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The Lair (The Farm #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  668 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Berkley Trade
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Anna 光 Smyth
Jan 07, 2014 Anna 光 Smyth marked it as on-hold
Shelves: own

Why have the POV changed?
I mean Lily's chapters are now in third person....


I need like right now!!

Misty Baker
**A 4.3 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog**

Stunned is defined as: To stupefy, as with the emotional impact of an experience; astound.

I use a lot of different words when writing reviews. Stunned is not usually one of them. But after finishing Emily McKay’s “The Lair” it’s the only word I can think of to accurately sum up my feelings.

I. Was. Stunned.

If you remember (last December) when I reviewed McKay’s “The Farm” I pretty much lost my shit. (As eloquent as that sounds.) I was head over hee
Jan 26, 2013 avery marked it as to-read


where's the publication date??? oh no! can't be!!! pleaaa...aaseee...
don't make me wait...!!!

oh heck, at least it's 2013! so i should be fine... but waiting... makes.... meeeee.....

Meh, just as dull and unoriginal as the first book.

-I didn't enjoy the plot, it was slow and nothing interested happened until the very end. Lily and Carter finally escaped the Farm, and were safe from evul vampires and ticks (mindless zombie-like vampires) for all of 5 minutes. Lily's sister (Melanie) was turned into a vampire and had boring thought after boring thought. There was a tick attack or two. Some danger. Teen angst. A long pointless journey. All the adults fucked off somewher
Mar 31, 2013 Laura marked it as to-read





I want to say something nice, but nothing is really coming to mind right now.
Victoria Morillon
I want to like this this novel, and somewhere in me, a part of me does. However, I just can’t help feeling a tinge of disappointment after finishing up this second installment in McKay’s vampire series. This novel picked up exactly where the first novel, The Farm, left off (brownie point earned here for no tedious recap), and persists with the same issues/themes. However, while McKay obsessively focuses on Carter/Lily’s romantic entanglement, she fails to elaborate on the backbones of her story. ...more
4.5 stars

Still missing the dose of romance I crave in my reads, but The Lair is even better then the first book in all the ways that matter the most. Great character development and growth and the writing has such an incredible pull to it, compelling me to keep reading till the last page. Yes, I miss the romance-factor, but this book is filled with non-stop action, paranormal goodness and characters that never say die, it's easy to overlook. A fast paced addicting read! Need the next book NOW!
Book Review originally published here:

After reviewing The Farm, I thought it was time to dive into the sequel, The Lair. My one main issue with the first book in the series was Carter, the main love interest. I was hoping there’d be less chapters in the sequel told from Carter’s POV, and that the book would focus more on Lily and Mel, the two protagonists I did like. Unfortunately, Carter plays an even larger part here.

I want to know how this series ends,
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Ugh. Just ugh. Where I loved the first book in this series due to its portrayal of an autistic character, this book read like a cliched teenaged angtsy relationship.

It felt like all Lily and Carter did was whine about their relationship. How loving each other put them both at risk. How they couldn’t act responsibly or logically if they were near each other. And yet neither wanted to be apart. It was just all so overblown.

I was most disappointed in the developments of Mel’s character. Being turne
Tara Holman
The Lair is the follow up to The Farm by Emily McKay. I initially read The Farm for a paranormal book club, and then later met the author at a book signing for this book. In between the two books, I was fortunate to have stumbled upon "The Before" which is a prequel type short story on Wattpad. What can I say- these books are so great- they are so very well written and the characters captivate the reader. A unique telling on the typical vampire story- this is no typical scenario. Readers are int ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
I admit my original plan had been to read this book in late October, just before it is published in November, however the Farm really stayed with me and all the queries I had about "What happens next" eventually niggled me so much I gave in, and decided to go ahead and read this one as it was just sitting there on my kindle waiting for me to give in! Consequently, as I approached reading this book, I was unquestionably eager and looking forward to the experience as I had truly en
It was amazing!!! The ending was a big cliffhanger that it rlly pissed me off! Did he do it?? Wtf are they going to do now?!?! Omg there was a bunch of action, deaths, and absolutely no happiness...Swear to God only horrible things kept happening! :o
Then there's Carter who apparently his only job in the world is to worry/complain about Lily and also love her to death....which makes him oblivious of what's rlly happening around him!
Lily was tough as hell to go through what she went && Mel
I love this book. I love this series. Yes, there were times when I wanted to smack Lily and punch Carter, but they are kids trying to find their way through a very unpredictable situation. They have to make choices that should be reserved for adults - choices that put the lives of hundreds and even thousands on the line. And still, I adore them. The one person I missed hearing from the most in the book was Mel. I love her character so much, so I was a bit disappointed that I didn't see her as mu ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Young Adult, Post-Tickpocalypse
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

The Lair (The Farm #2) picks up approximately ONE week after the conclusion of The Farm. Things have changed for our three main characters Mel, Lily, and Carter. As with The Farm, McKay has created an interesting world where deviant creatures called Ticks, now roam freely across the former United States thanks to a new virus created by a megalomaniac vampire.


Oct 24, 2014 Lilly added it
The Lair

“That's how you know you're doing the right thing - it's so hard you want to give up.” Quoted from the book The Lair. The apocalypse has arrived in the United states! Only a handful of humanity remains.

