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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
Paperback, 194 pages
Published September 16th 2011 by CreateSpace
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Apr 29, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, paranormal
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
Ginger *Protégée extraordinaire and Kool-Aid mixer*
Cute start to a series.
Jason chases a Goblin into the world of faery. He obviously has never read anything about the Fae or he never would have tried stealing from them, let alone magical instruments.
Now they are being hunted but they really only start to find out how serious it is at the end of the book.

The characters are cute. You have the geek, the cute girl, the angry girl and the cocky friend. Standard ingredients.
The parents were too cleche for me. I like some orriginality to my side ch
Rhiannon Frater
Apr 05, 2012 Rhiannon Frater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jenni Arndt
Apr 05, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-ebook
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
Nov 07, 2011 Bookish rated it it was amazing
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,
Sep 22, 2011 Aeicha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Courtney Cole
Nov 14, 2011 Courtney Cole rated it it was amazing
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.

Jul 30, 2012 Eileen rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Amy McK
Mar 04, 2016 Amy McK rated it liked it
I must admit that I picked this book up solely on the title and the cover. How could you not? Fairy Metal Thunder is about as awesome of a title as you can get. The story you're following Jason, a 17 yr old junior in a high school band. They aren't that good. Needless to say, Jason follows a thieving goblin into Fairyland and steals some magical instruments. Now they're really good, too good! The band gets swept away with the magic, and everyone around them. However, the owners of those magical ...more
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.
Jun 25, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
I read the Jenny Pox books and loved them, so I thought I’d give this series a try. In my opinion it is more of a middle grade reader, than young adult. That’s not to take anything away from the book, but I felt like the author was playing things especially safe when it came to these teen’s emotions. To this group of 17 year olds in a rock band, a kiss is a huge deal. I certainly wasn’t looking for this book to get graphic or anything, but there was a VERY junior way of looking at their relation ...more
May 31, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
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
Catherine Vickers
Sep 14, 2015 Catherine Vickers rated it liked it
Should be 3.5* because I thoroughly enjoyed this jolly story but it's a more for the younger readers (teens), and this makes it harder for an adult to gel properly with the young characters. I read many YA books and sometimes they're aimed for the older end, a little more "grown up."

That aside, main character is likable, again typical teen, though nerdy teen. His parents are very annoying, but I think they're meant to be, you know, sort of tongue in cheek characters. The goblin is wonderful, I
The Professor
Aug 18, 2013 The Professor rated it it was ok
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
May 29, 2012 Grace Fonseca rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 20, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2012 Amy Fournier rated it really liked it
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 (FFT Reviews)
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
Mar 02, 2013 Tally rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Sep 27, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 09, 2012 Amie rated it liked it
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
Jade Eby
Feb 04, 2012 Jade Eby rated it really liked it
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
Anna Zollinger
Jul 09, 2012 Anna Zollinger rated it liked it
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
Jun 12, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
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
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic ...more
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“You've been dating him since you were a freshman,' Jason said. 'Nobody else ever gets a chance.'
'Right, cause so many guys are lining up at my door.'
'I'm trying to,' he said.”
“You took me for a date at the zoo,
said my love left something to prove,
so I did all I knew to do,
I stole a fat rhinoceros for you!

Stolen rhino, in my car,
Stolen rhino, now love me more
Stolen rhino, I did it for you,
Stolen rhino, don't make me steal two!”
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