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The beautiful cover of the third book in The Hollow trilogy.

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?

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For a tale of steampunk adventure, read Scott Westerfeld's re-imaging of WWI as fought with "beasties" and machines.

Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

I’ve just recently discovered the steampunk genre (ahem Clockwork Angel) and Scott Westerfeld‘s Leviathan series is full of the steampunk-y goodness any fan would want.

While the story, which uses real persons and events from WWI, is riveting, full of adventure and features a spunky hero and heroine, one of the most fun parts about reading Leviathan is the language.

Westerfeld has created a believable and catchy set of slang words that are required for a stint on the Leviathan, and indeed, in real life.

We can all be Deryn Sharps with this kind of vocabulary. For example:

1. Blister. You can use blister, much like certain swear words, in many ways. “Blister this.” “What in the blisters did he do wrong?

2. Barking. Much like blister, barking is used in many ways aboard the Leviathan. “Barking Germans.” “Barking clankers!” (Machines.) And one of my favorite lines from Leviathan: “Barking hard work, being a boy.” LOL

3. Clever-boots/Fancy-boots. As you might guess, an intelligent and/or impressive person, who might possibly be a little bit pompous about his or her cleverness/fancy-ness.

4. Bum-rags. A stupid person. Bum-rag definitely paints a picture for the insulted and random passersby.

5. Clart. Another word for the s-word that rhymes with chit. In the beginning of the book, Deryn’s older brother is described as having a “clart-eating grin” on his face. Another one of those paint-pictures-with-words slang.

Find out more about the second book in the Leviathan Series, Behemoth here. The third book in the series, Goliath, will be out in October 2011.

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Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

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