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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...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Science Future Press (first published September 16th 2012)
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J.A. Huss
Oct 13, 2013 J.A. Huss added it  ·  (Review from the author)


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Picture yourself standing at the edge of a dock...

Now picture yourself lost in your own head, utterly unsure of yourself, surrounded by people who want to use you, take you away, or simply kill you.

This is Junco Coot, aged 19, year 2152, daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. Assassin, semi-famous athlete, and on the run.

In front of you is a mountain lake...

In front of you is your future. A future filled with secrets so heinou...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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
Sadie Forsythe
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 ol...more
Cassandra (The Book & Movie Dimension blogger)
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Nov 29, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews 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...more
Really enjoyed this! Lots of action, a complex twisty plot, realistic romance, and an ass-kicking heroine with a deep vulnerable side. The only thing that drove me nuts was Tier's drawling accent, but then again I'm a New Yorker - other than that I loved him and thought he was a perfect complement to Junco and her relentless attitude. Junco herself was really well developed right from the first page (SO many f-bombs, it was fantastic! lol), and though I worried initially that she was just too to...more
This book was a bit chaotic, but had loads of potential and was an enjoyable read. It wasn't perfect, but it was the first good urban fantasy book I read in forever. The characters were gritty and compelling, and had ALOT of issues. The big fault is the author's attempt to make everything about Junco mysterious. It was needlessly complicated at times and I was left confused. I would have preferred a simple and straightforward reveal. Tier was great, but I couldn't get a handle on his relationshi...more
Nov 23, 2012 Penni added it
This series surprised me! In a good way though. "Just Junco" turns out to be a foul-mouthed heroine and the series totally kicks ass.
This book has excellent pacing and you have a ton of questions, but they do get answered in great timing!
Now I am not a huge Sci-fi fan. I read it to mix things up and sometimes I find a gem in the mix. This is definitely one of those gems :-)
The science fiction was there but not overpowering, most of this story takes place in low tech rural areas, but the urban hi...more
Carlos Jr.
Reading the description immediately got me hooked. Books that focus their story in the future is awesome. FIVE STARS!!!
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 received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 Stars

With nonstop action, J.A. Huss takes you into a futuristic world where the United States we know no longer exists and where alien life forms are engaged in a battle to keep humanity from stealing their DNA. A hybrid of science fiction and fast action fantasy, Clutch grabbed my attention and never let go. With a heroine who prefers to smoke a cigar, kick butt and ask...more
I want to thank SupaGurl Tours and J.A. Huss once again for letting Rumor Has It join in on the fun and for providing an ARC of Clutch.

First: This is NOT a YA book. The author has stated as much. There is mention of sex/sexual acts, there is violence, and there are all sorts of stuff that a parent should okay if you are under the age of 18. Just saying.

Clutch is action packed from the beginning and you are literally thrown in, head first, into this world. The author did an incredible job in mai...more
Alexia Purdy
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Let me start by saying this is the first Science Fiction Novel I have read. Wow, this book blew me away. Junco is a strong female character that kicks butt and takes names. With a plot that holds you as the story continues you never know what is going to happen next. The pulse pounding action gets you from the first few pages and flows seamlessly through out the whole book. I could not wait to see what happens next to Junco and how she would prevail. The language is quite rough (not for kids und...more
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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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