Thursday, March 08, 2012

Review: Fairy Blues + Giveaway!

Book: Fairy Blues
Author: J.L. Bryan
Series: Songs of Magic #2
Release Date: January 20, 2012
Pages: 229 (paperback)
Source: author (Thank you so much, Jeff!!)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Website
Stars: 4/5
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 regaining their stolen instruments, one that will take them into the most haunted region in Faerie.

(summary taken from Goodreads

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!  


And because J.L. Bryan is incredibly awesome, he's offering an e-copy of the first book, Fairy Metal Thunder, to one lucky winner! Trust me when I say that you want to read it! :) 

Just fill out the form below: 

Have an amazing day, you guys!


  1. I'm not big into self-published works, but I'm so happy you enjoyed this one, Mimi. YOU SEEM SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS BOOK. :D


  2. I always love finding out about great self-published titles! There are so many SP books and only really a small handful that are brilliant reads. This definitely sounds like one of them! Awesome review. :)

  3. I'm glad that you really enjoyed this one. I don't read many self-published novels.

  4. I don't read a lot of self-published novels as I'm always worried about the lack of editing and the potential quality. I'm glad to hear this author was able to showcase not just one but two great books!

  5. Adorkable. Hee hee! I love it! I adore JL Bryan, his Jenny Pox series was disturbing and brilliant and a surprise favorite of mine, but I'm really looking forward to trying this series which seems a bit lighter and more fun. So glad to know you're enjoying it so much Mimi!

  6. I've only read a few self-published books . . . which surprisingly are really really good. This one sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I have a question! Did you choose winner for you giveaway from Leap into books hop already?
    Please reply :)
    Have a nice day!

    1. Hey there! :) Yeah, I have already chosen the winner and she's been contacted already! I'm sorry that I haven't announced it on my blog yet -- I always choose the winners right away but forget to post about it. x) I'll definitely do it soon though! I hope you have a nice day too! :)

  8. Awe! I love adorkable romances. They always put a goofy grin on my face. And is that unicorn/dragon a combo creature? Sounds... interesting. LOL

    I agree! J.L. Bryan is incredibly awesome!

  9. I love it when I run across a good self pubbed author, it is like a diamond in the rough. Sometimes you have to look but eventually you will find a few treasure, sounds like you found one Mimi! I am excited too for the giveaway chance!

  10. MIMI!! I WANT WANT WANT this book so badly!! The way your describe it makes it sound like the kind of amazing, adorable, & fantastical story to get me out of my reading slump! Who doesn't love a good story about fairies? Especially fairies that put a big smile on your face?? A DEF must-read, in my opinion! And the adorkable romance sounds like a FANTASTIC break from my turn-off with insta-love! (:

    You always make me want to buy a book, Mimi-Doll!! <333333 I can't wait to read this! (:

  11. Thanks :) Well even better, I got a rose from my boyfriend : o I feel weirdly when I get flowers, but happens every year - ust a tradition here, we get flowers for woman's day and we need to gift something for boy's day. I still don't know why it's "Woman's day" and "Boy's day", not man : o Have a nice day too <3

  12. This series sounds so FUN and UNIQUE! A unicorn/dragon attack? SERIOUSLY?! Magical fairy band instruments? The epicness just never ends! :D I especially love when you find a self-published author with a real gem of a story, worthy of being picked up by a publishing company. Gushingly fantastic review, Mimi! <33

  13. Lol, I seriously love the sound of this one! And now I can't even remember if I've heard about the first one... but I probably have! I so have to check it out. o: Especially if I need it in my shelf. ;) Awesome review, Mimi! You're the queen of teasing reviews!

  14. Ooooh I've been wondering about this series. I've seen the cover a few times and wondered what the books were like. Now I know. They sound likes some really light and fun reads. I'll definitely have to keep these in mind for when I'm in the mood for something cute and fun. And thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  15. Oh Mimi!! :) I love you so much when you're so enthusiastic about a book!! :)

  16. Oh man, your enthusiasm has me wanting to read this series now! It's so awesome to see great reviews of self published books!

  17. This one sounds really fun, Mimi! I may have to enter that giveaway for the first book. I tend to get caught up in reading so many dark novels, but the way you talked about this one makes me think I'd really get a kick out of it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention - I hadn't heard of it!

  18. great review,im kind of scared reading a self-published books but this sounds so good what a great review Mimi. xoxo

  19. I haven't read the series, but since you liked it so much, I think I'll have to check it out :) Although I do have the first book of his other series, Jenny Pox. I guess I know where to start reading!

    Have a great Friday, Mimi ♥

  20. I think it's so wonderful that we've been discovering more and more absolutely fantastic, self-published authors. Self-pubbed books tend to be less formulaic, so that must be why a great number of my favorites lately has been self-published/indie.

    My favorite thing in books is a cute, relatable cast, so it's really good to know that this book was a success in that way. I'm scared of faeries, however, I don't know that I can find THEM likeable. :D But I can try. :)
    Lovely review, my darling.

  21. Oh, I love Indie authors! They are brilliant, and their stories are very creative. I think finding awesome stories among self-published books is like finding a gem! So glad that you also support indie author, Mimi! <3

    Can your review stop being so amazing, Mimi? You always manage to get me interested in books I never thought I would! I definitely will check out this book! Have a lovely weekend, Mimi! :)

  22. Great review Mimi I have the 1st one for review next month and really looking forward to it it sounds fun and awesome. Glad that book 2 is just as good! :)

  23. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love JL Bryan he's awesome!!!!! I still have to read the first book in this series but I'm happy to hear you loved it so much!

  24. Fairy Blues does sound like a fun read! I mean, I'm not a self published reader at this moment, but when my TBR pile chills out a little, I may have to check these books out, because you do make Fairy Blues sound great!

  25. Oh, these books sound adorable! I love books that have a really fun and quirky cast. So happy to hear that this book is one of those. I'm so glad that you like these books. They sound fun and light, while still keeping the story interesting. :) Awesome review, Mimi! <3

  26. Awwwww I LOVE fun and hilarious books! Eeeeee! I'm so glad you enjoyed this!! (I've had pretty bad experiences with self-pub books, but it's great you liked this so much <3) Great review, Mimi! Definitely sounds like the type of book I enjoy reading :DD

  27. An awesome review Mimi! I always love finding out about self-published titles/authors.


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