloMello).

Besides the Inn’s unique capability of self-defense, s
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great start for the series. Of course the characters will take some building and Dina needs some seasoning, but the concept is excellent!
Ilona Andrews have taken the paranormal world and made it science fiction. Love it! Seems that all the vampires, werewolves, ghouls, etc. began on other planets. Earth is a neutral planet and must be left unaware of the space creatures walking around, by galactic law. Any being who breaks this law faces reprimand. And if it is an innkeeper they los
Wanda Pedersen
2021 Re-Read

***2021 The Dog Days of Summer***

It's summer and this year I have chosen to read books that include canine companions. This series includes an enhanced Shih Tzu, Beast. Beast looks like a normal small dog until she is facing a threat. Then her claws grow and her teeth reveal themselves to be four rows of razor sharp weapons. She is devoted to Dina, her owner, but we get to watch her coming to trust Sean, the alpha-strain werewolf neighbour. Much as Dina herself warms up to him.

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I actually read this a while ago but it was right before I left for Japan and I was lazy, so the book ended up in currently-reading limbo for a while as I trekked across Honshu. Now I barely remember reading it because I just finished WHITE HOT and neither Sean nor Arland can compete with the elemental powerhouse that is Mad Rogan and if you disagree with that, I'll see your disagreement and rai
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-4
Very excited to start this series by the Ilona Andrews writing team as I EAGERLY wait for book ten of the Kate Daniels series to come out. These guys are just amazing when it comes to writing paranormal and urban fantasy.

Dina is a witch and innkeeper, a tradition handed down from her parents. Her magical inn, which can do all sorts of groovy stuff, is a sanctuary for magical guests as they stay the night on their travels. Unfortunately, one day some creepy beasts show up in her Texas neighborho
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Rereading this puppy in preparation for Sweep of the Bade

Probably one of my most favorite series by Ilona Andrews, and somehow this series never gets old.
1st read - November 2013 (Beta Read)
2nd read - January 2014
3rd read - November 2015
4th read - December 2016
5th read - October 2017
6th read - May 2019
7th read - December 2020

Main Review

Buddy read with Ange, Aly & Cory

Clean Sweep was originally published as a free serialised novel on the Ilona Andrews website, I hated the idea of having to wait between instalments so I decided to hold off until the story was complete before reading it. When the authors were looking for beta readers to help edit th
Lucie V.
✅ Characters
✅ Mix of urban-fantasy and sci-fi
✅ Pace
✅ The Inn & Innkeeper role
✅ Plot / Action
✅ There is not a lot of romance, but that's perfect for the story
✅ Beautiful cover

What an entertaining book! For a novel that's less than 300 pages, so much happens! Dina has to figure out a way to eradicate an alien threat in her neighborhood, deal with a grumpy and antisocial werewolf that has the hots for her, take care of high-ranked vampires and keep everything safely hidden from humans. The pace
*** 4.44 ***

"...“Did you hear that?" a woman asked. I crouched behind the growth. No. No, you didn't hear anything. Don't mind me, I'm not hiding the corpse of a nasty creature behind your flower bed. Nope. Nothing here but cute, fluffy bunnies scampering adorably into the night...”
― Ilona Andrews, Clean Sweep”...

Absolutely delightful! I love the imagination and creativity this duo of authors posses! They are a very reliable read every time I wonder what to read in order to lift the gloom th
17 November 2015: $1.99 on Kindle

November 2015 re-read: Yes, I just re-read this again. It's excellent. I can't help it.

October 2015 re-read: I can't help but agree with my review below. I was reading it, trying to figure out what I can add, and there's not much. It's Ilona Andrews. What more can I say? If you haven't read any of their books yet, please do. There's something for everyone in any of their series.

Ilona Andrews originally wrote this as a serialized publication, for free, on the web
Anna *Bran. San. Stan*
Aug 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-fantasy
How ironic that I read the Edge novels, begrudgingly at first, because I really wanted to read the Innkeeper series, only to end up loving the Edge more – for now. Honestly, the highlight of my experience reading Innkeeper so far is briefly spotting what must have been an adult George and Jack, based on the description. This made me positively giddy as they are part of what made Edge so good! I’m so grateful I was made aware that The Edge is worth reading before Innkeeper!

My love for the Edge no
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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade ...more

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