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Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published September 16th 2011 by CreateSpace
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Giselle
Fun and quirky; Fairy Metal Thunder is a quick read that you can easily finish in one sitting. After highly enjoying Jenny Pox, I was especially curious to see what JL Bryan had done with his attempt at a YA novel - about fairies nonetheless. First let me tell you that this could not be any more different from Jenny Pox, and I was greatly impressed. This is plain and simply entertaining with an effortless writing style that makes it easy to get absorbed inside this enchanting tale full of music...more
Mimi Valentine
Oh, WOW! When I started reading this book, someone should have told me it was going to be this good because then I would've started it earlier. I just couldn't put it down!

Fairy Metal Thunder revolves around your average teenage garage band who — by some inadvertent fluke — manage to get their hands on magical fairy instruments that draw humans like moths to a flame. But of course, the fairies (especially Queen Mab) will do anything to get them back.

Characters are always important for me in a g...more
Rhiannon Frater
I will admit that I put off reading this book for ages. I really loved J.L. Bryan's JENNY POX's horror trilogy and his science fiction novel, HELIX, but I just wasn't sure if I wanted to read his foray into YA.

I wish I hadn't put off reading this book for so long.

Not only can J.L. Bryan write kick ass horror and science fiction, he can write young adult fiction as well.

I'm not going to rehash the plot or anything like that. It's a very simplistic plot, but it's the execution that makes it so mu...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads

I won this book in a flash giveaway on Xpresso Reads and started it immediately. I didn't read the synopsis, I did not pass go, I did not collect $200, and am I ever happy I jumped into it blind. I admit, if I read the synopsis, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, thinking the fantastical aspect would be a bit too much for me but boy was I ever pleasantly surprised with Fairy Metal Thunder! This book reminded me so much of my favourite movie as...more
Stephanie D.
Fairy Metal Thunder by J.L. Bryan is a fun and light young adult novel that impressed me in several ways.

Prior to this one, I had read a novel in the same genre, also dealing with fairies that frankly irritated me because the teen characters were annoying and had conversations that contributed very little to the story and did not sound real (in fact, I wanted to tear my hair out). Bryan's teen characters felt very authentic to me; the dialogue sounded real, the characters were three-dimensional,...more
Aeicha
Fierce fairies, rocking music, magical instruments, complicated romance, badass unicorns, and one grumpy goblin…Fairy Metal Thunder has all this and more!

The Assorted Zebras is made up of Jason, Erin, Mitch, and Dred, four teenagers who are passionate about their music. Unfortunately no one else seems to be. They have no fans, no gigs, and possibly no future as a band…until Jason chases a goblin into the magical world of Faerie and steals four magical instruments. With these magical instruments...more
Courtney Cole
This is my daughter's review of Fairy Metal Thunder, book one of the Songs of Magic series.

Hi, I'm Bella and this is my review of Fairy Metal Thunder by JL Bryan. My favorite thing about this book is that nothing in it made me sad. I really hate it when books make me cry. This book is happy- it’s got fairies, goblins a dragon, a unicorn named Buttercup and a teenage rock band. I ended up really loving the book- so much that I changed my Halloween costume so that I could be a Rock Star Fairy.

Fa...more
Eileen
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

JL Bryan has managed to take two things I am absolutely in love with and put them together into one awesome book: fairies and music. The fairies because the Iron Fey is my favorite series ever, and the villans in Fairy Metal Thunder were fey, and the main characters in the Iron Fey were fey. Music because, well, I technically ama budding musician. If you put that into a book full of action, adventure, andcreativity, then you p...more
Kelly
When I was approached about reviewing this book I jumped on it because I was ridiculously impressed with Jenny Pox and I wanted to see what J.L. Bryan came up with next. I'm pleased as punch to say that he didn't disappoint. While younger in tone than The Paranormals, this book is both charming and sweetly awkward as Jason and his bandmates navigate the treacherous waters of fame and potential love.

