One Fell Sweep

One Fell Sweep

Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our ch...

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Title:One Fell Sweep
Author:Ilona Andrews
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Number of Pages:257 pages

One Fell Sweep Reviews

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    Jan 26, 2016

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    I have finally

    and given this book an IA-acceptable rating. So go me,

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    ! This ain't nuthin' like the online, serial version, my Little Barnacles!

    !

    Forget

    , forget

    , I want my boys

    . Now that would be

    . Sparks in the bedroom and all that. I'd act

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    ① I have finally

    and given this book an IA-acceptable rating. So go me,

    .

    ! This ain't nuthin' like the online, serial version, my Little Barnacles!

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    ③ Forget

    , forget

    , I want my boys

    . Now that would be

    . Sparks in the bedroom and all that. I'd actually be willing to donate a

    to make that happen. Wink wink, nudge nudge, Ilona.

    (GRH™): I'm

    adopting

    , so back off. This is a custody battle you can't win, people. And

    to snatch her away from me, either. She is

    guarded by an elite team of

    murderous crustaceans. She thinks they're super cool, they think she's amazing. They are the

    ever. Which doesn't surprise me in the least. I mean, my babies are as

    as my new beloved daughter. This was clearly

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    ⑤ The

    (TDA&HNSCS™).

    EW EW EW, YUCK YUCK YUCK. This is an

    ! This is

    ! This should be

    !

    (GRH™²): I am SO in love with

    . I want Caldenia to

    . Because Caldenia. Because reasons. And because the

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    . My dearest inebriated spouse

    and my little self have decided to award the Andrews a

    for all their wondrous

    . Ilona, Gordon, this is for you:

    . So very sorry,

    Arland dear, your services are not required at this time.

    , my Little Barnacles, is the

    of all magnificently remarkable

    . And it's

    , if you ask me.

    »

    . For now. Until next time and stuff. So bye now.

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    . For an IA book. How dare I?! I should be ashamed of myself. Time to get

    (UB™) out of storage.

    I am and forever will be the most

    . Okay, so a 4-star IA story pretty much equates to a 10-star Anyone Else story, but still. Third instalment in this series, third less-than-20-star rating.

    . Something must be seriously wrong with me. BUT there is hope yet. Oh, not for me, I am desperately and irremediably lost and unrescuable and stuff. But this story? Once the Andrews wield their

    (MWW™) over it, and unleash the

    version upon the world, I'm pretty sure it shall be

    . And I shall therefore and very logically bless it with the expected

    it obviously deserves. So QED and stuff, I forgive myself in advance and all that crap.

    So why didn't I go for one of my

    (TMSTSntBLIAR™), you ask? Because, even though some chapters were downright

    , and even though this story was

    , things kinda sorta went *whispers* a little downhill after Magic Binds was released. The last part of the book should have felt

    , but *whispers* didn't. Okay, so it was

    compared to 99% of the crap I usually read, but still. It's wasn't up to the usual

    (IASoUaTA™). Why? Because some of the final chapters were a bit *whispers*

    . And because it felt *whispers*

    in parts. And because the epilogue (an art the IA Gods usually excel in) was kind of *whispers*

    .

    [I'm an Idiot Interruption (IaII™)]

    And this right here ↑↑ is me making a

    . Because I should try and use my two little grey cells sometimes. Because

    . Ilona just explained why the epilogue was so repulsively PG-13

    .

    [End of I'm an Idiot Interruption (IaII™)]

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    can kick serious ass. And cut-cut-cut, slice-slice-slice her way through the enemy. Now that's what I call a

    .

    ② I want to move into

    , the coolest sentient house ever.

    !!! I want a Marland spin-off!! It would be beautifully violent and gory and stuff!!

    . Because Helen. Because she is mine mine mine. Even though she's a kid *shudders* That's right, I'm

    adopting a disgusting kid *shudders again* You know why? Because she is one awesome

    with

    . And fangs. Bless the little angel's soul.

    is mine. Because she says beautiful things like:

    I am

    right now.

