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Sweep with Me (5) (Innkeeper Chronicles) Paperback – January 14, 2020
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A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Timesbestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]
Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone.
All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for the poor or the wretched. And it’s “Bah, humbug!” to anyone who wishes him a Merry Christmas. But when he turns in for the night one cold, fateful Christmas Eve, his past, present, and future converge. | Learn more
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"Ilona Andrews's books are guaranteed good reads."--Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"One of the brightest voices in urban fantasy...Ilona Andrews delivers only the best."--Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author
- Publisher : Nancy Yost Literary Agency, INC; Is Print ed. edition (January 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641971371
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641971379
- Item Weight : 4.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.31 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #240,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*When you find yourself underlining passages because they are insightful and memorable, and help you understand yourself and others, you know you are reading a novel that has transcended its competition. The brainpower behind these novels is exceptional.
Dina and Sean have my heart, as well as all the rest of the Inn's occupants. I'm pleasantly surprised by how well Sean fits into Dina's and the Inn's day to day operations. He is like a missing piece for Dina and gives her the love and support she has been missing.
I can never get enough of the Inn and its occupants and Dina's compassion in regards to everyone's wellbeing.
Overall the novella was the perfect balance between storyline, action, and dialogues between favorite characters. I loved it all. It was way too short, but I don't think this is something new for anyone that loves this series. All that is left is for me to re-read the series until the next book arrives.
This was a fun novella. The Andrews team packed, so much into this short story.
I loved seeing Diana and Sean again. Dina is upset, sad, and worried about something big, but the Inn is never quiet and some big things happened that take her mind off of all those worries. In the end Diana takes care of all her guests in true Innkeeper fashion and solidifies her standing with the Innkeeper Assembly.
Sweep with Me packs a punch. There is no shortage of creativity, action, emotions, and fun!
Rated: 4.5 Stars
I’m even more impressed that the finished book was very close to the installments posted on the author website. What a treat!
(Whch i am happy for! Due to the title AND the cover, i have been AVOIDING the Hidden Series! (It's like a Harlequin cover! Shameful,! Plus the story bites never did speak of the Hidden jewel beneath the based-on-sex cover (s) (i would STILL love Kate IMMENSELY, even WITHOUT the romantic parts! (Like Derek, her Daughter, her best friend, the current Beast Lord...etc and don't forget a series based on Angela? & Her husband! The Boudas! PLEASE?! 😊)
Anyway, upset with this book NOT pretaining to the cliff hanger IN the previous one!
Putting that aside (which is HARD mind you!), this book ALSO does not tie up the loose ends, as the previous ones! Terrible ending to the Ko-Koos, glad to see her boyfriend acquire a good friend, the cook's storyline is handled appropriately, along with the Green Mountain (would love a spin-off of this too! (ilona needs at least 2 more copies of themselves, to give the Iron Mage series, the Other Kate Daniels spinoffs (ya'll have created universes! You NEED HELP! Definitely more time! (Famous Author collaboration time?) AND the Innkeeper series, its justice!
Or i am afraid my new love, the Innkeeper Series, will fail like The Edge Series has!
Please do not do that! I beg of you!
I would prefer to be left to my imagination than the Injustice, this RUSHED addition to the Innkeeper Series! 😭😥
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At the end of book 3, one Fell Sweep, we had 2 couples, Dina and Sean who got their happy ever after and Maud and Arland who still had to get there. Book 3 ended a quite epic bit of story telling with a few loose ends to take us into the next book. The authors chose to go with Maud and Arland off world away from the Inn for book 4.
We will have to wait a year for the next full novel so in this story we get to catch up with Dina Sean and the Inn. It starts days after book 3 ended with Dina and Sean expecting to go before the Innkeeper Assembly as a result of the previous adventures. However, a dangerous guest who wants to stay at the Inn for a special meeting, a group of philosophying space chickens needing a place to have a gathering, an alien general looking to visit the Alamo and Orro going to see his TV chef hero in action all need to be dealt with first.
