fairy metal thunderTitle: 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 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 the most dangerous horned creatures in Faerie…a small unicorn named Buttercake.

 Was reading a book review in one of the blogs I frequent when I discovered this particular book. Seeing that it’s free on amazon I didn’t think there was any wrong in trying out this self-published writer. Like most readers, I approach self-pubbed writers with caution. Things can go wrong.

It was not the case with Bryan. He is (in my small exploration of these authors) the first author to provide a flowing story without the typos. He cares about his story. And that’s what made this book so enjoyable, short but good.

There’s Jason, the typical boy with the unattainable crush and a disintegrating band. While baby-sitting the little sister, he happens on a chance to impress said crush (this scene reminded me of Harry Potter, no joke) and he follows the strange creature thief into a world dangerous for humans. There, he finds some really cool music instruments…

It’s a blast (literally at points) watching the kids find out just how much power these fairy instruments have and how they adapt to the players. And then we get a view from the owners of the instruments and how much trouble they get into from the theft. The fairies didn’t sparkle personality-wise like they could have but it was cool to meet the unicorns.

Who I might say, are far more scary then they appear at first glance. Unicorns or other, it was a great twist at the end and a good way to end this short but fun and music packed book. Recommend it for kids and adults who want a light read but still satisfying.