There is no rest for the damned in this thrilling follow-up to Emily McKay's The Lair and The Farm, in a series New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill calls, "Equal parts Resident Evil and Hunger Games."
In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there is only one choice—resist or die. But fighting the vampires comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter . . .
With Lily exposed to the vampire virus and lying in a coma, it’s up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure. Time is not on their side. With every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire.
Desperate, Carter and Mel decide to split up. Carter will recruit human rebels from the Farm in San Angelo to infiltrate the guarded kingdom of the vampire Sabrina and steal the cure. Mel will go back to her mentor, her friend, her betrayer, Sebastian, who is the only one who can access an underground vault that may house the secret to the cure.
That is, if he’s still alive after she staked him to the ground. Now her worst enemy may be their best hope for curing Lily—and saving the human race.Paperback, 384 pages
Three Stars: If this is the end, there are too many loose ends.
Carter and Mel are desperately trying to find the cure to save Lily before she turns into a Tick. Unfortunately, the one person who could help them is currently staked through the heart, pinned to the ground. Time is running short, so Mel decides to go free Sebastian and get his help, even if he did betray them all, while Carter makes a risky decision to visit the vampire Sabrina and see if she has a sample of the cure. Carter and Mel in order to save Lily and hopefully humanity, find that they must trust those who betrayed them. Will they be able to find the cure and save the world?
What I Liked:
- After the explosive developments in The Lair, I was eager to dive back into this world. I liked that this was action packed, and that there were some interesting twists. I also enjoyed the strange, fledging romance.
- The four main characters, Mel, Carter, Sebastian and Lily continue to impress me with their layers and depth. Mel as a newly transformed vampire is far removed from the quiet, strange autistic girl I knew in the first two books. I enjoyed seeing her explore her new emotions, especially when it comes to her feelings toward Sebastian. Carter, as always, is constant and true. He continues to fight for humanity and those he loves. He never backs down, he is courageous and determined. I love his indomitable spirit. Sebastian, the vampire, is all kinds of complicated. He has many shades of gray, but in my heart of heart, I know he is a good guy. Even if he made some drastic mistakes, I think he redeemed himself in this one. Lily was fascinating in this time around since she is fighting to keep herself from transforming into a Tick. It was creepy and interesting to get in her head. There aren't as many secondary characters in this one, but I did like seeing Ely make amends for his transgressions.
- I did like some of the original ideas offered up when it comes to vampires. The vampire romance was one of the more interesting concepts. I also liked the whole thing about territory rights and such. You can't forget the whole Tick thing either. It is always refreshing to pick up a vampire book and get something new.
- The Ticks weren't as prominent in this installment, but for me, the most interesting part of the book was following Lily as she battled with the virus. I won't get into too many details, but I thought her part was exciting and engrossing.
- The climax is fast, thrilling and filled with some unexpected twists. I liked how quickly the action and danger ratcheted up and the big reveals that seemed to come one after another. Things resolve nicely at the end, but I didn't feel like the story was done. Is there more?
And The Not So Much:
- I was left scratching my head at the end of this one because after all the hassle of finding the cure, not much comes of it. I wanted to see the whole story line with the cure play out. Not to mention, I was left wondering over the fate of two of the characters who disappeared and no one knew if they were dead or alive. What happened to them? I searched to see if there was another book in the works, but the author's website hasn't been updated in over a year and there is nothing on Goodreads. Frustrating!
- Compared to the last two books, the pace in this one is slow. The Ticks take a backseat and they aren't as prevalent. Having swarming Ticks at every turn waiting to rip hearts of chests always kept me on the edge of my seat, but there weren't as many encounters. Furthermore, after all the jaw dropping reveals in book two regarding the birth of the virus, the vampire showdown, and Lily and Mel's father, I was expecting more shock and awe, that doesn't happen. Those storylines are set aside and instead the whole book focuses on the cure. This book just didn't impress me like the other two.
- At this point, I am not sure whether I will continue the series if there are more or not since this book was lackluster in comparison to the brilliance of the other two. There isn't much to the plot and the pacing was slow and I didn't like all the unanswered questions at the end. Not to mention, I am frustrated that there is no indication as to whether or not this is the final book or not.
The Vault was a bit of a disappointment in comparison to its two predecessors. This is a book without a lot driving the plot and not much branching out in the story line. I enjoyed the first two installments of the series but this one fell a bit flat. I was hoping for more shocking reveals and big twists after the last book, but unfortunately, there aren't any huge jaw dropping surprises. If you are a big fan of the series, this is worth reading for the character growth and a somewhat resolution. I personally was hoping for a bit more.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.