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When given the choice to kill or die,It’s a no-fucking-brainer.When given the choice to obey or not,Things get gray.But given the choice,To kill or save the one who saved you?Now you’ve got my attention.And killers don’t work wellWith a conscious around to fuck things up.So, you know…Hope for the best, but expect the worst.Because I’m still fucking Junco.And I’m still at wWhen given the choice to kill or die,It’s a no-fucking-brainer.When given the choice to obey or not,Things get gray.But given the choice,To kill or save the one who saved you?Now you’ve got my attention.And killers don’t work wellWith a conscious around to fuck things up.So, you know…Hope for the best, but expect the worst.Because I’m still fucking Junco.And I’m still at war with everyone.Well-trained soldier or genetically engineered monster? 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 treason, the avian president wants her dead, her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit AI, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.In most places the avian Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has two choices: fight to the death to prove her worth, or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.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....

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ISBN : 9781936413126
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Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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Fledge Reviews

  • Brandi
    2018-11-17 17:35

    This book just made me mad. I tried really hard to get on board and like it but no. It's not for me. It's not you, book, it's me. Except it's not.The story is so goddamn contradictory and annoying that I have thirteen pages worth of highlights. Thirteen. Not to illustrate anything other than why this books fails me. Sigh.Junco has to go through a "fledge" that is really just a hunger games for avians. Without the extra oomph that the capital made Katniss go through, and all for shock value. There was a little boy that Junco decided to take under wing and everything. And then (view spoiler)[she had to kill him just to show she could? It's all for shock value and nothing more and further to the point, it failed to make me care (hide spoiler)]. Junco even points out the absurdity in having a fledge fight to the president (who happened to have all kinds of time to just give her randomly) and he's like, "oh well blah blah it's necessary because genes" and I'm just sitting there like, dafuq? There are so fucking many examples like that. How about when Junco all of a sudden decides she's actually in love with Tier, only to turn around and (view spoiler)[have sex with her friend right after crying her eyes out and saying something about how her sadness is never ending?! (hide spoiler)] And if you know me even a little bit you know I'm all for women and their libidos and it being all good, but that was total bullshit. No guilt either. Nothing. And that's not touching the intimacy she exhibited with Ashur either: sleeping together (literally), cuddling in his wings, a make-out session, knowing he had feelings for her and doing nothing to dissuade him. So much garbage.It's like how in the synopsis for the first book we're told straight up that there are no answers, but there comes a point in time where that plot device becomes much more detrimental to my enjoyment than it being clever or effective. There's more, but there's not much point to keeping this going because it's pretty obvious I hated it, lol.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Heidi R.
    2018-10-25 21:14

    Even better than Clutch! I absolutely love Junco!

  • Berls
    2018-10-27 14:29

    A huge improvement for me from book 1. I was much less lost and really got into the story more this time. The brutality that you definitely saw in Clutch comes out super strong in Fledge and I love books that go there. The characters are still a little confusing for me, in that I get confused about who is who because there are so many! But a vast improvement there, too. I continue to love Junco. I was sad that Teir was mostly missing from this book, but his absence was made up for with tons of new, compelling characters. They were great, but also confusing for me to keep most of them straight. Some pretty exciting moments and the end leaves you going, wait, I need more! Thankfully I'm able to jump right into book 3. The narration is really good - I have a feeling that narrator switch has something to do with my improved rating. The last narrator was good, but now that I've heard Lisa Angelini, I realize the other one was missing that Je ne sais pas. I do miss her narration of Tier's voice though, as that was REALLY good and Angelini does it well, but yeah not as well. Overall, I'm happy with the narrator switch though.

  • Leah (White Sky Project)
    2018-10-19 15:28

    I reviewed Clutch, Fledge, and Flight for the I Am Just Junco blog tour by Bewitching Blog Tours so this review pretty much covers all three books.This science fiction series by author J.A. Huss totally took me by surprise. "Just Junco" turns out to be a foul-mouthed super badass heroine and the series totally kicks ass.In the first pages of book one we are introduced right away to Junco, our heroine who is by no means a girly-girl. She's the type who knows all her weapons and firearms, would probably go nuts over a motorcycle helmet sale, and could care less about fashion and anything frilly. All she knows are secret military ops and assassinations. She's been trained to be a ruthless killer since birth and she's pretty good at what she does, but we learn that there's so much more to her and everybody wants her for themselves. Everybody here means the aliens or Avians as they are called, and the humans, all the different factions and republics. They all have an agenda and Junco is right smack in the middle of it all.Clutch, Fledge, and Flight are pretty much made of the same stuff--they are all exciting, action-packed, and emotional in different ways. In each succeeding book, the excitement and emotional factor rise and you can't help but be swept along with it. It's hard to talk about specific events without giving anything away.What I really like about this series is the main character, Junco, who is truly a badass killing machine, but we also see a vulnerable side to her. We see how her life has been like since she was young and we see how things affect her. We see her being constantly barraged with things that could bring any person down, but we see her cry, get hurt, and bring herself back up. She is one character that you would truly feel and root for to the end.Another thing I like about the series is that it's very fast-paced and the story is very original. I like the author's unique writing style. I like that there's always something happening and each twist to the story is revealed at the perfect moment. Sometimes you'd think there are too many twists, but they all add to the story and come together nicely. I also like the play with mythology and religion mixed in with the science.This series is a fun sci fi piece with a dash of dystopian and a little bit of fantasy. It really is pretty exciting and I can't wait to read what happens next.I received review copies of the first three books for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.Blog post here.

