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The sequel to Fairy Metal Thunder.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 rThe sequel to Fairy Metal Thunder.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....

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Fairy Blues Reviews

  • Mimi Valentine
    2018-10-09 14:02

    ***Giveaway of book one on my blog HERE!!***Three words to describe this book: fun, fantastic, and absolutely BRILLIANT. This book is exactly why I love self-published authors. Fairy Blues was just so filled with those smiling-inducing moments you love to read about, and I couldn't get enough!Picking up where the first book left off (after the attack of a unicorn/dragon), the Assorted Zebras — just your average teenage garage band who happen to have a bunch of magical fairy instruments on their side — are back and better than ever. The fairies are still trying to retrieve their stolen instruments, but that's not exactly easy when the band keeps getting more popular by the second.The strongest point in this series will always be how effortlessly the author crafted a cast this lovable. They're realistic and funny and easy to relate to. Not just the quirky teenage band, but the fairies too! And the sweet romance between between Jason and fellow band member, Erin, was so adorkable that I couldn't help but smile every time they were together. J.L. Bryan has done it again! He crafted a fun, hilarious, and extremely enchanting story that made it impossible to stop reading. I was so enamoured by the story and characters that I lost two hours of sleep before I could register that my cheeks were sore from smiling so much. Fairy Blues is that bright spot in a sea of darkly centered novels. There are descriptions of Ireland, and Dracula's castle, and hungry jack-o-lanterns that rocked my socks off. You will definitely finish this in one sitting. I loved every second of it! :) BUY or BORROW?: You really want this book on your shelf! I'm crazy in love with this adorable series, and I think you will be too! (Original review at Mimi Valentine's YA Review Blog)

  • Kelly
    2018-10-10 15:52

    I really enjoyed book 1 of this series (although there were moments where I wanted to shake some sense into those poor kids... that's the mom in me, I think), so when I started book 2 I was pretty darn excited to see where J.L. Bryan was going to take us. I'm so happy to be able to say that he didn't disappoint. The world of Faerie is just as twisty and odd as I was hoping it would be, Jason and his cohorts are just digging themselves in deeper and deeper with those magical instruments, and the bad guys are pretty darn gross.The person I feel most deeply for right now is Aoide. She's a victim in all of this and somehow things just keep getting worse for the poor girl. And then there's Jason. Although he initially did a very bad thing in stealing the instruments, he's at a point where he doesn't know how to get himself out of the mess without pissing off everyone. Have I mentioned the sweet, unrequited love yet? Oh, yeah. He and Erin are so cute together (and doesn't she seem to have some secrets hidden away that not even she's aware of?) and yet circumstances are keeping them apart. Right now, I can't see how things are going to turn out well for everyone involved (Fairies, mortals, or anyone else) and I'm worried for all of them.Fast-paced, ridiculously fun, and highly imaginative, I'm really enjoying traipsing through the pitfalls of Faerie and following The Assorted Zebras in the human world as they attempt to make it big. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • Jenni Arndt
    2018-10-02 14:46

    You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.From The Depressed Cypresses to the hungry, giant jack-o-lanterns, Fairy Blues steps up the creativity and continues a great series. The follow up to Fairy Metal Thunder gives us a more in depth look at the enchanting Faerie world and fleshes out the great characters that I have come to love. The imagination that went into writing these novels absolutely stuns me. J.L. Bryan has created a world that isn't choppy or seems misplaced, it feels real and like I could go visit this enchanted land if I so wished (which I do!)What I really enjoyed about Fairy Blues was seeing more about Erin and her home life and also being hinted at a bloodline that could prove pretty interesting. We get to see how things are for her at home, and get to be in her head for a while. Jason really stood out in this one, he has come from the perpetually nervous boy that we met in the first book to a stronger character who puts his neck out for Erin. I'm left to wonder when Erin will open her eyes and see that Zach is an idiot and she needs to be with Jason, hopefully soon! I wasn't expecting the twist we receive at the end, and was so suprised, I can't wait to see how that plays out. The best part of Fairy Blues was our forays into the Faerie world where we learned about the scenery and the characters more in depth. The Depressed Cypresses were awesome and the enchanted pumpkin patch, and oh, there is just so much to love about the Otherworld. It seems as though everything has a life inside of it and you never know what's coming. We didn't get to learn too much about the Queen, which I had hoped for but we definitely got our fill of Mrs. Dullahan. The troupe of fairy musicians heads into the hauntlands and we really get to know them. My favorite is Skezg the not so tough ogre, he had me laughing out loud. There is alot more to this story and I can't wait to find out what comes next. This is of course one that I will be recommending to anyone looking for an Alluring Read.

