Books received this week.
The Riverman (The Riverman Trilogy), by Aaron Starmer
Alistair Cleary's next-door neighbor Fiona tells him that there's a a portal to another world in her basement... another world wherein lives the Riverman, who STEALS THE SOULS OF CHILDREN. WHAT. That is so creepy I don't even. Alistair doesn't know if Fiona is telling the truth, if she's delusional, or if she's flat-out lying, and according to what I've read about the book, the reader won't know for sure, either. It sounds DARK DARK DARK and I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. Bonus points for the cover art, which is by Yelena Bryksenkova.
The Whisper (The Riverman Trilogy), by Aaron Starmer
SPOILER: Turns out, Aquavania is real. Alistair washes up on shore and sets off on a search for Fiona, who's gone missing. If I like The Riverman—which seems like a good bet—I suspect that I'll be super-happy to have this one on deck.
Sustenance: A Saint-Germain novel (St. Germain), by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
This is number TWENTY-SEVEN—I looked it up, and Saint-Germain first appeared in 1978's Hotel Transylvania, which was about his dealings with a group of Satan worshippers in the court of Louis XV (WHAAAAAAAT)—in a series. A series that I have not read, though I admit to being intrigued by this installment's premise, which involves a European vampire protecting his ex-pat friends from the House Un-American Activities committee. I am starting to feel that this series is too bananas for me to miss.
Autumn Falls, by Bella Thorne
So, Bella Thorne is a teen icon? I AM SO OLD AND DECREPIT AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE YOUTH OF TODAY. I'm not sure if I've really been missing out, though, as the jacket description sounds... well... here: "[New girl Autumn Falls] manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake." So, yeah. This is unlikely to be a good fit for me.