May 25, 2012

Review: Fairy Metal Thunder by J.L. Bryan

Title: Fairy Metal Thunder

Author: J.L. Bryan

Source: ebook from author for review

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 my the most dangerous creatures in Faerie...a small unicorn named Buttercake.
My take...
Jason's band is on the verge of breaking up. Dred and Mitch are about to head out after graduating High School and Jason has just been newly grounded, keeping him from practicing with his friends. When an audition goes bad, the group has given up hope and accepted reality. But one night Jason happens upon some magical instruments and the band hasn't seen nothing yet.
Once Jason presents the instruments to his friends crazy things start happening...the neighborhood kids actually want to stop and listen to them play, houses are shaken to its core, people want their autographs, and girls are giving Jason his number. Yep, it seems these instruments are not only magical...they are making magic happen for the group. They are soon the next big thing! But when the Queensguard start looking for the stolen instruments, the band may wish they never laid a finger on them.
Fairy Metal Thunder was a cute read that I enjoyed quite a bit. I found it easy to follow along and I think that the younger YA readers would really enjoy the storyline and the characters. Even though the characters are in high school, it was a clean read; suitable for any age.
Bryan writes a quick, fun read that leaves you wondering what happens next to this group of friends as they continue on their musical journey. The ending has a slight cliffhanger, but it’s the perfect set up for the next book, Fairy Blues. Nothing heavy going on in this one...just fairies, friends and rock-n-roll!


  1. great review, I've been wondering about this one for awhile (mostly because of the cover - it's slightly addicting to the eye) so thanks for the run-down. =) I'll be sure to pick it up.

  2. I think I may need this one! Thanks Mandy. I would have never heard of it if it wasn't for you.

  3. I really liked this story. It's a modern twist on the fairytale and it has the true, dark fairytale creatures. I got sucked into the story and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I felt for poor Jason, but I have a feeling that his luck will improve in the next story or two. I definitely will be buying the next books. I think this is a story that anyone would enjoy.