    ⑥ The

    and the

    are some of the

    . Oh, and the

    is pretty hot, too. Well, maybe not exactly hot in a, you know, HOT kind of way, but still. He/it/whatever is

    . And stuff.

    your regular programming, my Little Barnacles, but I have

    to share with you: you can have

    (SITSNE™), I don't want him. I kid you not. He's not deliciously aggravating enough to qualify for my

    (HSH™). We might discuss his ownership again the day he becomes slightly unhinged and turns into an

    , but in the meantime, feel free to snatch him away. You're welcome.

    .

    » And the moral of this

    (IaUadDtAbIHaGEsIAMaSCNR™) is : I forgot. What the moral was, I mean. So let's reconvene after the 10th reread, shall we? I'm pretty sure this book will have reached the

    (20SRF™) by then.

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    : this is it my Little Barnacles, the

    is online!

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    is up! It's the home stretch, my Little Barnacles,

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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Dec 19, 2016

    The Innkeeper Chronicles is the online serial from Ilona Andrews. The best part about the ebook version of this, besides being tortured having to wait for the weekly installments to come in, is that since it isn’t open to everyone and

    The Innkeeper Chronicles is the online serial from Ilona Andrews. The best part about the ebook version of this, besides being tortured having to wait for the weekly installments to come in, is that since it isn’t open to everyone and free online

    for the mature reader.

    This is by Ilona Andrews (IA) and since I love them beyond reason it is hard to write an impartial review, so I’m not ever going to try. One of the things that always gets me with IA is their creativity. Even when you think it is going to be the same oud same old urban fantasies with Werewolves and Vampires it isn’t. Not just because they flip that a bit and make the Werewolves and Vampires alien civilizations but because they give it a totally different twist because they are aliens and so there is a lot more room to play with the lore. There is a great blend of serious storytelling, worldbuilding, dialogue and then some cute and humor added in.

    I’m not sure what was more cute, Helen or Arland playing vampire games with Helen. Trust me both were adorably fun.

    It was great to finally see Dina with some family. She has been alone for so long that I really felt bad for her. I liked the sisterly teasing between the two Dina needed some interactions like that since she has been so lonely since her parents disappeared. It also helps that Maud is a total badass because with the stuff that is about to go down Dina is going to need a little back up.

    Dina got to get out of the Inn a little more than usual this time. There was a trip to a vampire planet, a few to the greatest and deadliest flea market in the world Bah Char (

    ) and even to a mystical sanctuary that made Sean’s skin crawl. Dina has a new foe and is currently under siege in the Inn, but these creatures have no idea who they are up against.

    ① - Movement on the relationship front between Dina and Sean. It feels like it has been a slow burn since they met in book 1. I was glad for the actual conversations and dialogue between the two. I think they have solidly hashed out some stuff and I’m super happy about that plus we have finally breached the

    ❷ - Everything with Helen. OMG and I mean everything. Normally I don’t really like the addition of kids to stories but there is some IA magic afoot here and it seems like anytime they add a kid into any of their books it makes it even better. This is no exception.

    I was beyond cuted out. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person but *shrugs* I don’t care. Which leads me into my third favorite thing.

    ③ - Alrand! Yes I completely loved Arland in this. I never liked him for Dina and was completely #teamsean but I always liked the guy. I really enjoyed his page time in this specifically because when he wasn’t fighting the enemy he was playing with Helen in some way and like the above quote I was cuted out by vampire games.

    ❹ -

    Yep you heard me right. IA is always pretty inventive with the beings or cultures in their books and I think that they get to stretch that a bit in this series is you can do just about anything with aliens but one thing will always remain true.

    ⑤ - Hints and Tidbits. I liked that we find out what Klaus (Dina’s Brother) is doing well a little anyway. There is also I little snippet about Dina’s father and how he met her mother. There is a clue to where she can start to look for her parents as well. Plus there is hint of another big bad that might be on the horizon and I think Dina will eventually be the Innkeeper to confront it.

