Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans and 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.My Thoughts: When I was approached about reviewing this book I jumped on it because I was ridiculously impressed with Jenny Pox and I wanted to see what J.L. Bryan came up with next. I'm pleased as punch to say that he didn't disappoint. While younger in tone than The Paranormals, this book is both charming and sweetly awkward as Jason and his bandmates navigate the treacherous waters of fame and potential love.
One night, Jason steals enchanted instruments from the fairy world. Suddenly (with a little help from YouTube) every kid in the Midwest is crazy about the Assorted Zebras.
The fairy instruments drive the crowds wild, 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, all while trying to finally land their first gig.
I loved the irreverence of the creatures of the Fairy realm. From the curmudgeon-y old elf who agrees to track down the missing magical instruments (and who is hilariously vocal about his displeasure with the way the Fairy/Elf war turned out) to the goblin who decides to cover his own butt by taking up residence under Jason's bed... well, they're just so fun to read. Add in Jason's bumbling attempts to tell lead singer Erin how he feels (although he does have a couple of suave moments) and you have a passel of fabulous characters.
I'm very curious how Jason and crew will work their way out of the mess they've gotten themselves into. Although they don't exactly see it yet, the instruments are putting them in a situation that can easily crash down on them. How they deal with this new found fame will be interesting and I expect things to spiral out of control on them in a big way before they wise up and straighten themselves out.
More fun than you can shake a stick at, J.L. Bryan has created a fantastical world with characters you'll love. Bring on the shenanigans, fairies! We're ready for you!
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