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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 resour1920, 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....

Title : Zombie Abbey
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ISBN : 9781633759114
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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Zombie Abbey Reviews

  • Danielle
    2018-10-15 12:49

    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.

  • OutlawPoet
    2018-10-30 16:00

    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

  • lacy [a ravenclaw library]
    2018-10-27 16:03

    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.

  • Lena (The Printed Girl)
    2018-10-28 20:54

    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!

  • Wendy Higgins
    2018-10-17 14:46

    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.

  • Renee Rosen
    2018-10-22 18:54

    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
    2018-11-04 14:59

    Such a fun book! I blasted through this in no time, and loved every word!

  • Kathy
    2018-11-14 18:10

    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

  • NerdyBookishBeauty
    2018-10-30 15:51

    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.

  • Kirsti
    2018-10-29 15:56

    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.

  • Claire
    2018-10-25 13:03

    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.

  • Ruth Rugoff
    2018-10-16 15:13

    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!

  • Lauren
    2018-11-01 15:47

    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!

  • Jon
    2018-10-30 14:52

    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
    2018-11-07 17:55

    Fantastic read! Sharp, funny, swoony, and guaranteed to scratch both your Zombie and your Downton Abbey itches. I loved it!

  • Carly
    2018-10-31 15:09

    "She was fair-haired with blue eyes that reflected her intelligence" Ugh, as if being blond haired and blue eyed somehow marks your intelligence?! This book has such high reviews on Goodreads I was so excited to read it! Unfortunately I DNF'd at about 21% because none of the characters were that interesting and you get everyones perspective including the cats?!?!? I tried to hard to keep going but all I felt I was going to get out of this was a cheap Pride and Prejudice and Zombies knockoff without any good characters. Like literally at one point all 3 sisters are described by another character as being "awful, bland and ditzy" or something alike. I just can't. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • Taylor
    2018-11-10 16:50

    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!

  • Kat
    2018-10-16 21:04

    #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.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-15 12:55

    Pitched as a mashup of Walking Dead and Downtown Abbey...This I HAVE to read!

  • Rob Mayette
    2018-11-08 18:52

    I loved Downton Abbey. I’m “meh” on zombies. I was thinking that these would average out to a “lukewarm” for this speculative book on a Downton-like place being hit by a zombie apocalypse, but instead I enjoyed it immensely. And if you’re a true Downton fan, you will love it, too.I got an advanced copy of this book and devoured it in two days. The only thing that would have stopped me from tearing through it ravenously would have been a pistol shot to the head. What a wonderful yarn! This telling respects the Edwardian upper-crust life in the midst of their entire world about to be totally upended. Traditions, customs, and all things chiefly British are given the consideration that a Downton fan would anticipate. Every imagining of a zombie apocalypse hitting my own middle class American life involves me raiding a grocery store for canned goods and finding an abandoned hunting cabin in Vermont where I wait it out with my family. That’d be the reaction of someone with no societal responsibilities beyond protecting their own loved ones. But how do you wait out a zombie apocalypse when you and your family are the *essential lifesblood* to an entire town, the core of its very identity? What is the role of “duty”? The answers to these questions are what makes this book exceptionally entertaining and truthful. Oh, that, and that there are zombies that need some serious ass-kicking.I see some scattered comments here among these reviews about the large number of point of views that the novel employs and that it’s distracting. Not my experience. The world of Downton Abbey that we all know and loved is told through over a dozen POV characters, and limiting POV to a select few have resulted in an incomplete story. If anything, I thought more POVs were needed, especially for the Dowager Countess (more on her in a moment). “Downstairs” needs just as much a voice on resisting the zombie apocalypse as does “Upstairs,” and it gets it in this story. Some thoughtful changes were made to limit characters to the bare essentials needed to remain “Downtonesque” (for example: Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore combined into Mrs. Owen) If you loved the many stories of Downton Abbey, you will not be bothered by the POVs. (The “cats” POV has been mentioned elsewhere - there are about maybe four pages max of this and it’s always used only for foreshadowing and suspense. Besides, I loved Lord Grantham’s dog Isis in the series, and it was nice to see a nod.)If I had any criticism of the book, it’s the time given to the Dowager Countess. Such a zinger-lander in the series, her role isn’t as pronounced here. Instead, it’s Lady Kate (the counterpart to Mary) that gets the best lines. But I was glad that this is true for only about the first 3/4 of the book: when the DC comments on another character who finally asserts himself as being a “dark horse,” she seems to hit her own stride as well. As the book appears to be the start of a series, I hope the Dowager Countess becomes the bad-ass zombie killer (but one who still knows when tea time is) that she is perfectly set up to be by the book’s close.In short, Downton fans, this is one not to be missed. Fun, delightful, enchanting, (a little gory) - it’s like being invited to a dinner up at the house with some wonderful charmers who just happen to have a *minor problem* on their hands. Is it time to go in?

