Review: The Lair by Emily McKay

Title: The Lair (The Farm #2)
Author: Emily McKay
Publisher: Berkley
Published: November 5, 2013
Paperback, 424 pages
ISBN: 978-0-425-26412-6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My thoughts:

*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 most nurturing person in the world.  However despite his flaws, he does seem to want Mel to succeed as a baby vamp. 

Lily, Carter, and McKenna are at the compound. Everyone thinks that Lily is the abductura, the savior of humanity, which she isn't. Carter has a deep-seeded need to protect Lily at all cost, including at the peril of others. This causes a strain in their relationship because Carter knows he can't effectively lead the people this way. Then all becomes crystal clear to him when the compound is attacked while Carter and Lily were away on a mission gone wrong.

Afterward Lily and Carter know they have to go their separate ways. Lily decides to leave with McKenna, who wants to go to Canada where it will be safe for her and her baby. They tag along with one of Carter's old friends, Ely. Lily doesn't trust Ely and with good reason. 

This is a great sequel to The Farm. Lily's character is growing on me, even though she still frustrates me at times. She has a resilience to live and protect those she loves. Once again McKay gives us Carter, Lily, and Mel's different points of view. This book still has a lot of action, intrigue, and plot twists. I especially enjoyed the second half. McKay left us with quite a cliffhanger and a strong desire to want to know what happens next. 

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