  • June Luu
    2018-11-05 21:17

    Original reviewed on: www.futuresuns.blogspot.co.ukAMAZING!ABSOLUTELY ASS-WHOOPING AMAZING!I received this book as a gift from Alexia Purdy (author of Reign of Blood, she is awesome!) and read it in 3 hours. I could not put it down and could not go away for two seconds without reading another word. It was absolutely ... AMAZING! I am speechless.In book 2 of I Am Just Junco series, the story goes on exactly where it left off in book 1. Now Tier (OMG hot Tier) is on a trial for treason because he did not follow his orders to kill Junco, and Junco has to try and survive through the Fledge. We get to meet some new characters (I'm not going to reveal names) and I loved all of them. I can tell you that they are mostly all boys (swoon). The boys were so loveable even though they were such assholes sometimes, but that's what sealed the deal, right? Junco was brave and strong and bad-ass like normal, and I love that about her. She's not those girls who would try and be brave in front of people but actually is a fraud, she is real and she is herself, and that's all that matters. She is not perfect, and sometimes I want to kill her and hate her but I can't, because ... I just can't. I can relate to her in some ways, but not all. Like, she's not afraid to tell the truth, and I love that. Junco is cocky and I really wish she was real and she would be me. LOL.The storyline was just amazing. J.A. Huss did such a great job making the whole story realistic and I feel like I'm actually living in her world. It was ... so exciting, amazing, awesome, running-out-of-words and speechless. I love the way J.A. Huss uses swear words, it doesn't seem over-the-top, it was just ... fitting. I love that and I just love the way she created such an imaginable world that I wish I was living in. Sometimes, I could actually feel the anger, exhaustion, sadness (emotions) that J.A. Huss described of all the characters. She is such an amazing author and I will definitely read the rest of the series.AMAZING!! (I cannot think of any other words to describe this).I LOVE YOU J.A. HUSS (and Alexia Purdy for sending this to me as a gift in the first place!!)

  • Claudia
    2018-10-19 17:22

    this book was even better than the first book because the confusing memories of Junco were sorted out. but ... this series is really heavy and very disturbing sometimes ... I get the feeling that I really live in the story with Junco and have to confess although it is good, I need some space so that I can relax againbut here some of my opinions on this bookthe story was good, altough it is very bloodthirsty and dark and if you don't like to read about too much action and killing people maybe you should skip itbut in some twisted way the story (even the killing made sense) and the plot is really fantastic. You never know what comes next and it is really well writtenI think Junco was a great character in this one and learned a lot since her leaving earth. I don't agree with all her decisions but in the end I think she showed everyone what kind of person she is ...regarding the side characters: I really missed Tier in the storyI loved all the side characters - even Lucan. Ashur was also a great addition but I was a bit disappointed with his behaviour towards Junco at the end and thought that I would have liked him more without some of his actions as I said above: this series is great and I will definitely read the next one ... so if you like dark, good stories with strong characters and a plot which is absolutely not predictable than this is your series to read!

  • Di Covey
    2018-11-01 20:13

    5 KICK ASS STARS!!"Trust no one, Junco. Show no weakness"I CAN'T STOP. I CAN NOT STOP READING!My eyes feel like their bleeding. I'm sucked into a rabbit hole of amazing-ness!This part of Junco's story takes place on the planet of the Avians. She is ordered to trust no one, how is that even possible? Everyone around her seems to genuinely want to help her. I was damned confused, I felt like I was in Junco's shoes. I was screaming: No don't tell him that, no keep it a secret. But just Junco learns to trust, so do I. Who do you trust though? OMG! I'M ON TO THE NEXT!

  • Danielle
    2018-11-15 17:34

    This story was utterly suffocating: too many new characters, too many men utterly adoring the rather hostile and not so lovable main female, too much blood and gore, too much going on without really showing, in a believable way, how the character got there. It is one of those stories where the entire plot hangs on the fact that the main character is just SO SPECIAL, like Twilight, and yet nothing you read explains why the character is the least bit special. I actually, after two books, don't care for her at all. I find such plot devices tiresome.

  • Jeannine
    2018-11-01 20:38

    Holy crap on a cracker was all that fighting intense. I would dub this book:save yo ass. This book was action packed. I can't believe Junco is still walking around upright after 7 levels of fights. After reading all of it, I'm exhausted. She's truly a badass mofo. I was on an emotional rollercoaster and there are a couple of sad parts, but there's always a reason. Plot twists, plot twists, that's one of the many awesome things why JA does it for me.

  • Melinda
    2018-11-06 15:14

    Wow this series keeps getting more involved, more interesting...sucks you right in. It's a good mix of dystopia, Sci Fi, fantasy...lots of great world building and good characters. There's lots of blunt talk, blood and gore so if that's not your cup of tea- steer clear, otherwise dive right in (book one of course).

  • Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
    2018-11-09 16:19

    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.Love Tier: (click banner to go to authors site for a funny character interview.)Stop by the book tour at my blog, click banner to go directly to the post.Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books first and third in series

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-18 22:23

    Also very engaging and fun to read, but frustrating as a reader because of what seems to be unnecessary drama going on. Trust nobody! But then she trusts people - and it's all ok? And she wants answers now! But then when people try to tell her answers, she's not interested in talking about it. And then she's betrayed that they didn't tell her. Overall, it was still enjoyable, but had a lot of unnecessary complications and overly dramatic stuff going on.

