Published by Entangled: Teen on April 3, 2018
Genres: Historical, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult, Zombies
Format: eBook, Paperback
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
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.
Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a fun YA historical horror novel set in 1920 England. A mix of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Ms. Baratz-Logsted provides readers with an entertaining novel filled with humor, wit, and of course zombies.
The story focuses on the Clarke family, staff, and the suitors who have come for the weekend. The Clarke Sisters, Kate, Grace and Lizzy, are all expected to marry well. It is their duty to their family. Told from various POVs, we are given a variety of perspectives to move the story along. Every character develops and changes from the one we are introduced to in the beginning. Zombie Abbey is a complex story of the time period showcasing the social strata of the time, the advent of zombies at the Abbey drive people to be different than what they have seemed to be on the surface.
Overall, Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a dynamic story with fast developing characters and a broad cast giving everyone someone to root for. With zombies. I enjoyed it and very much recommend.