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The Lair

(The Farm #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,006 ratings  ·  153 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 Luce

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


I need like right now!!

Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, dystopia, paranormal, ya
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 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 26, 2016 added it
Shelves: abandoned
DNF at 30%.

No star rating.

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
Jan 26, 2013 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.....
Victoria Morillon
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 03, 2013 marked it as to-read





I want to say something nice, but nothing is really coming to mind right now.
Mar 05, 2014 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!
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!
Kira Simion
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up!

•The first twist was okay, but didn't leave me wanting to know more about it. However, the second one was great! Make the (cliffhanger-ish) ending even better!

•Writing seems to match the first book for the most part so it didn't seem too disjointed.

•Character's relationships were okay, I like Carter and Lily's relationship more than Sebastien and Mel's (view spoiler)

•Every chapter had a bit
K.D. McQuain
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire
It started off a little weak, but the characters have become more interesting, deeper and better developed (though there are some holes I would like to have seen filled), and the plot has become involved enough to really hold a readers interest. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series continues to develop.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found the beginning of this a bit slow, but overall, it was really good.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 10, 2013 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
Megan (ReadingRover)
Review to come. 3.5 stars
Gray Cox
Mar 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
The first book fell a tad bit flat but had some good parts to it. This book was flat.

Everything original was traded in for a cliche premise.

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,
Tara Holman
Oct 15, 2013 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
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Apr 20, 2013 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
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2015 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
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.


Loretta Rinzel
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was on the edge of your seat, oh my gosh reading!! Lots of twists and turns I never saw coming. Vampire books are not my kind of books I read, but Emily's style of writing keeps you glued to the story. I will read #3 next. Have to see what happens!!
Libby Wyatt
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
Not shocked at how it finished...
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
Great story. Very well written.
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"
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

See my review on Addicted Readers:

4.5 Stars

The Farm, the first book in this series was an highly anticipated book for me last year, and I was so happy that it did not disappoint! So I was SO eager to get my hands on the sequel, The Lair! And let me tell you, The Lair, WOW! It was phenomenal! It was so much better then The Farm, and The Farm was pretty dam good. But The Lair, blow The Farm out of the water, and some!

The Lair was so suspenseful and actio
Jennifer Collins
So, I actually wasn't sure I was going to read this book, the follow-up to McKay's The Farm. The first book in the trilogy had problem upon problem, and was far more frustrating than enjoyable for me. Yet, I'd been so sure that I'd like the series, I'd bought this book at the same time, and it looked like this book would focus on a different character (who was minor in the first book, but who I liked far more than the actual protagonist). In the end, I decided to give it a shot.

Up-front, I was d
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it

Four stars: An astonishing sequel with some sneaky surprises!

Lily, Carter and Mckenna arrive safely at Base Camp only to find the camp is in turmoil. A Tick attack has everyone on edge. Carter quickly moves into action and reestablishes his leadership. A few months pass and everyone is itching for Spring, but they are buckled down and bent on survival. Carter is eager to hunt down more supplies while Lily is longing to be a more active participant. The two are always clashing over Lily's involve
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