It's been a while since I've finished Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You but I still don't really know what to think about it. The first word that comes to mind is, weird.
At the beginning I was hooked. The story is about a popular music blogger who discovers a new band called Beautiful Remorse and shares their music with the world. Unexpectedly, it seems like everyone who hears it, gets somehow addicted to it no matter what are their preferences in music. The band releases one song a day, and as they get more popular, the blogger decides to seek out the band, asking for an interview from their lead singer, Airee Mcpherson. This meeting, however sets unexpected events into motion, and the blogger finds himself on the road with the band, witnessing things no one would believe. He is unable to leave, fearing someone would take his place and he is not ready to let the music go. Not even when lives are at stake.
At one hand I like the fact that the main character is a blogger, though we only get a small glimpse into his personal life. He has a bunch of other blogger friends he keeps in touch with online, talking about music and sharing the news. I could relate to him, wanting to be the first to post a new song, a new band, to show it to the world. It's a bit similar to the book blogging world, we all want to be first to post a review of a popular upcoming book, and we also have online communities. Imagine you are a book blogger and you get a chance to not only meet, but make an interview with one of the upcoming popular authors. Would you take it? Of course you would, just as this music blogger couldn't miss his chance. Things are going well, until strange things start happening - Beautiful Remorse's music generates a strange energy which affects everyone who hears it, allowing Airee to mentally manipulate them. After a while his goal becomes to learn what exactly is going on, while Airee is on her way to destroy the world.
I liked the writing itself, the prose and the way music was described, but felt like this book would have benefited from being about a 100 pages longer, so we could ease into this blogger's life, get to know him a bit more. Or any other characters, really. I found Airee intriguing if a bit - okay, a lot - crazy, and wanted to learn more about the background of those revelations we get in the last 20% or so of the book. Somewhere about the middle from an intriguing mystery book we are suddenly thrown into a sci-fi-like story with alien monsters without as much as a warning. And it wasn't even the last of the surprises awaiting me.
Overall, Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You is a quick paced read, perfect for a road trip or just a quiet afternoon with a book. If you look for something different, it has a strange mix of music, humor, horror, sci-fi, maybe a tinge of Cthulhu mythos. If you liked We Sould Our Souls, you might like Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You as well.