Zombie Abbey
1920, EnglandAnd the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they’d wear to dinner was their biggest problem… Lady Kate, the entitled eldest. Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver. Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it’s easy to underestimate her.Then there’s Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid.Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers!None of them ever expected to work together for any reason.But none of them had ever seen anything like this.

Zombie Abbey Details

TitleZombie Abbey
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
ISBN-139781633759114
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Horror, Zombies

Zombie Abbey Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a young adult historical horror story that takes readers back to 1920 in England and tosses them into a zombie apocalypse. I’ve seen a lot of comparisons on this one to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and perhaps that’s true but I haven’t read and/or watched to know the details to it. But that obviously makes this one not really a completely original idea either but being new to me I found it a fun idea to go back in history instead of normally zombie rea Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a young adult historical horror story that takes readers back to 1920 in England and tosses them into a zombie apocalypse. I’ve seen a lot of comparisons on this one to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and perhaps that’s true but I haven’t read and/or watched to know the details to it. But that obviously makes this one not really a completely original idea either but being new to me I found it a fun idea to go back in history instead of normally zombie reads being set in the future.This book centers around the Clarke family and their visitors and workers etc at their property. The three Clarke sisters play a huge part but the point of view bounces around between a lot of the characters without really focusing too much on any one particular person at any given time. This is one of the reasons I lowered my rating as I think it would have made connecting a bit easier had the author toned back a bit and focused on more specific characters.What seemed to be done well though was bringing readers back into that time period and setting up the way things were back then. The book starts off with pushing suitors at the eldest Clarke sister because of course back in those days women just had to be married off and of course to someone of their station, that cute stable boy would have definitely been off limits.As the story went on and the zombie activity begins to make it’s appearance it also seemed to fit the time period. You see something like Walking Dead with it’s hoards of zombies and that fits the population in this time frame well Zombie Abbey started off a bit slower of course to fit that time period.So when it was all said and done I do think perhaps this one had a few issues that could have been a bit better it was still an entertaining read overall leaving me to rate it at 3.5 stars. There’s of course the horror side with the zombies but take that and mix it with a bit of history and even some romance making it a nice mix up with just the right amount of action.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Zombie Abbey is the first book of this kind I've read. I know there are quite a lot of this kind of books out there and I was curious. I didn't know what to expect and once I signed up I'll admit I was a little scared to read it. Porthampton Abbey has similarities to Downtown Abbey. The wealthy family with 3 female daughters; Lizzy, Grace and Kate. A well-orchestrated staff with a butler, footmen, maids and even a cat. The cast is quirky and fitting to the times. Katherine Clarke is the eldest s Zombie Abbey is the first book of this kind I've read. I know there are quite a lot of this kind of books out there and I was curious. I didn't know what to expect and once I signed up I'll admit I was a little scared to read it. Porthampton Abbey has similarities to Downtown Abbey. The wealthy family with 3 female daughters; Lizzy, Grace and Kate. A well-orchestrated staff with a butler, footmen, maids and even a cat. The cast is quirky and fitting to the times. Katherine Clarke is the eldest sister of 3. She needs to marry well if she wants to continue enjoying the finer things in life. The upstairs story is set and we are straight into hearing about a strange death in the village. The hot stable boy's uncle was the deceased. Will Harvey has always had a set place at Porthampton Abbey. He may be handsome, but not good enough for a Lady. Kate is taught to stay away from him even though she would like to know him better.Meanwhile downstairs Fanny Rogers is preparing the house for the day. She has many tasks, but her mind is set firmly on the gossip. What a strange death.Lizzy wants to marry for love. She isn't interested in entertaining the suitors her father has invited to the house for Katherine. Grace is her total opposite and desperate to impress. They are all different and they all need to get their priorities in order before it's too late. People are dropping dead, but it's the living who may lose their life.This had a good historical story. The upper class too snobby to see what is in front of them and the lower class having big dreams. The zombie element gives the story a spooky, but comical twist. It weaned out the brave, the stupid and the downright crazy. 4 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa Robles
    January 1, 1970
