3 Star Reads of 2018.

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Hey!

I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is my three star reads. They are in the order that I read them, but I did group book series together. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2018 over here.

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The Dream Thieves  by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves
Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Wires and Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
Speak: The Graphic Novel by Halse Anderson

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The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite
The War Outside by Monica Hesse
Wilder by Andrew Simonet
The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

These are all books that I liked, but wasn’t blown away. A lot of these I had really high expectations for, but was let down in some way. I do still plan to eventually continue with the Shades of Magic series and the Extinction Trials series. I liked them enough to want to see what happens next. I might have to reread (or find a full summary) A Darker Shade of Magic though, because I already forgot everything (LOL), I guess it wasn’t that important/memorable to me.

I’ll have my two start post in the next couple days. I actually forgot all about these posts. I had them finished for the most part, but then forgot to post them, oops! 😛 You can check out my four star reads over here. There’s also a link to my five stars there too.

In case you missed it, I have a giveaway happening on my blog for my four year blogiversary! You can win a book of your choice and it’s International! 😀 I’ll link it down below if you’re interested in checking it out and entering. It runs until the end of the month.

Four Year Blogiversary Giveaway!
Thoughts|| The Perfect Girlfriend.
Thoughts|| Famous in a Small Town.
Dr. Von D Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| The Perfect Girlfriend.

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
3 out of 5 stars

“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they’re yours. If they don’t, make them.”

Goodreads Description: Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain… Juliette has everything going for her: she’s young, pretty, and driven, and she’s training for an exciting new career as a flight attendant. The darkness in her past doesn’t matter, because she’s moved beyond all that, and she’s building a great new life for herself-one that will impress her ex-boyfriend, Nate, who left her in a foolish moment of commitment-phobia, one that he surely regrets now. But he’ll be so proud of her once he sees how much she’s grown. And he will see her. After all, he’s a pilot at the very same airline where Juliette is training. What kind of man wouldn’t appreciate the effort Juliette has taken to win Nate back? She cleans his apartment when he’s not there, and makes sure to leave all his favorite foods in the fridge. It’s only a matter of time before he leaves his airheaded new girlfriend and realizes Juliette is the only one for him. He will realize it. Juliette will make sure of it. After all, she is the perfect girlfriend.


I received an ARC of The Perfect Girlfriend from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Release date: March 26, 2019.

I’ve never read a Karen Hamilton book, but The Perfect Girlfriend sounded like something I would really like. I like twisty creepy stories and this one sounded like it would be.

There were a ton of twisty creepy things in the story, but I did find it pretty slow to start and not a whole lot going on at the beginning. I was impatiently waiting for crazy things to happen, but it didn’t happen right away. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the way that the book ended, to be honest. I wanted more from the ending, but it just wasn’t there. Juliette definitely had a few screws loose and she made for a good character. Things happened in her past, which made her the way she was, which was actually a little sad.

Overall, I liked The Perfect Girlfriend. It had it’s twists and creepiness to it. I would have liked if more happened, but for the most part it was good and at times hard to put down. Even though I wasn’t happy with the ending, there were a lot of good things to make up for it and I was still invested in the story and wanting to know how it played out. It didn’t blow me away, but I also didn’t hate it; it was still pretty entertaining at times and pretty messed up other times.


In case you missed it, I have a giveaway happening on my blog for my four year blogiversary! You can win a book of your choice and it’s International! 😀 I’ll link it down below if you’re interested in checking it out and entering. It runs until the end of the month.

Four Year Blogiversary Giveaway!
Thoughts|| Famous in a Small Town.
Dr. Von D Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Four Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

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WHOA….I’ve been blogging for four years! That’s pretty crazy to me, especially when I first started (in 2015) I had no idea how long I would even keep it up or how big it would even get. I am close to 1400 followers and I’m still shocked by it every single day! I am so thankful for all the friends I’ve made and met through blogging and the book community. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens this year. I can’t wait to post more things, continue the friendships I made, and meet some new friends! 😀

I did a giveaway last year and it was pretty successful, so I am going to do another giveaway this year! It will run from today (January 17) until January 31st. I will randomly pick and announce TWO winners on February 1st. 📖

You will win:
+ A book of your choice up to $20, so basically any book as long as it’s $20 or less.

How to enter:
+ Follow my blog (if you’re not already).
+ Comment your favorite book you read in 2018.

Do both of those things and you’re entered, pretty easy! This giveaway will be international as long as Book Depository ships to you. If you are in the USA, I can send from Amazon if you prefer that way.

GOOD LUCK!! & thanks for reading my blog over the last four years!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Famous in a Small Town.
Dr. Von D Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.
4 Star Reads of 2018.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Famous in a Small Town.

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival. The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return. What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.


I received an ARC of Famous in a Small Town from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Release date: today, January 15, 2019.

I’ve never read any books by Emma Mills before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Famous in a Small Town. I ended up really liking it and read it pretty quickly. Easy to read and hard to put down.

I really liked that it didn’t center completely around romance and it was more about friendship. A great cast of characters with so many different personalities and things about them, but all the friendships worked perfectly when put together. They all had me laughing out loud and also getting pretty teary eyed. There were a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. I had my ideas of how things were going to play out and which characters connected with Megan Pleasant, but I was wrong every time, so that was fun being surprised.

