Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review/Giveaway: Fairy Metal Thunder [Songs of Magic #1] by J.L. Bryan

Fairy Metal Thunder
[Songs of Magic #1]
J.L. Bryan
Released: September 16th 2011 by CreateSpace
( Barnes & Noble / Goodreads )
Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans and no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on the lead singer, but she already has a near-perfect boyfriend.

One night, Jason steals enchanted instruments from the fairy world. Suddenly (with a little help from YouTube) every kid in the Midwest is crazy about the Assorted Zebras.

The fairy instruments drive the crowds wild, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic. The band struggles to gain control of their instruments and avoid the supernatural bounty hunters sent by Queen Mab of Faerie to track them down, all while trying to finally land their first gig.
*An eBook was provided to me by the author for review purposes* 

As a huge fan of the Jenny Pox trilogy I couldn’t wait to read the first book in J.L. Bryan’s newest series.  Though it is aimed at a younger audience than the Jenny Pox trilogy was, I loved it no less.  One thing I that caught my eye [or ear] the most was the huge aspect the music played in this story. It was incredible to see what a little fairy magic could do to a group of kids. This story is a fast paced read you can’t put down until all is said and done. But be ready for an ending that will leave you hanging in the best possible way.

Just like in his previous books, falling for J.L. Bryan’s characters was an easy feat. Right as the book opened up I knew I was going to love Jason. I mean, how could you not like someone writing a love song for the person he is pining over?! Then once the whole band [who are named The Assorted Zebras by the way] was introduced I was a goner. Each and every character made me crack up in one way or another and I just loved watching the relationship that Jason and Erin did have develop. But what really got this story going was Jason’s little sister Katie [whom I adored!] and his journey into Faerie World. The descriptive writing that J.L. provides us with was so fun to read while he was discovering Faerie.

Another thing I thought was really nifty about this book were the few chapters told from the Fairy’s point of view. You know, the Fairy that Jason stole the instruments from? I wasn’t expecting this but it was interesting to see what she went through after Jason just nabbed her instruments and ran. You also got a lot more background on the faerie world that J.L. had built and I have a feeling it will all come together even more in book two. While I am talking about Faerie World, I can’t tell you how much I loved Grizlemor  [who is a Goblin]. He is the one who opened up Jason’s eyes to the world of the Fae and man he had me rolling. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a dirty goblin more, if ever.

Overall this book is a fun ride to get lost in. Though I despised Jason’s parents I loved everyone else that graced the pages of this musical journey. J.L. Bryan’s witty remarks and fun dialog keep the book moving along and by the time you are on the last page it just doesn’t seem possible. Like I said before, be ready for this ending! You will be surprised at how fast you actually read the book and will be left saying ‘What?! Really?! Where is book two?! I need it NOW!’ I can’t wait to see how Jason’s world will continue to warp in the coming books, and I highly suggest you find out what The Assorted Zebras are all about.

Four Fabulous Stars
[Get ready to rock the house down]
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Okay, now when J.L. Bryan provided me with a copy of this book he was SO kind as to thrown in another copy of the eBook for one of you to enjoy! Exciting right?! Just fill out the info below to enter to win! Good luck! [:

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 So did you enter to win a copy of this? You better! You don't want to miss out on it. Who could resist a little fairy magic anyway? ;]


  1. Well, it's obvious why I want it! :)

    It sounds simply amazing!

    -Great giveaway hun!

    Tabby @Insightful Minds

  2. Awesome cover, cool title, and the idea sounds amazing!
    thanks for the giveaway!

    Shana @ Sizzling Reads

  3. I have this book, but haven't read it yet. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait TP get started.
    Great review!

  4. I play piano and violin and the idea of the [literal] magic of music is just fascinating. Plus faeries, which are my favorite fantasy creature? Yes please!

    Thanks for stopping by my Shelf Candy, by the way.

    Great review, and thanks for the giveaway!

    1. P.S. I had love at first sight with the name of your blog :)

  5. ^Appreciate giveaway! Helps those like me on fixed income/SSI {perm/multi disabled: wheelchair/home-bound} who need & enjoy to read, attain books can't afford <3
    *Have attempted to win this more times than can count, so...Hoping this one be Lucky!
    ^It's a new take on an old & oft told 'Faerie Tales', which look forward to escaping into & exploring magickal paranormal world for Fey, have created! Also, instrument aspect is added intrigue,cuz:

    *Music is the Soundtrack of My Life*

    )0(Warmest Blessings )0(

    *Paranormal Books are Magickal*

  6. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway. And this book looks great! So I hope I get a chance to read it.


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