As this is Book two in the series, ye be warned there be spoilers ahead...
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.
You may remember, if you have super powerful, crazy remembering skills, that I really really liked book the first in this series. It was fast paced, intriguing and one of the POV's was autistic. It wasn't what I expected and I couldn't get enough of it. I was so damn excited about book two that when it came out a year later I hunted it down (took some doing) and dug right in...only to find I was super confused and not quickly remembering what happened at the end of The Farm, or maybe I was? I had no idea what was going on. So I put it down thinking I had to re-read The Farm first and god knows when I would have time for that.
Hello 2016! Yup, that's when I had time for that!
Ok, so I re-read The Farm, and I was looking forward to it because I remember very clearly how excited I was by it, only to find it wasn't quite as shiny the second time around. It was good, but not quite what I remembered. And Ok, fine. Life is different, I have many crying, drooling, temper tantrum throwing distractions in my life, I don't sleep as much, etc.
I know, big but. I have to say, I'm starting to recognize that having limits on my reading time, and many distractions, makes me a more discerning reader. Authors need to work a little harder to win me over. There has to be a certain level of understanding on how to write a book for people who don't just sit down and read it all in one go (I'm not sure why that is a thing that needs to be said, but the past three years have taught me, many authors don't seem to understand this).
I was still excited about The Lair though, even with the slightly less than fantastic re-read of The Farm. Crazy, right? Well not totally, but I have to admit, I'm not running out to hunt down book the third. It's not available at my library and that's as far as I'm going to take it for the moment.
Problems with The Lair:
-Carter is ridiculous. Mooney eyed, angst filled and far too Edward circa New Moon. God I hate the "I'm better off without you because I love you too much" line of reasoning. Grab a pair Carter, it's why Lily and I liked you before, so man up already.
-Mel is no longer Autistic. You heard me. Vampires are far too fantastical to be bogged down with any type of imperfection apparently. This one element really made an enormous difference to me. I liked the autism perspective, I liked how it could be played out in the relationships as well as in the world. It had a lot of potential that essentially went unused. It felt like a way to sell me on the story, which was going to be too hard to maintain so it got dumped.
I want an autistic vampire.
-With the autism, the abductura angle also had to go because- Vampire! yesh.
-Several plot points got introduced without going anywhere. Famous place holder second book syndrome. Don't sell me on book three with a bunch of story I'm not into and then a couple of reveals at the end which are supposed to hook me back in. Cheap trick, also, makes me feel like you've been wasting my precious spare reading moments.
Not the worst book I've read in awhile, sigh, but not at all inspiring until the very last few pages which really amounts to: too little, too late.
The Lair, by Emily Mckay
Published by Penguin, November 5th, 2013
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