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.
Zombie Abbey in an entertaining mashup of the world of Downton Abbey and zombies that’s more fun to read if you focus on the details a bit less. (Historical accuracy in particular seems a bit iffy…) There’s a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and hints of romantic undercurrents running throughout, but the large number of POVs feels ungainly at times and makes true character growth difficult. Things move fairly slowly for much of the book (a reflection of the mobility and thought processes of the zombies themselves, perhaps?) which serves to make the ending itself feel more abrupt and jarring…hopefully there’s going to be a sequel, because this book doesn’t really wrap much of anything up by the final page. There was definitely enough here to invest me in the promise of possible HEAs–or not–for the characters, so my fingers are crossed that there will be a next book soon!
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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).