  • The Book Tart
    2018-11-12 14:22

    originally posted on The Book Tart at http://thebooktart.com/book-review/th...Fledge is the second book in the I Am Just Junco series science fiction series. I suspected when I read Clutch that these books could become some of my favs and they have. I am completely hooked on this series. I love the world building and the characters. I especially love Junco. These books are told in her voice. And what a voice it is. She’s a smart ass with a dirty mouth and more heart and determination than one body should be able to hold.Flight picks up right where Clutch left off…. I’m going to try NOT to be spoilery and some of these plot points are in the synopsis anyway…Junco has been conditioned, trained, abused and used since she was a child. Her training was in killing, following orders and surviving. She discovered that she is part Avian, part of an alien race of winged beings. In Fledge, Junco learns what that entails and even more mysteries of her past and purpose are revealed.Junco leaves earth with Tier, the avian she made friends with in the first adventure. On the space ship her Avian side is triggered and she goes through morph and wakes up changed. She has wings now and Tier is in prison for not killing her! Junco rolls with the punches and puts on her game face determined to save Tier.Fledge refers to the survival of the strongest type series of battles that takes place every year for the Avian race. They fight in battles to the death to eliminate the weak from their population. Junco has to learn how to be an Avian, who she can trust and how to survive the plots and threats of those who don’t want her around. She is a survivor. The brutal kill or be killed attitude and viciousness involved in the battles made me flinch and I think it’s supposed to. This novel is a story of survival but also of love and sacrifice and what you would give up for someone you loved.I loved watching her thought process. I like how she faces challenges and can temporarily wall off emotions. She is feisty and fierce. She is a fierce fighter, fiercely loyal and brave, funny and full of heart. I continued to root for her through the Fledge process and the incredible action sequences. I cringed at the damage that people can do to themselves and against their own race in their fight for perfection. The things she has to do to survive broke my heart, and it breaks hers too… But Junco keeps her eyes on her goal. She is focused on her mission, to survive to save Tier.The secondary characters are so well drawn and individual. The military unit, the 039, that Junco was assigned to before Tier’s imprisonment, are an amazing crew of guys. I loved how unique and different they were. I got a kick out of seeing the different ways they reacted to Junco and she to them. Lucan, the Avian leader, is a fascinating being and his relationship with Junco is complicated. And then there are the people Junco has to fight with and against… But through it all Junco shines bright in her determination to do what she sees as right.Some of my fav lines…ummm honestly? I highlighted 147 passages. I frackin’ LOVE this book.♦ He smiles again. I don’t. My face will crack if I have to keep up this fake shit much longer♦ “…And if you know so much about me, then you know that death carries very little meaning at the moment. You can try and kill me if you want – I don’t give a shit. I have nothing to lose. You’re no different than the assholes I left back on Earth and if you really want to know what I’m doing on your habitat, you better ask yourself. We both know I’m here because you want me for something.”♦ I feel alone. My team is confused and hurt, my captain is selling me out, and I’ve told them all to pretty much fuck off. I am just Junco. Again.♦ “I don’t mean to make comparisons like this, Lucan, and normally I never would because you’re entitled to your own culture, but on Earth we love the defective just as much as the average. More, sometimes.”♦ Flying is not all that fun when you’re learning. For one thing, you fall an awful lot. And I’m not talking about some pansy-ass baby fall. Even in the grass that hurts.♦”You’re not OK, Junco.” I look at him, first the one green eye, then the other. “I know. What time is it?” ♦ I let out a huge sigh and shake my head. “It would be a lot easier if they were already dead.” I look up at him, meet his eyes. “Because I’d have that shit locked down already, and be on the other side of death. That’s the best place to be, ya know? On the other side of death.” “So, that’s it? You can just turn it on and off like that? Forget about stuff and move on?” I shrug. “That’s pretty impressive, Junco, really, I envy you. But it also makes you a little bit insane.”I have a mad, crazy passion for this series and especially for Junco. I’m Team Junco, whatever comes, whoever she’s with… I’m on her side cheering for her to make it through these challenges and be more than satisfied with her journey. If you enjoy fantasy, science fiction, action, intrigue, passion, epic world building and a main protagonist that is foul mouthed, tough, vulnerable and fierce, pick up the Junco series and get addicted like me.(((hugs))) KatThe Queen of Tarts

  • Ren Smith
    2018-10-22 21:25

    Another great book from Huss. Violent and terrible, but terrific story. Onto #3.

