Author: J.A. Huss
Series: I Am Just Junco
Publication Date: December 2nd 2013
Publisher: Science Future Press
Three years ago Junco Coot was an insane sniper. Three weeks ago she was a prisoner being tortured in a morph tank. Three days ago she was nothing but billions of molecules floating in a sea of darkness.
Today, Junco Coot is the key to saving or ending the world.
Three years ago Raubtier Aves was the captain of the Avian Military. Three weeks ago he was trying to forget Junco ever existed. Three days ago he was given a gift of eternal salvation.
Today, he will give that gift back.
The Angels are here, the end is coming, the Demons have been released and Lucan has a past that ties it all together. Seven thousand years of waiting for revenge is over and there’s just one more question that needs to be answered?
Who will be there at the end?
You know what, I'm not gonna even bother starting this review with "Wow" or "J.A. Huss has surprised me, again". Why? Because she has done that already. She has put me in positions where I am left crying, hating everyone, and so frustrated that I just want to throw everything at the wall. Now with RETURN, she has summed up every single emotion that I'd ever felt and put them into this one book.
Junco is badass as always, except now she's badder than all the asses that are bad. In this book, not only do we get to see the world through Junco's eyes, but through Tier, Lucan, Ashur and Annun as well. For me, it is amazing to see the world from different POV because they each have different eyes. You get to understand the different scenarios and it will surprise you at the end.
Not having enough problems already, there's a baby-Junco killing people right now. And while Junco is stuck in the Pillar, everything is going downhill. There were so many twists and turns in this book that sometimes I just have to stop and piece everything together before continuing on. I love reading Lucan's and Ashur's POV. They are so different. Lucan will love Junco for millions of years while Ashur will kill her if he is ordered. The contrast between these two are major, but I love it.
Another thing that I love so much is the poem. When I read the poem, I just had to stop to save it on my phone. It hit me straight away and I just fell in love with it.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
And obviously, who cannot love Junco? She's a snowbird, and she's the perfect friend you'd ever want. She might be a bitch, yes, but who isn't? Junco is independent, she doesn't care about the rules. And rules are made to be broken. But she doesn't break them, she dodges them. Many thinks she's a machine, a monster, a demon. But she's none of those. Junco might be capable of turning into those things, but all she is, really, is just a normal girl who just wants everything to end.
"Relax, Cora," I say with my eyes closed, already drifting off. "I'm pretty sure the end of the fucking world is gonna wait for me to show up. Just let me sleep."
Now THAT's my Junco. I just love her to pieces.
In the book, there were some mistakes here and there. I'm not a professional at editing, but I did noticed that there were quite a few spelling mistakes. But even though that was kind of a small let-down that confused me sometimes, I'm going to step over that because the story is so amazing that I don't even care about the little mistakes.
The ending was just...ARGH!! I was about 90-something % and I was ready to throw the kindle against the wall. Tears were streaming down my face and I was sitting lying in bed, mouth agape, shocked and frozen like a statue. WHY THE FRENCH WOULD YOU DO THAT? WHY THE FRENCH WOULD YOU BREAK ME LIKE THIS IN THE LAST BOOK?!?!?!
NOO?!?! THAT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN!!
And then, of course, I calmed the french (why am I saying french?) down and continued reading. And then....started crying again. Why? Because this series has ended, because there's going to be no more Junco, no more bitchyness and shit.
I will tell you again and again that you have to read this series. If you love badass heroines and bloody action and sci-fi, then this series is for you. You will love it and you will want to kiss J.A. Huss after the whole series.
Luckily though, there's going to be an upcoming science fiction book coming up. I don't know if it's a Junco spin-off or not, but hopefully, we'll be able to see Junco again in The Twine--coming 2014. YAY!! I can't wait!!!
P.S. Julie, I'm giving you many virtual kisses!!!
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JA Huss is a SF and new adult romance junkie, has a love-hate relationship with the bad boys, and likes to write new adult books about people with real problems. She lives with her family on a small acreage farm in Colorado and has two donkeys named Paris and Nicole. Before writing fiction, she authored almost two hundred science workbooks and always has at least three works in progress. Her first new adult romance is called TRAGIC.