I loved the irreverence of the creatures of the Fairy realm. From the curmudgeon-y old elf who agr...more
Melissa
I really enjoyed this foray into faerie. The theme mixed with music really suited me and I feel this is easy enough for the MG crowd as well.

The characters were well formed and they did seem like real teens to me. I also enjoyed the fae and felt that they were just strange enough to be different but simular to connect. I also have to mention the unicorns. Aw so sweet and deadly! Makes me want to meet one. :) I also should mention the world created here. Both the human and magical worlds are qui...more
Ciara1973
I enjoyed this book very much, even though it is aimed at younger readers(twelve and older).
It was well written and I enjoyed the fast paced plot. I also liked the POV swapping, although it is mostly told in Jason's POV. This way you can see what damage the theft did to the real owners of the instruments, I really felt sorry for them.
There is no real romance, but this book is so action packed and full of drama there is no need for it. I wish more authors would take this as an example.
Jeff
This was a charming story of some high school kids who would be rock musicians. Their struggling local rock band is about to split up and part ways, after a failed audition at a club in a larger city. But then Jason, the guitar player, follows a goblin who has stolen some jewelry from his mother's jewel cabinet. He follows the goblin into the fairly world (through a door in a tree in the back yard of a woman who later turns out to be a Gate Guard), where he catches him and persuades him to give...more
Lisa
It was an ok read. Not good enough that I care to move on to the series. Being in a band and becoming a rock star was not something I relate to. In fact, having to perform in front of people is more of a nightmare scenario for me. So all the teenage angst and just gotta do it for the band were pretty boring to me. Glad it was part of a bigger sampling of books that I got super cheap. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. On the up side, I can probably recommend it to some students in my cl...more
The Professor
Interesting read, but if you have even a little bit of a moral compass you won't be liking the protagonist and his friends very much by the end of the book.
Grace Fonseca
A unique way of telling a story. Love that this is told from a guy’s point of view. It’s a story that seems simple and it really is, but it’s so much deeper once we really get into the world or worlds that we are entering.

What appealed to me, was that Jason is your typical teenage boy who wants him and the band that he is part of to be rock starts, but has typical problems. Mainly his parents are his issue. You kind of relate to that. A teenager is always having conflict with his parents. I lik...more
Vanessa Roberts
As much as I loved his Jenny Pox trilogy, I wasn't so impressed with this. I felt like the subject matter has a lot of potential but this particular story seemed rushed. I would have liked for there to have been much more character development across the board.

And when you are writing a paranormal/fantasy book I've decided it's a tricky path to go down when you are introducing the supernatural to unknowing mortals in a story - it's very difficult to capture true revelation. I find that the most...more
Jennifer
Meet the Assorted Zebras: Jason, Erin, Dred, and Mitch. Jason Becker is an average teenager who just wants to jam with his band, have his feelings for Erin reciprocated, and have his parents understand him. Jason finds out that his life isn’t that average when he chases a thieving goblin into another world. Jason steals some magical instruments from a fairy band. Almost overnight Jason and his friends are in an awesome rock band with an instant fan base. Jason and his band may not be ready for a...more
Amy Fournier
I had this book on my TBR list for a while, I even bought the first book for my nook last year and still never got around to it. Then a few awesome blogs decided to get together and host a read-along for it and I knew it was the perfect time to fit this in. I am so glad that I did. This was a fun and entertaining book. I loved the characters, I loved the idea of the fairy instruments and that they had magical powers even in the human world. I also enjoyed the POV switches so you really get a fee...more
Jennifer
I became a huge fan of J.L. Bryan's work after reading his horror romance, Jenny Pox. His writing style and plots were very unique without being completely out in left field. I was interested to see what else he could come up with so I agreed to read the first in his Songs of Magic series for young adults. What I found was a highly entertaining story that was about as far from the dark, black humor of Jenny Pox as possible.

