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Fire & Ash (Rot & Ruin, #4)
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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
David, Karen and I are starting the 4th and final book of the Benny Imara series on Monday, September 2nd.

This buddy read is open to everyone who would like to join us!! There are no set chapters per day, we just read at our own paces and start each post with how far along you are, i.e., Chapter #, %, using spoilers where needed. Have fun!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Long day but will read a few pages before I snooze! I'm afraid I won't be able to stop.


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
I'm in! Just bought it, will start as soon as I finish Game :)


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
17% in! (view spoiler)


message 5: by Jenny, Always smiling! :-D (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I'm 23% in at the moment, but I'm sure I'll read more later. (view spoiler)


message 6: by David, Mr. Blue Eyes; He's the Best--Ain't no lie!! ;) (new) - rated it 5 stars

David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Ugh, I can't read your spoiler for 6%!!! Darnnnn!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
You can read it, I didn't go into any specifics past what you read :)


message 8: by David, Mr. Blue Eyes; He's the Best--Ain't no lie!! ;) (new) - rated it 5 stars

David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Yay!! Hehe thanks ;) I read it! Totally agree about Lilah! Oh and what about (view spoiler)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
(view spoiler)


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Awww man... I'm only on Chapter 5. Can't wait to dig in tonight!! I need to read your spoilers! :-P


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
17%... I can read your spoilers now, WOOT WOOT!

(view spoiler)


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Yay! Glad you're enjoying it too! SO MUCH going on :) Ha about Ledger! He's awesome!! I loved when he told Benny about his history and experience, he's hardcore!

36% now. What the heck is going on with (view spoiler)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I was in the middle of that (view spoiler)


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Hahahaha!!! Now that is too funny!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Ohmygosh, Jenny! I jumped at that scene w/o anyone grabbing me. I can't imagine. I'm waiting to watch your booktube review to see if you rant again on bugs. Hahahahaa!

I'm finally at 37%.


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Okay, first I'll comment on David's comment (view spoiler)

Okay, I'm at 60% (view spoiler)


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
48% in.

Wanna have nightmares with me? I just found a scorpion on top of my covers On. My. Chest!! Eeeeeekkkkk.....!!! Scariest thing that has ever happened to me. I flipped the covers away from me, jumped out of bed, ripped off my pj's, flailed through my hair (just in case because I have no idea where that sucker landed). And after searching for an hour, my bed is all stripped, I'm now on the couch for the night. All while reading about freaking zombies. Heart be still!! My mom is stopping by in the morning. I'm going to make her help me hunt down that stupid scorpion.

Bwahahahahaaa... I almost wish I had a video of that!

And that, my friends, is MY rant about bugs!

And in other news... Love this book! Since I probably won't sleep tonight, I should get through some more tonight. ;-)


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Oh my freaking gosh Karen!!!! Adele and I just read your post together and we're in shock, that WOULD be the scariest thing EVER! So glad it didn't get you!!! What would happen? How fast does the venom get into your system? eeeeeeek, giving myself the heeby jeebies now....


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Jenny wrote: "Okay, first I'll comment on David's comment [spoilers removed]

Okay, I'm at 60% I definitely think that's how the mutating is happening, with the red powder in balloons. Okay, what is with Benn..."


Ha about Benny's rants! And he's not quite as controlled as Tom, but definitely a lot more like him then the last book. Wait until you get to the part with the flying quad *hint hint* That's the old Benny lol! I'm at 72% now (view spoiler)


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Apparently it's extremely painful and your entire arm, face, chest, etc. (whatever gets stung) goes numb w/pain(?) for a day or so. Venom hits immediately! Most people I know go to the hospital to get checked out. I have the bug guy here every month and he was just here 2 days ago, and I made him spray extra this time around. They take a couple days to die because their skin is like armor. Ugh, ugh, ugh... I have major heeby jeebies right now. This is the 3rd one in 3 weeks. I haven't had one in my house for about a year before that. Kari, my assistant, found one on her desk hiding in her message pad 3 weeks ago. That was a bad one. But I think mine was worse!

I think I'd seriously rather face a zombie (the slow kind) then a scorpion. ;-P


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Don't ever tell Michael Grant about scorpions. They're MY equivalent of Jenny's bugs. He'd come up with the freakiest version ever!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
David wrote: "Jenny wrote: "Okay, first I'll comment on David's comment [spoilers removed]

Okay, I'm at 60% I definitely think that's how the mutating is happening, with the red powder in balloons. Okay, wha..."


I just finished reading the flying quad part. That was amazing. Still in love with Joe Ledger! Benny is such a smart ass which is awesome! I hope Nix and him are good now.


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "Apparently it's extremely painful and your entire arm, face, chest, etc. (whatever gets stung) goes numb w/pain(?) for a day or so. Venom hits immediately! Most people I know go to the hospital to ..."