Overall, I really enjoyed Famous in a Small Town. I thought the story was cute and fun, but it also had it’s moments where things weren’t always so easy and fun for the characters. There were times when it was a lot deeper than I originally thought it would be. I happen to own a few other Emma Mills books, so I definitely plan to check out more of her books ASAP!

In case you missed it;
Dr. Von D Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.
4 Star Reads of 2018.
5 Star Reads of 2018.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

4 Star Reads of 2018.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is my four star reads. They are in the order that I read them, but I did group book series together. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2018 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads.

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Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (audiobook – reread)

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Huntress by Julie Hall
Hot Mess by Emily Belden

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings

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Umberland by Wendy Spinale
Ozland by Wendy Spinale
Talking Pictures by Ransom Riggs
Only the Devil Tells the Truth by Jake Parent

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Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

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All Summer Long by Hope Larson
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Peter Darling by Austin Chant

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An Anatomy of Addiction by Howard Markel
The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge
My Diarrhe by Miranda Sings

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#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano
Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

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The Girl from the Well  by Rin Chupeco
Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel  by A.W. Jantha
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I read so many books that I really liked last year. This year I want to try to finish the Saga series, I’ve been really enjoying it so I need to finish it. I’ll have my three star and two star posts at some point next week. What books did you give four stars to in 2018? You can check out my five star reads post linked below.

Next week I’ll have a couple reviews to post for Famous in a Small Town and The Perfect Girlfriend. I’m trying to get ahead on the ARCs this year, so I’ve been trying to read more of those back to back. I currently have about six to read with release dates of Januray-April, so I want to read those pretty soon and get my reviews written.

In case you missed it;
5 Star Reads of 2018.
Thoughts|| The Wicked King.
Reading the Alphabet.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!
ashleyblack

5 Star Reads of 2018.

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Hey!

I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is my five star reads and I’ll do other posts for my other star rating books as well. They are in the order that I read them, but I did group book series together. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2018 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads.

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (read twice)
*one of the two times was audiobook*
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

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your name. by Makoto Shinkai
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Member of the Family by Dianne Lake, Deborah Hermnan

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Inferno by Julie Kagawa (audiobook)
Orphan Number Eight by Kim van-Alkemade
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (audiobook)
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Garden of Fiends by Various Authors
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (audiobook)
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
Not Even Bones
by Rebecca Shaeffer
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
I Will Find You by Joe Kenda

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Bright Side by Kim Holden (audiobook)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
Down Time by Barry Lyga
What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli

I tried to think of which ones would be my top five favorites out of them all, but I couldn’t narrow it down. It’s so hard to narrow it down, because they were all really amazing and I loved them so much. Of course that’s the reason why they got five stars! I got pretty lucky with reading some pretty amazing books last year. In the next couple days I will post my four stars rating books, so be on the lookout for that! 🙂

What books did you give five stars to in 2018? See any favorites on my list?

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| The Wicked King.
Reading the Alphabet.
2018 Year in Books (Reading Stats).

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| The Wicked King.

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The Wicked King by Holly Black
3 out of 5 stars.

I’m not posting the Goodreads summary, because I don’t want to spoil The Cruel Prince for those that haven’t read it yet. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the first book, because possible spoilers of The Cruel Prince.

I received an ARC of The Wicked King from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Release date tomorrow, January 8, 2019.

It’s no surprise that I loved The Cruel Prince as much as everyone else did. The hype was real, you guys! I was so stoked when I was approved for the ARC of The Wicked King. I couldn’t wait to dive into it! I needed more of the story. I needed to know what was going to happen next. I needed more Cardan and Jude! I pretty much instantly fell in love with the story right from the beginning. There was excitement and things happening on every page. I was looking forward to more of that with The Wicked King.

It wasn’t there though. I didn’t instantly fall in love. Nothing happened until the last 30% of the book. It was a very slow start and with nothing that exciting happening. Nothing that really stood out to me or made me go “omg” or freak out like I did with The Cruel Prince. The last few chapters of The Wicked King were the highlight of the book and had the shock factor. I was disappointed with the story, because it lacked so many things that the first book had.

Cardan was even different. He didn’t have the same attitude or wickedness that he did in the first book. He was a bit of a bore. You didn’t see the old Cardan until the very end of the book, which was sad, because I loved his character so much! He’s part of what made the story exciting, so I was sad that it wasn’t like that this time. Jude was a bit annoying and whiny in this book, which sucked because I loved her in the first book. The two characters I loved the most were not the same to me. They just felt too different and maybe that’s because of what they’ve been through being thrown into being King and a new life.

But then with that being said…The Wicked King was a short book and felt rushed. I feel like so many other things could have happened or have been added if it was a longer book. Like more of Jude and Cardan right after the ending of The Cruel Prince instead of it taking place five months later. Not a lot of things were explained or shown. So we didn’t get to see the change in Cardan or Jude with their new roles and lives, because it started five months later and maybe that would have helped to explain why they felt like different characters to me?

I did like the book though, so it wasn’t a completely bad sequel. The ending had a lot of excitement and twists to it. One that even left me shocked. Overall, I liked it and it had it’s enjoyable moments. I was just really sad and disappointed that I didn’t fall in love with it like I did The Cruel Prince. I’m still really looking forward to the third book and can’t wait to get my hands on it to see what happens next. The ending left on a pretty crazy cliffhanger, so I’m still stoked.

In case you missed it;
Reading the Alphabet.
2018 Year in Books (Reading Stats).
2019 Reading Goals.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack