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CLUTCH - I Am Just Junco, #1
     

CLUTCH - I Am Just Junco, #1

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by J.A. Huss
 

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How long can you lie to yourself before it all comes apart?

In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago � their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.

19 year old Junco

Overview

How long can you lie to yourself before it all comes apart?

In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago � their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.

19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic�s ranking commander. She�s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father�s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.

As an elite avian military officer, Tier�s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot�s daughter, and return home immediately. There�s just one problem. Junco isn�t who she claims to be.

With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely.

CONTENT WARNING The I Am Just Junco series is NOT YOUNG ADULT. This series contains foul language and graphic violence.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016241692
Publisher:
Science Future Press
Publication date:
09/15/2012
Series:
I Am Just Junco , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
541,086
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really�Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master�s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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CLUTCH - I Am Just Junco, #1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
There are few books that I wish were made into movies and this would be one of them. JA Huss has a brilliant mind and her writing keeps you on your toes. I don't normally read futuristic scifi books, but being this comes from one of my favorite authors, I had to give it a chance. I was highly entertained! This book was so full of action and I was constantly trying to figure out who was telling the truth and which side should I be rooting for. I will definately be reading the rest in the series.
hobbit1968 More than 1 year ago
Kinda sporadic and erratic, but for the money ok. If I had paid 5 dollars for this I might have felt cheated.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
Do ya trust me, darlin? I met J.A. Huss a while back because she is a blogger too and wanted to read her series I Am Just Junco when I found out about it. I was lucky enough to win Book 1 and 2 from Bookworm Brandee. The Good First, I would like to comment on how great a character Junco truly is. She is Just Junco and is apparently at war, but didn't know it right at first because the action packed ride this book takes you on goes through Junco regaining memories in a most interesting fashion. She is a no-holds-barred type of character who has a potty mouth that others (mainly Tier) really take offense to and she knows how to wield a weapon. The story is so interesting. There is a lot going on here! The world built is incredible and well-delivered.  The technology (like Junco's talking sentient house) is so much fun to read about. She is really put through the ringer in the book. It starts off with a funeral and a car crash and just gets crazier by the second. There are aliens with wings here that are called Avians and a lot of soldiers in this story. She is often what I consider a woman in the middle of a boy's club. Aren is someone that she has known for quite a while and you can tell that she seems more comfortable when he is around. It seems like this is the case for some of the other soldiers that she knew. I will be the first to tell you that from the reader's perspective, I didn't really care for Aren. Tier is a fantastic character. He is an Avian that shows up basically out of nowhere and continues to keep showing up and asking for her trust. I will admit that it seemed like she was going to tell him that she trusted him, but I don't think the words would make it out very well because she just didn't know. I didn't know if she could trust him either because to be honest, he seems like he could be good or bad (and very good at either). The two of them together was a lot of fun. They are pretty different, but there is a lot of chemistry there. He so often says the words 'darlin' and 'sweetheart', so I immediately thought that he was a chauvinist, but that went away pretty quickly. The Bad I was a little bit confused at times because as I said there was a lot going on. It was a lot easier with the great revelations that surfaced and information given later on in the book so it all ironed itself out, but even though I was immersed in the action of Clutch, I would sometimes wonder where the story was going. I thought the reaction to the character of Moju was very odd. Junco immediately let all guard down for him and this didn't seem to be in line with her character in my opinion. She just seemed to accept things a little too easily I guess? I'm not sure, it just sat a little weirdly with me. The Romance There's not much romance to mention. Tier and Junco have a great chemistry around each other and it hints at more in future books. Also, Aren and Junco have history but I didn't feel the chemistry between the two of them in the same manner. Conclusion This is a great book. Even if you don't read a lot of science fiction, I think you could get into it. I guess it's because she reminds me so much of an urban fantasy heroine in the world of technology and aliens.  There is excellent action, fantastic characters, great twists and turns with revelations and the world-building was very well done. Absolutely recommended. Originally given 4 1/2 stars on my blog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! While todays bookshelves are glutted with vampires and werewolves, this book provided a fresh and unique twist on alternate species adventures. The main character is as tough as nails and the action never stops. Thank you for giving us something original and gritty and meaty enough to sink our teeth into.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Junco Coot lives in a future version of Earth, where there are humans and the alien Avians, who are on Earth to reclaim something stolen from them long ago. Junco is a fascinating character, a real tough girl with pretty outstanding military training. She may be the best sniper in her Rural Republic if not even more of the world than just her country. And to confuse matters, she is also a World Champion Aerialist a few times over. After her father's death everything in Junco's world unravels and all she thought she knew to be true is being called into question. Junco will have to make some serious decisions on limited information without really knowing which sources are the accurate & honest ones. J. A. Huss has crafted an interesting world that is futuristic and yet still recognizable, as are her characters, which is a real feat since some are human and some are alien. This first book in the series certainly pulls you in and I plan to read the rest of the series all in a row, and hopefully won't have to wait too long for the newest book to come out.
