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 otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, "normal" is a bit of a stretch for Dina.
And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night....Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans - an alpha-strain werewolf - and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.
©2013 Ilona Andrews, Inc. (P)2014 Ilona Andrews, Inc
I put off reading the Kate Daniel's series by husband and wife writing team, Ilona Andrews, for years for a reason that I can not recall. The series is now one of my favorites, and their new Innkeeper series is off to a very promising start. Intelligent, likable characters portrayed in a believable world of fantasy, what is there not to like? Really, really looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
If you like Urban Fantasy, you must check out the work of this talented writing team. AND let's not forget Renee Raudman, she is an awesome narrator! She makes the characters come to life as if you are overhearing a conversation, not having someone read you a story!
Great book, interesting story. A unique melding of science fiction and paranormal. Can't wait to read more book set in this world
I really enjoyed the ending, lath ough I was sad it was done, everything wrapped up wonderfully yet left things open for more books.
The narrator did a good job, my only issue was sometimes her voice was so soothing it almost put me o sleep
This is an excellent beginning to a new series. I love the concept of an extraterrestrial/supernatural innkeeper and this first book tells me the Gordons have many entertaining adventures in store for us. I had my husband listen to the antics of Beast, the über Shih Tzu, and we both laughed out loud. To me, Renee Raudman has the perfect voices for Ilona Andrews' characters and she does not disappoint here. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
I pretty much bought the book without really reading the discription. I did it because I love the Kate Daniels series. So I was expecting a book about a witch. So now comes the part that is probably said too much but here goes anyways. New twist on the vampire werewolf love triangle. The fact that they are not human hybrids but instead aliens was interesting and refreshing. It combines the two genres rather seamlessly. In some ways it makes more sense that vampires are aliens rather than a human with a disease.
I love the Inn and am completely jealous of it. I want my house to do what I tell it. Plus it kind of felt like its own character almost like a big dog.
Dina is not like Ilona's other main character Kate. She shows that she has a soft warm side from the begging. You learn about her tough as nails other side slowly. I could see myself being friends with her.
Sean on the other had does remind me a little of Curran. Which may be unavoidable with the whole Were thing. This is not a bad thing though. It is nice to see a guy give a crap. Plus it makes for some funny moments between Dina and him.
Renee does a great job once again of making the book come to life. Sometimes I have problems listening to a narrator who voices a series I have listened to voice a new one. Sometimes it can make it a little confusing. It actually knocks me out of the story when the voices sound too much like another character from a different book. I did not run into this with Clean Sweep. Renee did a great job.
I am hoping that this will become a series because I really enjoyed the characters I would love to get to know them better. I do hope that the triangle thing ends quickly I am not a huge fan of love triangles. By this review you can probably see which guy I hope she picks.
As usual Ilona Andrews has written another winning story, and Renee Raudman does an excellent job at bringing it to life. We have yet another hidden world to keep track of with an Innkeeper for aliens needing a neutral ground to land on for a while. A very entertaining story with it's usual Andrews humor, a touch of romance, along with life threatening creatures that give our heroine a run for her money. It's left open enough for a sequel to sneak in, and I'm certainly hoping that will happen.
I'd say top 20. And i even gave it 5 stars so definately good.
When Dina was messing whit Sean i was laughing so hard my coo worker who walked past me at the time just looked at me.
I have. She has read many of Ilona's work, Kate Daniels and Steel Edge series if memory serves and she delivers everytime, even if she can get abit dramatic its never put me off the series.
Most assuredly. And I did listen all day at work, then while i was working out after work and while making dinner at home. So eccept for a few interactions whit collegues / friends I've listened trough it all in one go.
If you ever read some of Ilona Andrews other works --> Kate Daniels or Steel Edge and liked them this if for you. She somehow manages too get the badass female protagonist down everytime and too top it makes it funny and believeable. I especialy liked how she made the universe in this series.
It falls in the same line as the Magic bites series. Plausible with the amount of "Facts" they lay out. Always entertaining.
I really like Ms. Raudman but you can tell who she is pulling for as the romantic lead with the voices she gives the men.
Not really but it did make me cringe which was intended so I call that a win.
I love this author/s and wish they could just pluck the story fully formed from their brains so we can get them faster. I'm just greedy like that.
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This wasn't your typical Ilona Andrews audiobook in that the magic system existed on a much smaller scale with it being confined to inns, but that's not to say that the world-building was by any means limited. In fact, if anything, it was larger than any of this author duo's other titles because the INNKEEPER CHRONICLES was closer to being Science Fiction than it was Urban Fantasy given that the characters originate from multiple planets. The wheel wasn't reinvented with regards to the typical paranormal beasties such as vampires & werewolves, although they did have several distinguishing traits that set them apart from other novels in this genre. Much to my dismay, a love triangle seems to be developing; however if any team is capable of making it work, it's Ilona & Gordon. The humor and writing were aces, no surprises there, and Renée Raudman's narration gave the story that extra somethin'-somethin' that keeps me choosing audio over eBook every time this trio releases something new.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a really fun, cute story. A great, mystical, fantasy that has all of our paranormal regulars originating from their own planets; werewolves, vampires, witches etc.. I thought that it added an interesting new twist in the origination of all non humans, each with their own set of rules and regulations. Men in Black meets all Halloween creatures of the night.
Dina Demille is an innkeeper who's guests are all non humans and use her inn as a sanctuary. She has full magical control of the interactive inn and it's extensive grounds. One afternoon Dina gets an inkling of magic being used just outside of her property and takes it upon herself to find out why and by whom. Once she finds out that it is a horrible creature called a tracker, a ruthless, intergalactic, hired hit animal that always travel in packs, the danger level goes to high. As it is her job to keep her guests safe Dina's magical protective instincts go into hyperdrive. I enjoyed this fast pace (non sciFi) story, Dina is a smart character who has an ancient set of ethics that makes her an endearing character. The narrator did a great job, I would read more of this interesting slant on an age old story should it become a series. Recommended for a light mystic read.
"A Slow Read"
I found this book so slow, calm and uneventful. The world and characters was limited, as well as the story. Throughout the book, you have a feeling that there is a prequel or otherwise necessity for an explanation as the characters and their circumstances. It's not that it was so dry and boring, it's just that it was slow.
Having read a range of other sci-fi books, this one lacked sufficient imagination and the allure of sci-fi books in general. I've attempted to read other books by this author and I have come to the conclusion that her style is not appealing to me. And as for the narrator, her slow monotone and slight twang make the book even slower. I gave the book 3 stars only because somehow, I was persuaded to read/listen to it till the end (i.e. finish it).
A good story as always with Ilona Andrews. I have not found a bad book by this author so far.
Enjoyed the book it's tone is rather like 'The Edge Series' the tone of the book and the mellowness of the main character.
This turned out to be more sci fi than fantasy.
Great idea but just not enough detail
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