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.
on Sep. 05, 2012 :
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to J. L. Bryan.)
All Jason wants to do is play guitar in his fairly mundane teenage band ‘The Assorted Zebras’, even if his parents would prefer he get a job or play his clarinet. But things are about to change for Jason and his band, when he catches a goblin stealing his mother’s earrings one night.
Following the goblin to the fairy realm, Jason notices some instruments that some fairy musicians have left unguarded, and taking his chances, he steals them and runs!
Back in the human world hours have passed, and Jason is in trouble for being out all night, but he soon comes to realise that it was worth it, when the fairy instruments turn out to be magical and enchanting.
With his entire band playing the magical fairy instruments The Assorted Zebras are a big hit, and suddenly they have thousands of fans and a big gig lined up. But the fairy queen knows that the instruments have been taken to the human realm and wants them back. Can Jason and his band really outwit the fae and keep the instruments for themselves?
I really enjoyed this book. It was just so light and fun and addictive! The story was nicely paced and easy to read, and flowed really well.
Jason was an average teen with the usual problems with parents and sisters and girls, and the rest of the band were also a fairly normal bunch. I loved the fairy instruments and how everyone responded to them, and there was just the right amount of magic and normality to make it believable. I also loved the assortment of fae in the book, including the gorgeous yellow and pink unicorn!
Some of the songs that the band performed where also pretty funny, including the one about ‘I stole a rhino for you’. I also thought the band name was pretty original!
Overall; a light, fun, enjoyable read.
7.5 out of 10.
(review of free book)
on Oct. 09, 2011 :
Good start of a new series. Fresh and with a plot I've never seen before.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)