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Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
Review by Doc Rob

Source: goodreads.com

Though the writing feels a little clumsy or cutesy at times and the protagonist is often annoying, I enjoyed this book for the author's ability to distill some of the major tenets not only of Buddhism, but of the more general quest for spiritual clarity.  Having suffered some not-so-perfect road trips myself, I also enjoyed the references to the difficulties encountered when out of one's familiar and comfortable zone.  That's really the crux of the book: learning to adapt and to focus on the essential and joyful with equanimity instead of fixating on the trivial or unavoidable.  Merullo includes a reading list at the back of the book of spiritual texts he has consulted which can provide additional fodder for the spiritual seeker who wants to go further.  




     

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Review by Jessie '16

Source: Google.com
When I picked up the book Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers I had expected a simple, stereotypical forbidden romance between an assassin and a noble. However, it turned out to be so much more than that. LaFevers weaves intricate plot twists and storylines throughout the book, so you never know what to expect. Betrayal and loyalty walk a very thin line throughout the book. This is really a book for everyone. Not only does it include romance, but action and even politics as well. Although at times it can be a bit slow, the plot is very creative and unique. It’s not every day you find a female assassin in the 15th Century. All in all, I recommend this book to anyone with a yearning for thick plots, hidden love, and mysterious betrayals.


   
Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy

Review by Anna '15
Source: Google.com
So many young adult authors are setting their scenes in the future as they discover teenagers’ impatience with the present. The present can be boring. It may be a gift, but it’s like that lame ball of socks you get from your aunt at Christmas. Typically, teens long for exciting new experiences, anything that can remove them from their boxed-in world. If you yearn to reach beyond the now, look no further than Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. Perhaps even more kickass than the fiery Katniss Everdeen, Tris Prior assumes the fantastic role of a hero who breaks free from her pre-determined path set by society. This book contains terrifying yet fascinating science fiction brain tests, secretive romance, and an ensuing war. It centers around that moment when teens finally get to break free from their parents’ stranglehold and forge their own path in the world. If you’d like to immerse yourself in a world where fist fights and numerous tattoos are encouraged, join Tris as she battles for her freedom.  

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