  • Olivia Farr
    2018-11-03 16:43

    "Zombie Abbey" is Downton Abbey with zombies (and characters names changed). Although it's been a while since I watched Downton Abbey, all the characters reminded me of specific characters from the show (just names were changed). The difference here is the zombies in the vein of the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" book published in 2009 (and made into a movie in 2016). As such, I didn't find this to be as novel as other reviewers, but I was surprised at how closely the characters mirrored Downton Abbey's characters. For instance, the three sisters are almost exactly like the sisters in the show, plus the parents are similar, the distant cousin who will inherit, the house manager that views the eldest daughter as if she were his own, the sassy, young kitchen attendant whose mouth will get her in trouble, etc. The only characters I did not remember from the show are the cats, who surprisingly get their own points-of-view in the book.We skip from person to person in the book, getting a glimpse of their thoughts and ideas before going to the next. It is not hard to follow, despite the many characters whose points-of-view we witness. Many of the characters are not easy to like, particularly the eldest daughter (similar to the show) and the footman/acting valet, Daniel, who steals money and is generally discontent. We seem to get their perspective more frequently (at least it seems that way to me) and neither is particularly likable. The most likable are the middle (somewhat forgotten) and youngest (naive but brave) daughters that mirror the ones in the show. The build to the zombies seems rather slow with the annoying doctor discounting everyone's experiences (until his fate catches up to him) and a slow discovery of what is happening/when it becomes a real issue. It does take a while to set up the many characters. I almost felt like this could be fanfiction for Downton Abbey that was turned into a book (maybe intended to be a parody?). I'm not sure how I felt about it overall, but I think it does have an audience- just maybe not me. And I think this was largely due to expectations of this being something new and learning that it was not so new. It did have some funny moments and would be great for fans of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!"Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  • Cassandra
    2018-10-17 13:57

    The setting in the early 1900's Britain. A country estate own by Earl Martin Clarke. In hopes too wed his eldest daughter and keep the estate in the family, they are having company for the weekend. The house is filled with family, servants, and quests. The story of a dead man, who then wasn't dead, and then was dead again ha reached the estate, but most of the group are too busy with the events of the weekend to be bothered and dead people do not come back to life, right? They soon learn that the dead do come back and they now have to learn to defend themselves. But, who will be in charge?Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I do enjoy reading zombie books so this was definitely for me. There are not many zombie sightings in this book, but enough to set the mood and keep the action moving along. There are so many fun and interesting characters in this story. A bit of he likes her, but she likes him, and he is not in our social class, and she is a servant, but I like her, stuff is going on and you have that lil bit of possible romance. I am giving this book a 3.5 star rounding to 4 stars. The ending, which leaves the reading hanging, is not bad, but it did cause me to not be able to give this book a 4 star rating, but since I round up, it gets it anyhow ;)

  • Jackie
    2018-10-29 18:47

    This is a nice little story that goes hand in hand with something like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies where a different era tackles the rise of the undead. It’s always so funny to see how something that fits classic and even historical literature pairs with snippets of zombie carnage, granted in this book it’s far more subtle and less walking dead type gore, but it still manages to work. It’s almost humorous to see the characters react to their everyday lives despite having these complications and how the social structures of society manage to remain nearly the same whether the world is running smoothly or has completely turned upside down. The different point of views and their progressions throughout the course of the story was appreciated in part but also made it somewhat hard to get through when you were dealing with the narrative of characters you didn’t really care for, but the evolution of others when confronted with the new reality became one of my favorite parts. I’d say overall this is very zombie light and more for fans who like Downton Abbey who also don’t mind reading something where the occasional house guest stays to have a bite with their tea. **thank you to netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  • Robyn
    2018-10-15 13:55

    By turns, clever and funny and sad, Zombie Abbey provides everything a reader might look for. Usually, a book trying to be many things to many people cannot help but fail in one way or another. But the characters in this book manage to find out who they are and what their true strength is, grow up out of privilege and learn there is more to living that position; some learn what love is - and isn't - and still others learn that, however you judge your life, it could always be worse. And it's done so skillfully that it flows together with the action and never makes you think that what the author is telling you could not possibly be true.It's a book for both adults and younger people, but will likely appeal more to the younger, for whom the lessons the characters in Zombie Abbey are learning compare easily to their own, even if their own stories don't happen to include hungry zombies.Note: I was provided an advanced copy of the book with a request to review it honestly.

  • Rachel McKitterick
    2018-11-05 18:06

    *thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*4 stars.This was SUCH a fun read! If you are a fan of Jane Austen and want to read a twist on stories like her's then I would highly recommend this book. It was funny, silly and at time serious but that just made it even funnier. But with saying that, there was a story plot. It was an absolute delight to read. This was a light hearted book and quite refreshing. I'm adding it to my pile of books that I need to re-read.

  • Nora Carroll
    2018-10-16 14:47

    There is just nothing like a good zombie story when you're just not in the mood for anything else! I really enjoy Lauren Baratz-Logsted's books, and this one is a fun read-- reminded me a lot of Downton Abbey, but with a twist. It was a bit like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but to my mind, this one was better! Cheered me up when everything else just seemed boring.

  • Tammy
    2018-10-30 15:03

    The rating is based on my personal preference. I am not a fan of the style of writing. I did like Fanny but didn't really connect to any other character. Although so parts were funny and some had action the overall book did not hold my attention. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Andrea
    2018-10-26 13:04

    Such a fun read--humor and horror combine in this hybrid romp that satisfies on multiple levels. Do you love British drawing room romance and repartee? Check! Do you love the unrelenting suspense of a good zombie attack? Check! Do you love complex characters and a plot full of surprises and twists? Check!

  • Carolyn Bass
    2018-11-01 20:13

    Lauren Baratz-Logsted never ceases to amaze me with her ability to write convincing characters, juicy plots and extraordinary settings. Her latest, ZOMBIE ABBEY, mashes up the setting and characters of TV's Downton Abbey with a cast of zombies for a memorable romp through Edwardian England.

  • Tami
    2018-11-08 19:51

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but Lauren Baratz-Logsted is one of my favorite writers, and this book did disappoint! Very clever and funny; I felt myself chuckling as I read. Thanks for another wonderful read, Ms. Baratz-Logstead! Can't wait till your next release!