This was written for the authors website around Christmas and it has a light hearted feel and plenty of fun. There is that bit of darkness that makes it worth reading but the overall story arc doesn't really move forward. We have to wait for book 6 to se if Dina gets closer to finding her missing family.
It's a must have for anyone reading the series and makes a taster for anyone who wants to try the series. Its too short to have room for much back story so you need to accept it as it is.
I was pleasently surprised by this popping up in January! I was very happy with the small glipses it gives of Dina & Sean, as they settle into being a couple. Lord alone knows that 'One Fell Sweep' was tumultuous from start to finish. So getting a taster of an Innkeeper 'holiday' seem like a nice relaxing plot. I thought it was going to remain on these lines.
The story give realxed descriptions of Orro's utter passion cooking, Sean getting used to being just 'Sean' and not a killing machine, crazy space chickens (LOL), a guest who is on a pligrimage, and a mysterious creature callled a Drífan! The DrÍfan liege, who turns out to be a kick-ass sword fighter. A being who has returned to Earth to deal with matters from her past!
It was really fun and interesting story. It did leave me begging for more though! So the geek I am, I hope we have been left clues as to future events, but even if we do not, then this wasa great story for IA fans.
I really wish they were longer, I would happily read a 1000 page book about Dina and co. That's my only complaint.
I loved her relationship with Sean in this one, I'm glad they're getting their happily ever after. After everything, they deserve it. I like how he's still his badass soldier self, even while settling into life as an innkeeper.
As usual, the residents of the Inn were delightful. Orro is one of my favourites and he was superb in this book. I laughed out loud a lot at his parts, I feel like I should now start randomly shouting 'Fire!' when I'm excited. I'm so glad he got to see his mentor at the end, it was so heartwarming. I wish I had Orro in my kitchen!
Her Grace was excellent, I love that she's currently playing the part of a gossipy old woman, obsessed with the neighbours and their drama. I forgot who she really was for a moment. I have a feeling that Caldenia is going to become important in later books. I think housing her for so long has to buy Dina a lot of good will. So hopefully, when she emerges from her seclusion, she'll remember Dina is a friend.
The actual plot of this one was fun. Dina handles a crisis really well. I adored her interactions with the chickens, so much!
I'm hoping the assembly will back off and give her the credit she deserves. She handles situations that would terrify other innkeepers and they need to cut her some slack. She deserves another star rating for her Inn at the very least. The assembly feel like bullies to me and I don't like it.
I love Dina's new friend. I like that she was human but became something else, it reminds me of Sean's journey, even though he's a werewolf . (speaking of, I freaking loved the part where he bit that assassin's head, great stuff.)
The battle was great but again, way too short, I want more! I enjoyed Sean just sitting behind his ridiculously large guns, blasting away.
Overall, I loved it, I want to reread the whole lot.
In this installment Dina is anxious about the Assembly issue that was raised in the previous book, Tony makes a brief appearance but that doesn't leave one with a sense of confidence about the whole thing I must say. However this is resolved by the end , thankfully.
All our favourite characters are back and on FIRE! Dina and Sean are just divine as a partnership and continue to make me root for their happy ending, we meet new and unusual friends and Marias even makes a not so subtle return as well.
The imagination that goes into these novels and other sentient species is astounding and this husband and wife duo have a spectacular talent for story telling!
If you have never read anything by Ilona Andrews I can say you are surely missing out, these are certainly worth investing time, money and endless emotion in.
Let's hope the next installment isn't too long a wait!
The author(s) have great world building skills ( true of all their different series) you are quickly immersed in the life of the innkeepers and the story races along not a dead spot to be found so many books I find a few chapters in and the plot just flounders, but not here. The only complaint is it’s not long enough but if was longer maybe it would not be so fast paced as we would weighed down with padding just to increase the page numbers so I take back the complaint the story is just the perfect length.