  • Christi Snow
    2018-10-30 15:39

    My Review:Wow, Wow, WOW...this book ROCKED! OMG, it was so good. Honestly, I'm debating between an A and an A+ rating on this one. I think I will go with an A, but that is only because there were certain parts of the books especially the battle scenes which I found to be too closely reminiscent of the Hunger Games battle scenes....especially the tubes. BUT you all know that I adored the Hunger Games, so that's not necessarily a bad thing. But back to this book. Did I say WOW?? There is so much creativity to this series. This book finds Junco on the Avian world and learning a new culture, with a whole group of people that she doesn't know. Lucan is in charge and he's the one who had given the kill-order on her originally. Tier is on trial for treason for not killing her and the penalty if found guilty is death. In the midst of all that, Junco is now part of a warrior team 039. She's the 9th member of this 8-man team. In book #1, we learned that Tier had been watching her for 2 years and that's how he has such strong feelings for her. Now we find out the ENTIRE team has been watching her for that long...and yeah, I think they are all halfway in love with her. (sidenote: OMG, I love each and every one of these guys...seriously!!! I love the way that J.A. has written their characters!)As a new Avian, Junco is having to go through the Fledge....this is a brutal, horrific physical challenge that results in the majority of the 1000 contestants who start to be killed in the most horrible ways. There are 7 total challenges and by the end, there were only around 8-10 left...yes, out of 1000. Having been taught how to kill at will since the age of 6, this should be old-school for Junco, but the majority of those 1000 are kids....some that she grows really attached to over the course of the challenge. To say it's mentally trying puts it mildly. In the midst of all that, she's also trying to figure out how to save Tier, how to deal with the new AI technology living inside of her, how to live in this new society, and how to deal with confusing feelings for several of the men in her life. It's a lot for anyone to handle, but Junco continues to fight on. That's what makes these books so good...her indomitable spirit. It's amazing how she continues to battle up out of her psyche and move on when it would be just so much easier to lay down and die. I really do love Junco's character. First and foremost, she's incredibly tough. She's had to be because that's how they've created her. I love her attitude. So many times she goes into no-win situations with no idea how she's going to escape, but she goes anyway. She's a completely balls-to-the-wall kind of gal in each and every situation. But she's also completely open and honest. Some of the things that she says, she knows are going to get her into deep problems, but she says them anyway. That's just the way that she is. I love her. Her team loves her. A lot happens in this book and there are a lot of shifts among the characters that I did not see coming. It will be interesting to see how and if it all plays out in the coming books. I have one more in the series to read. I'm hoping that's not the end of the series though because I am truly enjoying it!! If you enjoy sci-fi or urban fantasy, I think you're going to like this one!!I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-14 14:16

    So many thoughts, I really don't know what to say other than the plot was fantastic!Full review coming soon.Full review: Wow, um I don't really know where to start this review; I had a lot of thoughts when I finished this book. In summary I loved this book. It was so much better then the first, the plot was amazing, the writing was great, and the characters felt so much more real than in the first one. However, some of the minor problems in the first book also carried into this book. The plot blew me away. It was so much better then the first book where there were only a few fight scenes in the whole book, but in this book there is a fight scene in almost every chapter. The plot captivates you from the first page until the very last word. It's just so good. What I was most excited for was the alien world. I was excited to see how the author would create the world and their culture and everything. I was a little disappointed when I figured out that their world, along with parts of their culture, was highly influenced by Earth. However, while their world was influenced by Earth, their thought process and morals were not. Like Junco once said "what would have been considered mass murder on earth was considered growing up here". I was just so appalled and I was waiting for the main character to also be, but this is Junco we're talking about and she's complicated. Complicated describes my feelings for Junco to a T. In the first book, I was really thrown off balance by Junco's I-Don't-care attitude and that also carried into this book. Half of me admires her strength and intelligence and her bravery, but the other part of me is disappointed with her. I was waiting throughout this whole book for her to say "Screw this, you people are awful, I'm not listening to you" but she never did. She followed her orders, even if they where to murder people in cold blood and then she would go off on this self-hatred rant instead of hating them. Right when she was redeeming herself to me she would go back to her original self. I still think she is a very well written character and I did connect with her, I just couldn't decide if I really liked her or not. One of the best things in this book, besides the plot, was how the characters felt so much more real in this book. In the last book, I only felt connected to Junco, but in this book I felt a connection to every character, new or old, and yes it includes Junco. And every character was so well written. In my review for the first book I said that some things weren't explained and this book also had some of those, but not as much as the first one. Also some of my questions from the first book where answered in this book, like what are the seven siblings suppose to do, and what is her SEAR knife thing. I was really glad about that. Overall, This is the first time a sequel was better than the first book. This book had a plot that blew me away and I felt connected to every character and it was just so good!! I can't wait to read the next book. However, if you are looking for a book series that is light and fun then you won't like this as much, because it is a very serious book with lots of death and fighting and I really loved it! I would recommend it to every paranormal, assassin, action fan out there.

  • Sparkle Plenty
    2018-11-17 22:10

    What to say about Fledge other than 100% emotional turmoil. I’ve read all three books and it’s clear this series is a series. So if you’re not into that, don’t bother starting it. You will not get all your questions answered in one or two books. This is the point of a series I think?This book builds the mythology, the history, and the purpose of the Seven Siblings. It also teaches Junco a lesson in culture that she probably was not prepared to learn. It sets up the third book which continues the Seven Siblings journey. Here is my take on Fledge:This is not the Hunger Games. For one, Junco chooses to fight. She didn’t have to and no one would’ve died if she simply said no thanks. She would have just gone back to Earth. No big deal. She chooses to stay with the avians and become part of their world. A choice she almost immediately regrets, but nonetheless, she's stuck now. Fighting is not the point of this book, yes there is a lot of fighting, but winning the Fledge is not the prize at the end. The prize is saving Tier, the fights are almost a side-show, something that's required of her. It’s pretty clear from the start that no one thinks she will die in the fights. The fights reveal, in my opinion, her character. Wh she is, deep down. And maybe some people won't like what they find there - look at what goes on between the fights for the actual story.Tier is MIA – he’s on trial and out of contact. So don’t expect to see him. In his place is a new guy – actually a lot of new guys. Junco’s new military team is filled with interesting characters. My favorite, and the one with the most page time, is Ashur – who was second in command until Tier’s trial, now he’s in charge of Lucan’s private warrior team.Lucan. Ah, Lucan. I’ve read the third book so I know who Lucan is but you won’t get that from Fledge. In Fledge, Lucan hovers in the periphery as some authority figure. Sometimes he’s helpful, other times not. Who is Lucan? It’s a good reveal in the next book, take my word on that.Isec. I can’t even talk about Isec at all. It’s heartbreaking.Bottom line of Fledge is: Junco can’t be both avian and human. This book makes her choose. Who is she? Who will she follow? Who will she answer to? And the very last question…can she live with the choices she makes?She’s a mess, but we already knew that. Clutch to me was not charming. It had some fun parts, but now that I know some of the things contributing to her psychotic breakdown (revealed in the third book – there is a lot of back story about Junco in book three) it’s more sad than ever.Junco is not a black and white heroine, which to me makes her more real. She’s flawed. Seriously flawed. Either you accept her for what she is or you don’t. She’s not a role model, that’s for sure, so skip her if you're looking for some squeaky clean morality. Junco has none of that. I gave it five stars for the world building, the character relationships, the ending (OMG!!!!!! That's all I can say) and because it perfectly sets up the story in the next book.Once again – lots of swearing and lots of violence in this one. NOT FOR YOUNG ADULTS! Very adult themes here.