    *This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*It's been a long time since I had read a zombie novel and even more, one as entertaining as Zombie Abbey! Reminiscent to one of my favorite TV shows, Downton Abbey, and one of my all-time favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice -- this novel turned out to be a delight to read about from page one! What I Liked:I've never been much of a fan of zombies (gore and *This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*It's been a long time since I had read a zombie novel and even more, one as entertaining as Zombie Abbey! Reminiscent to one of my favorite TV shows, Downton Abbey, and one of my all-time favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice -- this novel turned out to be a delight to read about from page one! What I Liked:I've never been much of a fan of zombies (gore and horror is not really my thing), but after reading the premise of this novel, I just knew I had to read it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint AT ALL. I laughed, I swooned a bit, perhaps even felt stressed and sad as a few favorite characters were taken down and turned into zombies. Before I knew it, I was done with the novel and in need for more! (Will there be more?! Hope so!)Zombie Abbey has several alternating points of view, from the three Clarke sisters to the staff working at Porthampton Abbey. It's a bit hard keeping up with them at first, but as soon as I managed to recognize who is who based on Downton Abbey, it proved to be a much easier read for me and also a lot more fun since I could easily picture them in my head (I just looove Downton Abbey's characters so much!). In this novel, my favorite POVs/characters turned out to be Fanny (the maid), and the Clarke Sisters (especially Grace and Lizzy).This book might have a slow start since it takes its time to introduce the situation of Porthampton Abbey's occupants, but it later turns into an action-packed chaos as the Upstairs (Clarkes) and the Downstairs (the staff) have to set aside their prejudices and work together before they get their hearts eaten and turned into zombies! It's well worth the wait if you ask me. ;)However, if you are expecting horror, then you might not get what you want since it's not truly a horrifying read. It has quite a bit of gore, but the overall take on Zombies and the reactions of Porthampton Abbey's residents when they face them is super funny. I loved it this way, but I can see how some might not really enjoy it. But if you are faint of heart like me, this might also be your kind of read! With Zombies!What Left Me Wanting More:I have to admit that I was a expecting more right at the ending. It's left a bit too loose and I'm afraid we will never know how things turn out for some of characters as this seems to be a standalone novel. But perhaps there is hope for a sequel? Crossing fingers!Final Verdict:If you are looking for a diverting paranormal read à la Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice with lots and lots of zombies, then you'll surely enjoy Zombie Abbey and come to love everyone at Porthampton Abbey! ♥
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    Sheer curiosity had me picking up this book. It blends the popular Downton Abbey setting and characters with a zombie epidemic in a farce that dares the reader not to laugh.Zombie Abbey offers an Upstairs-Downstairs look at life on an English estate shortly after WWI. An earl, his countess, his mother and her father along with their three daughters and their many servants and the local village welcome guests just as a mysterious and dreadful outbreak begins in the village. The family estate is e Sheer curiosity had me picking up this book. It blends the popular Downton Abbey setting and characters with a zombie epidemic in a farce that dares the reader not to laugh.Zombie Abbey offers an Upstairs-Downstairs look at life on an English estate shortly after WWI. An earl, his countess, his mother and her father along with their three daughters and their many servants and the local village welcome guests just as a mysterious and dreadful outbreak begins in the village. The family estate is entailed away from the female line so Kate must marry and marry well. Hence, the suitors coming to visit. If her eye strays toward the handsome stable boy... well, then. Once the zombie outbreak becomes known, the separation of class starts to fall apart because its an 'everyone needs to stick together' situation. And the highborns learn that class doesn't preserve the distinction of intelligence and ability in a crisis.Alright, so this was meant to be fun and I was amused at times, but I never really settled into this book. Moderately engaged at best, but definitely a story that kept me amused throughout. I hoped it was just going to be one that started slow and picked up speed after the first introduction to world, characters, and the beginning to the plot. The pace picked up a little, but not much. My interest was spotty. Part of this was because I liked some characters and enjoyed when they got the narration or were involved in the story, but others just left me irritated. I skimmed a lot trying to get to parts that things were happening. Then, just when I thought that yes, we were getting some place, it was near the end and the ending was left open. Is there another book coming? I don't know. If there is, then this ending works. If not, then I definitely feel disappointed. My favorite storyline was Lady Grace and Daniel the Footman. Grace was the nicest of the earl's three daughters and just quietly did the right thing and had a good attitude. She is called upon to be the real heroine of the three sisters at a crisis point. She catches Daniel's eye when most people notice her older and younger sisters for their more vibrant and stronger looks and personalities. Daniel is more than he seems and it comes out when the zombie trouble comes knocking.I had a soft spot for the poor duke who struggles with his shyer personality and looks. But, lord did I want to smack arrogant and self-absorbed Lady Kate the eldest daughter. She was written well as a class conscious snob who is spoiled so that she judges people on their looks and class. Lady Lizzy was still growing up, but had flashes of brilliance in her outspokenness. Will, the stable boy, was broody, but he did sustain some huge losses and had the misfortune to have a crush on Kate. Grandmother, the Dowager was hilarious. I thought she made scenes sparkle.So, I liked it, but didn't love it. I was off-pace from the book the entire time and I'll take that as being on me rather than the book. It's a good spot to start for those who want to dip their toe into a monster mash-up, but don't want to get terrified out of their skull. I thought the strong Downton Abbey vibes will appeal to that fan group, but zombie lovers who might want to see them in a historical setting will get something, too.My thanks to Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, it’s true. When you start to read this book, you’ll get a few flashes of Pride & Prejudice with Zombies. But, no worries. This isn’t a carbon copy, so read on!In Zombie Abbey, Lauren Baratz-Logsted brings us a very clever, funny and heartfelt tale of manners, class distinction, women coming into their own power…and zombies, of course.Now, you may find yourself a bit put off by a couple of the sisters at first. Please keep reading. They each come into their own soon enough. While I did h Yes, it’s true. When you start to read this book, you’ll get a few flashes of Pride & Prejudice with Zombies. But, no worries. This isn’t a carbon copy, so read on!In Zombie Abbey, Lauren Baratz-Logsted brings us a very clever, funny and heartfelt tale of manners, class distinction, women coming into their own power…and zombies, of course.Now, you may find yourself a bit put off by a couple of the sisters at first. Please keep reading. They each come into their own soon enough. While I did have a favorite (Grace), I found myself loving each of them – even Kate who I hated at first!Our zombies are a bit more sad than scary – especially when some characters you love eventually get turned.Note that the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so there should be more to come – and I’m so looking forward to it! Bring on another book!*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Wendy Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy a good tongue-in-cheek mashup of historical British elements meeting modern fantastical ones, this is for you. The people of this wealthy English abbey were full of surprises, and kept me giggling with their diehard aristocratic ways.
  • Aneta Bak
    January 1, 1970
    Zombie Abbey is a short and hilarious read, perfect for fans of zombies and 1920's England.When Will Harvey's aunt shoots her husband, no one believes her when she tells people that he was most definitely dead, before rising back to life and trying to kill her. When the zombies reach the Clarke estate, everyone must set aside their differences and work together, or they just might end up dead.After reading the synopsis of this book I knew that I had to read it. I love the time period that this i Zombie Abbey is a short and hilarious read, perfect for fans of zombies and 1920's England.When Will Harvey's aunt shoots her husband, no one believes her when she tells people that he was most definitely dead, before rising back to life and trying to kill her. When the zombies reach the Clarke estate, everyone must set aside their differences and work together, or they just might end up dead.After reading the synopsis of this book I knew that I had to read it. I love the time period that this is set in, and who doesn't love a good zombie story. Although this book is placed in the horror genera, I didn't really think it was that scary. I actually found it to be more funny than scary.This book is told in the perspectives of many people at the Clarke estate, including the sisters, Will Harvey and the maid. While there was lots of characters I loved, like the youngest sister Lizzy, there was also a lot of characters that I didn't particularly care about. So when I was reading from the point of view from the characters I liked I really enjoyed the story, but when I was reading in the point of view of the characters I didn't care about, the story sometimes seemed to just drag on. I really would have enjoyed the story if it was told in one or two points of view rather than this many.The plot of the story was good. This book definitely has a slow start, but eventually picks up around half way into the book. But once the action started the book definitely got a lot better and I found myself wanting to continue reading.While I really enjoyed the story, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. I think there were a little too many open ended questions about the characters and what happens next to the characters, for me to enjoy the ending. It almost seems like there should be a sequel to this novel, but I don't think there is one.Overall, I enjoyed most of the characters and the action in this story made me want to keep reading, and not put the book down. I definitely recommend this book if you love Zombies or Jane Austen novels, although if you want action from beginning to end or a sold ending, this might not be the book for you.Happy Reading,Aneta
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  • lacy [a ravenclaw library]
    January 1, 1970
    A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.So I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it. It was like a water downed classic. I don't mean that in a bad way. It would serve well as a good intro into classics from writers like Jane Austen. But I found I just couldn't connect with the plot or the characters. The plot meandered and then it just kind of ends with no real conclusion.I don't want to fill th A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.So I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it. It was like a water downed classic. I don't mean that in a bad way. It would serve well as a good intro into classics from writers like Jane Austen. But I found I just couldn't connect with the plot or the characters. The plot meandered and then it just kind of ends with no real conclusion.I don't want to fill this with all negative opinions. I certainly liked the concept. It was very original. Not something you see a lot in YA literature. But man, I couldn't handle a lot of the characters, not to mention the sheer amount of them. I couldn't keep a lot of them straight because when it switched to their POVs, they called different people different names. It got very confusing very fast. The family of the Abbey was snotty, rude and unhelpful except for maybe Grace and Lizzy. But even then, they had their moments. The staff was okay. They mostly were there to add to the family's story. I enjoyed Fanny at first, the housemaid, but she started to annoy me at the end. I think if you're into Jane Austen classics, this would be the book for you. I'm still trying to get into classics and zombie books so I might not have been the right audience for this book. But if this sounds good to you, be sure to check it out when it's released.
