I have loved almost every Ilona Andrews book that I’ve read. I was pretty happy to hear she had started thinking about self-publishing. Self-publishing can often yield…lower prices!!! Clean Sweep is a wonderful novel with great characters, fun action, adventure and that unique Ilona Andrews world building. Even as I was reading, I was thinking, “Where did THAT come from?” This novel presents a unique take on vampires, shifters and creatures in general. The witch in this story isn’t your typical witch who is struggling to learn and find her place either. Dina has mysteries to solve and knows her limits, the nature of her powers and when and how to use them. Okay, it’s true that I’m partial to witches. I like the science of witchery and the boundaries. Ilona Andrews mixes her fantasy quite liberally with science fiction in Clean Sweep, creating a startling world with surprises at every turn. What makes the book work for me? Not only is the story good, but the characters are well-drawn, interesting and strong.
As with some of Ilona Andrews’ other work, there is the bonus of an over-arching mystery in the background. It’s already tugging at the reader, demanding to be solved even though in book one we really only learn about the existence of this large challenge. There aren’t a lot of clues yet, but I’m completely captured by this new world and greatly looking forward to book two.
It’s hard to find a best selling author with a book under five dollars, especially a new book, but if you like witches, shifters, action, a great plot and great pacing, give this a try! Highly recommended for urban fantasy fans!