    ❻ - The concept of the Hiru (an alien being that visits the inn). Another very original idea from IA. I really don’t want to give anything away here but I really think the storyline involving them was well done and different than a lot of alien cultures you see in Sci-Fi or UF as the case may be.

    ⑦ - Officer Marais. He has been poking around for a little while and that has finally come to a head. I’m really hoping for a nice little bromance between him and Sean since it was Sean who didn’t know anything about the universe not that long ago. They could be best friends *crosses fingers*

    There is much much more that made this story fun and entertaining for me. There are also a few very emotion moments that clenched my heart a bit and they were placed perfectly in the story.

    Again another great book by IA. I just don’t know how they keep coming up with these great ideas and I stand in awe of them once again as they put out another great book.

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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Jan 26, 2016

    this book is a serial and as such is made available in WEEKLY installments. I will post this review EVERY, SINGLE time a new installment goes live. If that makes your head explode, do us both a favor and unfriend me. #bumpthat

    this book is a serial and as such is made available in WEEKLY installments. I will post this review EVERY, SINGLE time a new installment goes live. If that makes your head explode, do us both a favor and unfriend me. #bumpthat

  • Nafeeza
    Dec 20, 2016

    Drop whatever you are reading b*tches, it is IA time! Buddy Reading with my lovelies over @ Ilona Andrews Addict.

  • Marianne
    Jan 29, 2016

    Update: I finally got my hands on the updated and expanded audio version of One Fell Sweep. Renee Raudman did an excellent job, as always. She - and the authorlords - have convinced me to add the missing, fifth star to my rating. I loved the additional material; Lord Soren's sudden interest in genetics and last, but not least; the added scene between Dina and her wolf. If you've read the complete novel you'll know which scene I'm referring to;-)

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    Epilogue:

    I can't believe it's

    Update: I finally got my hands on the updated and expanded audio version of One Fell Sweep. Renee Raudman did an excellent job, as always. She - and the authorlords - have convinced me to add the missing, fifth star to my rating. I loved the additional material; Lord Soren's sudden interest in genetics and last, but not least; the added scene between Dina and her wolf. If you've read the complete novel you'll know which scene I'm referring to;-)

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    Epilogue:

    I can't believe it's over. Merry Christmas, couples of Gertrude Hunt. I guess we will have to wait a year to learn who Sebastien North is... :-(

    Chapter 14; part 3:

    And I believe that's what we call: DIVINE IRONY ;-)

    Chapter 14, part 2:

    Waaaaah! :'-( Poor, loyal Gertrude Hunt. Poor, loyal Sean. Poor, kneeling (disloyal) Arland. You could do so much better than Maud, but let's make the best of it. Also; why would any warm-blooded woman dislike a kneeling vampire with the look of a fallen angel? I wouldn't! (Screw your ex, you're trading up in the world! Lucky b...)

    Chapter 14, part 1: Ugh, religion! Poor little seed:'-(

    Chapter 13, part 3: Pissed off alpha strain werewolf parents and vampires in the same room. I'm feeling the love;-) And speaking of "feel me"; DON'T do it Dina!

    Chapter 13, part 1: Uh oh. Veeeerrrry ominous... :'-(

    Chapter 11, part 2: And so begins the marriage game everyone but me has been waiting for. *sigh*

    Chapter 11, part 1:

    Leave it to officer Marais to ask just the

    wrong question. Lol.

    Chapter 10, part 3:

    “I’m not dead yet,” Arland growled through clenched teeth. “You can’t eat me. ~ Aaawww, poor Caldenia will just have to go to bed hungry;-)

    Chapter 10, part 2:

    Arland, you foolhardy, chivalrous... FOOL!

    Chapter 10, part 1:

    I wonder if poor officer Marais is filming this as well. He really needs a Go Pro cam;-)

    9, part 4: First kiss - wrong guy. *sigh*

    Chapter 9, part 2-3: A little slow on the uptake there, eh, Lord Marshal? ;-)

    Chapter 8, part 2:

    Sean only put the heads of the murderous poultry on spikes: I strongly suggest that Maud and Dina stay away fron whatever the Red Cleaver is serving for dinner tonight. Helen might like it, though. And we know Caldenia will be pleased;-)

    Chapter 8, part 1:

    So... I guess we could call it a Cookie monster? ;-) ... or possibly "dad"?

