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The Vagaries of Us is a book blog offering book reviews, book recommendations, bookish memes and discussion posts, focusing on the Romance and Young Adult genres. Anything book related is fair game here!

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To Discover A Divine Blog Tour – Excerpt & Review

To Discover A Divine Blog Tour – Excerpt & Review

To Discover a Divine is the first novel in the Rise of the Stria series by author Tessa McFionn. The story follows Evainne Wagner- a young woman barely getting by in Boston with her pet goldfish, and Kahlym cal Jhuen- a freedom fighting extraterrestrial in a galaxy far from our own.

A Review: Beyond the Wicked Willow: Chronicles of a Teenage Witchslayer

A Review: Beyond the Wicked Willow: Chronicles of a Teenage Witchslayer

Beyond the Wicked Willow: Chronicles of a Teenage Witchslayer is a novel by author M.J. Rocissono. The story follows Frankie Fretini, a fourteen-year old boy who, unbeknownst to him, is destined to find and destroy an evil witch named Il Strega Diavolo. Frankie, still struggling with the death of his father who was killed in Iraq, spends a great deal of time with his best friends- Sam, Beef, and Bookworm.

Wrong by Jana Aston – A Book Review

Wrong by Jana Aston – A Book Review

Wrong is a standalone contemporary romance novel by New York Times bestselling author Jana Aston. The story follows Sophie, a college senior who works at a coffee shop named Grind Me. For weeks she has been crushing on an older, attractive, and distinguished man by the name Luke who stops there occasionally for coffee.

Review: Firstlife (Everlife Series #1) by Gena Showalter

Review: Firstlife (Everlife Series #1) by Gena Showalter

Firstlife is the first book in the Everlife series by New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter. The story follows Tenley “Ten” Lockwood a seventeen-year-old girl struggling to choose which realm to enter when she dies. On Earth, also known as the Land of the Harvest, humans are busy living their first lives- however, before they die they must pledge their allegiance to either Myriad- a dark realm of indulgence and pleasure, where only the strongest rise to power and privilege, or Troika- a realm of light where love, justice, and truth are cherished, and everyone is considered of equal importance. Unfortunately, both reals are embroiled in a vicious war and fight to convince humans to pledge their allegiance to their realm and cause.

Hot and Steamy Romance Novels: My Take

Hot and Steamy Romance Novels: My Take

If Fifty Shades of Grey or Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series has shown us anything, it’s that reading the occasional “vulgar” and “crude” hot and steamy romance novel is something that a LOT of women (and perhaps men) enjoy. And rightly so. In my opinion, those gritty, intense scenes that would earn themselves an NC-17 rating on screen are a lovely way to distract yourself from the more mundane aspects of life…

Author Interview with Dana L. Brown + Sneak Peek Excerpt

Author Interview with Dana L. Brown + Sneak Peek Excerpt

A long-time banker, Dana L. Brown retired from a job she loved as a Vice President and Retail Market Leader with First Merchants Bank, to pursue her goal of writing.  She attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management, where she earned the distinction of  Certified Financial Marketing Professional.

A Review of Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

A Review of Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

Four Letter Word is the first novel in the Dirty Deeds series by New York Times bestselling author J. Daniels. The story follows Sydney Paige, a young woman who has recently separated from her husband after years of being in a loveless marriage, and Brian Savage a young man who both co-owns a surfing shop and is involved in adult filming (though for reasons that totally broke my heart).

Book Hangover Remedies

Book Hangover Remedies

We’ve all been through that horrible book hangover a time or two. If you’re like me, you’re hungover all the time. I might be almost 30 years old, but I can still pull an all-nighter- by now, I’m pretty used to the sensation of gritty, burning eyes.

Top 10 Book Boyfriends List

Top 10 Book Boyfriends List

I have a confession to make.
I’ve had countless book boyfriends and fictional relationships with men. Some that I remember fondly, others that are merely a vague recollection of sigh-worthy moments, and some whose names are forever imprinted on my mind and heart. These past beaus are neither one alike. In fact, some do not even exist in the same century.

Top 10 Best Romance Novels for Valentine’s Day

Top 10 Best Romance Novels for Valentine’s Day

If you or your loved one enjoys a good romance novel, then what better way to treat them or yourself on Valentine’s Day than with a new book! I have compiled a list of 10 light-hearted and fun romances that are sure to knock your knickers-I mean socks- right off you or that special someone in your life.

Book Review of Lottie Loser by Dana L. Brown

Book Review of Lottie Loser by Dana L. Brown

Lottie Loser is a contemporary romance novel written by author Dana L. Brown. The story follows Charlotte, otherwise known as “Lottie”, who works as a bank manager in Florida. In the beginning of the story, an old love interest from Lottie’s youth-Nick- breezes into...

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