Apr 202015
Review: The LairThe Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay
Published by Berkley Books on Nov 5, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Paperback from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

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.

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 turned into a vampire “cured” her autism, and I found it almost offensive. I was proud that when she looked back at her life with autism she was proud of it. She liked her life then, and obviously had doubts that being “cured” was a good thing. Due to her outlook, I didn’t mind her, just the changes that happened to her.

Overall, I just couldn’t get into this book. It just felt full of all the YA cliches that I hate, and left me with eye strain due to all the eye rolling. There were some rather spectacular cliffhangers at the end, but I don’t think I care enough to continue the series.

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