Welcome to the official blog tour stop of Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted! Thank you Entangled Teen for having us; we are very delighted to blog about this wonderful book!
About Zombie Abbey:
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.
About Lauren Baratz-Logsted
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).
Author Twitter: @LaurenBaratzL
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauren.baratzlogsted
My Review of Zombie Abbey
Zombie Abbey was such a fun read! This wonderful book is a mash up of Downtown Abbey and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (which I love). I am a huge zombie fan (yes, I watch The Walking Dead), so Zombie Abbey was right up my alley and a book I was looking forward to devouring.
Zombie Abbey has a wonderful mix of historical horror, romance, and some humor. The first few chapters did take me a few minutes to grip, as I haven’t read a historical book in quite some time. With that being said though, it was easy enough to fall into the writing and the story. The writing was exactly how I would imagine the 1920s would be like; the author did a great job of describing the time and the characters. Lauren Baratz-Logsted gives each reader the sense of what that time period was like; in my opinion, I felt like I was living in that time period with how wonderfully descriptive the book was.
The Clarke family is the main focus of the story, mainly the three sisters. The chapters that were made of the sisters’ point of views were light and refreshing, and I looked forward to reading the chapters in their perspectives. There were times where I got confused because the point of view does jump around, but my confusion was an easy fix.
When the zombie action came into play, that’s when I felt the real story took off and the characters started to really develop. Zombie Abbey is not like The Walking Dead, where zombie hoards are at every corner; Zombie Abbey was more of a slow burn, in the sense that zombies did not hurtle or huddle together. I really liked that because it seemed more realistic to me, especially for that time period.
All in all, Zombie Abbey was an exhilarating read, one that I would highly recommend to readers who love zombie books and stories that take place in another time period. If the synopsis and/or my review piqued your interest, check out the excerpt below! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!! 🙂
Excerpt from Zombie Abbey:
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.