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Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, Book 1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Wow. Just wow.

    A unicorn named buttercake. SOOO dangerous. Im shaking in my seat. Oooo. Ah. Save me. Whoopdeedoo.JK!
    This looks awesome and it IS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012


    She bended magic for 3 days and 3 nights createing he cabin. Th entrance is cleaved deep inti te side of a moubtain. In side the place shone with lights. Animal fur blankets and matresses were eveywhere she took of her boots and armor. She grunted and stretched. The place was toasty warm and brightly it. She colapsed on a matress and removed the M.A.T.R.E.A. from her belt an sighed

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    Jason's band is on the verge of breaking up. Dred and Mitch ar

    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!

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Refreshing and genuinely fun

    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 and magic.

    Let's hear it for the Assorted Zebras! Jason, Erin, Mitch Mick and Dred can't even get one simple lowly gig. But when Jason comes home with instruments from the Fairy Ream, the tables have turned. Now people can't get enough of them - instant stardom. Like I expected from his previous work, the characters in this novel are all realistically fleshed out. They're flawed and they make reckless decisions. These are teenagers, through and through. The band dynamics are amusing as well with just a tad of romance woven in. Then, we've got the creatures...

    Fairies, goblins, elves, and… get this… a unicorn! And this is no ordinary unicorn either! The sweet, pretty, innocent creature is no more! *pets evil unicorn* It was fun to have these exotic mythical creatures bringing in even more life to the party. From delightful commentary on the realm's past wars, to bizarre and disgusting eating habits; there is no lack of comical antics in this story. Overall we've got a great cast with all types of personalities to enliven these pages.

    Going from one realm to the other, the plot is pretty straight forward with the Fairy band trying to find their instruments, and the Man-band (teehee) exploiting them. There's nothing too complex; it's a very light read in that regard. The Fairy lore is original and creative, although since we spend much more time in the human world, we don't delve incredibly deep into Fairy technicalities. But we do get plenty of descriptive details when Jason visits the supernatural realm to boost our imagination of this eccentric land, as well as glimpses of what's coming for these kids in the next books.

    Magic music! That's what you get inside JL Bryan's charming YA novel. If you want something refreshing and genuinely fun, this is the book for you!

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Cute read!

    Wasn't sure I was going to like this, as it started out a little slow, but once it got going I was hooked! Nice light read, cute story! Good enough I had to get the second book and read it as soon as I finished this one...

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    A Fun, Rocking Fantasy

    Fierce fairies, rocking music, magical instruments, complicated romance, badass unicorns, and one grumpy goblin.Fairy Metal Thunder has all this and more!

    This is a really fun, lighthearted read and its fantasy elements are more delightful than edgy or dark, which makes it appropriate for even younger readers. It has a great mix of humor, fantasy, romance, and intrigue. The characters are charming, the story is refreshing and entertaining, and the fantasy elements are enchanting.

    Fairy Metal Thunder takes place in two worlds- our world and the magical word of Faerie- so there's a lot going on in the space of one book. But I never found the story overwhelming or too confusing to follow; the story flows at really nice pace that's not too slow or too fast. The quartet of Jason, Erin, Mitch, and Dred in our world and the quartet of Aoide, Rhodia, Neus, and Skezg- the magical musicians whose instruments Jason steals- in Faerie, both make for two quirky, eclectic and merry bands of misfits. Grizlemor the Goblin is very reminiscent of Dobby the House-Elf from the Harry Potter series, although the goblin is far crankier.but still delightful with his whimsical sarcasm and mischief. There's a certain absurd silliness that surrounds most of the adult characters, especially Jason's parents, which I found quite hilarious and fun. All the characters are quite likable.

    I was really drawn to the creative idea of a teenage band playing with magical instruments. It's such a refreshing and fantastical idea that makes for a captivating story. The two distinct worlds in this book-our world and Faerie- add equal parts realism and fantasy, which creates a nice layered storyline. And I found that I genuinely enjoyed and found myself invested in the different plotlines going on in each world, and I really look forward to seeing the ways in which the separate, yet connected, stories and worlds continue to collide and intertwine in the rest of the series.

    I really like Bryan's unique fantasy elements and the way he added his own twists and spins on classic fantasy beings. I especially like Bryan's fairies, who definitely aren't your cute Tinkerbell's. The fairies in this book are fierce, potentially dangerous, and kind of hip. And since this book is about a band, the musical elements have to be cool of course.and they definitely are. I love that the Assorted Zebras aren't your average, as one non-cool adult in the book would call them, "teenyboppers at a disco". They listen to classic rock (my kind of people!) and aren't all about the "rock glam", they actually care about the music. And the music is pretty sweet! I love that fact that there are actual lyrics and songs included in the book.and I would totally listen to the

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