I won't go too much into the summary because I don't think I could do it...more
Tally
Title: Fairy Metal Thunder
Author: J.L. Bryan
Pages: Ebook (194-Paperback)
Rating: 3/5

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 ge...more
Rebecca
I am so angry right now. Would you like to know why? It’s because I loved Fairy Metal Thunder! Now I have to wait until December to read more of the story (That’s when Fairy Blues comes out). In case you didn’t know this, I hate waiting. Fairy Metal Thunder took me back to my childhood when I had great dreams of marrying a certain goblin king, yep I had big plans for David Bowie and I. Childhood dreams aside, Fairy Metal Thunder has the same feel that the movie Labyrinth has, this wondrous fanta...more
Hannah (Jaedia)
When looking at Fairy Metal Thunder, you can tell what to expect from looking at the cover art. Obviously it's a young adult novel about fairies. We follow the human protagonist: Jason. He's just a regular teenage guy in a garage band with a crush, that is until the goblin steals his mother's necklace and he races off into the night to get it back and ends up following him into the land of Fairy where mortals are strictly forbidden. This is where it gets colourful and oh my god it's so vivid. It...more
Amie
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...more
Jade Eby
Originally posted at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

I just finished reading this book and what a wild read! I really enjoyed this novel by J.L. Bryan! It really fits well with young adult audience.

The Good: I was really nervous after reading the blurb as to how Bryan would navigate this novel. I was scared it would either come out too juvenile or completely unreadable...but he totally made everything work! I loved the mixture of the magical world with the real world. When it started I totally go...more
Sandra Glenn
It was ok. I really had high hopes for the series after coming to J.L. Bryan from the Paranormals Series (Jenny Pox, etc). The writing style is very similar, but where Paranormals still translated into a more mature 15-18+ YA novel series despite the simplistic writing style, The Song of Magic Series (of which Fairy Metal thunder is book 1 of) is definitely a very simplistically written series that translates into being meant more for Young Adults in the 12-14 range.

But don't take that as I did...more
Jackie
What an incredibly fun fairytale!

Jason, Erin, Dred, and Mick aka Mitch are members of a band called Assorted Zebras. Jasons adorable little sister Katie is scared of monsters. One night when he's babysitting Katie, she sees a monster go into their parents room. Turns out to be a goblin [Grizlemor]....who is stealing their mom's jewelry! OMG!

Jason follows this 'little goblin thief' all the way back to another realm through a portal in Mrs. Dullahans yard, to a land of faeries and Elves and litt...more
Jessica Bronder
Jason plays in a garage band that doesn’t look like it’s going to go much further than their garage. His parents are also not accepting him hanging around troublemakers and wasting time instead of working.

One night when he is babysitting his sister, he discovers a little green man stealing his mother’s earrings. Jason follows him to fairyland. While waiting for the goblin Grizlemor to find the earrings, Jason sees four fairies playing instruments while children dance in a circle. He decides to...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
When I saw this was free on Amazon in April I immediately hit download, and all because I had read Aeicha’s review on her blog “Word Spelunking” last year. You can see it here. It seemed like a really fun and quirky idea for a story, and I’m happy to say it turned out to be just that.

The idea of a band using special instruments isn’t a new idea when it comes to rock music, though it typically has something to do with a certain fallen angel that has horns and goat legs (or some variation). So whe...more
Lisa
*more like 3.5 stars*


Fairy Metal Thunder is a fun, quirky read with a storyline that will have you quickly flipping through the pages.

This is my second J.L. Bryan novel and in both novels he has the most unique elements in his stories. In Fairy Metal Thunder there are some rockin' musical fairy instruments that are out of this world. They change everything for the lives of Jason and his band members. I love that this story centers around the power of these instruments and how they are used. I h...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Jason, Mitch, Dred and Erin are all members of the Assorted Zebras.

Jason chases after a goblin, Grizlemor, who has stolen his mother's jewellery, and ends up following him into Fairy Land, where he sees a group of musicians playing amazing music. Struck with an idea, Jason decides to steal their instruments for his band mates and himself and takes them back to human world.

The instruments not only have the ability to change to the players needs, e.g. from harp to piano, but also to draw in crowds...more
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