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Book Review: Fools In Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales edited by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos

Publisher’s description

Join fifteen bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors as they reimagine some of the most popular tropes in the romance genre. 

Fake relationships. Enemies to lovers. Love triangles and best friends, mistaken identities and missed connections. This collection of genre-bending and original stories celebrates how love always finds a way, featuring powerful flora, a superhero and his nemesis, a fantastical sled race through snow-capped mountains, a golf tournament, the wrong ride-share, and even the end of the world. With stories written by Rebecca Barrow, Ashley Herring Blake, Gloria Chao, Mason Deaver, Sara Farizan, Claire Kann, Malinda Lo, Hannah Moskowitz, Natasha Ngan, Rebecca Podos, Lilliam Rivera, Laura Silverman, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, and Julian Winters this collection is sure to sweep you off your feet. 

Amanda’s thoughts

There’s something in this anthology for nearly everyone. Characters of all backgrounds and identities find themselves in classic romance tropes. Stories generally run 10-25 pages and are just long enough to capture the moment and feel satisfying. There are so many great anthologies out and I hope readers are finding them and discovering new authors to read.

Stories take place in all kinds of settings and genres. There’s a dog sled race, a mistaken identity on a car ride, a final exam at a magical academy, a secret-ish relationship between opposites, superheroes and villains, a fake Seder date, a birthday trip, an impending asteroid, and more. It’s kind of hard to really review an anthology, but I just wanted to write up this quick post to make sure people see that this fun new book is out. I know for me, concentrating on reading has become really challenging lately. I both want the escape but can’t stop my stress-brain from chattering at me. I’ve found anthologies and essay collection are the perfect thing to dip into. This was an entertaining read with great diversity and inclusion. What’s not to like?!

Review copy (ARC) courtesy of the publisher

ISBN-13: 9780762472345
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Age Range: 13 – 18 Years

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