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  • Lena (The Printed Girl)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 2.5 starsOmg, I really expected this to be more scary and creepy or at least more romancy. I'm not disappointed by this book, it just totally not what I expected.Okay, I have to admit that I was more scared preparing for reading "a book about zombies" than actually reading this book and the weirdest thing is that I'm actually a bit sad that it didn't completely freak me out. there really wasn't a scary moment inside. I never felt the slightest bit afraid. For a book with the label Actual rating: 2.5 starsOmg, I really expected this to be more scary and creepy or at least more romancy. I'm not disappointed by this book, it just totally not what I expected.Okay, I have to admit that I was more scared preparing for reading "a book about zombies" than actually reading this book and the weirdest thing is that I'm actually a bit sad that it didn't completely freak me out. there really wasn't a scary moment inside. I never felt the slightest bit afraid. For a book with the label horror on it, that's not okay at all. I will post the complete review closer to the release date!
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* NetGalley*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural *Rating* 3-3.5*Thoughts*Lauren Baratz-Logsted's Zombie Abbey is a mash-up of Downton Abbey, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, and The Walking Dead. Paranormal & historical mash-ups seem to be on the rise with people wanting to escape for a few hours and enjoy the curiosity of English society. Set in 1920 England, the story is pure escapism mixed with a bit of horror. The story is told via three sisters w *Source* NetGalley*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural *Rating* 3-3.5*Thoughts*Lauren Baratz-Logsted's Zombie Abbey is a mash-up of Downton Abbey, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, and The Walking Dead. Paranormal & historical mash-ups seem to be on the rise with people wanting to escape for a few hours and enjoy the curiosity of English society. Set in 1920 England, the story is pure escapism mixed with a bit of horror. The story is told via three sisters who are the daughters of the Earl of Post Hampton: Lady Katherine (17), the entitled eldest who is being groomed to marry. She arrogant, Spoiled. She loves hunting, but she treats everyone like step stools, including her sisters. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Renee Rosen
    January 1, 1970
    Lauren Baratz-Logsted proves once again that she is one of the most versatile and prolific authors out there. She could write (and often does) in any genre and I'd gobble it up!
  • Karen Dionne
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun book! I blasted through this in no time, and loved every word!
  • Carol Suraci
    January 1, 1970
    DOWNTON ABBEY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE WALKING DEAD ... This book has it all! ZOMBIE ABBEY is an enjoyable, fast read. And it's well-written!
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    I just love a good zombie story and Lauren Baratz knows how to write one. I felt so many emotions,funny, scared, thrilled. It was a good thriller of a story.#ZombieAbbey #NetGalley UNTOLD THOUGHTS BOOK BLOG
  • Lili Marcus
    January 1, 1970
    First, just look at that cover. It's gorgeous. I want a physical copy so I can display it on my shelf. :) Now to the book... Before the Zombie 'plague' happened, the Clarke family's concern centered on the entail that dangers their control over their entire estate. Having three daughters and no heir, the estate might go to some male cousin and so the family was set to marry off their eldest daughter, Kate, to produce an heir. And the two younger sisters, Grace and Lizzy, are just glad to be not  First, just look at that cover. It's gorgeous. I want a physical copy so I can display it on my shelf. :) Now to the book... Before the Zombie 'plague' happened, the Clarke family's concern centered on the entail that dangers their control over their entire estate. Having three daughters and no heir, the estate might go to some male cousin and so the family was set to marry off their eldest daughter, Kate, to produce an heir. And the two younger sisters, Grace and Lizzy, are just glad to be not 'poor' Kate. But then the Zombies appeared and the sisters, along with their entire household, some suitors and the villagers are forced to face such creatures they'd never seen before. ♥♥♥My Thoughts♥♥♥ This book is not without its flaws as I stated above, but I enjoyed it so much and that's what matters. I've read reviews saying this reminds them of Pride and Prejudice and I understand why. This has indeed some of P&P's elements. But strangely, Austen's book never comes in my mind while reading this. This novel gives an entirely different vibe and I'm not saying that's a flaw. I'm merely stating that this is a novel with its own strengths and is no romance novel that will make you swoon and feel giddy.Is it scary then or creepy? No. Though it was advertised as Horror, I think Humor is more accurate to describe it. Though this includes Zombies that should've been scary and a snob upper class family that should've been annoying, it was written in a way that's almost comical that there's no chance of hating and getting scared. Maybe it's got something to do with the fact that there are too many characters and the book isn't long enough to really develop the Zombie concept because it had to introduce each character first. I found all the characters fascinating, and easy to remember and that's saying a lot because like I said there are plenty of characters. In other words, the author did great on giving her characters distinguished personalities that's not hard to remember.Overall, this is one fun, enjoyable read and I really hoped it's longer cause it ended fast. In the end, I found most of the characters are still in need of development and plot seemed unfinished. I think there will be book 2 and I'm crossing my fingers to that. If you're looking for a fast, fun read, this one's perfect. :)
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  • NerdyBookishBeauty
    January 1, 1970
    I could not get into this book, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a wonderful story. It just wasn’t my type. So sadly, we have to part ways.