  • Jaclyn
    2018-11-07 17:37

    "Trust no one, Junco. Show no weakness."I agree that Junco cannot be held to a specific genre. This one did feel more sci-fi, but she has an urban fantasy feel to her character and there is a distinctive dystopian setting to Fledge.The GoodJunco is such a wonderful character, and not because she's perfect because she often tells everyone they think she's something that she's not. She knows her flaws, her weaknesses, her strengths, and she works with all of them as well as she is able.This story is filled with a lot. A ton of characters, many setting changes, and plenty of action. Some new characters that I greatly enjoyed were Ashur and Layla (though she is not in the story much). Others were just well-written and very mysterious. I never felt like Junco could trust any of them. There's a small undertone to each character that makes me think they could possibly do something crazy or bad to Junco at any moment and I love that 'edge-of-your' seat feeling.I don't want to give too much of the story away, so I just want to say that there are multiple arena fights set in different places that added a lot of intensity and thrill to the story. Junco is constantly inspecting herself as a person, and questioning everything along the way.The new world-setting was magical and horrible at the same time, but that's how Huss purposely paints it. There's a scene where Junco is taken to see something 'beautiful' and she winds up crying and heart-wrenched and to me, that's what the world is really about in Fledge - beauty surrounded by harshness.The BadOK I have quite a gripe with Huss for the Tier story-line in this one. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail, but I love Tier and he's on almost five pages!!I was also not a fan of how open Junco was with guys. Not that she just slept with a ton of them, but there is random kissing and lovie-dovie. The whole thing with Kush, I could have done without. I may not have followed the progression of his character well, but he's just kinda floating there in the beginning. He saved Junco's life once and by the end it's like they have some special connection I don't understand. There's all these pages of just his name mentioned because he's around and suddenly he's this huge important character. I'm with Ashur, "Why him, Junco?"The RomanceJunco is apparently the shiny new toy that everyone wants. At one point, a man had to tell her he wasn't coming on to her since he was already attached because it's happened so much. There is some kissing and one scene, plus some fooling around. There is also an attempted sexual assault. However, any true romance is missing from this one.ConclusionI am fully immersed into this world and very much looking forward to reading the next one. Junco is a character that refuses to do what she's told, fights with all her heart, and holds nothing back. The world is full and well-written and there is so much action and mystery that it holds attention well. Definitely recommended.

  • Laura Greenwood
    2018-11-18 19:28

    http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Previous books in the series: ClutchTitle: Fledge Series: I Am Just Junco (#2) Author: JA Huss From: I Am Just Junco Omnibus (1-3) (Amazon) Genre: Sci-fi Release Date: 1st October 2012Challenges: 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points) Links: Goodreads - Amazon*May contain spoilers for previous books in the series*Having woken up from her Morph, Junco finds herself getting used to the Avian way of life; from having wings to participating in the General Fledge. But with the man who helped her escape from Earth on trial for treason, Junco has to make new friends, including her teamates on Aves Team 039 and the members of her Fledge. The Avian culture is even more bloodthursty than the one Junco came from and she has to learn to survive. So I know I said I was done with my JA Huss binge but it turns out I'm not. Nor do I now want to be. Having finished Fledge I've been itching to start on Flight since I got home (but am showing considerable restraint and reading some Netgalley books first). I'm actually quite surprised I feel this way, as the first I Am Just Junco book took a bit of getting into for me, whereas this one had me completely enthralled. Junco's love life took a lot of sorting though! I'm a very set person when it comes to book couples. As soon as I have a pairing I like I stick to them and don't want anything to mess them up, which goes for Junco too! I liked that she had the interest of more than one character, but it turned out the way that I wanted it to...though I realise there are still 4 more books to go before I can completely say this. There was a lot of action in the book, and a lot of Junco trying to figure out who she is. I liked that killing wasn't all that straight forward for her, even if she has been doing it since before she can remember. It makes her a more human character (or more part-human, part-Avian character) and that she is more than just the Warrior that people see her as. There were a lot of new characters introduced, and a couple of them met fates that surprised me given Junco's relationships with them, but everything fit and felt like it was the right thing for the right person. At times the events got messy for some characters but that definitely worked for me and gave them all another dimension. The sci-fi elements were strong in this one, especially considering that all the characters belong to an alien race to a certain extent, so I would say that it isn't a gurantee you'll enjoy the book if you're not already a sci-fi fan. However there's no battles between space ships or things like that. I loved Fledge, and I'm glad I did, especially because I've ended up loving it more than I thought I would!

