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Float Plan by Trish Doller

The stages of grief are not linear. They are random and unpredictable, folding back on themselves until you begin morning all over again.

Trish Doller

Float Plan by Trish Doller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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TW: loss of loved one via suicide
Representation: Work against ableism, Grief, Depression, Mental Health

I must be needing books that deal with grief at the moment because somehow they are all finding me and working their magic. The author states in her Goodreads, “Advice givers always say you should write the book you want to read. This is it. I hope you like it.” I am so glad she wrote this book because it is also what I needed and wanted to read too.

I loved this book.

Grief is never-ending – you will have good days, bad days, okay days, and just days you get by. This book touches on many important stages of grief all while showing no matter how much time has passed grief can sneak up on you.

I loved how Anna ‘navigated her grief and learned how to process it one step at a time.

Her meet-cute with Keene was just adorable. I just adored Keene!! I really enjoyed learning how he was coping with his disability and how ableism affects him daily – and ideas of how anyone can help fight against ableism.

I loved how the author touched on some of the grief stages: denial., anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

There is such a powerful story here that I highly recommend you read it.



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Book Info:

Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancé, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.

After a reminder goes off for the Caribbean sailing trip Anna was supposed to take with her fiancé, she impulsively goes to sea in the sailboat he left her, intending to complete the voyage alone.

But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.

In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn’t mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.

“The perfect escape. Fresh, funny, and romantic. I wish I could sail away with this book.” – Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Little Bridge series

Author bio:

TRISH DOLLER is the author of novels for teens and adults about love, life, and finding your place in the world. A former journalist and radio personality, Trish has written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal, as well as Float Plan, her adult women’s fiction debut. When she’s not writing, Trish loves sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.

Buy link: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/float-plan/

Social Links: @TrishDoller on Instagram and Twitter

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Book One: The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess


Sass-o-meter 💜💜💜

My favorite character who was the sassiest one – Eve Rosen


What this book is about:
A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

“So are you a writer too?” He asked… “I’d like to be. But it’s hard until you know what you want to say.”

Karen Dukess

My thoughts:
I was super excited to read this book when I came across the synopsis.

Well it fell flat for me.
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The story line had lots of promise. I ultimately liked how the book party ended. But I felt the ending of the actual book left a lot to be desired. Also, the title is deceiving, as the Last Book party happens in at the end of the book and lasts about one whole chapter 🤷‍♀️
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What ever falls between good and terrible, that is where this book fell for me.
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One thing that I loved is when a book your reading makes mentions of real books she was reading. I love when a character is reading a famous book and talks about it, or reference somehow how it molded their experience.
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Qotd: What do you call books that are just meh for you? 


Highland Sword by May McGoldrick

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The Highland Sword by @maymcgoldrick

Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s – Ultimate Sass

Release Date: March 31st

#thehighlandsword @stmartinspress

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“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

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Tagline: Scottish pride, persuasion, and passion—this is Highland romance at its breathtaking best.

A VOW FOR VENGEANCE – Fleeing to the Highlands after her father’s murder, fiery Morrigan Drummond has a score to settle with Sir Rupert Burney, the English spymaster responsible for his death. Trained to fight alongside the other rebels determined to break Britain’s hold on Scotland, she swears to avenge her father’s death—until a chance encounter with a barrister as proud and principled as she is presents her with a hard choice…and a bittersweet temptation.

A PLEA FOR PASSION – Aidan Grant has never encountered another woman like dangerous beauty Morrigan—and he has the bruises to prove it. Yet she could be the key to defending two innocent men, as well as striking a death blow to the reprehensible Burney. Convincing Morrigan to help him will take time, but Aidan is willing to wait if it means victory over corrupt government forces and freedom for his people…and Morrigan’s hand in marriage. Can two warriors committed to a cause stand down long enough to open their hearts to a love fierce enough to last…forever?

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Thank you @netgalley and #Stmartinspress for the advanced copy to provide my own sassy opinions.

I adore this husband and wife author team – I am here for every book they write! 

This book is the third and I think final in the series, but there might be more side stories planned! I would love to read and continue the amazing story they have started.

I loved Morrigan in the first two books – talk about the ultimate sass!!! She delivers and of course – May McGoldrick – has delivered the perfect man, Aidan, to sass back.