  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book. My views are entirely my own.A little bit of Pride and Prejudice, a little bit of Dark Days Club and very much in the vein of Downton Abbey, this book is very much for fans of any of these three. Luckily, I happen to love all three. This book was a delight, the characters vibrant in their own way, and the gore delightfully ghastly. Readers will see much of Austen in the writing and the characters, and even more so Downton Abbey. The three sisters, Kat Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book. My views are entirely my own.A little bit of Pride and Prejudice, a little bit of Dark Days Club and very much in the vein of Downton Abbey, this book is very much for fans of any of these three. Luckily, I happen to love all three. This book was a delight, the characters vibrant in their own way, and the gore delightfully ghastly. Readers will see much of Austen in the writing and the characters, and even more so Downton Abbey. The three sisters, Kate, Grace and Lizzie, very much remind me of the Crawley sisters, though there is quite a bit less backstabbing, thankfully. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or really any of Jane Austen's works.
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  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating 4.5I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.In the start, this book gave me Pride and Prejudice and Zombies vibes, but no it was different. I am not a big fan of Zombies so this book was perfect for me, the Interesting thing is that the main focus of the book was not on the Zombies even the word zombie was not even used (As far as I could remember it because I was eager to read that how they came to know to zombies, because they even don't kno Actual Rating 4.5I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.In the start, this book gave me Pride and Prejudice and Zombies vibes, but no it was different. I am not a big fan of Zombies so this book was perfect for me, the Interesting thing is that the main focus of the book was not on the Zombies even the word zombie was not even used (As far as I could remember it because I was eager to read that how they came to know to zombies, because they even don't know that what is happening with people)The story is set in 1920, Lord Martin Clarke, who is earl of Porthampton Abbey, and father of three daughters, Lady Kate, the eldest, who is too close to her father and a heartless creature her only aim in life is to get married to someone wealthy enough so her father's fortune won't go to another, Lady Grace, who as a middle daughter is neglected and decent as compare to Kate, Lady Lizzy, being younger is quite naive and family considered as stupid. The whole family's concerns are only what to eat, what to wear, and maintaining their lifestyle without caring about what their farmers are going through Until they found about some unusual events in the abbey.The thing I liked most was the way story was focused on each and every character without declaring anyone main character, In the start it felt like Kate is the main character, but after that I thought no Grace is but no after that it kept changing giving everyone equal story time(I don't know if it is a word like in movie it is screen time ).All the characters were too interesting, Lord family is too stubborn or should I use word cruel They don't even care if anyone is dying or not, They won't do any compromise on their food and their daily deeds.Fanny and David were my favourite characters, they are bold and knows how to face any situation, Grace and Lizzy are also likeable.The story ends on a cliffhanger, but I think it is about Perspective If you want to consider it cliffhanger then it is.Overall I enjoyed it.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I first saw this appear as a want to read on my wall, and knew I wanted to read it too. Then I saw it was available to request on Netgalley, and I clicked and hoped. It sounded like just my cup of tea; zombies and a Downton Abbey type feel, but it never quite got there for me. Some of the writing is just TERRIBLE, there is I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I first saw this appear as a want to read on my wall, and knew I wanted to read it too. Then I saw it was available to request on Netgalley, and I clicked and hoped. It sounded like just my cup of tea; zombies and a Downton Abbey type feel, but it never quite got there for me. Some of the writing is just TERRIBLE, there is no other word for it. The pacing was off, some of the situations ridiculous, and there are WAY too many POVs. I did realllllly like the characters though, and the romantic pairings. Lizzy, Fanny, The Duke, and Grace were my favorites though, and poor Merry. In the end I liked the Earl too, and the grandparents. This book has real potential but I feel like it needed more editing and polish. My Kindle version is littered with the title appearing in random sentences, not sure what that is about. Also my Kindle is an older version, and sometimes the writing gets chopped up and spread across the screen strangely. A good idea, and definitely better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (at least for me) Three stars.