  • Rebekkah Ford
    2018-11-17 22:12

    Fledge is the second book in the I Am Just Junco series. I have to say, I like Clutch--the first book in this series; however, out of the two, I like Fledge the best. In my personal opinion, I think that's a good thing because each book should be better than the first one. My husband Kevin always says when a person is hard on the outside, they’re soft in the inside (sounds like a Tootsie Pop). I don’t know if that holds true with every individual, but with Junco (the main character) it does. She may be a foul-mouth, bad-ass warrior who has been killing people since she was a young child, but she cares. She has a heart. I appreciate that about her character because if she didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to sympathize with her.At the beginning of the book, Junco is put into hyper-sleep while she goes through morph. During that time her body grows wings and talons. It reminds me of a caterpillar in a cocoon, transforming into a butterfly. Basically, that’s what everybody does who goes through morph. Afterwards, you must go through Fledge. Fledge is a test to see if you can fulfill your potential–to prove your worth. You have to go through a series of fights and fight to the death, to earn your place. Of course, Junco goes through those fights. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but there’s a lot of action in this book. Before the first fight, Junco befriends a 10-year-old boy named Isec. He’s one of the fighters in Fledge. Junco takes him under her wing–no pun intended–and helps him through those fights. Here’s what she says to him before the first fight and after he tells her his age:“Ten? Isec, when I was ten I had already assassinated two world leaders on Earth. I think I know what the f**k I’m doing. So relax, because if you get killed it will be because you panic and don’t do what I f**king tell you. Got it?”Yup, she has a potty-mouth, but ya know what? People who cuss is the most trustworthy. It's true. Studies on the matter have proven it. And if you're in Junco's good graces, you can trust her with your life. Besides going through Fledge, Junco secretly comes up with a plan to save Tier. Tier was one of the main characters in Clutch. He’s an avian and was supposed to have killed Junco. He didn’t, and now he’s on trial for treason. The reader doesn’t discover Junco’s plan on how she’s going to save Tier, until the tail end of the book. But her plan makes sense and completely dodges the “eye roll” which some books unfortunately receive with over-the-top, unrealistic scenes.I recommend this book, and I will continue to read this series because I am now hooked on it.

  • Brandee Price
    2018-11-12 14:13

    Me, while reading today (March 18th)...**checks time** "okay, it's 11:30...I'll read just a bit more and then I'll stop for lunch"... **checks time again** "oh great! It's 1:45!!??! Well, no lunch for me - have to pick up kids now!" And I don't have Lucan's special transportation talent as an excuse for losing time! I just got lost in Junco! :)Holy s#it! The action and suspense just got dialed up a few notches in this second installment! Junco is now fully morphed and fully immersed in the avian world. However, Tier is imprisoned and on trial for his transgressions so Junco doesn't have him for guidance. She is an official member of the Aves 039 - Tier's team but she must still prove herself worthy. And to do so, she must pass all the tests presented in the Fledge.This portion of Junco's story deals mostly with her Fledge and finding her way in her new home. I love that Ms. Huss is once again building a brand new world for me. It's incredible the detail of the avian habitat - and I was equally absorbed in this next chapter of Junco's tale.Tier isn't as physically present in this book although he's always there. We meet an entirely new cast of characters including all of Tier's teammates as well as the President of the avians, Lucan. And we also meet Junco's fellow fledges...a motley crew of avians who must succeed or die. The fledge process is extremely violent, and Ms. Huss' detail made reading about it visceral. Junco is, of course, challenged in every possible way - AGAIN. And, again, she rises to meet every challenge in her quest to prove herself AND save Tier. Trust is a huge issue for Junco - who can she trust?I found this second book just as engrossing as the first. I'm still amazed at how immersed in Junco's story I find myself and it's all due to Ms. Huss' storytelling ability! There are new developments in Junco's journey, new twists and mysteries, and new thrills, shocks and heartbreaks. I am all the more impressed with Junco's resiliency and strength. Even though we meet many characters in this book, I feel this is mostly about Junco's growth and maturity along her path towards fulfillment. And I cannot wait to see what comes next!

  • Alexia Purdy
    2018-10-26 21:36

    Another amazing storyline filled with twists, turns, action, reactions, shock and devastation. Junco is one tough chick. She doesn’t take crap from anyone! I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment from the ‘I am Just Junco’ series.Taking place a couple months after the first book, Junco has completed the morph into an Avian warrior, wings and all, and must now go through the General Fledge in the Avian City of Amelia, where fighters and the unworthy kill each other off gladiator style for seven separate battles for a chance to join the Avian Clutch of their choice, and for some, for the chance to live. Tier is nowhere in sight for most of this book, (caused me to weep a lot there) until the very end but Ashur and the smorgasbord of man candy hovering around Junco, more than makes up for it.Junco discovers some more interesting mysteries about herself, her genetics and her very existence. I can’t say enough about how complicated the story gets, it makes your brain disintegrate with all the facts, characters, mythology and scenes in this book. I tell you, my brain felt like it had gone through a meat grinder after reading this, but in a good way! It’s exhausting keeping up with Junco because the tale weaves itself into your mind and has you experience every fight, tragedy, kiss and shock that Junco goes through, never relenting its grip on you. I was breathless! The fight scenes are described down to the details-gore, blood and all. We get to see more sides of Junco in this story than the prior one, which caused me to feel for the girl more and more. Junco is vulnerable under her metal hard exterior, with one mission in mind the entire time, to save her love Tier from impending doom in the Avian World.This series is more addictive than chocolate. It totally satiates my love for sci-fi, action, paranormal and romance in one heart pounding swoop. I highly recommend this series, but it’s not for the light hearted. Massive swearing and violence dominate the pages but are crucial to the story. Anyone squeamish should not apply.I’m on to the next book in the series, yes it’s that good!

