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Clutch (I am Just Junco #1)

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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 Coot is the daughter of
Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Science Future Press (first published September 16th 2012)
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Junco is brilliant! And Clutch is so well done! Aliens, clones, war, fights, doubts, lies, amazing characters, it's all there!
Jul 18, 2014 Brandi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brandi by: JennyJen

3.5 Stars

I was wanting something just like this story, and even though it's not perfect, it was still a really fun read.

The story is about Junco, and lawd, dat name! I kept pronouncing it as 'Junk-co' first before really forcing myself to say it as 'June-co' since I can't imagine the author said it as Junk-co, lol. Anyway, Junco is a young woman with a myriad of issues, and a bad attitude to boot, who finds herself partnering with an Avian alien after she crashes her humvee. From that point on
I'm not quite sure how to start off talking about this book. It was incredibly creative, with amazing characters. It was action-packed, and there was lots of fighting. It was awesome. I loved it, and as soon as I finished this one, I moved on and started the next book in this series.

Even though I loved everything about this novel, the main characters were what made it. Junco is the best heroine I've read about in a long time. She shoots first, and asks questions later. Even when things look b
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Not bad but I was hoping it would be better. I couldn't really get myself to like Junco, I feel like she's trying too hard. Story-wise, it certainly isn't the most interesting thing out there. I'll give #2 a try.
Robyn Jones
4.5 STARS!!
Junco Coot is a soldier. She's all alone. And her world is filled with monsters. Thing is, this pint-sized, foul-mouthed killer is a monster too. It took me a few days to adjust to such a different kind of story, but finally I realized my brain absorbed the words as if I was watching a movie. The images were so vivid, the characters so real, the blood so right in your face. The simple act of hitting a buck in the road felt like a slow motion movie reel. I couldn't look away. I also ha
Sabrina Riley
Whoa. This is really unlike any book I've read before, and believe me, I've read A LOT.

The main character is Junco. She's a small, foul-mouthed young woman with the ability to do some serious damage. Junco is also the name of a species of tiny, clever North American bird, and her name couldn't be any more appropriate. You will fall in love with her, and the more she discovers, the more you will match her reactive emotions.

The creative aspects in the story, especially with the Avians, is tight a
F*cking brilliant series!
This one will be with me for a very long time.

And the twists are insane.
Like Junco.
3.5...more than a 3 but not quite a 4

What I liked:

The actual story, it was an interesting one.
The voices, Junco and Tier are both wonderfully sarcastic. There is a lot of good repartee between them.
Junco’s badassness in the last 1/3 of the book. I do love a kickbutt female warrior.
The fact that Junco was smart enough not to just take everything at face value.
The actual mechanical writing. It was good, as was the editing.

What I didn’t like:

Tier’s ‘Darlin’ habit. It made him sound like an old man.
Rebekkah Ford
This futuristic story, set in the year 2152 surprised me because honestly I don’t read these types of books. However, as the story progressed, twisting around dark corners from scene to scene, I was pleased at how the author managed to sprinkle some horror into this stewing pot of illegal bioengineering and deception.

Nineteen-year-old Junco Coot is the main character in this imaginative tale. As a child she was trained to be a soldier in the Rural Republic where her father was ranking commander.
NOT what I expected. At all. Where to start? Junco is a filthy mouthed little psycho? Yes, that’s a good place! But somehow this is a good thing. You just have to wait until the end because there’s a good reason for all her erratic behavior. One thing I really appreciated was the lack of insta-love. No love at all in this story in fact. There are hints of possible love, but that’s about it, so if you’re looking for a romance novel, this ain’t it.

