Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a Zombie-filled YA Historical story set where Downtown Abbey and The Walking Dead collide..
“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.“
Read this Excerpt:
“Dr. Webb was lurching toward the church out of the mist, something terribly off about his halting gait. More specifically, he was lurching toward Mr. Young.
“Are you all right, Dr. Webb?” Mr. Young called, the former joy in his voice replaced now with concern for the other man.
“Merry!” Lady Grace called out a warning. “Don’t go any farther!”
“But can’t you all see?” Mr. Young said, still walking forward. “Poor Dr. Webb is sick.”
Yes, Dr. Webb was sick. His clothing and general appearance were all disheveled. And he smelled bad, too, the duke realized, as a rotting stench made its way to his nostrils, which flared in response. Why, the smell was similar to that which had enveloped the dead valet, his dead valet, yesterday. Perhaps Dr. Webb had acquired the wretched smell while tending to some poor person in the village?
Dr. Webb still lurched, his arms spreading out now as Mr. Young approached.
“Merry, please!” Lady Grace cried. Then she moved to step forward herself, no doubt to try to stop Mr. Young, but Benedict Clarke held her back, catching her with one arm around the waist.
And now Mr. Young was opening his arms wide, too, as though to warmly greet the returning doctor, but when their bodies met and the doctor embraced him, he immediately began to chew on the closest part of Mr. Young’s body that was available to him, which, in this case, happened to be his upper arm.
The duke watched, frozen in horror as no doubt the others were, too, as the doctor chewed through Mr. Young’s jacket and shirt, straight down to the flesh beneath. It might have been almost comical, were it not so downright horrifying.
Among the things you never expect to see in life: one human being attempting to feed on another like an animal.”
This book is if you took a high-class, English society, threw in a random zombie apocalypse, and spiced things up with a comedic twist.
In all, it has the recipe for a fun time!
At first, I was taken away from the wit of the opening scene. We start to get the hint of a 1920s society when the high class had their own closed-minded agendas. It was hard for me to take this story in any sort of serious note after that, and it provided a fun twist into this YA story… normally, a Zombie-apocalypse takes on more of a serious, life-vs-death approach. Not this book.
This book is set in multiple POVs which brought in different vibes to the story. There are smaller hints of romance and not-so-romantic-moments so if you’re looking for a book with the right balance, this is it!
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was easy to get into the vibrant, historical time. My only issue with this story was some of the more cheesy moments with the higher society. The plot of the story followed through for me, and provided a balanced mix of characters. Some you will love and some you will wish were the zombies for a change..
Also, if you think this story is going to be scary, don’t let your hopes get too high going into this book. Even though the zombies were executed (pardon my words) efficiently, there weren’t any ‘scary’ moments that I found. So this book is great for those who love zombies, but not the creepy ones!
Published: 3 April 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Historical / Zombies
How I Read It: eArc from Publisher
“Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 30 books for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin’s Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series which she created with her husband and daughter). She’d love to dress up in period costume from the 1920s but she’d be a lot less excited about meeting zombies. Lauren lives in Danbury, CT, with her husband and daughter and cat, all of whom are writers (well, maybe not the cat). ”
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