Waiting On Wednesday: The Dark Decent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Amber's Waiting on:

Title: The Dark Decent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Retelling
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 25th 2018

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend. Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

I was able to snag a copy of this book from Penguin at BookExpo and I am so excited. I been eyeing it for a while now so I was super excited when they announced their drop for it. That summary though. I can't wait until I finally can read this!!

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your links so we can stop back! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read on the beach/ Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!

This Weeks Topic: Books to read on the beach/ summer TBR

To me, summer is all about relaxing on the beach or by the pool with a book in hand. I'm down for all things contemporary romance and fantasy during the summer and tend to get most of my reading done then (seeing as I have the most free time). Most of these books are advanced copies I received at BookExpo, so many wont be released this summer.

1. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

2. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3. All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

4. When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer

5. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

6. Sadie by Courtney Summers

7. What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

8. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

9. Warcross by Marie Lu

10. Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

With summer rapidly approaching, be sure to spend those warm days on the beach or by the pool with a good book. Don't forget to share your favorite summer reads with us!

Blog Tour & Review: Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Title: Not the Girls You're Looking For
Author: Aminah Mae Safi
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Hardcover, 336 Pages
Published June 2018

Summary: Lulu Saad doesn't need your advice, thank you very much. She's got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It's all under control. Ish. Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can't find her way out of this mess soon, she'll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She'll have to go looking for herself.

I received an advanced copy of Not The Girl You're Looking For in exchange for an honest review from the publisher for this blog tour. I'm glad I did, because this was a great story about love, friendship, and finding your true self.

Lulu is a complex character, and that's what I seemed to enjoy most about her. She had moments where she was really struggling with her choices, with her friends, and even with some boys in her school. She was fiesty and outspoken at times, and timid and shy at others. She was definitely multi-faceted, and that's why I loved her so much. She was loyal to her friends when the time came, but she also spoke up when things were going south. It was also really interesting to see Lulu come to terms with her own identity, being half Arab. She thought she had a solid grip on who she was, and then people around her started to ostracize her and make her feel like the odd one out, and then she began to struggle to find out who she really was. So that character development was really interesting to watch.

Lulu's interactions with James were also interesting to see. At first, things seemed like they were going well when they met, but then they continuously had instances where they got off on the wrong foot and each said things to the other that were hurtful or unkind or just plain thoughtless. Watching their interactions in the beginning made me cringe in the sense that I was like "OMG no!! You don't say that to someone!!," but watching the development from that point on was entertaining.

My favorite aspect of the entire story was the complex friendship that Lulu had with all of her friends. They were so fiercely loyal to one another (especially in the very beginning) and spent so much time together that it reminded me a lot of what my own friendships were like in high school and how close all of my friends and I were. So that was a nice little nostalgia trip!

Overall, I liked reading Not The Girls You're Looking For. If you're looking for a story about a sassy, spunky main character who is headstrong and totally badass, then Lulu is the girl for you, and you should definitely consider picking up this book.

I'd like to thank Aimee at Aimee, Always for welcome me onto this blog tour! I really had a lot of fun, and it's been awhile since I've participated in a blog tour like this one, so I'm super glad that I got the chance to revive one of my favorite parts of blogging again. :-)