The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons #1)

The Starriest Summer


Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game. 

The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this! 

Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe. 

Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood. 

Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…(Summary and cover courtesy of

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours.


This book was super fun!  It reminded me a bit of “The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss” in the sense of a well-structured book about video games without being stereotypical, overly nerdy or not doing fans justice.  I really enjoyed the read and Michelle is a hilarious goof who is still growing into her own skin.  I wasn’t sure if it was going to be too cheesy at first, but I was won over in the end.  I also thought the ending was going to be a big disappointment, but be patient – it turned out to be intriguing!

The book is the beginning of a series, so it’s certainly one that you don’t want to get into unless you’re willing for a wait.  As of now, I don’t believe there’s an estimated date on the next book in the series. 

Warning: Contains violence

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? YA fantasy series lovers – this one has a fantastic mix of video game fandom mixed in.

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