If you love an amazing historical story that envelops you in a huge hug of comfort with sassy banter that gives you the giggles and plasters an uncontrolable smile on your face then this book is highly recommended to you!

—-Sassiest character – Morrigan & Adian—–

Qotd: Do you have a favorite romance author?

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

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Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

Debut Author

Sass-o-meter 3.5/5💜s – Good Sass

Released Date: 2/18 #netgalley #SaintX #Celadonbooks @celadonbooks

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I have often wondered if human attraction works in the exact same way as magnetic attraction and if this is why it is so utterly impossible to repel someone you are deeply attracted to.”

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Tagline: When you lose the person who is most essential to you, who do you become?

Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men – employees at the resort – are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives.

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Thank you @netgalley and @celadonbooks for the advanced copy to provide my own sassy opinions. 

This book was very enjoyable. The obsession was intense and I totally empathized with Clarke.

What I didn’t like was we still didn’t know how Alison died- it would have been nice to see that.

Somehow this super self-involved girl, Alison, managed to emotionally screw with everyone who knew her. Just by her brash upfront personality. She was not very nice and this is found out throughout the book. The one person she cared for most, her sister, she even was rude towards behind her back.

But maybe this was just an age gap of 10 years between siblings. Also, Claire had a major issue that was never addressed by the parents, outside just yelling at her to stop. The parents were obsessed with Alison and treated Claire like the spare child.

What I liked- I thought the insight chapter insights from the guests effected by Alison’s death really added to the story. Also- the recorded diary tapes!

——–Sassiest character – Alison—–

Qotd: What debut Authors have you enjoyed?

The Last Letter From Juliet by Melanie Hudson

Book Review

*Spoilers of each gift below*

The Last Letter From Juliet by Melanie Hudson

Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s – ULTIMATE SASS

#Romanceopoly #bookclubVIP @onceuponabookclub http://www.onceuponabookclub.com

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Quote: “I have often wondered if human attraction works in the exact same way as magnetic attraction and if this is why it is so utterly impossible to repel someone you are deeply attracted to.”

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What this book is about:

A story of love not a story of a war

A daring WWII pilot who grew up among the clouds, Juliet Caron’s life was one of courage, adventure – and a love torn apart by war. Every nook of her Cornish cottage is alive with memories just waiting to be discovered.

Katherine Henderson has escaped to Cornwall for Christmas, but she soon finds there is more to her holiday cottage than meets the eye. And on the eve of Juliet’s 100th birthday, Katherine is enlisted to make an old lady’s final Christmas wish come true…

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My thoughts:

Before I write my love letter to this book I wanted to mention this was my first box with @onceuponabookclub – Swiping will reveal spoilers of the box. The story of this book came to life even more for me when I got to pages that said “open your gift.” I am beyond impressed with this book box service and highly recommend. They gave me a code if you want to fall completely into a story with me – YA & Adult boxes – BIBLIOSASS10

Dear The Last Letter from Juliet,

I am still crying over your pages. Why did you make me fall in love with your every word? You absolutely wrecked me. I love every character you told me about and I am emotionally invested in each of them. My floor is littered with Kleenex because we lost characters together – why did you do that to me? You told me an epic love story to be remembered. Forgive me as I now have started to cry again thinking about your story and cannot see my phone to continue typing my love letter to you. 

-Love your ultimate fan-

Hayley aka Bibliosass

Okay. Seriously do your self a favor and read this like yesterday! And if you want to completely be enveloped by this story then get yourself the last months Once Upon a Book Club Adult box – BIBLIOSASS10 for 10% off #BOOKCLUBVIP

———–Sassiest character – ATTAGIRLS———–

Qotd: What is the last book that completely wrecked you?

February 2020 #TBR

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Participating in all the things this month!

I thought I would start to share my planned TBR to:

1.Keep my arse accountable

2.B/c Goals

3.OCD

Need I say more? Yes… well if you didn’t say yes more words are coming….

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I am continuing #Romanceopoly, tackling my #backlogtbr2020, and plan to count some of my books towards #Romanceopoly and @angies #bookishmonthoflove challenges, oh an all the read-a-longs. Also, I am trying the #angieway in organizing my pages read per day to keep me on track. Keeping to my planned daily pages of 200/per day I will have two extra days open!

Q.What other book should I pick to fill these two extra days I have open??

