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The Lair (The Farm #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  859 Ratings  ·  139 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  Smyth

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


I need like right now!!

Apr 08, 2016 Justine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars

I actually enjoyed this book more than I did the first book in the series, The Farm. The writing was smoother, although the author continues to switch between first and third person, but this time Carter is given the first person POV in the narrative.

There continues to be some excess of drama, but I appreciate the fact that both Lily and Mel continue to be the kind of young women who don't wait around for someone else to save them. Carter seems to (finally) come to terms with some of
Nov 04, 2013 Evie rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, ya, paranormal, 2013
Fast paced, thrilling and intensely captivating, The Lair by Emily McKay is even better than the previous book in the series, The Farm. The characters are way more likeable, the action - even more breathtaking and twisty, and the completely jaw-dropping plot developments are sure to leave you stunned and begging for the next book. I'm so glad I finally got to read the first two books in this awesome series!

I'll be honest with you, I wasn't particularly impressed with The Farm. I really enjoyed
Misty Baker
Nov 08, 2013 Misty Baker rated it it was amazing
**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
Apr 27, 2016 Lindsay added it
Shelves: abandoned
DNF at 30%.

No star rating.
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
Nov 11, 2015 Victoria Morillon rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ya
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
Veronica Story Island
I really enjoyed it! It went in a completely different direction than I was expecting this entire time! Can't wait to read the next one!
Sep 05, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I found the beginning of this a bit slow, but overall, it was really good.
Mar 11, 2014 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
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!
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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,
Jul 16, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first but still a good read. Looking forward to book three (which none of the libraries carried by the way!! so had to order from Amazon). In this book, it's about Lily trying to get McKenna to a safe area to have her baby. Carter continues to try to protect the people leading the revolution against the Ticks. He hears from Zeke of a farm that is being turned over to the Ticks so is rushing off to Texas to try to save the Greens. Lily, McKenna and Ely heading to Canada. Mel an ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Apr 20, 2015 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
Nov 25, 2015 Tara Holman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
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"
Oct 03, 2013 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2014 Perla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
*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.


May 28, 2016 Dawn rated it liked it
I found this in a used book store. I remembered reading the first book a long time ago. I decided to try it because I wanted something that wasn't too taxing. This was a good choice. It stands alone just fine - no reason to read the first book to get what's happening. I'm glad I knew part of the backstory, like the significance of the farms, but I had actually forgotten a lot of what had happened before. It didn't make a difference.
The striking thing for me was all the cussing. I wasn't offended
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
Jun 22, 2014 Patricia Summers rated it it was amazing
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
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
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
Jan 11, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Mar 07, 2015 Libby Wyatt rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
Not shocked at how it finished...
Aug 12, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
Great story. Very well written.
Kendra /Books Complete Me
Jun 22, 2015 Kendra /Books Complete Me rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-series
I have obviously been in a book slump for a very long time. If not, then it would not have taken me so long to read this book, the second book of a series in which the first book was one of my abso faves ever!
I was so excited to get this book, and have read a little bit here and there and here and there, and finally decided to just go all out and get it read. And I am so glad I did, because I loved this book as well.
It was a bit hard for me to get into at first. Not sure if it was slow, or if I
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