  • Annabelle Marie Veronica
    2018-09-21 18:55

    ****FINAL RATING: 4.40 STARS****CATCHALLI loved Fairy Metal Thunder, but Fairy Blues was even better! More action, more drama, more romance—more everything. It went up and down and had such an awesome plot. I couldn't bear to put it down for a minute. I always needed to know what happened next. It was an absolutely amazing book and I loved every second of it.THE HERO JASONI liked Jason more in this book than in the last for sure. I'm not sure why, exactly, but overall I feel like he worked harder in this story. Sure, he does a questionable thing or two, but hello, I am a teenager too. We're supposed to do questionable things from time to time. Anyway, the guilt he feels really makes him human and relatable—that's the thing that makes him real. I felt more connected to him in this book than in the last, and that was beyond awesome.THE LOVE INTERESTERINWe get some of Erin's POV in this book, which was so much fun and exactly what I wanted! I got to know her better too, and the reasons behind her actions. She was much more understandable, and I liked her better as a result. I genuinely began to feel like she's the type of girl I'd look for in a friend, and that's always a good feeling to have about book characters. I absolutely wanted to learn more about her.THE OTHER BAND MEMBERSMITCHSo, I still like Mitch. He's hilarious! And awesome. I seriously couldn't get enough of him. I wanted to know more about him every moment and wished he'd been in the book more, although I admit that he was in it a lot. Still! Sure, he had faults—several of them, actually, but everyone does! He was anything but sensible and a little blinded, but it was done so realistically.DREDShe was in this book very little, or maybe I just didn't notice her. Either way, I still don't really like her, unfortunately. I know she's the down-to-earth one who tries keeps everyone grounded. Even though I know how smart that is, it's still a bit annoying. Even so, I understand her motives and I can respect that.THE LUTISTAOIDEAoide was in the first book quite a bit, but I didn't mention her because there wasn't much to say about her besides that she was a fluffy faerie. She really grew as a character, though, and in this book we find out a lot more about her. It's hard not to admire the lengths she's willing to go to to retrieve the magic instruments. Instead of sitting back and waiting for someone to take care of the problem for her, she stands up and takes charge.THE PLOTI loved the plot of this book! Between the record deal and the search for the magical instruments, the was so much action I could hardly put it down. And why would I have even wanted to?I love using the word awesome to describe these books. But actually, they are more than awesome. They are like—awesome gold. The kind of unique idea that you rarely run across.And I loved the plot. It was fun of action and drama and it was nearly impossible to find a point to put it down.I already said that, but i am emphasizing how much I mean it.Some parts were a little too predictable, but that's fine. A little predictability I can deal with. And besides, there was enough mystery that I simply thought it wasn't a problem. There were a enough plot twists that I was kept guessing, but I knew enough that I didn't get constantly frustrated.So, yes, I absolutely loved the plot. More about keeping the instruments, more about getting them back. Now far introduced too, which was awesome. (Although I missed Icarus, as he wasn't in it very much—not that I have an excuse for liking him. I just do.) Still, some new creatures were introduced too, and they completely charmed me!THE ROMANCEThe romance develops still more and this book! And it's even better, because we get to see some of it from Erin's side now, and a bit of why she acts the way she does. It was really awesome to see. I love the way it develops slowly and instead of developing too quickly, is sweet and slow. And instead of being a main focus of the story, it still remains mostly on the side but prominent enough to be noticed. Even Aoide has a little bit of a romance.THE WRITINGJeff's writing has only gotten better! It's unbelievable who much I've come to love it in such a short time. I can literally never get enough. It's absolutely beautiful—and crazy descriptive without being overwhelming. I love the voices of the individual characters and I love the third person. It's so beautifully done! It flows so nicely and I feel like I'm really there, even when things take place in Fairyland and it's harder to imagine.THE ENDINGI loved the ending! Everything came up to a fantastic and dramatic climax and it was impossible not to fall in love. One big conflict resolved, a million more small ones created—it left me wanting but not feeling cheated! I loved how well everything came together and how it fit smoothly. I loved watching the way everything fir together and I loved everything so much.WRAPUPFairy Blues was awesome, and I can't wait to start Fairystruck! I am unbelievably eager to begin. I can't wait to read more of Jeff's beautiful, beautiful writing. I highly, highly recommend this series for anyone! Girls and boys—both will love it! I seriously think thus is one of the few series that will appeal to most people and I think that it's amazing!FINE.Find more of my reviews on Sparkles and Lightning!

