Review: The Lair by Emily McKay

November 26, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 6 ★★★★

The Lair

In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been “quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.

As tension filled and enjoyable as the first book, The Lair has plenty of surprises in store for readers. Mel, Lily and Carter are back and thankfully the distribution of perspective is a bit more balanced this time around as we get to see things from Mel’s point of view much more frequently than we previously did. This was a definite plus for me as I adore Mel.

Things have seriously changed for all of the characters and the situation is no less dire just because the girls have escaped The Farm. While the characters developed more – I do wish they could have grown out of a few particular habits to have shown a bit more character growth.  But perhaps those are traits we are stuck with, just like sometimes that family member you know who never rinses their own dish no matter how many lectures they get.

We get to see Mel learning how to live with what she’s become. Carter and Lily growing farther apart the closer they become and another journey out into tick infested territory. Oh yes and of course we have to visit a Farm, things just wouldn’t be the same without a stop in one of those hell holes. There was one main thing that I just thought was statistically improbable and much too convenient – but if I were to mention it would spoil a plot point. Suffice to say its one of the major reasons this scored a 4 and not a 5.

There are definitely some things that readers won’t be surprised about as I know there were plenty of allusions or hints in the previous book but there are some unexpected things that I encountered. The sadness and loss in The Lair with things that occur really help hammer home the sense of reality needed to make this an effective post apocalyptic book. A job well done in making my heart ache.

Oh yes and I might have to change my opinion on how much I dislike Wal-Mart…perhaps it has its place after all.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for my interview with the author Emily McKay!

The Lair (The Farm #2)

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6 Responses to “Review: The Lair by Emily McKay”

  1. Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

    I really enjoyed The Lair! There were a few majorly convenient things happening and the semi-obnoxious teenage drama in the beginning, but I definitely loved it despite all of that. I loved the direction Mel’s character went in this one and can’t wait to see where she goes from here. Also, in definitely keeping that WalMart trick in mind just in case, you know?
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes I agree with you on all those points! The drama was a bit much for me with their behavior…seriously!! I don’t remember being so silly as a teen. Mel is certainly my favorite character – she seems to be the one with the best head on her shoulders!

  2. Cali W.

    This is the first review for this book I have seen! I didn’t know there was going to be a The Farm #2. Good review! 🙂

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh yes definitely! If I’m remembering right the last one didn’t really end on a cliffhanger but definitely with the obvious expectation there would be much more to the story! Enjoy!

  3. Pamela D

    This sounds like an interesting read. I understand your frustration with convenient situations.When I see those in books, I go “yep, the author wrote him/herself into a corner there.”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think that’s definitely true sometimes. It didn’t really bother me here so much…only one thing bothered me really. Other than that one statistical improbability I enjoyed.