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Don’t Want To Be Eaten By the Dumb Vampires

Do not LEAVE the safety of the fence like Red Hoodie Girl over here. (More)
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And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...
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Thanks to my impromptu GET MY STUDY ON hiatus that I told nobody about, I was unable to share with you guys my thoughts on this bad boy of a novel when I read it a few weeks back. MY BAD for being negligent and selfish. It will happen all the time rarely ever again.

You had to know I’d be excited about The Farm by Emily McKay. Yes, we’re all dystopian/post-apocalyptic old-timers and we’ve gone down every possible sparkly road with vampires, but isn’t there room left for some originality? Emily McKay proves NOT, but man did her vampires give me shudders down my already wimpy limp spine. The most awesome thing about this book wasn’t, in fact, the characters or the world-building, or even, PREPARE YOURSELVES, the romance *silence* –bangs fist onto faulty record player-. It was the nonstop surprises, action, and the perpetually thrilling atmosphere. I almost expected Bruce Willis to show up and give everybody pointers (if there was one man who would survive an outbreak of man-slaughtering vampires…). Only this wouldn’t be The Farm; it would be Live Safe or Die Fanged. *snorts*

Ok, What Had Happened Was: Somebody made a disease, which resulted in these nasty big blood-sucking buggers called Ticks (zombies meets vampires on –insertanydrugthatwouldworkhere-), and teenagers have been penned as a food source. Some are sacrificed regularly under the guise of punishment to keep the deadly monsters from ripping at the fences. And we have a grumpy, on-the-edge main character as a result. Lily, along with her twin, Mel, are about to age out and lose the protection of their grim prison. NOBODY PANIC though because Lily’s got a plan. It’s just not a very good one that falls to ruin in a matter of a few pages after months of careful planning. And of course there’s also a boy from her nerdy past in the way who has a super ugly secret that we’re not supposed to know, relating to the fact that Lily is a very desirable young lady who attracts trouble. Can she escape the confines of the farm and possibly make time to SAVE THE WORLD? Only McKay will tell.

Yeah, the first half of The Farm by Emily McKay was what I was expecting, and kind of wanting at the time. It’s all planning and sweat-inducing risks, including a Look At How Bad My World Is-athon, which is anxiety-producing and edgy and… fun? Whatevs, I like that stuff. I like the darkness, desperation, and unanswered questions produced by a post-apocalyptic/dystopian world. But I was most looking forward to the actual escape. I thought The Farm by Emily McKay was going to be a tale of closer-than-close sisters with desperation at their backs chasing them into danger and more danger. I expected this awesome bond between two interesting characters fighting their way out and doing it all by their own cleverness.

This might be a lesson stopping all expectations henceforth, because I never get what I want.

Lily is annoyingly, yet understandably, obstinate. I dug her excessive caution and her bravery when it came to defending herself or her sister. But she’s so closed off it’s unreasonable to expect any of your rationed supply of sympathy to make a break for her direction. Mel, the twin, is hardly given enough credit to know how to breathe let alone be brilliant, yet she most often is and there wasn’t nearly enough spotlight on her. I admit it would’ve taken me ALL OF LIFE to decipher her narration but hers sure would’ve been a whole heck of a lot more easy on the mind. Carter, the not-so-secret love of Lily’s preteen years, has made an abrupt and suspicious return in her life, and doesn’t want to cough up any plausible, logical explanations. He’s there with an ulterior motive, and is so confused about what he feels I’m even confused even after he finally gets himself somewhat sorted out. There are a few more characters that join the foray and are intended to make things interesting but they don’t. THEY JUST DON’T.



I felt nothing. Until stuff started catching fire and people got eaten. My tension was like an impending slingshot accident. Once I cut loose, there was bound to be repercussions (there were). Even though nothing about this book is super believable, the fighting and escaping and chasing livened things up considerably so that I had fun (weird word choice but nonetheless true). Ultimately, I was looking for a dark, wild ride and that’s basically what I got. I probably won’t jump back on right away next year, but I might be willing to endanger my sanity eventually.

I received this title for review from Penguin Teen.

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16 comments:

Annette Mills said...

I'm interested in The Farm. I've read good things about it. I thought the vamps in Immortal Rules were pretty scary.. I think they are gonna be even scarier in the next one.

Princess Ash said...

You know, thinking about TIR, the vampires are pretty similar. These guys are REALLY creepy too.

Candace's Book Blog said...

Okay, I'm pretty sure this isn't my kind of book. I have read loads of good reviews, but I think it's something that would stick with me too much and give me nightmares. Yep, I'm totally a chicken! Loved your review though, always so fun to hear your very entertaining thoughts!

Erika said...

I've had my eye on this book for a bit now! So excited that I have the chance to win! Gotta love any freaky vampire stories and this one looks unique and creepy! Can't wait to read it. Thanks!

Leanne A. said...

This book sounds SO GOOD. Killer ticks? *shudders* (But in a great way!) I happen to love creepy books about killer vampires/zombies/other repulsive creatures set in post-apocalytic worlds... Thus, The Farm is definitely an upcoming read of mine.
I love reading your thoughts, btw. :)

Cassi said...

Thanks! This sounds so good

Princess Ash said...

It's not too yucky, but yeah the vamps are pretty creepy. And there's all this violence and death and explosions and more death. It's really cool, but not the best book I've ever read so I'm not distressed over your choice xD

Princess Ash said...

I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. I was eyeballin' it while it was in my review pile, til finally I said SCREW MY FINALS, I need to read it. It's a pretty fun, intense book.

Princess Ash said...

Aha, so a possibly perfect read awaits you. It's super intense and dark and oh, yeah i got a hard case of the shudders. They are SO not pleasant creatures. I HOPE YOU LOVES IT :D And thanks <3

Princess Ash said...

Are you implying that if it didn't sound good you wouldn't enter to find out for yourself whether it was or not? Hmmm? :P

VeganYANerds said...

Woh! I passed up on requesting this but now I feel like I have to read it!


Also, I love how much personality shows through in your review, it was fun to read!


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Kirsten said...

This looks creepy and also amazing. I must read it!

Princess Ash said...

Awww, *blushes* thank you! And if you're into creepy, thrilling books with a clever heroine then you'll like this. And the vampires. THE VAMPIRES.



Oh, and you ROCK. I'm so happy to see you'll be stopping by again :D

Princess Ash said...

Which is what I thought when it was waiting in my TBR. Good luck to you, friend :D

Cordelia Fitzgerald said...

You're pretty cool! I'll consider reading this if I win but all nightmares are yall fault!

Princess Ash said...

Aw, shucks, I'd like to think so, thank you! And nightmares are really a small price to pay. :D