  • Aeicha
    2018-10-09 17:37

    Actual Rating: 4.5/5 StarsI’m always hesitant when it comes to sequels, afraid that they won’t live up to the awesomeness of their predecessors. But Fairy Blues by J.L. Bryan quickly squashed my fears by turning out to be a wonderfully fun and entertaining second volume in the Songs of Magic series…and, in my opinion, not only living up to the awesomeness of Fairy Metal Thunder, but surpassing it.MY BRIEF SUMMARYFairy Blues picks up where Fairy Metal Thunder leaves off, and we find the Assorted Zebras- Jason, Erin, Dred, and Mitch- still as popular as ever and on the verge of worldwide fame. They’ve garnered the interest of Malarkay Records, a record label that is part of Malarkay Media, a highly successful and influential company owned by billionaire Andrew Malarkay. The band soon finds themselves being whisked away to Ireland and to all they’ve dreamed of- recording an album, shooting music videos, worldwide touring. But they soon discover that the world of Faerie is still out to get them for stealing their magical instruments and nothing and no one may be what they seem. While in the world of Faerie, Aoide and her bandmates go on their own dangerous and surprising adventure in search of their stolen instruments.J.L. Bryan has once again created a super fun and magically exciting story that rocks from beginning to end. I was very much looking forward to jumping back into the Songs of Magic world and Bryan definitely did not disappoint with this second volume. The fantasy elements dazzle and enchant, while the humor, romance and characters are endlessly amusing and entertaining.Like the first volume, Fairy Blues takes place in both our world and the world of Faerie, creating a storyline that is never boring or slow. The world building, especially the world of Faerie, is superb, vivid, and wonderfully imaginative and surprising. I loved that more time was spent in this Faerie world than in the first book, allowing readers a chance to get to know this captivating world better. And Bryan has certainly created a fantastically fascinating magical world that is whimsical, yet can also be delightfully dark. The journey Aoide and her bandmates take is thrilling and full of the unexpected.But the Assorted Zebras have their own wild adventure as well! Jason, Erin, Dred, and Mitch continue to be four incredibly likable and relatable characters, making their story that much more exciting for readers. I think most readers can find at least one kindred spirit among this eclectic group of misfit personalities, creating the incredible sense that, as a reader, you are not simply reading about their adventure, but experiencing it as well. As if you too, are living out your rockstar fantasies, which is such an awesome feeling and the product of excellent writing, characterization and world building.Old characters continue to shine and fascinate- like grumpy, yet funny and lovable Grizlemor-while new and amusing characters are introduced.I love that Bryan wasn’t afraid to take his very small town American teenage characters and plop them in a whole new environment, thus plopping readers into a whole new world as well, and Ireland is such a fabulous choice of setting. Bryan does a great job of taking this new environment, making it visually interesting and real in the minds of readers, yet not allowing it to become too overwhelming or to outshine the characters and story itself.This second volume in the Songs of Magic series doesn’t really work as a stand-alone book, you really must read the first to fully understand all that is happening…but you really should read the first anyways because it’s awesome! There are plenty of surprising twists and unexpected revelations, but there are still plenty of intriguing mysteries and questions left…like, just what makes Erin so special? What wicked plan is Zinerva concocting now? And will Erin ever dump her lame-o boyfriend and give the adorkable Jason a chance?!MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Fairy Blues is a splendid second volume in what is turning out to be a fantastic series. J.L. Bryan and his Songs of Magic series will delight and amuse readers of all ages with its wonderful mix of fantasy, humor, action, and romance. I simply CANNOT wait to read book three!Read the complete and original review at Word Spelunking

