Book Review: Zombie Abbey – Lauren Baratz-Logsted

3 stars

Title: Zombie Abbey
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: April 3rd 2018
Genre: YA Horror


1920, England

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.


I really expected this to be more scary and creepy or at least more romancy. I’m not disappointed by this book, it was just totally not what I expected. So, for everybody out there who is really afraid of horror books (like me) but still wants to read something with scary elements (zombies in this case) this is a book for you!
I have to admit that I was more scared preparing for reading “a book about zombies” than actually reading this book and the weirdest thing is that I’m actually a little bit sad that it didn’t completely freak me out. I prepared myself for weeks and it completely wasn’t necessary. For real, there really wasn’t even one scary page in this book. I never felt the slightest bit afraid. For a book with the label horror on it, that’s a bit strange.

Some of the characters were a bit absurd. I loved the fact that even the cats had some chapters where they were the POV. I think there were at least 10 POVs throughout the book. The only downside this has is that there is less of a connection with a particular character because it switched all the time. I loved most of the characters, especially the staff was written very good. The only character that was just too unrealistic for me was the dad. He had the emotional range of a teaspoon and made the weirdest most illogical decisions.

We need to talk about that ending (without spoilers of course)! It was so anti-climactic! At one point while reading I was certain I missed some part of the book because there were only a few pages left and it felt like we were just half way into the story. I still feel like the book didn’t end and I still need to read a big part of the story. That’s the one thing that bothered me the most I think. I can deal with open endings and cliff hangers, but with the ending in this book I got the same feeling I have when I finish the first book in a trilogy.

Overall I really did enjoy this book. I just didn’t like the way the story was cut off and it just wasn’t as scary as I hoped for.


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