Review: Serendipity by Marissa Meyer

Review: Serendipity by Marissa Meyer

Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer is a collection of short stories inspired by classic romance tropes. With ten adorable stories within it, this is a unique and diverse anthology. I enjoyed each of the authors’ contributions, and I found Marissa Meyer’s and Elizabeth Eulberg’s stories the most impressive. This is the perfect read for romance fans.

Review: Serendipity by Marissa MeyerTitle: Serendipity
Author: Marissa Meyer
Also by this author:  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 4, 2022
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The secret admirer.
The fake relationship.
The matchmaker.

From stories of first love, unrequited love, love that surprises, love that’s been there all along, ten of the brightest and award-winning authors writing YA have taken on some of your favorite romantic tropes, embracing them and turning them on their heads. Readers will swoon for this collection of stories that celebrate love at its most humorous, inclusive, heart-expanding, and serendipitous.

Contributors include Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Marissa Meyer, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Abigail Hing Wen.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer

Containing short stories from ten authors, this anthology reimagines a range of well-loved romance tropes, such as best friends to lovers, being trapped in a confined space, and a secret admirer. Because these tropes are so popular, it can be difficult to make them feel new again, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by the direction many of them take. I’m not sure I completely agree with the synopsis’s claim to turn each of these tropes on their heads, but this is still an entertaining read with a story to satisfy every romance fan.

❀ Different Forms of Storytelling

As an anthology, I appreciated the diversity within this book. Not only are there many stories about diverse characters, but the content and form of each story is also varied. There is even one graphic novel by Sarah Winifred Searle, which is something I have never seen in an anthology before. This inclusion of different forms of storytelling is something I would love to see more of.

❀ Many Favourites in this Anthology

After finishing this book, I came away with many favourites. I was especially impressed with Marissa Meyer’s “Shooting Stars,” featuring the “one bed” trope. This story is about camping, and since the characters are so well developed, it feels like it could be a full-length novel. Elizabeth Eulberg’s story about confined spaces also surprised me. The idea of being trapped in the London Eye is intriguing, and I enjoyed the more friendship-focused twist.

❀ A collection of adorable romances

Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer is a collection of adorable romances inspired by classic tropes. While not every story feels completely fresh, I loved the anthology’s diversity, and I enjoyed each author’s contribution. There is something in here for every romance fan, making this the perfect cozy collection to curl up with this winter.

About Marissa Meyer

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Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and twin daughters. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

14 thoughts on “Review: Serendipity by Marissa Meyer

  1. Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) says:

    I saw the authors and thought YA, but this is adult contemporary? I’m guessing with the one bed situation. I only ask because Meyer is a favorite of my almost 14-year-old. I was thinking maybe this would be for you, but maybe not! 😉

    • The Candid Cover says:

      Sorry if I confused you with this one—it’s definitely YA! The one bed situation is to do with teens on a camping trip, so don’t worry about any adult content. Each story in the anthology is sweet and pretty clean, and I’m sure a younger YA audience will love it! I hope she enjoys this one if she gives it a try 🙂

  2. Zoe Dinsmore says:

    I love that concept of short stories, seems unique and definitely sounds like a good read! I hope I can get my hands on it this year, can’t wait!

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