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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


Poetry Sunday (19)

This is a fabulous blog feature here at Eli to the nth! Poetry is one of my passions, but I often don't have an opportunity to share that passion. This feature gives me the perfect opportunity to do so! Thanks to Genna from Reading, Writing, and the World of Words, who created this awesome feature and gave me the permission to host it here, as well as, use her graphic!
In honor of Easter, and as a preamble to National Poetry Month starting on April 1st, I bring you a nice Easter poem.  It is religious in nature, just to warn you.  I don't set out to offend.

Let Your God Love You
by Edwina Gateley

Be silent.
Be still.
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.

Let your God—
Love you.

For those of you who celebrate, I hope your Easter is a joyous one filled with Christ's love.  For those of you who do not, I hope that your day is a joyous one filled with love.  
Happy Easter my lovely followers!


Let's Talk Author Events

I love getting to meet authors in person!  It's so much fun to be able to hear them talk about their books and writing.  They are total rockstars and to be able to meet them is a real treat!

Events attended:
1. Kristen Simmons' Book Release Party for Breaking Point
2. The Sunshine Tour with Heather Burch, Karen Amanda Hooper, Anna Banks, J.A. Souders,  Jenny Torres Sanchez, Lucienne Diver, Gaby Triana, Trish Doller, & Kristen Simmons. (click above for more dates for the tour)

If you love Kristen Simmons, I'm giving away both of her books, so go check out my Article 5 & Breaking Point Giveaway!

I took more footage of Kristen Simmons' talk, so check that out here! And don't forget to check out my New to My Shelves.

Books Mentioned:

New to My Shelves (6)

Instead of In My Mailbox, I've decided to do New to My Shelves.  I don't always have enough books to do weekly book hauls; this gives me the opportunity to save them up and do them more periodically, so for me, this makes much more sense!

I'd love to hear what you have new to your shelves, so leave me comment!

Thanks to Penguin Teen, Hyperion, & Razorbill for sending me these amazing ARCs!

Go check out my Article 5 & Breaking Point Giveaway to win signed copies of both books!

Blogs to visit:
We Have Words

Books Mentioned:
M or F?
Perfect Scoundrels 
Adios, Nirvana
Shards and Ashes
The Way of the Wizard
Getting It
Page by Paige
The Blessed
Shadowhunters and Downworlders
The Pledge
The Essence
Ashes of Twilight
The Sky is Everywhere
School Spirits
Natural Born Angel
The Madness Underneath
Article 5
Breaking Point


Win SIGNED Copies of Article 5 and Breaking Point

Published by Tor Teen
Released January 31, 2012 & February 12, 2013
(Check titles for Goodreads summaries)

Open only to US residents!  
No INT entries!  
Must be 13 years old to enter.  
ONE winner will win a SIGNED paperback copy of Article 5 & 
a SIGNED hardcover copy of Breaking Point.    
Winner will be contacted by email.   
Winner has 48 hours to respond with mailing address or a new winner will be chosen.  


Updated Book Tour

I've been meaning to do this for a while, since for Christmas I got a new bookshelf.  But better later then never, so I hope you all enjoy my Two Part Bookshelf Tour (I tried to cut it down, trust me).

Partie Une

Partie Deux


The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell (Giveaway)

Released: March 5, 2013
Meet four best friends. They’re not super…yet. 
IRIS: Visionary, artist, leader--the glitter-glue that holds the group together. 
CHERI: A girly-girl on platform roller-skates who's never met a rescue puppy she didn’t immediately-and-madly love.

SCARLET: Short enough that you won’t see her sneaking up behind you. Freckled enough that you might mistake her for innocent. But look out! She can pants a bully faster than you can say O-M-Jeepers! 
OPALINE: Loveable, huggable, supershy, sweet as pie…or is she? 
And introducing CANDACE. Not just any babysitter—she's a Teen Genius, thankyouverymuch! 
What happens when four best friends find themselves splattered with mysterious purple goo during a routine sleepover? Iris, Cheri, Scarlet and Opaline are about to become… 

The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell is such a fun, cute, and girl empowered book!  Reminiscent of the Powerpuff Girls, it highlights the importance of friendship, self-confidence, education, family, and protecting the weak.  Such a great book to read with the tween in your life, and one that girls can share amongst themselves.  I guarantee that you'll see fearsome foursomes running around pretending to be Iris, Cheri, Scarlet, or Opaline.  And to have even more fun, you should check out the companion website, The Ultra Violets, and play the really cute game Glitter Rush!

To celebrate this awesome book, Penguin was kind enough to offer a copy to give away to one lucky reader!  Happy reading!

To enter:
Fill out the rafflecopter below 
Open to the US only
The winner will be contacted by email
The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Must be 13 years of age
As the prize is being sent by the publishers, I cannot guarantee the arrival of the book.


Teaser Tuesday (63)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following!
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share a few teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • MAKE SURE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (you don't want to give too much away and ruin the book for other readers)
Share the title and author too, so that other readers can add your book to their TBR list if they like your teaser!
by Kristen Simmons
Publication Date: May 14, 2013

       This one was especially bad.  Not only was he rocking the gelled hair, he'd moved into the one creepy, pseudo-Victorian mansion in town.  He might as well have hung a sign blaring, HERE THERE BE VAMPIRE.
(Pg. 2)

I can't believe I get to read this!!  I'm so excited to be able to promote it (I''l be doing more promotion closer to the release date).  I love Rachel Hawkins' writing, and her Hex Hall series!  School Spirits is a companion to that series, following Isolde Brannick and her journey.  I'm loving the book already; as you can see, it has Hawkins humor in it!!


Past. Present. Future. (25)

There are a a lot of these "What're you reading?" features around, so I figured, hey why not start one too? Basically, here's where I highlight the books I've read, the books I'm reading, and the books I'm going to read. Fun, right? Please join in if you want!

Woah, this entry is all ARCs; how funny!

Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer - This book was AMAZING!!  I think I loved it even more then the first book, Immortal City.  Natural Born Angel (due out April 23) was full of seat-clenching action, sinister plots, glitzy events, and political turmoil.  The fight between good and evil is happening on the precipice, and I couldn't be more excited to read the next book!!  Maddy is my favorite; she's such a strong individual.  And I am eager to see how Jacks evolves in his new position.  This is a series that no one should miss!

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins - I am so so so excited about this book!!  School Spirits (due out May 14) is a companion series of sorts to Hawkins Hex Hall series.  It follows Isolde Brannick as she works to find her sister and work towards being the hunter her mother expects of her.  I was really intrigued by the small part the Brannicks played in the last Hex Hall book, and I'm excited to find out more about them!  So far it is just as funny as Hawkins other works, and I'm eager to read more!

The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell - This looks to be a super cute middle grade!  It reminds me of the Powerpuff Girls cartoon, which I loved.  I'm excited to read this ARC (the book is due out April 9th) because the story sounds really empowering and fun!  Books like this are so great for young girls to read, and the illustrations are awesomely anime in style!

If any of you've read any of these books, let me know what you thought (but NO spoilers) down below in the comments!
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