Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-LogstedZombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Zombie Abbey

byLauren Baratz-Logsted

Paperback | April 3, 2018

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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.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted was a bookseller and buyer for eleven years before deciding to take a chance on herself as an author. She's since had more than twenty books published for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin's Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series, created with her husband and daughter). She's published a few ebooks as well, ...
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Title:Zombie AbbeyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.04 × 5.73 × 1 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1633759113

ISBN - 13:9781633759114

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I found this book to be only okay. I was hoping for a lot more zombie action.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book! I miss watching Downton Abbey so much, so this book filled that hole in my life! This book is a young adult version of Downton Abbey, mixed with a lot of humour. I could recognize which character in Downton Abbey matched the ones in Zombie Abbey. Fanny was the ditzy kitchen maid, who had lots of opinions on the people upstairs. She reminded me of Daisy in Downton. Katherine was the oldest daughter and Benedict was her distant cousin, who is also her father’s heir. They reminded me of Mary and Matthew in Downton. Those are just a couple of the most obvious comparisons, but almost every character in this story has a match in Downton. These similarities were great because it made it easier to differentiate between the many characters in this ensemble cast. The story was quite funny too. The Clarke family was very oblivious to the problems of the farmers and villagers. This was different from the Crawley family on Downton, who cared about the people on their land. The zombies that appeared were also funny, because they were so unexpected. When reading about an early 20th century English estate, you don’t expect to see Zombies pop up on their hunting trips. The zombie aspect of the story was a lot like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, because though we are familiar with the story, the zombies disrupt the narrative in a funny way. I loved this story! This a must read for fans of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read! Hmmm, where to start? Let’s see what first drew my attention was the whole idea of asking myself what would happen if the cast of Downton had to face a case of zombies like their earlier ancestors in Pride and Prejudice did, and well I got my answer. This seemed to be a perfect match for my already brimming shelves and how could I not read something that put two of my favourites together (Downton Abbey and Walking Dead)! Straight off the bat you feel the Downton energy, it’s in the writing and the atmosphere and even in the characters such as Lady Katherine with her haughty, above everyone else manner that Lady Mary is known for. That being said I must say although put off at first by the way it seemed to rip off the show (not in a good way) I finished the book feeling like it had its own identity. Baratz-Logsted was smart. Crafting chapters with a focus on one or a few characters at a time helped with the flow of the story and made the characters get enough time to tell their perspective as the events unfolded. It allowed me as a reader to see the personalities of so many characters. It made it fresh. It’s as if Baratz-Logsted could anticipate what the reader would be thinking and then created the next chapter accordingly. But you know what really sold me on this book? The humour! As soon as something was needed to lighten up everyone’s moods, humour was added! Making a chapter in the perspective of the two cats, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was perfect. It gave an original thought that myself as a reader never even thought to cross my mind and yet it livened up the story while still keeping it important to the main plot. Everything that was written belonged as it contributed to the overall zombie plight. Being a cat person myself I always wished Downton Abbey had a cat opposed to a dog (even though Isis was adorable!) So this was a welcomed change to the beloved show. However, a lot of the central characters seemed to be tightly reminiscent of the tv show counterparts such as Mr. Wright and Mr. Carson. The manner in which he spoke and carried himself got me picturing Carson down to the stiff and unrelenting manner he took pride in. By the end of the book it got me re-evaluating this because it was his stiffness in which helped create the humour used to break up tense moments like when he was baffled about Fanny wearing one of Lizzy’s dresses. He demanded that she take it off right that instant leaving readers laughing at her response, “This instant? And what? Do you want to see me in my knickers?” His flustered nature could only be possible with a character based like Mr. Carson because only he would be that embarrassed that he had suggested such a thing! I think I want to reward Raymond Allen as the most changed character of all. I pegged him as a wimp that was surely going to run away as soon as the getting got tough but remarkably I was wrong and he didn’t. The guy couldn’t even dress himself so how was he supposed to survive a zombie apocalypse? This alone made me think he was going to be one of the first to die but by the time I finished I was relieved that he was safe. One of the most important things to take away from this novel is the utter concept that women can take care of themselves and don’t need a man to survive. Lady Lizzy proved that when she saved her sister, Lady Katherine from Parker and then again when she saved everyone after church when they encountered the rotting corpse of Dr. Zebulon Webb. Despite being the youngest with no knowledge or interest in hunting until this weekend getaway, Lizzy proves her ability to take care of her and those she loves. I tell my sister all the time, a good book is one with great characters. If the characters have no personality or are whiny and unlikeable, it doesn’t matter how good the plot is or how well-crafted the writing is. The book will fall apart and force readers to close the book and not pick it up again. The protectors of this story is definitely the women. They are the ones who get their hands dirty for the sake of survival and they are the ones left to lead the charge in the impending war at Porthampton Abbey. And let’s not forget that it was Fanny who figured out how the infection spread. She was smart when letting the villagers in by screening them and acted cool upon discovering that Will’s aunt, Jess Harvey was infected. She thought on her feet and attacked the situation head on strategically but without losing her compassionate for what Jess would ultimately be facing. It was her compassion that led her to give Jess the frying pan for safety despite knowing how little it would help. She made her feel like she would be ok and I think that’s exactly what she needed at that moment. This left me forgetting her earlier bratty and naïve behaviour that was reminiscent of Daisy, the early years. Although this novel wasn’t high on romance, I found Baratz-Logsted hinting to such as a perfect alternative that suits both kinds of readers. The ones who only read romance to those who can barely tolerate it. Characters seemed to fit together without it being insta-love. Love was an after effect rather than being the central of the plot and I found that to be a welcome change. Daniel and Grace were adorable and well suited from the beginning but them figuring out they liked each other and then acting on it didn’t seem rushed or unrealistic, leaving the romantic readers happy. Fanny and Duke were a shock but a good one. They suited each other and their interactions although commented on by Will near the end as inappropriate given their significantly different social class, was the first time they doubted their feelings. It didn’t seem to hold them back when they interacted until they were told it was inappropriate and I liked that! They didn’t let social class stop them from talking when there were more important things happening and that was what allowed them to open up to one another and see the potential in each of them. Bonding over the cracked hands and big ears were not letting these two down! I still don’t understand how the book ended the way that it did without a clear cut answer as to whether or not a sequel is expected or even in the works. It certainly leaves on a cliffhanger but at least it’s one where it leaves the characters stronger and united, especially considering all the unknown factors that lay ahead for them. I hope there is a sequel because I am not done with these characters!
Date published: 2018-04-20

