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Secrets of the Starcrossed

(The Once and Future Queen #1)

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In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, two starcrossed lovers fight to ignite the spark of rebellion…

Londinium, the last stronghold of the Romans left in Britannia, remains in a delicate state of peace with the ancient kingdoms that surround it. As the only daughter of a powerful merchant, Cassandra is betrothed to Marcus, the most eligible bachelor in the city.

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Published January 21st 2021 by One More Chapter
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
This book was sent to me by the publisher for review. This in no way influences my opinion of the book.

I sadly decided to mark this book as a DNF (did not finish) at the 230 page mark. While I do think this book is a relatively engaging and easy read, something about the world building didn't stick with me. Occasionally there would be point where historical accounts would be introduced that seemed a bit info-dumpy, and I struggled to retain the information or see how it was entirely relevant. I
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
GREAT PREMISE BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT

Actual rating: 2.5 ⭐


Honestly, this was not a bad book. It really wasn't. It just wasn't all that it could have been. It really had potential to be good. It started out as something that was going to be good. But it lost momentum about halfway through and it didn't pick up again in my opinion.

👍 What I Liked 👍

Premise: A world were the Roman empire never collapsed on itself. It persisted all the way up to our present day and further. That's the premise of this book
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Alex
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-and-6
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Secrets of the Starcrossed in exchange for an honest review.

First off, the world here was so interesting I just wish it wasn't framed as a backdrop for a couple that I hated. Cassandra is your standard "good girl finds out world isn't as good as she thought" so we're not going to talk about her a lot but one of her two main love interests Devyn made me want to scream.

At first I was just going to give this a slightly below average rating because a
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Kirsty Hendry
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cassandra has everything she could wish for. Her father is a powerful merchant and she is betrothed to the most eligible bachelor in Londinium.

Things start to change when she crosses paths with a strange boy who is on a quest to find a missing girl.

Meanwhile an unexplained illness is making its way through the city. The illness only seems to be targeting those who have Celtic magic in their blood.
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anna ✩
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

First things first, I was absolutely not prepared for how wild this was going to be. The premise is incredibly intriguing on its own but honestly reading this book was a whole wild ride.

This book is based in a futuristic world where the Roman Empire never fell. Cassandra, the only daughter of a powerful merchant in Londinium, is betrothed to Marcus, the most eligible bachelor in town. Cassandra has always been the perfect daughter, the perfect citizen, the perfect follower of the Code
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Alaina
I have received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Secrets of the Starcrossed was one of those books that had it's boring moments but I also couldn't look away or put it down. I just feel like it had potential to be a lot better though. Don't get me wrong, I was entertained for most of this book but the whole love triangle thing just threw me off. They never really work for me anymore and I honestly didn't really care who she ended up with or without.

Plus the whole push/pu
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Juliette Autumnbook
2.5 stars

I have a lot of mixed feelings about his book. I really enjoyed it and at the same time it left me feeling frustrated. I have decided to split this review in things I liked and didn't like about this book

Things I liked about this book
• I love the writing style. It's very to the point, straight forward and gives you a good look into the feelings of our main character. I really liked the way Clara told the story and would definitely read more from this author.
• I enjoyed the characters
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Chloe Louise
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

It's very rare that I give a book 2 days. I could not get into his book at all and had to force myself through it. The storyline didn't interest me at all and the MC seemed to lack maturity despite being an adult. The dialogue seemed forced and so I was not able to relate to the characters or imagine what they would sound like. The plot could have done with a lot more
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Brinley
Quite frankly, this book was disappointing. I should know by now not to trust what a book is compared to, but this blurb mentioned three of my favorites. I mean, how can a book that's compared to Panem, the Grishaverse, and Marie Lu go wrong? While not necessarily bad, this book answered that question.

First off, the worldbuilding in this was super confusing. It's based on history, but with some events removed, and others added. As someone who's already unfamiliar with European history, this jus
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audrey
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Digital ARC provided by HarperCollins UK One More Chapter through Netgalley***

Thank you to the HarperCollins UK One More Chapter team for providing this digital ARC for review!

What immediately caught my eye when reading the description for this book was how it was recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, the Grishaverse, and Marie Lu, among others, and I was so happy while reading to find out that that was completely right.

If there is a way to start a series, this is it. Every page turn had
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Eloise Smith
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arcs
15/12/2- Edit
Since this book, I've read a lot more fantasy and find myself comparing to this one! I think I appreciate much more how great this is as a debut and how the story develops. I've therefore upped my rating and I wanted to read the next book anyway, but now I'm looking forward to it even more. I think it's good to be honest and reflect if/when your mind changes.

Original Review

Hmm, this book promised so much but I don't think it fully delivered unfortunately.

Cassandra lives in a dys
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Paige| apaigeinthechapter
I need the second instalment now! Clara O'Connor has a new fan in me because WOW. In a dystopian world where the Roman Empire never fell, Cassandra finds herself thrust into a world of diplomacy, danger and magic. There is a strong romance element in this and it's quite possibly one of my favourite relationships. The intersection between the Roman world and modernity is handled impeccably and there is huge detail in the world building. An entire alternative history was invented for this world an ...more
day
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter via Netgalley!

Thank you for NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, for this arc in exchange for an honest review! These thoughts and words are my own.

Whew, I am SO happy the next book release is later this year. I NEED more!

In Secrets of the Starcrossed by Clara O'Connor, Cassandra, or Cass, is anxiously waiting until the day she marries the most eligible bachelor she was matched with as a child. Needless to say, everyone envies her
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the_reading_devices
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, english-reads
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins One More Chapter for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Set against the backdrop of an alternate history where the Roman Empire never fell, Secrets of the Starcrossed follows the story of soon-to-graduate and secret fiancé of the most-eligible-bachelor-in-the-city Cassandra, a girl who was brought up with the Code and who must now face, for the first time, the knowledge that not all is as it seems.

