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Review + Giveaway – One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

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Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!

I received an ARC of this book from the author, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the contents of my review…obviously, since I bought it anyway. And I’ll buy a copy for one lucky winner of my Giveaway too, as has become my tradition (and despite the fact that it is getting released on a Tuesday)! a Rafflecopter giveaway

So on to the story. This is the first one of this series of serials where I actually read the serial instead of waiting for the project to be finalized, though I did wait for all parts to be written…because I am not that much of a masochist. So I found it really interesting to try to see where and how it changed. Of course, the difficulty with trying that is that I once again got sucked into the story, hard. It is difficult to play the difference game when you feel like you are in something instead of outside it.

This is the third book in their urban fantasy series, where the earth in question is one out of a multiverse, one that connects to the wider multiverse through key points in the form of Inns. Inns are magical places that are hidden from the earthlings at large, and that function as neutral points on earth for the protection of both earth and the special visitors that come here. They also are symbiotic, Inns need guests. And Dina is the Innkeepeer of the Gertrude Hunt, the setting of our story.

The overall series arc revolves around the search for Dina’s parents who disappeared with their Inn some years ago. While her brother actively searches, Dina’s plan was to draw guests to her Inn in the hopes of encountering someone who could help. Considering the caliber of guests she has attracted, and the courageous way she has addressed problems along the way, it is no surprise that this plan is bearing fruit. Dina rocks.

Other notable points in this story are getting to meet more of Dina’s family and the resolution of the love triangle that was noted in the first book. I was never in doubt about which way that was going to go, personally. But if you were hesitant to pick up this series because of that triangle, you can rest assured it is safe to pick it up now.

But the most important things are the way our kick-ass homemaker grows into her role and owns up to making life and death situations. She  also learns to be part of a team. This book wasn’t as “fun” as the first one, nor was it quite the sucker punch to the guts that then second one was (in my opinion), but it was just as good only in a broader way. I guess what I am trying to say is that there was a lot more going on in this one. Heartwarming moments, humor, joy, despair, and hope. This one has it all, and so did Dina.

As for changes from the original serial format? The only thing I actually noticed was the little bit of a twist at the end. It really cleared up one confusing (to me) plot point from the last book, and left us with a hell of a question to ponder while waiting for the next one.

But you’ll have to read it to see what shook out. And I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a little paranormal/urban fantasy.

One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

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11 thoughts on “Review + Giveaway – One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

  1. Jenny says:

    I love Ilona Andrews, so far I’ve read all there is in the Kate Daniel’s world, the Edge and Innkeeper worlds. As for a favourite, that is hard. I love the characters and worlds for all they are and regularly get sucked in and forget about reality!
    I’m curious to see how much the ebook differs from the serial version, I have yet to grow tired of re-reading Dina’s adventures!

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  2. Tina C. says:

    I’ve read the Kate Daniels series, and I just finished Burn for me (hidden legacy) and the first two books of the innkeeper series, so I’d be thrilled to win a copy of the One Fell Sweep. Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

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  3. Bentje says:

    Gosh, which is my favourite book by Ilona Andrews? That’s a tough question… I don’t know. They are all good! How am I supposed to pick a favourite? I love the Kate Daniels series but I also love the Edge series and the Inkeeper series and I enjoyed reading “Burn for me” … (Also loved the various short stories they wrote)

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  4. Simmi says:

    I think I like Ilona Andrews’ Kinsmen series best. The way that the world is structured, the different talents, and just magic all make a world that I love to revisit

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  5. I was introduced to Ilona Andrews by you! I have truly enjoyed the world of Kate Daniels and her beau Curran. I am a bit behind in the series, but occasionally return to the first few in the series to touch base with that world. Your current review has be very interested in starting a new relationship with Andrews’ works.

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