Editorial Reviews

5 stars: "I loved every hilarious moment of this delightfully unique mash-up of Downton Abbey meets The Walking Dead." -Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author5 stars: "Highbrow British aristocracy meets The Walking Dead in this tongue-in-cheek tale, a historical and modern mash-up." -Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Evil5 stars: "More scandalous fun than Downton Abbey, Zombie Abbey is a glorious and zany romp with the undead." -Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The Counterfeit Heiress5 stars: "Funny and captivating, romantic and horrifying, Baratz-Logsted's fast-paced story will leave readers clamoring for more exciting adventures from their new favorite foursome" -Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter5 stars: "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!" -Renée Rosen, bestselling author of What the Lady Wants5 stars: "A delight, pure and simple, from page one. Is there any kind of novel, for any age group, that Baratz-Logsted [...] can't write? Not that I can tell..." -Jon Clinch, author of Finn5 stars: "Fantastic read! Sharp, funny, swoony, and guaranteed to scratch both your Zombie and your Downton Abbey itches. I loved it!" -Danielle Younge-Ullman, author of Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined 5 stars: "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!" -Nora Carroll, author of The Color of Water in July5 stars: "I just love a good zombie story and Lauren Baratz knows how to write one. I felt so many emotions,funny, scared, thrilled." -Karen Dinisi, author of A Vacation from Hell5 stars: "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!" -Andrea Schicke Hirsch, author of Sasquatch5 stars: "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." -Carolyn Burns Bass, author of Sarah's Sacrifice5 stars: "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." -Outlaw Poet, Goodreads Reviewer5 stars: "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." -Claire, Claire M. Andrews Books5 stars: "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!" -Ruth Rugoff, Goodreads Reviewer5 stars: "Very clever and funny; I felt myself chuckling as I read." -Tami, Goodreads Reviewer5 stars: "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." -Lauren, Goodreads Reviewer5 stars: "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!" -Taylor, Goodreads Reviewer5 stars: "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." -Kat, Skip to the Best of Young Adult Literature5 stars: "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." -Rob Mayette, Goodreads Reviewer5 stars: "I am in love with this book and I highly recommend checking it out!" -Madison, Stylish Brunette"This part zombie romp, part historical fiction, and part romantic comedy will delight readers...witty dialogue keeps pages turning..." -School Library Journal