Monday, December 16, 2013

The Lair Review


The Lair
Published: November 5th, 2013
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Paranormal
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.

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 action-packed throughout the entire book, I just could not get enough! I was reading it every chance I got, and was disappointed when I had to put it down to tend to my daily activity's. I kept telling myself, just ONE more chapter, that's all I need! Then, I was kicking myself for not reading it the day it released, because it was so much fun! And that ending was shocking! I have to admit that there was so many twist that I did not see coming, especially that ending! And now a days, with the same plot and twist played over and over in YA  Dystopian, its hard to actually pull some punches and get the reader caught in some mazes. But Mrs. Emily McKay has managed to pull it off and some! I JUST  LOVED IT!

The only bad part is that I don't have the next book! I need it, like NOW!! That ending was cruel, just cruel! But oh, so amazing! Bravo Emily McKay, you have managed another hit under you're belt, and I can not wait to see what you come up with for the next book. I know with that ending, and some of them twist, that what's to come is going to rock me to the very core, and I just can't wait!!!! I just hope I don't have to wait a full year! But I'm sure if I do, it'll be WELL worth the wait, just like this one was! Oh, I'm giddy just thinking about the next book! This book was just that intense and amazing, and I HAVE to know what's to come!!!


 The Lair is told in 3 POV's, just like the last book was. Lily, Mel, & Carter's. The Lair picks back up where the first book left off, after Mel, Lily's autistic sister was almost  murdered in a church parking lot by a Tick. The only way to save Mel's life, was to have her turned into the very thing that caused the ended of their world as they knew it! She became a Vampire! Sebastian, the vampire that was helping them in the rebellion, reluctantly turned Mel. But because Lily, Carter & McKenna were all still human, they had no other choice but to part ways so Mel could learn how to control her blood lust without having the temptation to murder every human in sight, including them.


Mel is now a vampire on the road with Sebastian, training to kill and feed, while keeping her blood lust under control. She is not autistic anymore, but she is still struggling with her new personality of not being autistic anymore, and having become the monster that she claims she is. She's still trying to rely on her rhymes for comfort and support, but she has come to realize that they don't come as easily as they did before. She is struggling with who or what she is now, while dealing with Lily's betrayal for begging Sebastian to turn her into the monster she is now. Or at least that's how Mel see's it. But there still isn't anything she wouldn't do for her sister, and just how far she'll go to save her is put to the test, as Lily finds herself in trouble, and for once, Mel must come to her rescue. But is Mel really prepared to face what needs to be done to transform from a baby vampire to a full blown vampire? And just how far will she go to save her sister, and the ones she loves?


Lily, Carter, & McKenna, finally made it to the rebellion base to find everything is not as Carter talked it up to be. Trouble as found its way into the rebellion base, and even that's not safe anymore. After a Tick attack on the base, McKenna  decides it's time to move on. She wants a safer place to have her baby, she wants a doctor, medicine, and place where it safe to be unafraid of Ticks. And the base is not it.  But Lily's not letting McKenna leave without her, as she knows being almost 9 months pregnant, she won't make it very far. So with trouble brewing between her and Cater, they decide its best for her and McKenna to seek a safe haven else where's.  That's when Lily, McKenna and Carter's most trusted friend Ely, travel the Tick infested Wastelands in search for the safe haven that they "Hope" is in Canada. But traveling the wastelands of what's left of the United States, is not going to be easy, as Ticks are everywhere, and their evolving, getting smarter, and on their trail everywhere they go. And to make matters worse, something in Lily's gut, is telling her that Carter's friend Ely can't be trusted. But what's a girl to do when your only traveling with a pregnant girl and a survival nut?

Lily will have to fight with every ounce of strength she has, if she's going to have a winning chance at surviving this trip. But as she gets further into the wastelands, she comes to realize that there's bigger picture to all this, and that someone might be sitting, and waiting for the perfect chance to strike! Lily will have choices to make, and before it's all said and done, she will have to do the unthinkable to survive!


When Carter makes it back the base to find everything in an uproar, and even worse then the way he left it, he once again  assumes the responsibility of the base, and everyone in it! He becomes their leader again, now that he's back from his journey to find Lily in the first book. But problems are coming one after another, and he hardly has time to handle one, before another one hits full force!

But Carter's main focus is keeping Lily safe, and keeping her at the base and out of trouble. But with Lily being the free, self sufficient sprit that she is, she is not going to sit back and let everyone else take the risk for her!

So as more troubles arise, Carter is forced to leave the base and help Green's at a Farm before their all killed. But Carter refuses to endanger Lily's life, no matter what the reason is! So when problems arise with McKenna, he seizes the opportunity to send Lily to Canada, with his most trusted friend Ely, in search of a save haven they so desperately hope is there. So with Lily out of the picture and on her way to safety, Carter is able to put his plan into action, and prepare for the oncoming battle to make it to the Farm, and rescue all the Green's before its to late.

But before all this is over, Carter will come face to face with the truth of what's behind the Ticks, and the ultimate downfall of the United States! And Carter comes to realized that everything he once knew and trusted, had been a lie! And he will have to make a choice that could change it all! 

 Phew...This was one hell of an adventure! It was so much better then I thought it would be. I mean, I knew it was going to be amazing, but I had no idea how awesome it was really going to be! This series is for every vampire dystopian, action, and adventure packed fan out there, you will definitely enjoy what The lair brings! Come on Mrs. McKay, bring on the next book, I  NEED  IT!!! :D
   4.5 Bone Hearts 


Emily McKay has been reading romance novels since she was eleven years old. Her first Harlequin Romance came free in a box of Hefty garbage bags. She immediately fell in love with the genre and has been devouring them ever since.
In her spare time, she loves to garden and cook … well, bake. Mostly cookies. Naturally, she still loves to read a good romance. She’s been blissfully married for eleven years. When they can ditch their five pets for a couple of weeks, she and her husband like to travel to exotic and exciting locations like Greece, Costa Rica, and Ignorant Flats, Texas.




  1. Thanks for reviewing! I really have to start with the series soon :)

  2. Have been dying to Read this Series, and now you've made me want it more!!!
    Great review!!!

  3. I like the cover, its different than the other YA covers i keep seeing.


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