Authors: Marissa Meyer, Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Winifred Searle, Abigail Hing Wen
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Released: January 4, 2022
Serendipity is the latest anthology that caught my attention. I’ll confess that it was originally the Jane Austen fan in me that dragged my eyes to this cover. However, the lead and contributing authors were more than enough to keep me invested.
Serendipity is an anthology that takes ten romantic tropes and turns them into ten short stories. You’ll find amazing authors involved in this project, such as Marissa Meyer, Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Abigail Hing Wen. I love new perspectives on classic tropes, so this was an instant sell for me. Better yet, the takes are more inclusive and endearing, all running along that feeling of Serendipity.
Overall I really enjoyed Serendipity. It was sweet and endearing, hitting that craving for short romantic plots full of emotion and charm. However, I don’t think this anthology quite hit the mark if the goal was to bend classic tropes. Don’t get me wrong – those classic tropes are very much a part of this tale. The thing is, I don’t think they’re as altered as the description led me to believe. That was a little disappointing, as it had been one of the main reasons why I was so desperate to read Serendipity.
For those curious, the tropes included in Serendipity are mainly: fake dating, friends to lovers, rivals to lovers (love it), forced proximity, one bed, romantic gestures, love at first sight, makeovers, and soulmates.
Thanks to Feiwel Friends and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.