Friday, April 27, 2012

Review-Fairystruck Songs of Magic 3 by J L Bryan

Songs of Magic Book Three 
By J L Bryan

With their first single shooting up the Billboard charts, the Zebras hit the road as the opening band for an epic stadium tour across America. The future looks bright for the band, if they can survive the rioting fans, Queen Mab of Faerie, the dullahan, and the evil teddy bears.

 Aoide the Lutist and Liadan the banshee wolf cross into man-world on the trail of the stolen fairy instruments. Aoide is shocked at the strangeness of life among the humans, but she also learns about a thrilling new kind of music never heard in Faerie...rock and roll.

***Spoiler Alert*** If you haven't read the other two books in this series don't read this review*******

First, let's just look at this change in cover! The Songs of Magic Books have all grown up! Here was the original cover for this book.  BIG difference right? J.L. Bryan got
Phat Puppy to do the covers for all three books and they've
undergone a huge transformation from their original look.*
That in itself tells you, that these books aren't just for middle grade
readers. These are definitely for YA readers. The characters
are 17 and up and are, by book three in this series very familiar to us.

The group is stuck on a lousy school bus with no air condition touring all across the U.S. but they are really having the time of their lives. Except for the 14 hour bus rides and the fairy creatures trying to kill them. Jason is still pining away for Erin. She is still with the super cheesy Zach but we're kept in the dark about their relationship. Mitch is the "yes man" of the group. I think he'd say yes if they told him to wear a gorilla suit while he played. Dred is just Dred. But, the more the group plays the more dangerous it gets because not only are fairy creatures after them, but the crowds are getting dangerously rowdy. They swarm the bus, cause riots and
block the bus from moving tipping the bus from side to side until the band is afraid it might tip over. Once it takes Jason and Erin climbing out of the emergency hatch on top of the bus, playing their music to soothe them so they can make a path for the bus to leave. The band, now called the Rioting Zebras, have definitely got a handle on their music and what they can do with their instruments. It would really be a shame if they have to give them up, but at the same time, I think that contract they signed with Malarky might be the death of them, literally.

Erin gets on my nerves just a tiny bit. She might be on the youngish side of seventeen, but she seems to let Zach walk all over her. She's totally in control when she's on stage, but when he comes around, she let him take over. I hate girls like that. And I don't see the appeal in Zach. He acts as if he's one of the band members. And he thinks he's all that because he gets to shoot a sock commercial???  What?  Jason though, is not about to make a move for her. He just sits and listens to her talk for hours on the phone every day with Zach. I'd like to kick him in the rear and tell him to do something I can't publish and just kiss her! Tell her how he feels.  I want someone to slap Mitch. He is so annoying. So I guess that leaves Dred. She stays so closed off and so far removed from everyone I have a feeling she's going to surprise us in the end.

Aiode and the Banshee Liadan, in human form, are in the human world and Aiode is literally singing for her supper and anything else she might want or need. They are hot on the trail of the instruments but so are killer teddy bears, monstrous gargoyles and Icarus of the Kingsguard. So, rather than say anymore about the story, I'm just going to throw some words out there so you know what's coming.

Katie, the dullahan, Jason crowd surfing, fairy doors, Queen Mab, walking, chainsaw wielding Teddy Bear, labyrinth, enchanted dollhouse, someone arrested, the song "I Want a Boyfriend", a pot roast cook off in TEXAS, food fight, Icarus humiliated, huge concert in LA, potatoes, DJ TaterTot. Need I say more to get you interested? Okay, attacked by flying Gargoyles, trashing hotel rooms, leprechauns, trolls, a kidnapping, and a huge cliffhanger.

 Come on Jeff! Why did you do that to us? The good news is the next book will be out soon. And as you can see, this book has lots of action and just about everything else in it!  So, what are you waiting for? Get Fairystruck if you've read Fairy Metal Thunder and Fairy Blues. If not, then what are you waiting for? Enchanted music? The first book Fairy Metal Thunder is only 99cents today. I don't know how long that will last, but what have you got to lose?

*Jeff let me know that this is the Banshee Liadan so this cover is very different from the other two new covers because she's so unique. Not even fairy like, but something even more like a spirit, like the wind.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for my review.  Now go read this series!


  1. I didn't read your Review because I still need to get the frist one to read!! I can't wait for some time to finally read those books! and yes the new covers definitely appeal to older people. Altough I don't like that they are not consistent -... the first two are awesome and pinkish and this one so monochrome and serious..

    1. That's because the stakes are getting higher and the danger level is rising (maybe). I'm not even sure who that's supposed to be. Aoide maybe because it's not Erin. But it's still a beautiful cover. Also it's summer when this book takes place. Maybe, like Hourglass, it's just supposed to be aesthetically pleasing?

  2. sounds interesting, heather! same author as jenny pox, right?

    1. Yes Carrie, but totally different kind of story. Very light hearted. Some danger, but much lighter than the Paranormals series. You should give it a try. Sorry I haven't been over lately. Will be there in a second!

  3. I skimmed since I still need to dive into the first book but I did see cliffie! NOOooooOOOO!

    I have to say I love the new covers. I liked the old ones, but the new ones just rock!

    1. Yes, Phat Puppy does a most excellent job, don't they!
      It's not like they are in a perilous state, but you definitely are left haning. The good thing about Jeff is that the next book is always just on the horizon! So no need to wait too long. And yes, you need to read them. Pampootie wearing lassie!


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