Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Tour: The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons #1) by Adelle Yeung

The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons #1)
by Adelle Yeung
Release Date: December 20th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
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…

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Video games, falling out of the sky, rescuing a prince, and magical adventure beyond your wildest imagination? What more could a girl ask for...

This book has it ALL! Get ready to get lost in the pages of this epic adventure!

****I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review****

Laura Redmon
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Interview with Adelle Yeung

How did you come up with the premise for The Cycle of the Six Moons?

It was over ten years ago, and I was on a road trip to Disneyland with my family.  I was watching the California landscape passing by, imagining going off on an adventure to rescue a prince from an undersea fortress.  At that time, Michelle was meant to be in a video game the entire time, but the story has obviously evolved a lot since then.

Who is your favorite character in The Cycle of the Six Moons?

Really, I love all of them, but anyone who knows me knows that Gediyon is my favorite.  He’s such a sweetheart, and manages to be such a badass without spilling blood.  Also, he loves tea, and I love tea, and I’d love to sit down and have teatime with him, or cook a wonderful meal with him, or run across a magical landscape with him by my side…  By the end, he becomes such an important character to the story—maybe even more so than Michelle herself—and I hope that readers fall in love with him as much as I have as they discover why.

What is your favorite part in The Cycle of the Six Moons:  The Starriest Summer? There are so many parts that tickle my fancy.  They’re exciting, or funny, or make me feel like a lovesick teenager again.  But I suppose the one part that really hits home is when Michelle is discussing her responsibilities by the bonfire.  It was a rather therapeutic epiphany when I had written it.  Michelle’s feelings about feeling inferior to her brother were that of my own, and I hadn’t realized it until I’d written it.  I hope that scene will connect to readers who either don’t know what they want to do in life, or feel like their siblings are outshining them.

What was the first story you ever wrote?

It was written in second grade and I had called it “The Haunted Mansion.”  It had absolutely nothing to do with the Disneyland ride.  I included some of my classmates in it, being terrorized by ghosts.  I trapped one of them in an iron maiden.  When I was done, I took the story in front of my class, with my classmates-turned-characters standing beside me, and read the story aloud.  I guess I just wanted to tell a story one day, and I did, and I’m glad I wrote it.

What are your favorite books, and why?

The Princess Bride.  It’s hilarious, and the confession scene between Buttercup and Wesley still makes me feel fuzzy inside when a lot of romance books don’t.  It also goes into more detail about the history, politics, world, and whatnot, more so than the movie did, which I adore as well. Fezzik and Inigo’s friendship, on the other hand, was expanded on much greater in the books and I love them.

Ella Enchanted—I read it nonstop when I was a tween.  It was a retelling of a classic tell, and I thought it was charming.  And the entire Harry Potter series, because, well…it’s Harry Potter.  I’m also currently on another Harry Potter binge.  Finished re-reading all the books earlier this year, watched all the movies, now listening to all the audiobooks.  The Harry Potter universe is fantastic.

What has inspired your writing the most?

Video games!  Possibly the first game I ever fell in love with was Chrono Trigger.  I love elements of time and adventure.  The Final Fantasy series has also influenced my writing, and The Legend of Zelda games.  Magic, adventure, saving the world!  I think what appealed to me the most was developing a camaraderie with those who are also trying to save the world, and without the supervision of parental figures.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I’m also a voice actor, seamstress, and artist, so besides the occasional substitute day job, I have plenty of things to keep me busy.  Then when I’m being lazy, I watch let’s players on YouTube while snacking on sweets.  And there’s always time for cat squishing.  I’d like to play video games more often, but I feel bad about not being productive.

Why did you decide to present the excerpts as audio shorts?

Since I’m also a voice actor, I wanted to utilize my network of voice acting buddies.  I thought it was fun, different, and I love hearing my characters come to life.  I wanted to present something a little more vibrant than mere words.  I hope others enjoy them as much as I had making them!

What kind of message do you hope readers will grasp from The Cycle of the Six Moons? I hope readers can finish the book, confident that they too have control over their lives, no matter what anyone else expects of them.  Your life is your own, so live it for you, not for your family, friends, or even the rest of the world.  (Just, you know, try not to do anything illegal…)

If you could take one inanimate object home from Starrs, what would it be?

Claren tea.  Ahh, I’d love a cure-all for small ailments, especially insomnia.

About the Author
Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.

She is also a voice-over artist who can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.

She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.

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