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Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Review

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Because when one finds oneself in the fortunate position of having acquired a $5 Amazon gift card, one immediately spends it on two to three ebooks. Obviously. (How many of you just pictured Snape saying that?)

I think I first saw this recommended by Anya a while back. Since then, I've consistently enjoyed all the books in Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, and this sounded like fun. Spoiler: it was. :)

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Series:  Innkeeper Chronicles#1
Genres: SFF, Adventure, Urban Fantasy(?)
Published on January 1, 2012
Published by Ilona Andrews
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.

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Halloween Reading Recs & Giveaway

If you're in the mood for scary this Halloween, there are lots of classics to choose from: Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Edgar Allan Poe to name a few. If you're looking for something a little more contemporary, there are still lots of great tales features monsters, ghosts, vampires and witches.

Giveaways are always a great place to start. ;)


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Discussion: Race and the Diversity Conversation

I struggled a lot over how to write this and whether to post it. I reached out to a friend to give it a first look, and I'm still not sure it adequately conveys the thought bunnies running around my head. I know it isn't everything (because that would be more of a 500-page thesis than a blog post), but I decided it was worth throwing out there and seeing what you guys thought. I think it's worth discussing.

I've talked a little about diversity in YA in previous discussion posts, and I've followed the general discussion regarding diversity in literature on Twitter lately. I wondered about some of the following questions:

  1. When you think "diversity," do you think "non-white/straight/able, etc. minorities" or the "full spectrum of people including those who are white/straight/able, etc."?
  2. When you think "diversity" do you think 1) race, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.; 2) character, culture, belief, etc.; or 3) mix of both?

I'm really curious about the ways people think about this topic.


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