And can you say action? And hot winged guy that mi
Krystal Willingham
In the year 2152, after a lengthy war of succession between the United States, North America has been divided up into many smaller self-governing republics. The Rural Republic’s (RR) highest commander has just been killed and his sniper-trained 19 year old daughter, Jucno Coot, has gone AWOL into a barren section of the country called The Stag where secret military operations take place. Junco is haunted by recurring nightmares that involves being alone on a dock, hunting people in foreign citie ...more
**UPDATE** I hate to do this to the author, but I revised my review to a four star because after reading book two, I just liked it so much more than the first one. Fledge is hands down, IMO, a five star read and I wanted to make sure that satisfaction was clearly illustrated in my reviews. **Back to review**

WOW! Such an emotional roller coaster ride. This book has a lot going for it - a kick-ass heroine, a sexy guy, and lots (and I do mean lots) of action, blood, guts, and fighting. Fun read and
I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review. This is one of the coolest Sci-Fi novels I’ve read in a very long time. Apparently the earth is now split into two republics. The Rural Republic, where they abstain from most forms of technology, do only farming and “allegedly” do not swear. The description reminded me of the Mennonites, that they refuse certain technologies. Then there is the Mountain Republic, and the Avian race. This story has a great plot and so many twists, I feel for ...more
Wow. This was really good. And although at 47% I still had no idea what was going on, I did not care! For some reason the book grabbed my attention and held it the entire way through. Definitely a new concept and story line ( for me anyway) and was a welcome change from the books I was reading. And like I said, although confusing, great read! On to the second and hopefully it will stay as action packed and smooth as the first. Very surprised there isn't more reviews on this book, but i have a fe ...more
DNF at 55%

The book was not for me, the story dragged and I had zero interest in the characters. I almost never leave a book before its done but the fact I did so clearly speaks of how this book was to me.
OK, I am continually surprised by Huss' books. With very few exceptions (Aguirre, H.R. Miller), I avoid science-fi, but I guess I should be more open, because this book grabbed me from the 1st chapter and I could not get myself to put it down to go to sleep. Junco Coot is a 19 year old, cigar-smoking assassin.....and many other things you'll have to read to discover. This book is fast paced, populated with characters that grab you, shake you and drag you in to a complex story with a well-develop ...more
I read this book last year and enjoyed the hell out of it. I didn't review it as I meant to continue on in the series, but I had over-committed myself to blog tours, author requests, etc. and never got a chance to return to the series. This really ticked me off, especially when book five, the final book in the series, RETURN, came out. I wanted to sit down and gobble them all up!

You know JA Huss left me hangin' at the end of book one. You know she did. So, I decided to try and get a group of onl
So far, I'm about sixty pages in, and I already have several of the questions the author has said won't be answered in this book.

Why such a random, awkward start? Not at the funeral, just...randomly, in front of a restricted area.
Why is the area restricted? What's in there she's not supposed to be interacting with?
Why do people live in a "restricted zone"?
Why is everyone after this chick, anyway?
Why did America crumble into a bunch of small republics?
Why is the landing zone for space vehicles i


This one was hard to rate because on one hand I liked the story... I really liked the idea behind the story... and I like the potential for the story. BUT on the other hand the writing was all over the place. The best way I can describe it is that the story was bi-polar. The characters were hot then cold, they were headed in this direction then all of a sudden they are heading in the opposite direction. They say "we've got to decide now and move!" but then they putter around
Cassandra (The Huge Anime Fan)
Junco Coot is known as Rural Republic's greatest sniper in the year 2152. She may have had everything under control for so long but as of recently she has totally lost it. She’s not to blame after all. She has lived a life of being forced to assassinate many, many people in the coldest fashions. By now Junco has become undisturbed by killing for her human government. Human government have to say because in the world of I AM JUST JUNCO avians are a species that are winged humans seen as aliens. T ...more
Title: Clutch (I am Just Junco #1)
Author: J.A. Huss
Publisher: Science Future Press
Date of Release: October 1st, 2012
Number of Pages: 320
Source: SupaGurl Tours for review!!!
Summary from Goodreads:
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 f
This book was so wacky. It blew like a hurricane every which way. So much of it was inconsistent. The spoken portions were either filled with cursing (which doesn't bother me) or pseudo country speech (lots of "ya" and "yer"). I remember watching the movie Pulp Fiction, the disorder of the events was similarly paced in this book. If it had been ordered better the story could have shown better. Since the story is awesome. Junco is a girl living in the future in one of many self sustained Republic ...more
Lizzy Lessard
Junco is the female version of House. She says whatever is on her mind and purposely does things just for the sake of being an ass. She's the teenager who laughs the whole way through a haunted house, complains that it was cheesy, and then has nightmares about it. I love how complex a character she is. Plus, she's the shoot first then shoot again if still alive kind of gal. I fell in love with her on the first page and despite all shortcomings of this book, Junco has convinced me to continue the ...more
this book was good, but also a little bit disturbing and definitely not something light.