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  • Lynndell
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. The story opens with the three daughters, their family owns the Abbey, getting ready for a party that evening. The eldest daughter, Kate, is meant to marry and bear a male child as heir to the Abbey. The party will introduce possible suitors for her to choose from or for them to choose her. The lovely British setting begins with tongue in cheek humor and the calmness of a cl Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. The story opens with the three daughters, their family owns the Abbey, getting ready for a party that evening. The eldest daughter, Kate, is meant to marry and bear a male child as heir to the Abbey. The party will introduce possible suitors for her to choose from or for them to choose her. The lovely British setting begins with tongue in cheek humor and the calmness of a classic but eventually, horror ensues when a woman is forced to shoot her already dead husband! No one but her nephew believes that her husband came home after she had already verified his death. She claimed that his eyes were unusual and he was no longer her husband, but a monster. Little by little, the Abbey community and surrounding village is overtaken by zombies and the survivors must defend themselves or fall victim also. The gutsy Fanny, a kitchen maid, builds up bravery throughout the Abbey and helps fight to save the residents, along with the three daughters. Zombie Abbey is a fun horror story, which seems oxymoronic, but the author pulls it off quite well! 4 stars for this adventurous dystopian!
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  • Mary (BookHounds)
    January 1, 1970
    Special Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy! In a wonderful mix of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I think I have found my new favorite thing. Yes, you get the Upstairs, Downstairs along with some kick-butt action but what makes this story special are the girls! The three Clarke sisters are the true scene stealers although we get enough of the whole family and staff to round things out. The girls are expected to marry and marry well, while the staff has Special Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy! In a wonderful mix of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I think I have found my new favorite thing. Yes, you get the Upstairs, Downstairs along with some kick-butt action but what makes this story special are the girls! The three Clarke sisters are the true scene stealers although we get enough of the whole family and staff to round things out. The girls are expected to marry and marry well, while the staff has dreams about what it is to live. Kate must marry in order to keep the estate intact and while she enjoys putting her suitors through their paces, she treats everyone as her underlings.When Zombies appear with the suitors for the weekend, the Abbey gets a bit crowded. Grace is the true star of this story along with Fanny (from downstairs) that liven up the book. When the Zombies are rising the family must confront their societal norms and stratification in order to fight and win. I think at this point, I most identified with Lizzy and her outlook that everything would turn out perfectly.Of course, what would a Zombie book be without a chapter or two with a cat as the narrator? Yep, that works as a wonderful foil to this cast of characters. I really need a follow up for this one since there are a few ends dangling that need to be tied up neatly. The mix of characters could be a bit overwhelming at times but the whole thing is a lot of fun and is a quick read. Parents: this is pretty safe.
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  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to the gruesome nature of zombies. I'm trying to be careful to create a spoiler-free review.To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I began Zombie Abbey- zombies have never been of interest to me, but young adult and historical surely is. With a paranormal take on Downton Abbey & Pride & Prejudice, I had to see where this would go.The story takes place during the 1920s, fea I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to the gruesome nature of zombies. I'm trying to be careful to create a spoiler-free review.To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I began Zombie Abbey- zombies have never been of interest to me, but young adult and historical surely is. With a paranormal take on Downton Abbey & Pride & Prejudice, I had to see where this would go.The story takes place during the 1920s, featuring an upper-crust, wealthy family in England. The narration was a bit of an issue with me- with so many narrators, it was difficult to form an emotional connection with specific characters, where you're rooting for/against them. However, this did help set the scene, offering multiple perspectives to create a well-rounded story. The Clarke sisters showed the perspective of girls in the era, while the staff showed a view historical novels don't necessarily showcase. So, in a way, the many points-of-view did paint an entire picture, even at the expense of an emotional attachment. The pacing starts slow, not truly hooking me. But I soldiered forth, mostly because this era intrigues me, and I was curious to see where this would lead. The pacing shifts to hyper-fast with action, making the last portion a page-turner. I found unexpected humor in the actions/reaction of the narrators in regards to the 'zombie' situation. Maybe because I'm a jaded adult, but the horror portions, while gruesome, were horror-lite. This isn't necessarily a bad thing in my opinion, and this is where I found humor where some might not. Overall, I'm still not a zombie fan, but I found enjoyment via the cast of characters and their interactions with one another. Oddly, I will say this was a fast yet fun book to read. While I believe this to be a standalone, the ending does leave wiggle room for a future installment. However, if this truly is a standalone novel, the ending could have been tightened up a bit.
