Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Tour: Fledge (I am Just Junco #2) Book Review

Welcome to my stop on the Fledge book tour. Brought to you by Innovative Online Tours. Here you can read a synopsis of the book, my review, 
 I also have a bio of author J.A. Huss. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information and other reviews about this book and author.

My Review of Book One Clutch is Here.


Junco Coot can’t even remember her trip off Earth; she was too busy being morphed into her new avian body.  But reality hits her hard when she wakes up to find her new life is not what she expected. Not even close. Tier is on trial for disobeying his commander’s kill order and only Junco seems to care.In most places the avian coming-of-age Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has no choice; either fight to the death to prove her worth or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.Her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit artificial intelligence, the avian president wants her dead, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.On a foreign habitat, in a foreign culture, and surrounded by people she can’t trust or count on, Junco must find a way to save herself and Tier without losing her immortal soul in the process.


Tier (Go here to read a great character Interview)

J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.She went on to write science curriculum for homeschoolers and now runs a successful home business that creates and offers online science unit studies. When she’s not writing science curriculum or fiction, she works as a farm inspector, traveling the Eastern Plains of Colorado in variety of environmentally friendly vehicles that never have four-wheel drive, so when she gets stuck in the mud in said vehicles, she has to beg for assistance from anyone who will help her. She is not bitter about that at all.She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course. 

YouTube Trailer - CLUTCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz0PWDGoTJY
YouTube Trailer - FLEDGE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_LYS0N1OAY

My Review:

Wow, Fledge is 100% Emotional turmoil! I am so hooked on this series. I was up until 4 am this time reading this, I just had to finish, had to know what happened. It was such an emotional ride, I had tears in my eyes. Wow, just so good.
Junco is now an avian, which is a winged “alien” and she’s living on a habitat out in the Band –somewhere off earth, I am not sure much on this, its not really explained.  Junco in her new avian body meets Lucan, her new commander. Lucan has decided that Junco is now his soldier. But in order for her to stay, she has to prove herself worthy.

She ends up in Fledge, Each cluster has its own fledge- clusters are of different professions, one for Politics, one for Psychology, one for war, etc. Not all children make it out of their Clutch, (clutch is like a breeding place for each cluster) The  Fledge Junco finds herself in, is the fight to the death matches. 7 of them. Not all fledges are about death matches, some are worse than you can even think up. This death fight matches did reminded me a bit of the Hunger Games, but only in part, its much more violent, and emotional.

I have only one negative, and that is the cussing is just too much, the word that stars with a F and sounds a lot like luck is used way too much, just makes me cringe every time I read that, and it’s in there A LOT, (317 times that word is used in one form or another, way too much!) like every other paragraph is that word. And it’s unnecessary. It’s really the only thing that makes this book (series) unsuitable for teens, otherwise, there is just the war type violence, but no sex at all, skips right over anything at all that happens. Which is fine, as I am not one to want to read erotic type stuff, I do not need that. In a way, the cussing in excess cheapens the story. But this is just my opinion, and I like the story so much, that I will look past it. I really have found myself connecting with Junco, I finally have her figured out, some, lol. I love the connection her and Tier have, and really root for her in trying to save his life, even though it looks really grim that she will be able to accomplish this.

For most this book, we do not have anything of Tier, which was a pity, as he is on trial for treason, for not killing Junco. He did get her off Earth and to morph. (if you don’t know what I mean, then you had not read book one did you?lol) He is sentenced to death, and of course Junco is not ready to accept this.

We find many surprises about Junco’s genetic makup, and what is found it pretty cool. I won’t say what, as you can find out yourself.

I liked the introduction of the new characters, and really loved the protective love the whole Aves 039 team has for Junco, especially Asher. He did come off as a bit of a jerk at first though, but that was more because he didn’t have the whole story on what got Tier in trouble, and he blamed Junco, it changes pretty quickly.  I was not sure of Lucan, still am not, he did grow on me, some. We will see on him. Kush was such a sweetheart.

I thought this little part was funny, its Lucan and Junco in this part:

"I thought you wanted to yell at me for killing people?""It happened as you say, so it is excused this time.""Then why come all the way over here in the middle of the night?""I am checking to see if you're OK, Junco. Is that so unusual? I would have called Ashur, but…"I wait. "But?""I was in the neighborhood."I laugh. "Oh, right."He takes a seat on the bench next to me, his head eases into his hands and he pushes against his temples. I know the look, it means I'm giving someone a headache. Tier used it frequently.

I was appalled at the Fights they have to go through, of course its pretty easy for the most part for Junco, but man, so much killing. She ends up ‘collecting’ some other kids and protects them. But one is young and weak, and was so heartbroken for Junco for what she had to do. Ahhh, I still am reeling emotionally from this book. I had to make myself not pick up Flight, the 3rd book yet. I had to get over this turmoil first. 
I honestly can’t believe I love a book that has so much death in it, but the connection I felt with Junco and the others is rooted so deep, I can’t help but care at what happens.

Can’t help but love Junco’s funny, yet severe attitude, this is a cute part, with a Avian that she doesn’t know:

"This went better than expected.""Really?" I say calmly. "You thought I'd, what? Kill you with my SEAR because you want to ask me questions?"He sniffs and straightens his back. "Junco, you have an unprecedented wild side. We cannot be too careful.""Huh." I stare at his blue eyes. "Well, good luck if Moju comes back. If you think I'm wild, I can't wait to see how you treat my brother."

I just will say, this book is amazing, even more exciting than the first book. I have a feeling it’s just going to get even more intense with the 3rd. I won’t say much more. I need to leave the surprises for you and the intense suspense too.
If you read Clutch, the first book, You need to get to reading this one. If you had NOT read Clutch, well, what are you waiting for, go get it, then read this!

Warning, INESNSE over use of bad language, Junco needs a good soapy mouth washing, lol, and a few others too. Plenty of killing, war type violence. This series is not for the weak or faint of heart. No sexual interactions to worry about. But this is still for mature readers only.

5 out of 5 stars for me.

I was provided a copy of this book for the book tour with Innovative Online Blog Tours, for my honest review.

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Love this pic of Junco, click HERE to read a great character Interview with Junco

Clutch at Goodreads
Fledge at Goodreads
Flight at Goodreads

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