Saturday, 14 April 2012

Review: Fairy Blues by J.L Bryan


Title: Fairy Blues
Author: J.L. Bryan
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Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 20th Jan 2012

Tell Me About It
With their enchanted instruments charming the crowds, the Assorted Zebras attract interest from record producers, and soon they’re off to cut their first album and music video. Jason and his friends don’t know they’ve just become pawns in a sinister plot by a cabal of evil fairies...

Meanwhile, Aoide and her band pursue a new strategy for regaining their stolen instruments, one that will take them into the most haunted region in Faerie
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
Fairy Blues is the second book in the Songs Of Magic series and picks up straight where Fairy Metal Thunder ended so you are straight back into the action.  The Assorted Zebras are still together, recovering from a dragon attack and a rise in the popularity ladder.  They are still in possession of the magical instruments and Grizlemore is still hanging around, unable to return home without the instruments.  After their amazing concert they are offered a contract with Squid Ink Records, but turn it down for Malarky Records and soon end up biting off more than they can chew.

Fairy Blues takes this series one step further and ups the ante for the next books.  It has multiple points of view and moments that I couldn't help but laugh at.  One of them being Mitch reading 'The Travellers Guide to Getting Insulted in the United Kingdom', this really had me laughing and it seems that I don't know every insult over here ;).  There are new creatures to meet, Depressed Cypresses, giant Jack-O-lanterns, Dark fae and a bad luck leprechaun to name a few.

I thoroughly enjoyed Fairy Blues, and although it has taken me a while to actually get around to reading it, once I started I was hooked and I am jumping straight into Fairystruck as I need to find out what happens next.  I really liked seeing how the band reacts to their rise in stardom and how it affects each one as an individual and the people close to them.  Zach is annoying as ever, possibly even more so now that Erin is famous and I really wish that Erin would see him for what he is and get rid of him.  I love the band and enjoy the banter between them and the antics they get up to together.  I don't even have a favourite member, although I do feel sorry for Jason more than the others.

Once again the world J.L Bryan has created was easy to fall into and easy to love.  The characters are not only believable but also realistic.  It just gets better with each book and I am looking forward to reading Fairystruck and the fourth book in the series when it is released.

1 comment:

  1. I got the books of this series for review, too, and really hope to get to read them soon. I've heard so many good things about J.L. Bryan's books that I'm getting seriously angry at me and my reading schedule. :D Glad you liked this one and thanks for your review! :)

    Carina

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