Review: Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Posted July 8, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Sweet Delight, Young Delight / 26 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Zombie Abbey

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Genres: Horror Romance, YA Historical Romance
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on April 3, 2018
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

Sheer curiosity had me picking up this book.  It blends the popular Downton Abbey setting and characters with a zombie epidemic in a farce that dares the reader not to laugh.

Review

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 entailed away from the female line so Kate must marry and marry well.  Hence, the suitors coming to visit.  If her eye strays toward the handsome stable boy… well, then.  Once the zombie outbreak becomes known, the separation of class starts to fall apart because its an ‘everyone needs to stick together’ situation.  And the highborns learn that class doesn’t preserve the distinction of intelligence and ability in a crisis.

Alright, so this was meant to be fun and I was amused at times, but I never really settled into this book.  Moderately engaged at best, but definitely a story that kept me amused throughout.
I hoped it was just going to be one that started slow and picked up speed after the first introduction to world, characters, and the beginning to the plot.  The pace picked up a little, but not much.  My interest was spotty.  Part of this was because I liked some characters and enjoyed when they got the narration or were involved in the story, but others just left me irritated.  I skimmed a lot trying to get to parts that things were happening.  Then, just when I thought that yes, we were getting some place, it was near the end and the ending was left open.  Is there another book coming?  I don’t know.  If there is, then this ending works.  If not, then I definitely feel disappointed.

My favorite storyline was Lady Grace and Daniel the Footman.  Grace was the nicest of the earl’s three daughters and just quietly did the right thing and had a good attitude.  She is called upon to be the real heroine of the three sisters at a crisis point.  She catches Daniel’s eye when most people notice her older and younger sisters for their more vibrant and stronger looks and personalities.  Daniel is more than he seems and it comes out when the zombie trouble comes knocking.
I had a soft spot for the poor duke who struggles with his shyer personality and looks.  But, lord did I want to smack arrogant and self-absorbed Lady Kate the eldest daughter.  She was written well as a class conscious snob who is spoiled so that she judges people on their looks and class.  Lady Lizzy was still growing up, but had flashes of brilliance in her outspokenness.  Will, the stable boy, was broody, but he did sustain some huge losses and had the misfortune to have a crush on Kate.  Grandmother, the Dowager was hilarious.  I thought she made scenes sparkle.

So, I liked it, but didn’t love it.  I was off-pace from the book the entire time and I’ll take that as being on me rather than the book.  It’s a good spot to start for those who want to dip their toe into a monster mash-up, but don’t want to get terrified out of their skull.  I thought the strong Downton Abbey vibes will appeal to that fan group, but zombie lovers who might want to see them in a historical setting will get something, too.

My thanks to Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #204 YA
New Release #103
Austenesque #36
COYER Summer #1

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melliane
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I don’t think I’ve tried a zombie book at this period, it could be interesting

Sophia Rose
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It was definitely fun to see how people would fight zombies in a historical setting.

Carole's Random Life
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This kind of book always appeals to me. I like quirky reads 🙂 Sorry this was just okay for you. Sounds like it had a lot of potential with a lot of things going on.

Sophia Rose
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It did to me, too. All the way through I couldn’t figure out if it was the book or me that was causing the disconnect. I’d love to see what some one else thinks of it. I might have to do a re-read at some point to see if it clicks for me later. 🙂

Carole Rae
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Sounds cute enough and sounds like a fun summer read.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I think folks will really enjoy the light and quirky aspect while still getting a zombie and historical drama.

Mary Kirkland
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Well I’m not really into zombies and I hate endings like that.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, not a fan of the open-ending, either. 😉

Greg Hill
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Aw sorry this was a little disappointing. I have to say with a title like Zombie Abbey that definitely gets my attention ha ha! Too bad the pacing was a bit off. It does sound like an idea with a lot of potential.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, exactly, Greg! Zombies interrupting tea on the lawn- hijinks ensue. LOL
Maybe there’s more and it gets crazy in that book.

Stephanie Jane
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This sounds like a fun idea that just didn’t quite get itself together. Shame about the ending too.

Sophia Rose
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I think I was expecting more action b/c of the zombie element, but it leaned more heavily toward a comedy of manners. Oh well, if there’s a sequel then maybe that one will get things going.

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading
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So sorry this did not deliver as expected.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I had a pretty good time, but I could have used a little more oomph. Thanks, Nadene!

Lorna
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While I love Walking Dead, I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. Sorry it wasn’t the best for you.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I don’t think it would pose enough intense action to wow a Walking Dead fan. LOL

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!
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Sorry this wasn’t stellar but glad that it kept you amused! That’s something.

Sophia Rose
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Yep, you said it. It definitely amused me.

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
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The premise reminds me of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (though confession, I’ve only watched the film). The pacing and characters would likely throw me off, but it sounds like a book that can and should be read for fun 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It’s a much softer version of that one. The zombies side is negligible in comparison and the upstairs-downstairs life was more prevalent.
Yes, you’re right, Crystal. A reader has to go in expecting something not to be taken seriously- just fun!

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer
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You know I immediately thought of Dearly Departed when i saw this. I struggle with YA in this genre as I tend to like it gritter and darker.

Sophia Rose
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LOL, great minds and all.
Yes, I was waiting for something dark and gritty, but it stayed very much on the genteel side. There were close calls and sad moments when people got infected or died, but nothing drastic.

Evie
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The premise sounds great. I liked hothe line between classes blurs once everyone’s fighting to survive. Too bad it was a bit slow and that the ending was left open. Great reviews!

Sophia Rose
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It was a good one. I enjoyed seeing everyone scrambling to make sense of what was going on and then start looking to the servants to show them how to protect themselves.
I know some don’t mind open endings, but I like to know exactly where things stand if I’ve gone to the trouble of reading the story. 🙂

Thanks, Evie!

shootingstarsmag
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Sorry to hear the pacing wasn’t that great – it can be tough when you don’t care about all the characters as equally, you know? Fun premise though! Reminds me a bit of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which I’ve only seen the film – but it’s a fun movie!!)

-Lauren
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Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I guess I leaped to conclusions and formed expectations before I started which didn’t help.

I agree. This was a much more gentle story, but definite in the same world as PP&Z. I only saw the movie, too. Loved the sisters as fighters. 🙂