Well, not officially, but there are at least two September releases I am dying to read.
First off is The Hidden, the final book in The Hollow trilogy, written by Jessica Verday. The Hidden was released Sept. 6. I find it unfortunate that Verday’s books aren’t as well-known as some other YA series because they’re fabulous.
What Verday has accomplished is a melding of the traditional teen lit must-haves (mysterious beginnings, mysterious boy, supernatural happenings) and the ultimate setting that many of us book geeks know and love: Washington Irving’s real-life town, Sleepy Hollow.
As a book nerd, I love allusions to literature IN literature – for instance, I geeked out a bit in Laurie R. King’s Locked Rooms when Sherlock Holmes and Dashiell Hammett (author of The Maltese Falcon) work together on a case. (Not a mystery fan? Shame on you.)
Back to Verday – she portrays main character Abbey as a life-long citizen of Sleepy Hollow who is proud of the famous author and his legacy. Abbey even regularly visits Irving’s grave. AND there might be cameo appearances from famous characters in Irving’s legendary story….In short, this is a spookily wonderful trilogy to get a start on before my personal favorite season, fall.
Cook up a batch of apple cider and grab a slice of pumpkin bread and settle in for a long, good read.
My other oh-my-gosh-I-must-read-this-now book? Goliath, the final book (sob) in the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld, out Sept. 20.
The Leviathan books (Leviathan and Behemoth) are the best of the best teen literature has to offer. Westerfeld’s highly popular steampunk series is up to par with Cassandra Clare’s wonderful Mortal Instruments series. My advice: Read it. Read it NOW.
I wrote a fun post about Leviathan a few months back. Read it here.
To sum up, Westerfeld re-imagines the events and happenings surrounding WWI. Namely, England, Russia and France fight with fabricated animals while Germany and Austro-Hungary fight with machines. In the midst of brewing war is Deryn Sharp, snappy English girl posing as a boy to fight in the royal air force, and Alek, prince of Austro-Hungary on the run for his life.
They meet up about halfway through, and fantastic hijinks of an international nature ensue.
Hurry up! You can read the first two in 10 days, right?