    Chapter 7, part 3:

    Chapter 7, part 2: lol @ the homicidal mamma’s boy description.

    Chapter 7, part 1: “Have you actually cooked Draziri? Of course! He drew himself to full height. I was a Red Cleaver chef. I have cooked a great many beings!” ~ LMAO Orro is actually scarier than the pissed off mama of a half vampire child who will, without a doubt, end up with a new vamp husband eventually. #SilentlyMourningDirland :'-(

    Chapter 6, part 3: Well, at least Sean seems to have moved on from paper towels and duct tape.

    Chapter 6, part 2: No longer the mild mannered innkeeper, eh Dina? (aka War Woman)

    Chapter 6, part 1:

    Arland you sorry excuse for a vampire marshal! Why are you giving up the fight, you no good fangless idiot! **Throws my hands up in the air and admits defeat* Fine, fine, Marland is going to happen. (But I don't have to be happy about it!) I just hope that "the boys" will get over Arland's trajectory epiphany & remain frenemies;-)

    Chapter 5, part 4: Love Dina's newest employee. Now, if only she would take "other guy" as her VBF. (Vampire boyfriend. Duh!) I miss their flirting and Maud is better off as a single mom, mwahaha!

    Chapter 5, part 3: Poor officer Marais; duped once again. And to add insult to injury; hissed at by a half vampire child. The poor guy is in dire need of a vacation; -)

    Chapter 5, part 2: Sean growled under his breath.  “Arland is ignoring my texts.”

    “Have you tried sending a kissy face?”

    Sean looked at me for a moment.

    “Maybe he’s just not that into you" ~ Aaw, poor Sean! But at least I'm relatively sure your right arm is safe;-)

    Finally; a new chapter! Woot woot! Dina and her motley, interstellar crew to the rescue: What could possibly go wrong, lol. I'm thinking a certain police officer in an extremely eco friendly car...? Or perhaps Caldenia will finally get to eat someone... And not in a GOOD way... if you know what I mean. *naughty wink*

    Chapter 4, part 3. I believe the Hiru just found your Akilles heel, Dina...

    Chapter 4, part 1-2. “His grizzled exterior hides a gentle heart.” Knight Ruin nearly choked on air." ~~~Haha! I choked too... with laughter! Yes, yes, YES! *fistpump* A vampire sojourn at Gertrude Inn, squee! I may not be in love with Maud, but I adore Helen. She came, she saw and she conquered the bacon! I'd love a Helen/Arland student/mentor relationship. Such a fierce little cutie!

    Chapter 3, part 3. You're doing the right thing, Maud, no more vampires for you - ESPECIALLY not that handsome marshal from House Krahr. Leave him to your sister. That's a good widow. *pats Maud on the head* ;-) But seriously; please don't change your mind now, Maud. I'm NOT shipping Marland.

    Chapter 3, parts 1-2. Earth women are shrinking violets: Hrmph! But hey; the vampires use pink in their decor. I think I'm in love. <3 Oh who am I kidding, I've been in love since *he* first appeared.

    Chapter 2, parts 2-3. Wow! That was badass. I have missed Arland's and Sean's rivalry, and Dina's family is really something.

    Chapter 2, part 1. Well, hello there, handsome knight... marshal... whatever... in shining blood armor ;-)

    January 29. Chapter 1: Ooh, looks like we will be heading deep into Holy Anocracy territory. Arland; I hope this means Dina will be calling upon you to act as her shield. Don't screw this up, vampire, you've got fierce competition in that werewolf ;-)

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Nov 18, 2016

    Ilona Andrews made this available on their website for free in weekly installments until its published on December 20th. I held out until all of it was complete because I'm not a patient person.