  • Isis
    2018-11-16 19:19

    This being the second book in the series means you probably don't want to read this review if you haven't read book #1 in the series, Clutch.Junco Coot left Earth with Tier, the Avian soldier who had come to save her. Apparently Junco wasn't the all around human she thought she was. Turns out she was human, Avian, and part AI as well. But for her to survive she needed to morph before her 20th birthday, something all Avians must go through.Tier returns to Amelia, the space station the Avians live on, with Junco in tow. This is a direct contradiction to his orders, which were to kill Junco, not bring her back to live as one of them. But he figures he ranks high enough that the worst they'll do is demote him, and as long as they get Junco into the tank to morph in time, she'll be safe too.But, as with most things in Junco's life, almost everything goes awry. Tier is accused if treason and is forced to stand trial. And Junco, well she has issues of her own, starting with surviving something called the 'General Fledge.'The story progresses at a rapid clip, and for all that Junco is a stone cold killer (@ least in her own eyes, making her the perfect soldier for the one commanding her - but then even that could rapidly become a liability she believes), she shows more and more humanity while with the Aves (the Avian military) than she ever did on Earth. And more of her back story comes to light, helping shed light on why she is the way she is.There are several new characters introduced, and each one plays an important role in Junco's new life, even if they aren't the roles she had them pegged as playing. The arc of the story is smooth and consistent throughout the book, making for an entertaining read on both the action and psychological fronts, not to mention the level of interest in character development. And again Ms. Huss leaves the reader raring to move right on to the next book in the series, anxious to learn how things will go for Junco and her friends and team/squad-mates.

  • Heathermags
    2018-11-19 18:16

    The first book in this series, Clutch, was fun and exciting with some emotional turmoil at the end when Junco is trying to remember who she is and how she came to be so messed up. This second book is utterly heartbreaking. I'm honestly not sure how I can possibly love a story that has so much death in it. From the very first page the action build and builds and just when you think it cannot possibly be built to a higher climax, it manages to surprise you. Junco is now an avian - which is a winged "alien" and she's living on a habitat out in the Band - somewhere off earth, not really explained. The book is set up with Junco in her new body and meeting her new commander, Lucan. Lucan has apparently decided that Junco is his soldier now, but in order for her to stay she must prove herself as worthy. Enter fledge. The avians are set up in Clusters that mimic professional trades - one cluster is for politics, one for war, one for psychology etc. Each cluster has its own fledge but not all children make it out of their clutch because they are defective in some way. (The clutch is like a breeding place for children within each cluster).The fledge that Junco finds herself in happens to be a series of death-match fights - seven to be exact. Not all fledges are about death matches, some are worse if you can imagine. (view spoiler)[This book has a few internal struggles (is Junco human or avian, can she do what these aliens ask of her, and can she live with herself in the end if she does) and several external struggles (can she save Tier - he's on trial for treason since he disobeyed orders and refused to kill Junco, and can she kill enough people to make it to the end of fledge. (hide spoiler)]Very well done, great read, and excellent addition to the storyline. I will definitely read the third book.

  • Lovey Dovey Books
    2018-11-03 20:16

    J.A. Huss's I Am Just Junco series continues in a pounding sequel. The storyline is cleaner and it's easier to envision this futuristic world Junco was born into. Fledge expands Junco's character and her world, and the story's plot digs itself deeper into readers' minds.Junco is now on the Avian planet Amelia and she is now an Avian herself. While Tier is on trial for treason, she struggles to find a place in her new life. She becomes acquainted with friends of Tier's. Her easy camaraderie with Ashur, Braun, Isten, Arel, Mish, Ryse, Rikan and eventually Lucan the Commander, is refreshing. I love to see this many characters extend such a strong bond with the main character, especially one in need of support like Junco. It's also a plus that Huss was able to make their relationships come about and progress naturally: bonding time, fights, making up...her touch was indeed realistic!Fascinating characterization aside, Huss deepens the the whole of the plot. While Fledge seems to take our minds off of the mess Junco and Tier left of Earth, we see that Avian life comes with it's fierce challenges as well. Junco learns she must fight to the death to keep her life and her spot as the '9th' on Tier's team, the 039. She takes the chance, forming bonds with few of the other contenders while balancing new discoveries about Earth's status and Tier's fate. I have to admit that this ordeal showed more layers of Junco, even more than what had been glimpsed in Clutch! I had an easier time of feeling her devastation about the past and present woes, so much easier that I even bawled my eyes out.Fortunately, Huss strikes a perfect balance. Whether you laugh, cry or submerse yourself further in Junco's story, you will be unable to tear yourself away from it. Even if the violence makes you wince a little, you will not want it to end because it's so alive with action, emotion and purpose.*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