Without further ado… here is my beast of a list:

The Whispers of War 📱 – released – 1/14 #backlog #Netgalley

The American Fiancé (netgalley)📱 – releases – 2/11

Saint X 📕 – releases- 2/18 #backlog #Netgalley

The Last Love Letter from Juliet – 📕 – #romanceopoly #monthoflove @onceuponabookclub

My cousin Rachel 📕 #backlog #Romanceopoly #readalong #bookishmonthoflove

Song of Achilles read along 📱 #backlog #Romanceopoly #readalong #bookishmonthoflove

Of Fire and Stars 📱 #backlog #Romanceopoly #bookishmonthoflove

Of Beast and Beauty 🎧 #backlog #Romanceopoly #bookishmonthoflove

Asking for Trouble 📕 #backlog #Romanceopoly #bookishmonthoflove

Like a Love Story 📕🎧 #backlog #Romanceopoly #bookishmonthoflove

The Story of A Beautiful girl 🎧  #Romanceopoly #readalong #bookishmonthoflove

The Simple Wild 🎧 #Romanceopoly #monthoflove #readalong

The Last Mrs. Parish 📕 #backlog

There Will Come A Darkness 📕🎧 #backlog

The Bear and the Nightingale 📕 #backlog

Out of Easy 📕 #backlog

The Merciful Crow 📕 #backlog

The Confession 📕  #readalong

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PS. Happy Monyay! I hope all your TBR goals come true!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book Review
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s
#romanceopoly read
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Quote: “But you’re wrong. Maybe you weren’t wrong two years ago. I’d say I love you, which must have sounded insane.” She drew in a breath. “But it’s not insane now, Gaëtan. Maybe it’s the only sane thing in all of this. Love, I mean.”
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What this book is about:
France, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
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My thoughts:

All the stars in the universe and beyond.

This book. I loved the story between the two Sisters and how they each experienced WWII. How both fought battles and supported the resistance in their own ways.

I haven’t had a book that made me cry. This book brought on the full on wails.

The ending. Do yourself a favor and read this book!! Then when you get to the ending DM me because I want to talk to you about this great book.

Sassiest character – Juliette ——‐—————————–
Qotd: What books would you give all the stars too?



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Book Review: The Girl He Used to Know

by Tracey Garvis Graves

Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s
#2 of 285 of #backlogtbr2020
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Quote: “Life isn’t easy for anyone. We all have challenges. We all face adversity. It’s how we overcome it that makes us who we are.”
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What this book is about:

What if you had a second chance at first love? Annika Rose likes being alone. She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can’t read people.

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My thoughts:

Trigger Warnings: pregnancy loss, anxiety, high functioning autism

I really enjoyed this book! I empathized with Annika so much. I do not have high functioning anxiety and autism but anyone should empathized with this woman. I certainly have had anxiety that was crippling in social settings.

And to find someone who loves her beyond her HFA and adores her for it?! That there is just an amazing love story.

I loved how this book started with the future and gave glimpses into their past relationship.

Also the last 100 pages whoa…. just whoa. I was on my seat reading as fast as my eyes could manage!!! Sassiest character – Annika

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Qotd: What books have you read and thought wow I am a lot like this character?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Book Review
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Sass-o-meter 3.5/5💜s
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Quote: “There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways that they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That a tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”
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What this book is about:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

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My thoughts:

Wow. Okay then Erin. Where do I even start with this book?

I truly enjoyed this book, the writing lead me to feel as if I was walking around in the circus itself and wished we had something like this in real life!

I wish more time was spent on the love story it felt as it didn’t start until the last half of the book and left me wanting more than a quick… oh yah the love story part smashed in amongst the other bits.

I do recommend this book! Beautifully written – but if your not into a slow-paced book with a ton of characters – who you don’t know their purpose until the very end. Then add this to your TBR.

Sassiest character – Tsukiko
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Qotd: What stories have you read/listened to that have stayed with your soul?

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


🎉Book Review🎉
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s
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Quote: “Evie, don’t you dare back out now. Go get your Hugh Grant.”
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What this book is about:

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
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My thoughts:

The entire premise of this book is just yasssss.
The main character takes all the classic meet-cutes and recreates them! Somehow Evie finds love, finds herself and overcomes her own writing block.

Win-win super cute book with tons of references to all my favorite meet cute movies.

Sassiest character – Evie
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Qotd: What is your favorite romcom movie?
Aotd: Notting Hill

Thank you to Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review.



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