    In the third book of the series, Gertrude Hunt has to call on a favor with Arland and Sean to go and save her sister and niece on a distant planet. Fortunately this doesn't take up too much of the book, and they are back at the Inn for a new intergalactic war between these weird creatures I already forgot

    Ilona Andrews made this available on their website for free in weekly installments until its published on December 20th. I held out until all of it was complete because I'm not a patient person.

    In the third book of the series, Gertrude Hunt has to call on a favor with Arland and Sean to go and save her sister and niece on a distant planet. Fortunately this doesn't take up too much of the book, and they are back at the Inn for a new intergalactic war between these weird creatures I already forgot the names of. Besides the new characters, the book mainly focuses on the regulars and the old mystery of Gertrude's parents disappearance.

    Every book has been good in the Innkeeper series, but I enjoyed this the most. Sean is around to stay and be a backbone support to Gertrude. Her sister is a strong, fun character. The niece is an adorably vicious thing. There's hardly any down time as the pacing holds up strong from one disaster to the next.

    There's Ilona Andrews usual stellar writing style, fun dialogue, and a big turning point in Gertrude's love life. Sadly the ending needed to be a bit stronger, but the author has said on their websites some parts were sanitized a bit because it was available for all ages to read free online. Personally I don't care about the mystery of Gertrude's parents, but clearly that's going to lead to a main story-line.

    Despite a few minor flaws, this one was hard to put down and a delight to read. It's not quite as good as Kate and Curran or Burn for me, but it's a close runner-up.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    Jan 31, 2016

    I first read this as an online serial on Ilona Andrews' website, which took most of 2016. This is the first re-read of the finished book, published the usual way.

    I had fun reading the weekly bits and agonizing over them with my reading buddies. However, reading a finished book in one go is a more cohesive affair. It runs smoother, you can read as long as you want, no waiting for the next gripping bit. Also more editing and small improvements on various details. Plus a maturer rating.

    Good fun, I

    I first read this as an online serial on Ilona Andrews' website, which took most of 2016. This is the first re-read of the finished book, published the usual way.

    I had fun reading the weekly bits and agonizing over them with my reading buddies. However, reading a finished book in one go is a more cohesive affair. It runs smoother, you can read as long as you want, no waiting for the next gripping bit. Also more editing and small improvements on various details. Plus a maturer rating.

    Good fun, I enjoyed this re-read. Knowing what happens next added another layer of tension, strangely enough. This is my favourite book of the series so far and I can't wait for the next installment. So many interesting plot bunnies for the next one...

  • Aisling Zena
    Feb 05, 2016

    I.. can't.. resist...

    Off to a banging start!

    Going off planet! Woohoo!!

    Maud

    Oi Draziri!

    Stocking up!

    Go Sean!!

    Kiran Mrak

    "Males and farts. A

    I.. can't.. resist...

    Off to a banging start!

    Going off planet! Woohoo!!

    Maud

    Oi Draziri!

    Stocking up!

    Go Sean!!

    Kiran Mrak

    "Males and farts. Any species, any planet, didn’t matter."

    Maud and Helen.

    This image was uploaded along with the chapter. I felt that I needed to share such a beautiful image with you all.

    Wilmos Gerwar

    Well, now I'm worried..

    Another marvelous book from Ilona Andrews! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    If you want to read this, now is the time to do it as it will be taken down soon to be given to the publisher and you will have to wait until it's published to get your hands on it. Needless to say, I completely recommend this series and authors.

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Aug 05, 2016

    4.5 stars. Final review, first posted at

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    Note: This review contains some spoilers for the two earlier books in the INNKEEPER CHRONICLES series.

    As

    (2016) begins, Dina DeMille, the Innkeeper of the Gertrude Hunt Inn, a secret way-stop on Earth for galactic visitors, is recuperating from the life-and-death peace summit that her inn hosted in

    . She’s also just beginning to pick up her relationship with Sean, the werewolf warrior, when a reptilian visit

    4.5 stars. Final review, first posted at

    :

    Note: This review contains some spoilers for the two earlier books in the INNKEEPER CHRONICLES series.