  • Kristina
    2018-10-26 16:14

    Very rarely is a second book in a series as good as or even better than the first. This book was amazing! Met all of my expectations and more!The second book starts out with Junco emerging from her morph into an avian. Although, as usual, trouble was brewing during her change; Tier is on trial for treason, Junco is disliked for her supposed role in the situation, and she happens to be on an alien planet. I loved the addition of the new characters, the Aves 039 boys! Lucky Junco, where can I get one? ;) Rather than weighing down the story they really helped to propel it and provide structure. Although the part that really set this book apart from other second novels was that Junco wasn't annoyingly pining for her lost "love"...FINALLY an author deviates from the norm and doesn't do the Twilight typical "he loves me, he loves me not." Tier is pretty much absent from the novel, and in most cases this really peeves me off, but thankfully the author put in something that REALLY takes your mind off the Tier-Junco relationship. In order to remain with the avians Junco must prove her worth in the Fledges. The Fledges are reminiscent of the Hunger Games arena with its "kill or be killed" attitude. But boy did it sure make for an interesting second novel!My only problem with this book was the overwhelming "Junco love" that manifested in EVERY male in the novel. Yes, I understand she is a kick-ass assassin with a freakening awesome biological weapon but come on... does every avian with a Y chromosome NEED to protect and "little- sister" Junco?But besides that, great novel! Now on to Flight and yet another sleepless night! :)

  • Heather Boustead
    2018-11-12 22:19

    FledgeI am Just Junco Dot Com Book TwoBy J.A. HussJunco Coot has just made her way to Amelia the avian capital city where she must undergo the Fledge ritual. Fledge is where she will fight to the death in order to become a citizen. All the while the love of her life and the one who brought her to Amelia, Tier, is on trial for treason for letting her live, and if found guilty it is an automatic death sentence. When I first started reading this book I was completely lost, I haven’t read book one so it took me a while to get into the story as the author picks right up where she left off and doesn’t start “flashbacking” until a little ways into the book. After this first hurdle though I really enjoyed the storyline, it is a truly unique science fiction novel. The characters that J.A. Huss has created are so fascinating not only does the author describe the Avians, but through the Fledge she also encompasses beings from other planets with their own unique abilities. The only problem I have with this book is that it is another case of an author finding one particular word that they enjoy and use it over and over, in this instance it is the F word. The fact that it is a cuss word doesn’t faze me, what bothers me was using the same word at least once three sentences in a row, sometimes more than once, though different variances on the same word, in the same sentence. Other than that it’s a great read action packed and so original that I cannot wait to read more of the series. For More Reviews be sure to visit my blogs at:http://reflectionsofabookworm.wordpre...http://bookwormrflects8.blogspot.com/

  • Sabrina Riley
    2018-10-21 14:20

    Holy crap sausages. Get ready for a ride.This is the 2nd book in the Junco series, a complicated but addicting story about a girl (among many other things) whose reality is basically given to her in bits and pieces, along with tons of lies, loss, and betrayal.In this book, Junco, who has survived more than any Hollywood action hero could even begin to imagine, starts on an insane test of sorts. In short, without spoilers, she has to survive, and that means taking out a lot of people in order to do it. The problem is that she loves some of those people.Not only that, but someone fan me off, because there is some seriously hot alien/man/soldier/killer action going on. But don't get attached to anyone; even if Junco does.And to add to the depths of this book, with its story and layers and philosophical musings (which are phenomenal), we learn about the ancient history and mythology of the ones Junco is/was/may be becoming. The lore and the way Huss blends the real world's legends and stories into the world she created was masterful and leaves no room for plot holes.Between the love, the loss, the violence, and the learning, I felt like I was riding an uncontrolled roller coaster that was going at the speed of light. It was addicting and a little scary, with the violence and the suspense, and definitely confusing at times, and of course, I gushed over the romantic parts like a school girl. Which is perfect, because that is exactly the same ride Junco was on, and I was glad to be on it with her.

  • Cassandra (The book & movie dimension blogger)
    2018-11-17 20:32

    In Fledge, Junco happens to make the transition into an avian we had touched on from reading toward the end of Clutch. She has overall a great avian form. The problem now is that Tier is seen as an avian traitor in his world and she is slpit apart from him. The only way to save him from death because of his treason is to fight in some battles to the death that almost mirror The Hunger Games.Fledge really becomes even more bloody ad full of action than thought the I AM JUST JUNCO series could get. Junco has to cut throats and slaughter avians who seem very bloodthirsty themselves. Avians seem to like that people have the potential to be fierce warriors much like Junco so she's seen as a goddess. So we see throughout others who are weaker and therfore hated. In this respect feel Fledge is a strong novel so we see that the weak don't survive setting apart the avian world as genuinely apart from humanity. Moving on to the characters, we see Junco has quite the growth of male attention from so many corner such as Ashur, (Tier's best friend), Lucan, and Kush. I am a fan of Tier and through and through so much of the time all the other guys passed through my head.Fledge surprises a lot so Flight should come as very anticipated by readers of the I AM JUST JUNCO series!Overall: Amazing read!Genre: Science Fiction, Roamnce

  • Brianna
    2018-11-06 18:29

    This was an amazing sequel to Clutch. There was so much action, and there were tons of fighting scenes. I flew through this book, and I can't wait to start the next one. Junco grows a lot in this book. She's trying to save Tier, but she's also trying to stay alive in the fledge fighting competitions. It was hard to watch her form bonds with people when she didn't know if they would survive it. Also, she finds out some really crazy things about her own body, and it definitely makes things interesting. The plot of the story was really intricate, and we still don't know everything. The characters are so layered, that it's really hard to know which ones to trust. The story was really fast-paced, and I read it in a matter of hours, because I couldn't wait to know what happened next. If I had to complain about anything in this book, it would definitely be that I missed Tier, who is on trial for treason, and that was a huge and integral part of the plot. Therefore, this book was incredible. This series just gets better and better, and I love it immensely. There are still so many things to find out, so I'm really glad that I have the next two books in the series to read.