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 res ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I have to say I did have some objections with this book. The first being the time frame. This is set in 1920. They do talk about a war, I'm assuming its WWI, but the characters feel ol ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
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 daugh ...more
Omg, 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 ...more
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 no...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 a ...more
I 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 ...more
Congratulations, Lauren, on another book that's a well-written and entertaining read!
Thank 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 ...more
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, ...more
Throughout college, she worked semester breaks as a ...more