Right off the bat,
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Dianne
What if history were just a little different? What if the Roman Empire never fell? Clara O’Connor’s SECRETS OF THE STARCROSSED gives us that scenario and takes us to Londinium where a fragile peace endures and a successful merchant’s daughter is betrothed to the most eligible bachelor in the city. But are they meant to be together or is there something far more political and devious going on?

Cass was supposed to marry Marcus, but she never planned on falling in love with Devyn or to begin to bel
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Sophie Ann
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
3⭐
I really struggled to get into this one mostly due to the world building being so complex I spent the entire book not really knowing what the hell was going on - I still don't.
I didn't really care for the characters throughout the majority of the book, although this did start to change right at the very end. I found the main character particularly infuriating when she'd ask herself a million and one questions and have answers to none of them.
I feel like the plot didn't really go anywhere and
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Maria
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I thank the publisher and Netgalley for the free copy of the book. All opinions are my own. The full review is available on my website.

The story is set in Londinium, in a version of the future in which the Roman Empire never fell. It follows Cassandra, an upstanding citizen of the city, who’s got her whole life mapped out for her. Until destiny throws an outsider at her feet. The story is a blend of technology and magic. While the people of Londinium thrive thanks to the so-called Code and techn
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Monogamist
DNF'ed...

Thank you NetGalley and One More Chapter for this e-arc.

It was very underwhelming, the beginning is just a lot of info-dumping which I struggled to make sense. Slow pace. The setting of this Roman history with technology wasn’t credible. I didn’t like Cassandra and the love interest was just too cheesy, the insta-love scene made me laugh and cringe at the same time.

I wish this was not compared to Grishaverse or Marie Lu as this book is too focused on the romance and not on the fantasy
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A_ bookbound _soul
I'd like to thank OneChapterMorehc for the proof copy. Really excited to read it. Especially the last part of the description intrigues me. ...more
Ash
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of the Starcrossed by Clara O'Connor is a futuristic young adult fantasy story that follows a naive, rule-following elite young woman as her life and identity unravel.

It's a trope-y story: love triangle, forbidden love, cold mother, dystopian society, lost heir. But despite the tropes, the magic system and societal structure are unique and intriguing, Arthurian-esque as the blurb describes. I recently read a nonfiction account of ancient Rome and Britannia, so it was super fun to see li
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Zoe Turner
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Yes! This book is just everything!
I’m not great at figuring out what I thought but here I go attempting it anyways. I will try and do this review based on 4 things characters, plot, pace and world building.

Characters-
Our main character Cass or Cassandra. She is kind of okay at the beginning but she comes into her own about half way through.
Devyn ❤️ oh he is just yum! But also in saying that he had a lot of annoying traits that I guess all mysterious characters have. Doesn’t say much, keeps i
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Catherine
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy of Secrets of the Starcrossed in exchange for an honest review.

I've gotta be honest, it took me a couple WEEKS to get through the first 4-5 chapters of this book, which is normally not my reading style at all. I think that the description of the book is not super accurate, and I was looking for components that weren't really present at all. Once I got into the swing of this novel though, instead of the ones the blurb compares i
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Kilikina
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Thank you so much to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When I first heard about this book I was totally interested. With star-crossed lovers, ancient magic, and the world on the brink of war- I had high hopes. The plot sounded great and this was a brand new author for me too, so I was equally excited about that.

This book was a classic run-of-the-mill YA Fantasy. I've seen this plot recycled many, many times and this didn't bring anything new to the table for me. The pacing
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Stephanie
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The bad thing about reading ARC is loving the book so much and not having people to share it with!!! Not to mention waiting for publication day and then waiting for next book’s release date!!

This was such a great read. I had a bit of hard time getting into it, especially when Cassandra goes over the history of the Empire. Once she becomes fixated on Devyn, that’s when the fun starts. Throw Marcus into the mix and it’s shaping up to be such a great series.

The story gave me Matched by Allie Condie
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Rachel
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
** I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by the publisher (HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Secrets of the Starcrossed by Clara O'Connor follows Cassandra, a girl living in Londinium. In this story, the Roman Empire never fell and the citizens of Londinium are kept from their pagan enemies by a wall surrounding the city. There is a Code they must all follow and any divergence from the Code is dealt with swiftl
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Veronica (Honey Roselea Reads)
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⭐⭐⭐.5 stars

Thank you to Clara O'Connor for inviting me to read her book and providing me a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Happy release day to Secrets of the Starcrossed!

My review of Secrets of the Starcrossed is on Honey Roselea Reads and the linkwill be accessible at 11 AM CST today (Jan 28, 2021)

Here is a preview of what the review will look like once published at 11 AM CST:

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Cassandra Shelton, the daughter of a powerf
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Jennifer Hill
An illness has struck the land of Londinium, part of a Roman Empire and is affecting everyone with Celtic magic within their blood.

Marcus can save everyone but is ill himself, will he get better and can he really save everyone from an illness that’s spreading round the city?

There was a few aspects of this that I felt was quite reflective of today’s climate.

Cassandra the protagonist is also stuck in a love triangle between Marcus, the most wanted bachelor of the whole kingdom and Devyn a boy who
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jess :)
First, I want to thank netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the e-arc.
Unfortunately I had to dnf this one, which is a shame because the premise is rather interesting. I think the main thing is that I just haven’t been in the mood to sludge through the worldbuilding, the pacing for that (from what I’ve read) is so slow- I’m very confused. I also don’t like how the main character is so naïve and somewhat unwilling to see the problems with her surroundings. I’m also just not crazy on t
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Andee
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-feb
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