    As

    (2016) begins, Dina DeMille, the Innkeeper of the Gertrude Hunt Inn, a secret way-stop on Earth for galactic visitors, is recuperating from the life-and-death peace summit that her inn hosted in

    . She’s also just beginning to pick up her relationship with Sean, the werewolf warrior, when a reptilian visitor brings her a message: Dina’s widowed sister Maud is stuck on the planet Kahari and needs rescuing. Dina calls in a favor from Arland, a buff, blond vampire friend (think Chris Hemsworth as Thor, plus fangs), who takes her and Sean to this ruthless frontier planet to rescue Maud and Maud’s five year old half-vampire daughter Helen.

    Arland is instantly intrigued with the warrior-like Maud, but she isn’t interested in any more relationships with vampires after the hell she recently went through with her now-deceased vampire husband. Still, he invites himself for a stay at the Gertrude Hunt, ostensibly to recover from the stresses of his “overwhelming responsibility.” But a relaxing vacation is not in the cards.

    Another alien visitor soon arrives at the inn: A Hiru, attired in a repulsively smelly and ugly metallic spacesuit, asks for Dina’s help and protection as an Innkeeper. The Hiru race is being hunted to extinction by the Draziri, another alien race with a religious vendetta against the Hiru, who will stop at nothing to exterminate it. Dina initially tries to turn them down, because it will be too dangerous for her family and guests. But she’s is a sucker for those in need of her help, and only a thousand Hiru are left alive after years of being hunted down by the Draziri. At tremendous expense, the Hiru have hired the Archivarius, a hive mind with several bodies and massive knowledge about the universe, to find them a new planet where they can settle and be safe from extinction. And they want to use Dina’s inn as a place where the Archivarius can assemble itself to give them their answer, offering Dina the chance to also ask the Archivarius a question: how can she find her parents, who have been missing for years?

    It doesn’t take long for a group of Draziri to find out that Dina’s inn is sheltering a Hiru. Soon the Gertrude Hunt inn is under siege by an entire clan of Draziri, who are bird-like humanoids with vast resources and a brutal determination to kill the Hiru at any cost. And will there ever be any room for a Christmas celebration at the inn?

    The INNKEEPER CHRONICLES series is a highly enjoyable mix of science fiction and urban fantasy, as well as humor, action and some romance. The series continues its trend of getting stronger as it goes along. With an Ilona Andrews book you have to enjoy the urban fantasy romance tropes, where all the characters ― both women and men ― are hot-looking kickass fighters, but the Andrews always add hefty dose of imagination and wittiness to their plots. Although the Archivarius plotline occasionally feels like a video game where all the pieces need to be assembled by the players (at great personal risk, of course), the final resolution of that plot was surprisingly effective, and tied some threads together in a highly satisfying way.

    Dina’s relationship with Sean continues to develop, though the two have some hurdles to overcome. Dina’s nemesis, police officer Marais, who just knows that there’s something very fishy going on at the Gertrude Hunt inn, continues to hang around, and inevitably has a run-in with the Draziri who are lurking around the inn’s grounds. There’s absolutely delightful development in Officer Marais’ role in this series.

    I also loved the interplay between Maud, who’s sworn off relations with all vampires, Arland, and Maud’s adorable daughter Helen, with her tiny fangs and fearless (and occasionally bloodthirsty) attitude, who is fascinated with all of the new things on the planet Earth. Like, for example, Christmas, and cats:

    Like the two earlier books in the INNKEEPER CHRONICLES series,

    was initially published on the Ilona Andrews website in weekly installments, prior to publication in its final form. The final ebook is worth the price for Andrews fans; it’s more polished and has several additional scenes, including a much more extensive and gratifying ending.

    I swore I wouldn't do this, but after reading the second book in this series I'm totally stalking the Ilona Andrews website, waiting for new sections of this third book in the magical Innkeeper series to be posted each Friday.