the characters were all interesting - I had some problems with Junco but when you read the story, you begin to understand her and her problems and why she reacts the way she does ... altough it is still sometimes confusing
Junco is a very diverse character - sometimes she is shy, vulnerable and you feel really sorry for her, and then she is strong, stubborn and a little bit over the top
I really liked Tier, I
The Book Tart
ok, this review was posted originally on The Book Tart
and I loathe giving stars! I loved this book and I'm a big UF Sci/fi fan. I love Ilona Andrews, Rachel Caine, Sharon Shinn, Jennifer Estep and Ann Aguirre to name a few and this novel grabbed me in a similar fashion. I am hooked! From reading other reviews the sequel is even better so, though I wish I could give this a galaxy of stars- to save room to give the sequel 5 I'm giving this a 4 *sigh* the s
Alex Albrinck
In a future Earth, the United States has separated into multiple geographic republics often at war with each other. Space travel has become as routine as air travel is today. And avians, human-like creatures with wings and talons, have arrived from the reaches of space, playing their own part in the global political scene.

One thing unites them all, however. All of them want Junco Coot, a foul-mouthed, bad-attitude teenage-girl who seems to thrive on trouble. She'll meet an avian named Tier, frig
Christi Snow
My Review:
What a completely different and completely original book. This is one of those books that you keep reading just to find out what the heck is going on and a lot of that is because the heroine of the book, Junco, is clueless too.

Junco is a 19 yo soldier on the run after her father's funeral when she runs into an animal that sends her vehicle, and somewhat symbolically her life too, careening off the road. An Avian, Tier, rescues her. Avian's are humanoid, but they have wings.

As I sit h
"Do ya trust me, darlin?"

Original review posted at JC's Book Haven and given 4.5 stars

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 throu
If you’re looking for a book that spoon-feeds you pretty answers and ties it all up in a bow, I don’t think this is your book. But if you’re looking to be taken on a wild ride and are willing to leave your expectations at the door, you’ll love Clutch, you will love Junco, and you’ll be in it for the long haul.

Clutch held my attention the entire time. I’m not sure what’s really going on, but like some other reviews have mentioned, I did not care. This book had me hooked from the start. Junco is o
Mallory Heart
Nov 29, 2012 Mallory Heart rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Innovative Online Book Tours
Review of Clutch by J. A. Huss
I Am Just Junco #1
4 stars

Junco Coot is one of the toughest, most outspoken, heroines I have encountered. This girl is a sharpshooter, profane, constantly angry, rebellious, and highly unpleasant to just about everybody she encounters. In her defense, she lives and grew up in a seriously Dystopian society, her father has just died, and an avian alien wants to take her out. So she does have some excuse for her sour attitude.
In 2152, aliens are, yes, real. They are avi
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“Junco, I did save your life. Ya had a bad concussion. It was a mistake to fall asleep. I was just tryin' ta help when I brought ya out of it."
This revelation jolts me out of my trance and I fight to shake off my weariness to get this story straight. "Wait," I say as I painfully push my body back up into a half-sitting position. "What? You were touching me when I was sleeping?"
He squirms a little at my tone. "No, look, it wasn't like that. You weren't sleeping, you were unconscious – I just – wrapped ya in my wings so I could bring ya back up."
"You were touching me." It's a statement this time, not a question. "In my sleep."
"Look, I saved your life, for Christ's sake!”
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