Ha! Karen vs. a zombie! You'd win for sure, my friend :)


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "David wrote: "Jenny wrote: "Okay, first I'll comment on David's comment [spoilers removed]

Okay, I'm at 60% I definitely think that's how the mutating is happening, with the red powder in balloo..."


LOL you'll love Ledger even more after the next few bits :)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
OH.MY.GOD. Karen!!! I would never be able to sleep in my bed again!!! That is so scary, I'm so glad you're okay!

I loved the flying quad part, that was so awesome! Yes, Ledger is awesome Karen, he would do it for me too! lol


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
I'm at 56%. And loving Joe more and more!!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Ahhh Joe, such a good, likeable character :) I'm at 88%, might finish before bed tonight if I can keep my eyes open :) (view spoiler)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
WOW! I'm at 78% (view spoiler)

I will probably finish this book later, but its now time to head to work!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Cool! Yeah, that was awesome :) Oh and I totally forgot to ask, do you guys watch The Walking Dead? If so, did you notice the sneaky reference? When Benny was thinking about all the different zombie hunters and he mentioned Quick-Draw Carl, son of Sheriff Rick. I loved that!!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Oh, good catch! I LOVE The Walking Dead!!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Finished!!! I'll wait for you guys to catch up (says the turtle) lol


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Just got to the page of Quick-Draw Carl! Too cool!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
67% (view spoiler)

I should finish tonight.


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
David wrote: "Finished!!! I'll wait for you guys to catch up (says the turtle) lol"

HAHAHAHA!!!

I don't watch the Walking Dead, although I want to. Isn't it on Netflix? My boys love it! I don't watch much TV, but I will watch things on Netflix sometimes. I love watching TV series because there are no commercials and you can watch it all at once!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
I watched the entire first season on Netflix in a weekend. The next weekend, TV had a marathon of the 2nd season, so I watched the entire season. Hahahah.. Then right after I read Rot & Ruin. My very first zombie book! :)


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Jenny wrote: "WOW! I'm at 78% [spoilers removed]

I will probably finish this book later, but its now time to head to work!"


78%... Wow! Really want to finish this tonight! But so tired.


message 37: by Jenny, Always smiling! :-D (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I just finished it and I loved it! (view spoiler)


message 38: by David, Mr. Blue Eyes; He's the Best--Ain't no lie!! ;) (new) - rated it 5 stars

David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Yeah, I'm with you Jenny, I rated it 5 stars, but more in honor of the series as a whole, it was really more of a 4 star read for me because of (view spoiler) But still an awesome read!


message 39: by Jenny, Always smiling! :-D (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Totally agree, David! (view spoiler) Yes, I'm going to rate it 5 stars as well, for the same reasons.

I really enjoyed the read, though. The book read really fast and I was hooked!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Eep! Now I'm ready for the Light buddy read! I'll set up a thread ;)


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Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Just finished! I had a few "goosebump" moments! (view spoiler)

I'm also rating it a 5!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
David wrote: "Eep! Now I'm ready for the Light buddy read! I'll set up a thread ;)"

Me too!!!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "Just finished! I had a few "goosebump" moments! I guess I like endings that are wrapped up nice and neat! ;-P

I was really confused about the Nix speech too. But I did like the picnic table scen..."


Yayyy!! Was so happy about Joe too! I was worried there for a minute :)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "Just finished! I had a few "goosebump" moments! I guess I like endings that are wrapped up nice and neat! ;-P

I was really confused about the Nix speech too. But I did like the picnic table scen..."


The cards were in the book, on the inside covers, but I could only see 3 of them, the way the library wrapped the book and covered things up with library tags....GRRR

I liked the picnic scene,too, Karen, some of it just felt too "Little House on the Prairie" for me!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I'm going to finish Ice Country first, I'm almost done, and then I will start Light!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Jenny wrote: "Karen wrote: "Just finished! I had a few "goosebump" moments! I guess I like endings that are wrapped up nice and neat! ;-P

I was really confused about the Nix speech too. But I did like the pic..."


I'll have to check at B&N to see the cards. Little House on the Prairie... Heheheh...


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Not that I hate Little House on the Prairie, mind you, its one of my favorite book series! It just doesn't fit in a zombie book well!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Yea, zombies overrunning Little House on the Prairie... Just can't see it. That was my favorite favorite series as a little girl. I must have read them over and over and over a dozen times... I was an air force brat and moved constantly so my books were my only friends. Laura Ingalls Wilder was my best friend back then!! :)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
The Little House books is what started me reading. I was a horrible reader in second grade, I was at the bottom of the class and I hated it. So my mom (who loves to read) went out and bought me the whole set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books and made me read an hour a day. I remember throwing a big fit about it, but she made me! After about 3 days, I was hooked on the books, and she didn't have to make me anymore. After that, I was at the top of my class and she couldn't buy books fast enough for me, lol!

Anyways, random story, but I have very fond memories of those books, too!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Thanks, guys for reading this with me! I love buddy reads with you two!


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