Literary_VixenAP More than 1 year ago
 Possible Spoilers…. Whoa, what a ride! Definitely an adrenaline junky's dream of a story. Junco is not a normal kind of heroine. She's absolutely not your run of-the-mill, delicate flower whatsoever! I really enjoyed her gritty, foul mouthed, stubborn and crazy characteristics. This is completely sci-fi, though it can read as a mixture with paranormal. Junco has just buried her father and is headed into ‘The Stag’, which I get is forbidden for some reason. Living in the Rural Republic, you get the gist that there are a ton of rules, most that are blatantly ignored by Junco. On her journey, she crashes her ‘Goat’ vehicle and runs right into an alien named Tier. He’s an avian, basically a man bird. He’s hot, and she notices. But why does he want to take her away from earth? Why is everyone suddenly after her and why does everyone want her dead? The only reason I didn’t give this amazing, jaw tightening, chair gripping adventure a 5 star rating, is because it has so many twists, transitions and scenes, that I found myself re-reading paragraphs many, many times over to see if I might have missed something because I was often confused! It’s that intense and chock full of shocky “Oh no, she didn’t!!!!” moments! I do wish someone would’ve just told Junco more information sooner rather than later, only because most of the time, since it is told mostly from Junco’s view point, and she doesn’t know what the hell was going on, neither does the reader for 3/4th's the book. This would inevitably lead her to doing something extremely unreasonable, get herself in a huge jam, and then, they’d tell her a tiny morsel of the story to her, in the end, anyway! Why???? It was slightly irritating, but made for an intense, action filled journey that I had to keep on reading. Especially after she finds out what the dream she keeps thinking about really means to her, and who her mother really is. I love the ideas of Avians. This is so original and I’ve never seen it done before. The way their feet and hands become talons just freaks me out. They don’t sound too alien and the process in which they ‘morph’ sounds creepy and complicated. How did they survive so long with such fragility in that stage? I take it that they must protect their young fiercely while in the morphing stage and once they emerge, they are super powerful. I want to be one! Lol. I have to say, poor Junco, the crap she goes through in this book makes me want to pluck her out of the book and wrap her up in a soft warm blanket. The girl must’ve lost like 10 gallons of blood throughout this story. It was pretty graphic.  If you’re into gritty, action plagued, fast paced reads, this is so your kind of thing. I love sci-fi, it’s absolutely engrossing. I highly recommend this book, it’s a great start to what looks like an addicting series. I am starting book 2 right away, which says a lot on how much I liked this story. So worth it!
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
I had a feeling about this book...a good one. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed! Reading Clutch, I was reading something a little outside my norm BUT the world building and original concepts and mythology that went into this book are incredible! Also, the action, mystery and keep me on the edge of my seat suspense are fantastic. To say that I never saw "that" coming would be an understatement. As would "I love this freaking book!" Junco is such a unique character...unlike any I've ever met, I think. There's lots of mystery surrounding her throughout the book and the answers are revealed to us in small bits. The END - OMG! Anyway, the entire time I was rooting for Junco, hoping she'd recover her memories, make the right choices. And through it all, I couldn't help but admire her resiliency. She can seemingly handle anything, whether it be a plasma fun blast, a nightdog attack, or finding out the people you thought were your friends are your enemies and the people you thought were your enemies are your friends. She is one kick-ass heroine! She may be a bit bent but she's not broken. She is just Junco...and unapologetic about it! Tier, the avian who seems to show up at just the right moments to help her out of jams, is a very intriguing character. Junco doesn't know if she should trust him or not but seems to instinctively give him her trust anyway. The secrets and doubts surrounding his role in Junco's present and future had me second guessing myself a lot. But the heat between these two - great tension and heat! Loved it!  Then there's Aren, who Junco has known for most of her life. He's had her trust forever - even if he seemingly abandoned her. Once again, I found myself wondering if I (and Junco) should trust him and his knowledge of the events currently hounding Junco. I LOVED the writing in this book! Like I said, the world building and mythology incorporated in the story are amazing. It's set in the future - a future where the world as we know it doesn't exist. And this avian species whose origins are intermingled with humans and a prophecy about those origins have humans and avians alike in it's grip. Clutch is also gritty and raw in it's portrayal of deceit and backhandedness within the military and political worlds. And the science in the fiction - ah, well done! The descriptions of genetic altering/mutating and all the futuristic gadgets is impressive! I don't want to say so much that I ruin the experience of reading Clutch. I will reiterate how fantastic I think it is! I had a hard time putting it down. J.A. Huss has a forever fan in me! :)