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  • Ruth Rugoff
    January 1, 1970
    Looking for your next Downton Abbey fix? With a few zombies thrown is? Well, look no further than this campy mashup of a Downton-like world and Walking Dead! Some characters from Upstairs may initially come across as difficult to like - because of course they do! - but once they're forced to work together with Downstairs and the villagers to fend off the zombie menace, you really see what they're made of!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I pick up a book by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, I know I'm in for a good read, and Zombie Abbey is no exception! Lauren is a creative and inventive storyteller and she always has a unique and fresh slant to her stories. Congratulations, Lauren, on another book that's a well-written and entertaining read!
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  • Jon
    January 1, 1970
    A delight, pure and simple, from page one. Is there any kind of novel, for any age group, that Baratz-Logsted (I LOVE YOU, MICHAEL COLLINS, VERTIGO, THE SISTERS 8 SERIES) can't write? Not that I can tell...
  • Danielle Younge-Ullman
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic read! Sharp, funny, swoony, and guaranteed to scratch both your Zombie and your Downton Abbey itches. I loved it!
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #ZombieAbbey #NetgalleyThank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the E-ARC copy of this novel.I have read Lauren Baratz-Logsted before, I think her books are creative and imaginative. After having said that this book is right up there with her best. It's a entertaining, fun read. Think British humor and campy horror mixed together. It is not like anything else on the young adult shelves right now. It has a Scooby gang chase to it. I gave it five stars because of it's inventive and #ZombieAbbey #NetgalleyThank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the E-ARC copy of this novel.I have read Lauren Baratz-Logsted before, I think her books are creative and imaginative. After having said that this book is right up there with her best. It's a entertaining, fun read. Think British humor and campy horror mixed together. It is not like anything else on the young adult shelves right now. It has a Scooby gang chase to it. I gave it five stars because of it's inventive and great story.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This kind of reminded me of pride and prejudice and zombies! I think that all classic novels should have zombies in them to be honest! It adds some spice!
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5* Lauren Baratz-Logsted's books are typically very hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes I enjoy them while other times they simple aren't my cup of tea. I couldn't resist Zombie Abbey, however, as I wanted to see what a zombie flavored Downtown Abbey book would be like. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a quirky read, relying on early dramatics, humor, and zombie gore to drive the story forward. Zombie Abbey contains a surplus of perspectives - the sisters, the suitors, the staff, *3.5* Lauren Baratz-Logsted's books are typically very hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes I enjoy them while other times they simple aren't my cup of tea. I couldn't resist Zombie Abbey, however, as I wanted to see what a zombie flavored Downtown Abbey book would be like. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a quirky read, relying on early dramatics, humor, and zombie gore to drive the story forward. Zombie Abbey contains a surplus of perspectives - the sisters, the suitors, the staff, even the animals! It was interesting, and it tended to keep me on my toes. I never was quite sure who was going to be next! Some characters I liked better than others. The sisters, for instance, were an incredibly mixed bag. Kate, the eldest, was insufferable in most respects. I couldn't believe how selfish as well as entitled she acted, but I did enjoy seeing what would come out of her mouth next - it kept becoming more and more outlandish! Grace, the middle child, was my second favorite character. She was the complete opposite of Kate - kind and selfless. I enjoyed seeing her unexpected friendship with one of Kate's suitors unfold. Lizzy, the youngest, was by far my favorite. In some ways, she's the black sheep of her family - no one truly understands her and they also underestimate her. However, as the book progresses, she becomes the unexpected hero. I loved seeing her take on a bigger role, and I was cheering her on the whole way - I wanted her to prove her family (especially Kate!) wrong. The male suitors also provided laughs as well as heart. I appreciated how different they were. Also, Will Harvey? I. LOVED. him. The plot in this reminded me slightly of Scary Movie. People keep dying and/or disappearing, but no one really wanted to take it seriously. They were too worried about their own lives! The Clarke family chalks it up to the villagers overacting - how can someone who is dead possibly come back to life? However, as the novel continues and the zombies get closer, the Clark family and their guests start to see just how serious it is. There were so many times at which I wanted to yell "Take it more seriously, it's not a joke," as I couldn't believe they just didn't have a care in the world, continuing on with their parties and hunting even though multiple