    I really should go away and ignore this serial book until the whole thing is posted online, but heaven help me, I can't. I'm loving the interplay between Maud (who's sworn off relations with all vampires) and Arland and Helen. (Does anyone else think that Ilona Andrews is poking a little fun at

    here?) And I'm dying for Officer Marais to be brought into the loop on the whole galactic inn thing.

    The first few chapters of this book (and the previous two books in this series) are online at the Ilona Andrews website:

  • Melanie
    Dec 23, 2016

    1.)

    ★★★★

    2.)

    ★★★★

    Everything IA touches turns to gold, and this series is no exception.

    feel so cozy, yet are so action packed and have so much swoon-worthy romance. IA somehow weaves a story with the perfect balance of mystery, filled with high-tense situations, with all these unique concepts, and makes it feel like home. I can't recommend this series, or this writing duo, enough.

    This series is written in weekly installments that IA posts

    1.)

    ★★★★

    2.)

    ★★★★

    Everything IA touches turns to gold, and this series is no exception.

    feel so cozy, yet are so action packed and have so much swoon-worthy romance. IA somehow weaves a story with the perfect balance of mystery, filled with high-tense situations, with all these unique concepts, and makes it feel like home. I can't recommend this series, or this writing duo, enough.

    This series is written in weekly installments that IA posts

    . I, being the masochist that I truly am, always wait until it is actually published in book form to review, but it is still pretty freakin' awesome that this is a series that they write for their fans out of the kindness of their hearts.

    Without giving too much away, and because we are three books into this series now, the first book in this series,

    , stars a innkeeper, Dina, who runs a magical inn that allows life forms from all over the Galaxy to stay for whatever period of time they need. Not everyone has the magical gifts to be able to run their own inn, but Dina's parents owned their own inn while she was growing up, so she is very familiar with this magical safe place that is hidden away from the rest of Earth.

    Innkeepers also have immense power, especially on their inn's property. On top of being able to command the house at your every whim, because you have to be able to make your guests comfortable, which means constantly changing the rooms and layout to their needs, innkeepers have the responsibility to keep their guests safe, and have a whole magical property at their disposal.

    Yet, an inn's ability to thrive and live is constantly syncing with the guests that are needed for it to house. In the first book,

    , this is very apparent, but now that we are three books in, the inn is prospering, thriving, and very powerful.

    Each book deals with a new threat to the inn, or its guests, but the constant theme of the whole series is that Dina's once innkeeper parents have gone missing. Dina keeps a picture of them on display right when you walk into her inn, no matter how the layout of the inn changes, in hopes that someone will recognize them and be able to give her information. So far, her quest results have turned up empty.

    But in

    she gets a proposition from a new alien that wishes to stay at the Gertrude Hunt for information on her parents' whereabouts that she cannot help but accept. Even if that means risking everything and everyone she loves.

    And when I said everyone that Dina loves, I truly mean that, because this book introduces a few new characters that would be impossible for you not to fall in love with!:

    Seriously, every hiss turned me into a bigger puddle of goo.

    And if you've been following my reviews of this series, you'll know that Arland is, hands down, my favorite character. (When will I grow out of my brooding vampire phase?) And seeing his character arc take a very unexpected turn made my heart melt and my ovaries swoon.

    Can we also talk about how this book takes place during Christmas? Like, this book already feels magical and is impossible for the reader to not want to be staying and living in Dina's inn, but the timeline correlating with our present day was something so amazing.

    Seeing Dina grow not only as an innkeeper, but as a person, is so rewarding. I cannot wait to see the direction the fourth book takes, and how Dina and Sean are going to proceed with their new information, regarding the Ripper of Souls.

    IA is seriously in a league of their own for Urban Fantasy, but, honestly, they are dominating their take on Sci-Fi, too. With all the different planets and species, and then their greater message of acceptance and love with organisms that are different or misunderstood in this Galaxy, too? Then add in all their original and unique concepts. Like, this wife and husband writing duo are such a blessing to the literary world. #blessed

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