  • Aimeekay
    2018-09-30 15:46

    Jason, Erin, Dred and Mitch are back. This rollicking ride picks up right were the first left off. The Assorted Zebras decide to sign contracts with the Malarkay records. Owned by Andrew Malarkay, the richest man in the world. Queen Mab is even madder then ever since the elf and unicorn/dragon she sent to retrieve the instruments failed miserably. She decides to turn the job over to the dullahans that guard the fairy gates between the worlds. But some of the dullahans have other plans. While the Assorted Zebras are traveling all over the world, Aoide and her band mates are travelling all over fairy world. After having been ripped off by the queen's guard, they decided to take finding their instruments into their own hands. They head out into the Hauntlands of fairy world in search of the banshee wolves, the only creatures better than unicorns at sniffing out magic. I really enjoyed this newest installment in the Songs of Magic series. The author still does an amazing job at making the kids in the band actually sound and act like teen-agers. The teens are given a choice between two labels to go with, and of course they choose the bigger of the two, even though they might have had more artistic freedom with the first label that approached them. Very realistic, considering how unrealistic the story itself is, the kids ARE playing with stolen fairy instruments after all. The twists and turns in the story are really interesting too. I kinda suspected some of them. But some I was completely blown away by. I figured there was something suspicious about Malarkay, but when the truth is finally revealed it was surprising as well as amusing. Plus the author introduced even more of fairy land! The Hauntelands, Muffin-traps, Banshee-wolves, The Teddy Bears of Zarmof! I think I got more of a kick out of the fairy part of the story, then I did last time, but I think only because there was more of it. I also love the author's descriptions! He really can make you visualize a scene. I loved the descriptions of Ireland and Dracula's castle. However his description of the fly in one scene was so graphic I kinda had to stop reading for a second. What!?! It was a very disgusting fly!!! But his descriptions are THAT good. Don't worry it's not ALL disgusting (just that one fly, ugh, still creepy) , so the squeamish out there no need to fear. Not all the questions brought up in the story were answered. For example why is Erin's mother drawing pictures that seem eerily like the events that have happened to them? (a horse turning into a dragon for example) Why is the queen so mad and how did she take over fairy land anyway? Plus why is everyone so concerned with Erin's last name? (it's kinda hinted at why in the book, but I won't spoil that part for you) Will Mitch ever admit to his obsession with Claudia Lafayette? (lol, sorry just had to throw that one in there)But even with these and other unanswered questions I really enjoyed this book. The ending while a lead in to the next book isn't a complete cliffie. (ok well it kinda is for one of the characters, but it's not that bad a cut off) While it left me eager to read the next book, it didn't leave me absolutely frustrated.Again I think this is a great series over all and I highly recommend it.

  • Heather
    2018-10-15 10:53

    Fairy Blues picks up where Fairy Metal Thunder left off-- with bandmates Jason, Dred, Mitch, and Erin recovering from their epic festival gig that was topped off with an battle to the death with a shapeshifting unicorn/dragon. Their popularity is still soaring due to social media and their fans, and now they've been offered not one, but two record deals. But do they take the deal with the closer to home Indie label and have more artistic freedom, or should they go with the mega-label that is responsible for the cookie-cutter hot acts that will surely guarantee them world-wide success but will stifle their creativity?The Assorted Zebras chose the big label, of course, and jet off to Ireland to record their debut and film their very first music video. But while they are there, they find that they are just another cog in the money making machine, where they must record the music they are told to play and they are now basically owne by Malarkay records for the next several years. The high dollar contract doesn't look so good after all, they start to find. Grizlemore, the goblin that has been living under guitar player Jason's bed since Jason stole the enchanted instruments from Faerie in the first book, accompanies the band to Ireland to look out for further danger from Queen Mab's forces, and he adds his much needed grumpy comic relief. I don't think that Jason and his friends realize that they are stuck in the middle of something brewing between the denizens of Faerie.While the band is working in Ireland, the band who had their instruments stolen decide to set off in search of them on their own after the elf and unicorn they had commissioned to bring the instruments back from the human world had failed epically. After doing a little research in the library, the broke musicians discover that banshee wolves can sniff out magic better than unicorns, so they decide to hunt down the elusive wolf in the Hauntlands. And this is where JL Bryan's story really comes alive. The world of Faerie is such a vibrant, magical place--full of odd plants and animals, strange seemingly abandoned towns. You get such a bigger glimpse in this book at the Faerie world and I really enjoyed walking alonside Aoide and her bandmates as they tried to get to the Hauntlands. I'll never look at Jack-o-lanterns the same again!But as the Faerie band has taken it into their own hands to get the instruments back, the Queen has decided to use the guardians of the gates between the man-world and Faerie to find the instruments. Of course these dullahans have other plans, which include busting their friends out of the Queen's dungeons, on their agendas instead of handing the instruments over to the Queen. And again, Ill never look at Teddy Bear the same way. You just have to read it to see what I mean.JL Bryan has written a fast paced, exciting, and solid follow up in Fairy Blues. This one moved this series forward nicely while revealing a nice twist in the end, and I can't wait for book three. This one gets a firm five out of five from me with the expanded, vivid look at the Faerie World and the dynamics between all of the different folk that live there.Also published on Bewitched Bookworms

