Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, Book 1)

Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, Book 1)

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by JL Bryan

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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.

Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world, and soon the band is enchanting crowds, but their shortcut to success has made them enemies of Queen Mab of Faerie, who sends supernatural


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.

Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world, and soon the band is enchanting crowds, but their shortcut to success has made them enemies of Queen Mab of Faerie, who sends supernatural hunters to the human world to track them down.

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JL Bryan
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Songs of Magic , #1
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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 period literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina and assorted pets.

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Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate hate hate hate totaly hate it . I am so with you sis .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you believe in fairies--leprechauns-- & witches --and enjoy the story on the way!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Patti_H_in_PA More than 1 year ago
This was a good book until I got to the end. It just sort of ended, and it made it very clear that this is part of a series. I think the point was to get you to read the sequels, but I didn't like this book that much to read any of the follow-ups.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
XpressoReads More than 1 year ago
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!
lonelyfilly More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WordSpelunking More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far it is supes grates
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unicorn named buttercake. SOOO dangerous. Im shaking in my seat. Oooo. Ah. Save me. Whoopdeedoo.JK! This looks awesome and it IS
Brunette_Chick More than 1 year ago
I can’t begin to convey how impressed I was by Fairy Metal Thunder, it was a light, totally cheery and FUN read! J.L. Bryan manages to be beautifully descriptive, without being overly wordy. From fairy wings to fairy dwellings, auditions in the city, dwarf merchants and angry goblins- I was totally overcome by word pictures!! The night Jason has to skip band practice again to watch his little sister Katie, when he discovers a little green man (GOBLIN!!!) stealing his mother’s ruby earrings! Jason chases him out of the house and over the “wall” encasing Mrs. Dullaham’s house and follows him into… well, he ends up in The Land of Faerie. When Jason finally catches up to the little green man and proceeds to confront him… “Leprechauns! I spit on leprechauns!! I tie their shoelaces together to make them trip and fall! Leprechauns, indeed!” -Grizlemor the Cranky (a.k.a. the Goblin when Jason suggests he’s a Leprechaun!) To get Jason OUT of Faerie as quickly as possible and without anyone noticing that Grizlemor unknowingly led a HUMAN into the Faerie world, he agrees to give Jason back his things… but while Grizlemor is retrieving Jason’s things- Jason decides to “borrow” four magical fairy instruments that enchant human children! When Queen Mab discovers that Aoide’s instruments have been stolen and taken out of Faerie, she decrees that Aoide must get them back or she will be put to death! As it violates the Supreme Law to let magic leak into the human world! The keyboard sprouted silver wires that snaked around and plugged into Mitch’s other keyboards. Aoide and Rhodia, the fae that Jason stole the instruments from, are then forced to travel with Icarus (a member of the Queen’s guard) through the swamps to illicit the help of Hoke, the ELF and his cornhorses (unicorns!!!!!). Now thousands of years ago there was a Great Elf and Fairy War, and the fae won. So you can imagine how highly Hoke thinks of Queen Mab and fairies in general… Grizlemor (the Cranky… *hehe*) shows up to try and steal the instruments back from Jason and his friends- before finally giving up and MOVING into Jason’s room!!! Under his bed to be exact. So NOW, Grizlemor is trying to HELP Jason keep the instruments hidden from Queen Mab so as to avoid getting in trouble himself! WIN. “Well, young sir, I can’t live at my home anymore, and it’s all on account of you. So by my measure of justice, it’s your job to provide suitable lodging during my displacement.” If you can’t tell… While I loved this book, the characters, the world, the setting… Absolutely everything- Grizlemore TOTALLY stole the show for me! He may be a minor and secondary character, but I LOVED him! One of the main things I LOVED about Fairy Metal Thunder was Jason’s FAMILY. His overbearing, constantly involved, CARING parents. I feel like in Young Adult fiction there are just too many books that have absent parents… For whatever reason. And Katie- Katie was an AMAZING baby sister! This book, from the characters to the entire plot and setting was just AMAZING. The entire time you’re pulling for Jason and the Assorted Zebra’s, you’re also REALLY feeling bad for the fairies! You completely want them to get their instruments BACK! “You’ll only draw the fairies attention. And they’ll be quite vengeful.” “How vengeful?” “Have you ever been pecked to death by a vulture? Or slowly eaten from the inside by slime worms? Or ripped apart by a blunt-toothed brain bug?” J.L. Bryan hit the ball completely out of the park with awesome in Fairy Metal Thunder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 take the instruments back to the human world for his band. At first the other band members don’t believe that the instruments are from fairy, but when they start playing and it seems their music attracts everyone, they start to believe. Then when they bring Mitch’s house down, they realize what they have. In the mean time, an elf has been hired to hunt down the instruments with his unicorn. We also follow the original owners of the instruments as they are punished for the loss of the instruments and how they have to try and go on making a living. 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.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
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!