Review: Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Zombie Abbey

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Genre: YA Historical Horror

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

1920, England

And 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.

Oh my goodness, this book was so much fun. If you like Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, you’ll totally love this.

There’s so much dry humor and zombie goodness. Zombie Abbey really has something for everyone. I got in a few pages and I was already chuckling at some of the antics. It’s funny in such a dry, deadpan way that I really appreciated. With that said, this book isn’t all laughs. While I wouldn’t say it’s a scary book, some of the descriptions of zombie encounters are downright unnerving. Picturing what was happening in my head was giving me the creeps. There are some hints of romance here and there, but there’s never really a point where romance overshadows everything else that’s happening.

There are a few issues that I had with this book. The first one is that it takes a while for the story to really kick off. The first half is a bit slow, with only hints of what’s to come, leaving you just waiting for the other shoe to drop. The other issue I had is there are SO many characters, and you have to really make a conscious effort to keep everyone straight. There are times when people aren’t even referred to by their names, but rather their titles, and you’re left thinking “wait, who is the duke again?”

Overall, Zombie Abbey was a highly entertaining read and just a fun story to experience. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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