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-21 11:34

    I am such a big fan of the Songs of Magic series! Fairy Blues flows flawlessly from the first book in this series Fairy Metal Thunder, which I loved. I think I may have had even more fun with Fairy Blues than I did with Fairy Metal Thunder, if that is possible.Jason and his band mates continue to be in trouble up to their eyeballs whether they have the sense to recognize it or not. As Fairy Blues begins They are all recovering from what happened at the end of Fairy metal blues.Jason lifted his t-shirt and looked at his back. He hadn’t found any four-leaf clovers for Grizlemor's potion.The long, deep dragon scratch, and the infected-looking curlicues snaking off on either side of it, had been turning an ever hotter shade of pink over the last few days.Aside from all that the band is having to learn to deal with, their newfound fame has recording deals starting to come their way. Do The Assorted Zebras pick the safe contract with the label they know a lot about, or do they pick the contract that has them flying over to Ireland away from everything they know…These are teenagers that have a knack for trouble and who play instruments stolen from Faerie, what do you think they do?One member of the band is a bit hesitant about signing the music contract. Mitch whispered. “This is it. This is everything we wanted.”“Is it?” Erin said. “Becoming rich and famous stars overnight, is that what we really want?”“Yes,” Mitch and Dred said.“You can’t pass up an opportunity like this!” Zach told Erin.“You’d be crazy to turn it down.I liked Erin before but I totally loved her in Fairy Blues. She was the only one to really question anything the record company wanted them to do. On top of that there is this whole mystery thing going on with her. She doesn’t even know about it… but I don’t think Erin is completely human. I all kinds of want to know what the heck is going on there.Something I absolutely adore about J.L. Bryan is how he can go from Faerie to the human world and still keep me completely interested.In Faerie, Aoide and the fairy musicians she plays with are still searching for someone to track their stolen instruments down from the human world. The fairies journey throughout Fairy Blues reminded me of The Wizard of Oz, in a very good way, They are continually running into trouble beyond their control. I loved how unexpected that trouble could be. “Who dares disturb the pumpkin patch?” a voice asked. Ahead of Aoide, one of the pumpkins glowed with a fiery light. It glowed from several spots—two triangular eyes, a triangular nose, and a jagged, scowling mouth.I couldn’t help but feel for the small band. Everywhere they turn they are stuck between a rock and a hard place…or in their case fairy eating pumpkins. Aoide has become one of my favorite characters in this series and I really want her to catch a break. She is working so hard to get the instruments back to Faerie regardless of the dangers.The sense of adventure in this series is so awesome!If you have not started the Songs of Magic series you don’t know what you’re missing! Go grab these books and be prepared for all the fun you will have reading them.Happy reading,Rebecca

  • Loretta
    2018-10-12 17:56

    Posted Here:http://www.betweenthepagesreviews.com...J. L. Bryan has such great talent when it comes to creating a great story. Every book that I have read from him has pulled me into that world, and made me fall in love with the characters. The Songs Of Magic series has done just that. Fairy Metal Thunder which was the 1st book was so fresh and fun, and I could not wait to continue on with this series. Fairy Blues was amazing. It for me was so much more then I was expecting. I felt apart of this world. Both of them. But, honestly the faerie world is by far my favorite! Which you get to see more of in Fairy Blues.After the events that happened in Fairy Metal Thunder the band is still trying to wrap there head around what just happened. After being attacked by a dragon, and being super duper stars. They are still unsure how to deal with all this sudden fame. The fame that the instruments have given them that they stole from the faerie world. The ones that the faeries are searching for. They think that they are making the right choice by turning down one record deal, and accepting another. Realizing that in fact they should have went the other route. Jason. Poor, poor Jason. Even after stealing these instruments, and all the things that have happened since then. He just wants to stop. He knows though that in fact if he does say anything, or do anything his band mates will be so pissed. Erin. Oh my. I think that Erin & Jason are amazing. But there is just something... something that is keeping them from being able to be together. What is Erin's secret? What is it?I loved Aiode in this book. She decided to hell with the Queen. Although, the Queen has her own plan to get the magical instruments back. But even the Queens plan is not going to happen the way she thinks. Aiode is going to find their instruments, and there is no stopping her. So Aiode and her band member are in search for something. The only thing that would possibly help them in the search. Something better then even the unicorns, when searching for magic. What is it you ask? Banshee- wolves!There are bad guys, adventure, magic, action, love, enchanted pumpkins (YES!!!!!), & freaking Grizlemor! I love Grizlemor, he is freaking amazing. Hilarious, and just right down nasty little thing. BUT, I don't care. His humor is something that gets me every-time! Everything you could hope for, and more all wrapped up into this one book. This series has something for everyone. Once you start you will be hooked. There is no going back once you step into The Songs of magic Series. J. L. Bryan is such a talented author. His mind is something of amazingness, and I cannot, CAN NOT wait for more books from him in the future!

