#An e-ARC was provided to me by the publishers and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
TITLE: Zombie Abbey
BY: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror(?)
PUBLICATION: April 3rd 2018 by Entangled Teen
First, just look at that cover. It’s gorgeous. I want a physical copy so I can display it on my shelf. 🙂
Now to the book… Before the Zombie ‘plague’ happened, the Clarke family’s concern centered on the entail that dangers their control over their entire estate. Having three daughters and no heir, the estate might go to some male cousin and so the family was set to marry off their eldest daughter, Kate, to produce an heir. And the two younger sisters, Grace and Lizzy, are just glad to be not ‘poor’ Kate. But then the Zombies appeared and the sisters, along with their entire household, some suitors and the villagers are forced to face such creatures they’d never seen before.
This book is not without its flaws as I stated above, but I enjoyed it so much and that’s what matters. I’ve read reviews saying this reminds them of Pride and Prejudice and I understand why. This has indeed some of P&P’s elements. But strangely, Austen’s book never comes in my mind while reading this. This novel gives an entirely different vibe and I’m not saying that’s a flaw. I’m merely stating that this is a novel with its own strengths and is no romance novel that will make you swoon and feel giddy.
Is it scary then or creepy? No. Though it was advertised as Horror, I think Humor is more accurate to describe it. Though this includes Zombies that should’ve been scary and a snob upper class family that should’ve been annoying, it was written in a way that’s almost comical that there’s no chance of hating and getting scared. Maybe it’s got something to do with the fact that there are too many characters and the book isn’t long enough to really develop the Zombie concept because it had to introduce each character first. I found all the characters fascinating, and easy to remember and that’s saying a lot because like I said there are plenty of characters. In other words, the author did great on giving her characters distinguished personalities that’s not hard to remember.
Overall, this is one fun, enjoyable read and I really hoped it’s longer cause it ended fast. In the end, I found most of the characters are still in need of development and plot seemed unfinished. I think there will be book 2 and I’m crossing my fingers to that. If you’re looking for a fast, fun read, this one’s perfect. 🙂
♥♥♥About The Author♥♥♥
Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT. She’s a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology. She also has what she calls her “half-Masters” in English from Western Connecticut State University (five courses down, another five to go…someday!). She now lives in Danbury, with her husband and daughter, where she has lived since 1991. You can connect with her on her Website and Twitter.
Happy Reading Guys,