people were missing. It was nutty! I also appreciated that no one was ever "safe;" there were some exciting twists that happened as the death total kept rising. I liked the little romances that popped up. None were incredibly well developed, but they still added a fun, romantic quality to the book. Now for the few problems I had with Zombie Abbey. For one, I wish it was more developed. I had so many questions about the zombies, the unexpected cousin, etc. I wanted to know where the zombies had originated from and whether or not they were only in their area or others. Secondly, the transitions between POVs was sometimes choppy. A couple of times it took me a few seconds to realize who was talking, because it jumped so quickly. Last, I wish the ending had more resolution. In some respects, I did think it fit the story well, but as someone who loves resolution, I wish there had been more to it. Regardless, Zombie Abbey is an eccentric little book. I'll be honest: it's not going to be for everyone; however, I think it will find its place with readers who love an interesting take on historical fiction (think My Lady Jane). *ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Book Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Goodreads
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  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    January 1, 1970
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. ]A story with Austen undertones… and zombies. (I’ve seen it compared to ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’, but not having read that one, I honestly can’t tell.)At Porthampton Abbey, a couple of years after World War I, the Clarke family has to contend with the problem of the entail, just like in ‘Pride and Prejudice’—meaning that if one of the daughters (preferably the elder, Kate) doesn’t marry very soon and has a male heir, their family will l [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. ]A story with Austen undertones… and zombies. (I’ve seen it compared to ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’, but not having read that one, I honestly can’t tell.)At Porthampton Abbey, a couple of years after World War I, the Clarke family has to contend with the problem of the entail, just like in ‘Pride and Prejudice’—meaning that if one of the daughters (preferably the elder, Kate) doesn’t marry very soon and has a male heir, their family will lose their estate after the death of Earl Clarke. Which is why the latter has invited a couple of potential suitors to stay for the weekend, including an older businessman from London, a duke, and a recently discovered cousin who’s very likely to inherit anyway, considering he’s the only male heir (but here’s to hope he’ll marry Kate, and all will be well in the world). And the story would go its posh, merry way, if not for the strange death of a villager, found half-devoured… A villager whom his widow has to kill a second time with a bullet to the head.The beginning of this story definitely has its appeal: the Clarkes display a comical mix of common sense (Kate when it comes to hunting, for instance) and quirky, whimsical inability to grasp that other people are not only their servants, they’re, well, human beings with their own lives, too. This was a conflict in itself in the book, with the ‘Upstairs’ people having to realise that they have to pay more attention to the ‘Downstairs’ people. The build-up to the part where zombies actually make an appearance was a little slow, but in itself, it didn’t bother me, because discovering the characters (and rolling my eyes while trying to guess who’d kick the bucket) was quite fun. Granted, some of the characters weren’t very likeable; the earl felt too silly, Kate too insensitive… but on the other hand, I liked where Lizzy and Grace started and how they progressed—Lizzy as the girl whom everyone thinks stupid, yet who turns out to be level-headed when things become dangerous, and Grace being likely the most humane person in her family. The suitors, too, looked rather bland at first, however a couple of them started developing more of a (pleasant) personality. And I quite liked Fanny as well, the quiet-at-first but assertive maid who refuses to let ‘propriety’ walk all over charity.After a while, though, the style became a little repetitive. The way the various characters’ point of views were introduced at the beginning of each chapter or sub-chapter, for some reason, tended to grate on my nerves, I’m not exactly sure why; and while I don’t have issues with casts of more than 2-3 POV characters, here the focus regularly went back to some action already shown in a previous chapter, but this time from another character’s point of view, which felts redundant. I also thought that while there -were- zombies, I’d have liked seeing a little more of them. There was tension, but I never felt the story was really scary (for me and for the characters both), and the moments when a character got hurt was usually due to their being too stupid to live and doing something that no one in their sane mind should’ve done anyway.Finally, I’m not satisfied with the ending: I don’t know it there’ll be a sequel or not, but if it’s meant to be a standalone, then it leaves way too many things open.Conclusion: 2.5 /3 stars. I’m curious about how the situation at Porthampton Abbey will unfold, and if there were a sequel, that’d be good, because it’d mean the characters could finish growing, too.
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