  • Anjana
    2018-10-14 18:38

    Let me re-introduce to you the awesomeness of J.L. Bryan. I've said this before and I'm saying it again, if you haven't read his The Paranormals trilogy yet, you need to get your hands on it, like right now. After that, you need to get your hands on his Songs of Magic series. I came across his books on Amazon randomly last year and loved his writing. You know how among the zillion self-published books available online, there are those very very rare finds that are both exceptional and amazing at the same time? Well, J.L. Bryan's books definitely fall under that category. So, being the freaky, loyal fan that I am, I read Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1) as soon as it was published and I loved it! Fairy Blues picks up right where Fairy Metal Thunder ends - The Assorted Zebras are still rocking the magic instruments (now more than ever) and the fairies are still trying to get them back. Jason, however, is left facing the consequences of his fight with the unicorn-dragon.Fairy Blues is just as fun, humorous and charming as the previous book that makes it insanely hard to put down. We see a lot more of the fairy world as Aiode decides to stop depending on the queen's guards and try to get the instruments back herself with her bandmates. This leads them on a search for banshee wolves - only creatures that're better than unicorns at finding magic. Honestly, I don't even know how the author came up with some of the stuff - he has built an amazing, unique, happy world filled with fairytales and 'magic' ! If someone gave this book to me when I was in middle grade, I swear it would've been my most prized possession! Jason and Erin are so cute! I loved that all the characters were realistic and believable. The story runs smoothly through out the book, and gets more amusing with each chapter. J.L.Bryan's writing is thoroughly entertaining and I found myself laughing/grinning quite frequently. Grizlemor is still my favorite character - he's freakin' hilarious! Sometimes, Mitch too. I'm actually smiling right now thinking about them.Songs of Magic is definitely a one-of-a-kind fantasy series and these books make a wonderful, refreshing read not just for middle-graders but anyone with an imaginative mind!

  • Michelle (Much Loved Books)
    2018-10-09 15:53

    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.

  • Jeff
    2018-10-11 18:38

    This was a continuation of the story that was begun in Fairy Metal Thunder. J.L. Bryan has a fun imagination and a nice sense of humor. In Fairy Blues, the story picks up right where it left off at the end of Thunder. The kids in the band suddenly start getting contract offers, first from a small-time label, then, suddenly, they get an offer from one of the biggest labels in the world, Malarkay Records. In the meantime, Queen Mab and her flunkies continue to search for the missing instruments, even going so far as to begin to employ dark fae in the hunt. Aoide (the fairy lute player) and her other bandmates begin to take matters into their own hands, as they are rapidly going broke.The kids get whisked off to Dublin, Ireland, for a recording session at Marlakay's studios, and begin to realize that they may have made a mistake.At some point, though, I begin to be pulling for the fairies. I mean, Jason stole their instruments, and now they are being threatened with loss of property, they can't buy new instruments because they can't earn any money, and they are having to stoop to more menial jobs. The human keyboard player, Mitch, is quite annoying. One example of Bryan's humor is the movies that Marlarkay Pictures has made. "Some of the best loved films of the 1980s . . ." The Cute Little Alien, Back to the Time Machine, and No Dancing Allowed. Of course, these are references to E.T., Back To the Future, and Footloose. He also takes a dig at pop music culture with some of the song titles that Malarkay's producer forces the kids to play. "I Want A Boyfriend," "I've Got A Boyfriend," and "Saturday Night's Are Fun," to name a few. Just like the first book in the series, Fairy Blues was a lot of good, clean fun. I guess I'll have to break down and purchase the next one, which, I believe, is called Fairy Struck.

  • Shirley
    2018-10-10 10:34

    Okay, you know how when you get to the end of the first book in a series and you want more, but you also have memories of the second book in a series not living up to the first? Well, there’s no need to have that fear when you pick up Fairy Blues. J.L. Bryan’s second book in his Songs of Magic Series. That’s because Fairy Blues is just as good, if not better! In Fairy Metal Thunder we were given the premise and introduced to all the characters. In Fairy Blues those characters found their ‘voice’ and ran with it. That in itself made this second book just as much fun to read as the first.Believe it or not, Jason and his friends find even more ways to get in trouble in this installment. The bad guys grow in number, we get to know some of the fairies even better and new characters are introduced. All of this keeps the pages turning but even better than all of that, the cast of characters gain more depth and personality. Like I mentioned before, they find their ‘voice.’ There’s really no better way to put it.On a side note, I think that one of my favorite new characters full of ‘snark’ has got to be Grizlemor the goblin. He was a simply annoying character in Fairy Metal Thunder, but in Fairy Blues he was hilarious.Even though this is a book and series that is obviously geared toward younger teens, it was still entertaining for this ‘older’ adult. The teens do stupid, impetuous things, but isn’t that what teens do? It was simply a fun read and everyone needs one of those every now and then. I can’t wait to see what J.L. Bryan has in store for the Assorted Zebras in the next installment of the Songs of Magic Series. Hopefully he won’t make us wait too long to find out. In the next couple of weeks I’m going to offer a giveaway of Fairy Metal Thunder, thanks to the generosity of J.L Bryan. I love sharing book love!

