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 the lead singer, but she already has a near-perfect boyfriend.
Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world, and soon the band is enchanting crowds, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic. The band struggles to gain control of their instruments and avoid the supernatural bounty hunters sent by Queen Mab of Faerie to track them down..
Young adult fairy books are so dark and serious nowadays that it is so difficult to find that funny fairy humor that I once loved as a middle grade reader, this book gave me that humor back with some very basic and yet humorous fairy characters as well as some real life situations and human characters.
I loved the story line for this book and the idea of the magical instruments and how they enchant listeners, there were some pretty funny scenes, like the gig at Mitch's and the unicorn/dragon at the end and the scenes where magic is involved were so well written and I can't wait to read more of that in the next two books. I also hope we get to delve more into the faerie world because the few scenes that we visit it in are so well written.
I preffered the fairy world characters to the human, even though we see them much less, I think the main reason was because I wasn't the biggest fan of Jason, the human protagonist because he seemed too whiny and childish. He's actually a junior in high school, so should be what, seventeen? His voice seemed like that of a fourteen year old so I just didn't get him, which also made the kind-of-potential-romance a little juvenile for me.
The writing in this book was great though, I loved the descriptions and the pacing and how well written everything was, J.L. Bryan really managed to captivate me with his narration so I didn't have a problem getting through this.
Overall, a fun fairy fantasy with a few issues with the characters but some captivating writing.
Overall Rating: B-
Received for review from the author