Title: Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic #1)
Author: J.L. Bryan
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: September 16, 2011
*book was provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
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 the lead singer, but she already has a near perfect boyfriend.
Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world, and soon the band is enchanting crowds, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic. The band struggles to gain control of their instruments and avoid supernatural bounty hunters sent by Queen Mab of Faerie to track them down… (Summary courtesy of Goodreads)
Fairy Metal Thunder is a fun, quick read that takes the reader on a wild journey through the
and into the
world of the rock star. J.L. Bryan leaves no stone unturned in his quest to
bring the reader into a world no one has ever seen before. His take on Faerie
is creative and intriguing. I especially enjoyed how he brought all sorts of
mythical creatures to life, including not only fairies, but also ogres,
goblins, elves and even unicorns. There were a couple of parts when Bryan took the story to the land
of Faerie that seemed to drag a little,
with a bit too much detail thrown in. But I understand that land of Faerie Bryan was trying to
create a world that no one has ever seen, so over-explanation is necessary at
Perhaps my favorite parts of Fairy Metal Thunder take place in the human world (or man-world as the mythical creatures call it) when the Assorted Zebras are playing the stolen fairy instruments.
Bryan manages to capture the excitement and
intensity of a crowd of people really enjoying a good rock show and he brings
that to life for the reader. He doesn’t rely heavily on descriptions of how the
instruments are played or why the crowds reacted they way they did, yet he
still manages to get the feeling of intense excitement across to the reader; you just seem to know and
understand after reading. I appreciated the fact that he knew his readers would
understand what it is like to be swept up by the music and carried away. Bryan keeps it simple.
About the only thing that I didn’t like about Fairy Metal Thunder was the abrupt ending. Literally, I am reading along and then BAM, it’s over. It seemed like a strange way to end a book. I know that the book has sequels but I just didn’t care for the way it ended at all.
I think this would be a great book for tweens. I am not sure older, more sophisticated teenagers will take the time to pick it up, but I know quite a few eleven to fourteen year olds who would enjoy it.
My grade for Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic #1) by J.L. Bryan: