I received this book at no cost from the publisherZombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
on April 3rd 2018
Genres: Historical, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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 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
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 dreams about what it is to live. Kate must marry in order to keep the estate intact and while she enjoys putting her suitors through their paces, she treats everyone as her underlings.
When Zombies appear with the suitors for the weekend, the Abbey gets a bit crowded. Grace is the true star of this story along with Fanny (from downstairs) that liven up the book. When the Zombies are rising the family must confront their societal norms and stratification in order to fight and win. I think at this point, I most identified with Lizzy and her outlook that everything would turn out perfectly.
Of course, what would a Zombie book be without a chapter or two with a cat as the narrator? Yep, that works as a wonderful foil to this cast of characters. I really need a follow up for this one since there are a few ends dangling that need to be tied up neatly. The mix of characters could be a bit overwhelming at times but the whole thing is a lot of fun and is a quick read. Parents: this is pretty safe.
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