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Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews eARC {3 Stars}

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews is the second book in the Innkeeper Chronicles and continues the awesome mash-up of aliens and urban fantasy with a great heroine. If you haven’t read Clean Sweep, you can check out my review, but there aren’t too many major spoilers to fear. This series is fun since it is actually being serially published on Ilona Andrews’ website and then compiled into an ebook with limited print copies. I don’t read the posts on the site because I like my story all in one big chunk, but the illustrations are full color on the website and very much worth checking out! <3

Note: I received an advanced copy of Sweep in Peace from the author. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews eARC {3 Stars}

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)
Published by Author on Nov. 13th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 237 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn... and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper...

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • One of the cool things about this series is the mashup of sci-fi and urban fantasy, so it is always fun to meet more species of aliens that kind of fit an urban fantasy trope but with a sci-fi spin! Sweep in Peace introduces us to one completely new species, but also gives us a better view of the Merchants (ie fox-people!) and the vampires :D.
  • I think the Inn is my favorite part of these books to be honest (sorry Dina!) and more of its power is revealed. I think I’ve just always loved the idea of sentient and friendly buildings that can make rooms look however I want and bring me tea in bed…. I mean, you could just ask the Inn to categorize your books by color! But seriously, epic Inn powers, so cool!
  • The Andrews team has always done a good job of having a number of subplots that interweave together and while Sweep in Peace is different from what they are best known for, they still manage to pull off those subplots. I’m impressed that they can manage that with a serially published story honestly. I love it when some little event is mentioned in passing and I suspect it will be important later and bam, cleverly intertwines with everything else.
  • There are some new characters that we are introduced to in Sweep in Peace that I’m really excited to get to know better. Sophie is just really bad ass okay? Why? Well you’ll just have to read and find out! ;-)
  • You see those illustrations on the main site for this series? (Missed the link above? Go go go!) Those same illustrations are in the ebook and while they aren’t as pretty in black and white on my Kindle, they still add so much to the story. Descriptions of characters are nice, but illustrations just really cement characters in my mind and are freaking gorgeous.

Weaknesses:

  • While I liked the subplots, the main plot of Sweep in Peace just didn’t pull me in. It’s one of those where you know how things are going to turn out, just not how we’ll get to that point. I just didn’t have anything to speculate about really ya know?
  • I’m hoping this is just because I was reading the eARC, but there were way fewer illustrations than I’d been hoping. I think the final copy will have more since there are more on the site, but there were quite a few in the beginning and then no more and it made me sad when I was expecting them.
  • I feel like Dina didn’t really grow much in this story. Everything just felt very tangential to the series plot and I just want Dina to get on with the important things and not keep getting distracted by silly things like needing to make money, sigh. There’s been so much build-up to what the series will likely be about and I just want to get to that!

Summary:

Sweep in Peace is an enjoyable sequel, though I didn’t find it as strong as the first book. There was a fair amount of second-book syndrome where things just felt like filler until we get to the meat of the series. I still love the mix of genres and the illustrations though and definitely recommend this series to fans of urban fantasy that want something different from the well-established tropes ;-).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

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Comments

  1. Oh cool! Somehow it has completely eluded me that this series is a “mash-up of aliens and urban fantasy” – now you’ve got me really intrigued to give this series a go! Also, YES to sentient and friendly buildings :D
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  2. I really enjoyed the first book and have this on my wish list. I too have avoided the blog posts as I’d rather read it in onne fell swoop. Sorry to hear Dina’s growth is minimal but I’m still looking forward to it. :)
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  3. Second book syndrome sucks :/ But it seems like there are still some great aspects to it, and I like the concept!
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  4. Glad to see you liked this one, even if it didn’t really pull you in. I need to start this series still.
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