  • Heather
    2018-09-19 13:51

    ****May contain one spoiler if you haven't read Fairy Metal Thunder****And so the story continues...and it's good!! I really enjoyed the parts of the story that took place in Faerie as Aoide and her band mates walk from Sidhe City through The Haunted Lands and to a small town that might still exist to see if they can get help from Banshee wolves. But no one has ever been able to control a Banshee Wolf. But again, the world Bryan has built is so interesting and different from any of the other Faerie worlds I've ever read about. It is so detailed and fun to read and picture in your mind. Take my word for it, you'll love to read it!And the Assorted Zebras-they get the opportunity of a lifetime, but what they don't know can hurt them. Possibly even kill them. The feel pretty good about themselves because they defeated the unicorn dragon, but they don't know what's coming for them. Thank goodness they have Grizlemor. That is, when he's not eating, they have Grizlemor. But the dark fae that are hatching plans for them are some I have never heard of and I've read a lot about faeries. I have an encyclopedia, but these are very dark fae!Bryan weaves a great tale with twists and turns through it that made me wish I was either a fairy missing my instruments or an Assorted Zebra. I really wanted to be in this story. We see a lot more of the characters and their personalities of both the fae and the Assorted Zebras. The plot moves along at a very fast pace. I kept looking at my percentage on my Kindle and thinking "No, I don't want it to finish yet." But it ended and on a really fun twist.It's a really clean story, no bad words, no sex, light clean romance or hope for it. It's great for all ages. Okay, now I need the next one!

  • Jessica Bronder
    2018-10-13 15:42

    The Assorted Zebra’s are have been selected to fly to Ireland and have Marlarkay records produce their music. But this is not going as everyone expected. Some band members don’t mind the changes while others are having a tougher time adjusting to all the changes. And it seems that the contract that they should have read is more binding than they originally thought. We start to see that there is something special about Erin, especially when other fairies are talking about her possibly causing problems in the recovery of the magical instruments. Then we have the musicians back in fairy. The queen’s knights have kept their life savings to perform an investigation. So, the musicians take it upon themselves to find a banshee wolf to help them track down the instruments. But this is not going to be easy since these are a group of city fairies and are out of their element in the country.I loved the second book in the series. I wanted to scream at the kids when they just trusted that the contract is ok and signed away. I was really surprised at Erin’s mom and can’t wait to find out more about her. Of course, the fairies are getting closer to reclaiming the magical instruments and it’s going to be a toss up if the musicians or dark fae get them first.This is a great book for all ages and I recommend it to anyone that likes fairy stories.. Now I can’t wait to get readings Fairystruck.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-09 14:48

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to J. L. Bryan.)This is the second book in the ‘songs of magic’ series, and kicks off where the first book left off.Assorted Zebras have played their first real concert, and defeated a unicorn/ dragon. Now they’re on to a bigger challenge – finding an agent and signing a record deal.The fairies haven’t stopped trying to get the magical instruments back though, and now several different groups are trying to track down the Assorted Zebra’s, all with their own plans for getting the stolen instruments back – the queens guard, the guardian’s of the gates to fairy land, and the musicians themselves who find themselves in hot water since the loss of their instruments.What will the world of rock and roll have in store for the Assorted Zebra’s though? What price will fame come at? And how long can they continue to hold onto their stolen instruments for?This was an interesting second book and continues the story nicely from the first (Fairy Metal Blues). We get to learn a bit more about the band members, and what is going on in the fairy realm. Once again there’s a battle to be fought against the fairies, and there’s obviously more in store for the Assorted Zebra’s. I look forward to finding out what will happen in the next book Fairystruck.6.5 out of 10.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-18 17:57

    I just have to say that this book was magically delicious. I didn’t think it could get any better than book one but I was mistaken. This book had action, humor, and leprechauns. Did you hear me? Leprechauns. I just loved that JL Bryan added leprechauns to the enchanting mix. That right there put a smile on my face. Who doesn’t love a leprechaun? The book picks up right where the first one ended. There is a lot going on within the band and also with outside forces plotting against them. It is like there are two stories going on because of the magical fairy world and the earthly world. I like the way JL Bryan effortlessly weaves a tale between the two parallel worlds. The characters that made book one a page turner are now joined by a few new characters that are just as amazing. Some of them are not so nice and are plotting bad things but that just makes for a great adventure. I am rooting for Jason. He just can’t catch a break where his heart is concerned. Erin has a secret that I don’t think she even knows about but I am intrigued. The leprechauns are just fun. I want to see more of them. What can I say? I’m enchanted by this story. I can’t get enough and am anxiously awaiting the next installment. Fairies, wolves, leprechauns…oh my.