This book was written by Emily McKay, Published November 5th 2013 and is about two twin sisters, Mel who was an ordinary autistic girl is now much more than she was before. She became bolder, faster and most importantly, stronger. Mel wasn't afraid of ticks because she knew she was strong
Patricia Summers
I loved this!! This is just as good as the first one. This is still just as intense, dramatic, action-packed as the first one. There is still a little bit of romance as well. I wasn't bored one bit. I was captivated throughout the whole story. I love how different this book is. It isn't like every vampire book in the world. I love the fact it isn't just about vampires. It's about still trying to survive the apocalypse, while there are vampires. Humans are slowing dying off due to ticks. Ticks ar ...more
The p-prose... it's... killing me!

Okay exaggerations aside, if the first book was bad for it's purple prose, the second is nigh unbearable. Several times throughout my experience with The Lair I found myself thinking; 'Spit it out already!' or 'I'm sick of going round in circles here!' or 'Call a spade a spade for the love of Christ!' . The fact that I didn't enjoy many of Carter or Lily's chapters (a real problem considering they take up at least 80% of the book) was something made worse b
Jul 28, 2014 Mel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Oh boy! This sounds so awesome, but what the hell did they think when they made that cover? Horrible! I really like the fact that this is focused on Mel "cured her autism"
My Book Addiction and More MBA
I read this book weeks ago and have been struggling with my thoughts on it. I really wanted to like it, and ultimately- I think I do. My connection to the story and the characters was just really slow in developing, and I’m not used to it taking so long. It seemed like the perfect book for me, a combination of the dystopian thrillers and the vampire lore that I love. I’m always looking for a new take on that old favorite subject. But, I just couldn’t get in to it until really late in the game an ...more
I have had a really hard time with trying to decide on how to rate this book. I did give it four stars, because I definitely liked it better then just 3 stars, but it does have issues.
First, let me say that it is interesting, but I feel like the author had a hard time focusing on one subject at a time. With that being said, I really like how the author shows the character's emotions/feelings.(Some books, have something traumatic happen and don't explain how it effects the characters in the stor
Libby Wyatt
Not shocked at how it finished...
Great story. Very well written.

Ok, So I've finished reading it and felt it was important to pretty much straight away write a review about it...Only because I'll forget want I'll want to say later on. (I'm that forgetful).

Front Cover: The book cover that I have on my kindle is an image depicting a lone woman with her back against us wearing a dress. Presenting vulnerability perhaps? That nothing you can wear, say or do, can cover whatever it is you want covere
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In the near future humans are infected and become something like vampires, only not. Not everyone gets it, most die, but for those that do, their physical appearance becomes twisted and they have a craving for ripping the still beating heart out of a human’s chest. Carter successfully broke Lily out of a farm, not the happy cows and chickens farm, but where they farm teenagers of their blood. The two aren’t living happily ever after, and base camp isn’t a bright happy rebellion. Instead their nu ...more
NOTE: This review will contain SPOILERS from The Farm. Proceed with caution.

Just about a year ago I read and reviewed The Farm and really enjoyed it. It was unique and I spent most of the time while reading it on the edge of my seat, so naturally when the opportunity arose to review The Lair, the sequel to The Farm, I was all over that. (FTC: I received a copy from the publisher for free, but that did not affect my review.)

The Lair picks up where The Farm left off - Mel is now a vampire and must
Traci (The Reading Geek)
I really enjoyed The Lair. I've been looking forward to this sequel for so long because I loved The Farm, and The Lair was definitely a great follow up.

The Lair is told through Lily, Mel, and Carter's point of views again. I love how different all three of these characters are and how McKay continued to develop them in this book. The events of what they went through in The Farm are affecting them which makes these characters realistic. Mel is transitioning into a vampire and adjusting to being s
*This is the second book in The Farm series. This review will contain spoilers for The Farm but not for The Lair.

So after the nail-biting conclusion to The Farm, The Lair picks up with the newly made vampire, Mel. Mel has torn feelings after being made into a vampire, especially since it was at the hands of her sister. Also the transition into vampireism has cured (for lack of a better word) Mel's autism. So Mel has a lot to deal with emotionally. Plus she's stuck with Sebastian who isn't the mo
Lily Price is not an abductura but she plays one in the book. Carter Olsen needs Lily to inspire his followers at Base Camp to continue the rebellion against the Farms and to defeat the Ticks. Meanwhile, Mel Price is learning how to be a vampire after she was turned by Sebastian, a 2,000 year old vampire who hates Roberto and wants to kill him. When Lily risks her life on a food run, Carter realizes that he would sacrifice anyone and anything for Lily so he sends her away to Canada with McKenna, ...more
Where to start??!!! Where do I even start with how much I love these characters, story and series???!!! Let me start by saying that when I read the first book in the series, “The Farm”, I literally felt like someone punched me right in the stomach, but in a totally good way. “The Lair” picks up right where “The Farm” left off. The action, conflict, romance, literally everything is non-stop. While I was reading, I was so lost in the characters and the events of the story that I not only lost trac ...more
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Despite narrowly escaping the Farm that held twins Lily and Mel they still aren't free yet. In fact Mel is simply chained in another way as she is now a vampire, and struggling to come to terms with that. Meanwhile Lily is still with Carter and McKenna as they travel to the resistance's base camp. But what they find there isn't the salvation that they hoped for as nothing is quite as it seems. They'll have to decide whether to stay or to cut
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