Series: Songs of Magic #1
First published: September 16th, 2011
Source: Received from author
A rock & roll fairy tale.Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans, no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on their lead singer, but she doesn't seem interested in him at all.Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world. Soon the band is enchanting crowds, and Jason is a step closer to the girl of his dreams, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic they can't control.Their shortcut to success has cost a troupe of innocent fairies their livelihood and turned Jason and his band into enemies of the powerful Queen Mab, who sends supernatural bounty hunters to track them down, including one of the most dangerous horned creatures in Faerie...a small unicorn named Buttercake.
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
With a very imaginative fairy lore, lots of humour and a small but sweet love story, Fairy Metal Thunder was a very fast and easy read for me and ensured that I'll be picking up its sequels as soon as possible. If you're looking for a Young Adult novel that is suitable for a younger audience and want to delve into a world of magic, be sure to add this one to your to-read list.
Before I started reading Fairy Metal Thunder, I didn't really know what to expect except that some of my favorite bloggers absolutely love J.L. Bryan's books. Therefore I had fairly high expectations for his fairy novel and was quite happy when I realized that most of them were actually met.
What I didn't know but maybe should or could have guessed is that it is definitely more suitable for a younger audience or for readers who prefer Young Adult books that lean more towards the Middle Grade genre. For me, though, that's the main reason I "only" rated this with three-and-a-half stars, since I usually prefer more grown up YA stories.
But to be honest, that's the only negative thing I have to say about Fairy Metal Thunder and it's also a very subjective aspect. Besides that I really enjoyed the first novel in the Songs of Magic series because it sucked me into the world of four teenagers who get to experience fame because of very beautiful fae magic.
J.L. Bryan has not only created a stunning and fascinating fairy world but incorporated these paranormal elements very nicely into the "real world" our main character Jason grew up in. The love story is not the novel's focus, but will definitely warm your heart and make you wonder what these two will have to face in the future.
All in all, I really liked Fairy Metal Thunder and even though I usually prefer to read more mature YA novels, I'm looking forward to find out what the Assorted Zebras will experience in the next novels. And I also can't wait to see more of the intriguing fairy world which might turn out to be one of the most imaginative out there.