  • Mary Lou Hoffman
    2018-10-09 15:00

    Albert (my son) and I have continued this series as a read-aloud in the car on our way to and from work.We're back with The Assorted Zebras, Jason, Mitch, Erin, and 'Dred. This second book in the series picks up right where FAIRY METAL THUNDER left off. The Zebras have been offered a record contract! Once the contracts are all signed, they’ll be going to Ireland and creating a video. What kind of trouble could they get into doing that, right?We have continued to love this series. Both of us were laughing out loud throughout this. This series has, so far, been very good. Mr. Bryan writes terrifically detailed descriptions that bring this fantastic world alive.A note for the author after reading chapter 1: I WANT A SABER-TOOTHED SWAMP DUCK! 2nd note: Roger should have been named Kenny!.Recommended for: Teens, young adults, and anyone who remembers being a teenGrammar/editing: ungraded – since I was listening instead of reading, I don't know, but Albert said it was well done.

  • Missy Kirtley
    2018-09-30 11:53

    While there were a couple of bits and pieces from the first in the Songs of Magic series that I felt were a little choppy, or perhaps a little slow, this installment in the series took off and kept flying. I was turning pages from start to finish, enjoying the adventure that the characters were taking me on. It's interesting to see where the antagonists are as well as knowing (or assuming) where our plucky hero and heroine are going.What really sold it for me in this novel, though, was the ending. There's a little twist--admittedly, one I didn't see coming--that I'm not going to spoil for you. But I have to tell you that the scene at the top of the castle really made me grin, giggle and cheer on the characters. The action builds until you're not sure how the kids are going to get out of this one, and then something amazing happens.I think I'm as big a fan of "The Assorted Zebras" as some of their silly, teenage fans that squeal over them and are constantly asking when the next gig is. I will absolutely be following the series, and recommending it to my friends! :)

  • Kristi-The Book Faery
    2018-10-13 11:39

    I have never ever been disappointed in anything JL Bryan writes and The Songs of Magic series is no exception! After finishing Fairy Blues - the second book in The Songs of Magic series, it just enhanced my love of Jeff's one-of-a-kind originality with his supreme creativity and fantastic writing skills that forever enchant me! Jeff's books are of the 'I can't put it down' quality-from their awesomely distinctive covers to the exceptional excellence inside-I am always held captive by his smooth narrative with it's pitch-perfect tempo, charming (and not so charming!) characters and the delicate balance he maintains so skillfully throughout the book.BRAVO, Jeff! Another One-Sit-Read for me!A more thorough review to follow!

  • Amy McK
    2018-10-07 13:43

    This was included in Fairy Metal Thunder. The sequel is pretty cute. The gang get an awesome record contract and, of course, sign it without reading it. You also begin to meet to the baddies of the story. As you'd expect, a rift is slowly starting to form between Erin and her boyfriend, the band, and of course there's something about Erin - we saw that coming. Unfortunately for me, I started to become bored. While the story is cute and I enjoy the setting, I'm just not getting grabbed by it so much anymore. It's just turning out that I've been magically spelled to not be entranced by their stolen fairy instruments anymore. Bummer for me.

  • J.M. Pierce
    2018-10-14 14:53

    Book two kept the fun going. There is a lot of foreshadowing going on and I'm anxious to see where it all leads.

  • Ciara1973
    2018-10-15 18:50

    Please see my review of Fairy Magic Thunder. I didn't know my Kindle edition also contained book two: Fairy Blues. I wrote the review on book one and two. Thank you!

  • Amy
    2018-10-08 16:03

    Full Review: http://simpleloveofreading.blogspot.c...

  • Alexa (Once Upon a Chapter)
    2018-09-28 10:52

    I swear I have no idea where JL Bryan even comes up with this! It is like being Alice in Wonderland for all the crazy stuff that happens. Can't wait to dive into Fairystruck.

  • Shey Wicklund
    2018-10-08 15:46

    Very engaging and good for light reading.

  • Jason Hubbard
    2018-10-14 16:00

    Hear my review of "Fairy Blues" on Youtube: https://youtu.be/y2Iup2agFLA

  • Smash
    2018-09-28 14:54

    Songs of Magic Triple Play