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We Unleash the Merciless Storm

(We Set the Dark on Fire #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  427 ratings  ·  115 reviews
In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejias critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion shes devoted her life to. Perfect for fans of The Handmaids Tale and Anna-Marie McLemore.

Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jul 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
I just died.
RIP me.

This is exceptionally beautiful.

Added bonus that I cannot wait to continue with this story. You know I will be preordering the heck out of this book!
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
update after finishing the book: DAMN IT TEHLOR HOW DARE YOU? 😭 this sequel and final book is phenomenal, gut punching, sapphic as hell and one of the best stories that I have ever read? LETS UNLEASH THE STORM, GAYS!


the problem of reading ARCs? i needed this book like yesterday. i seriously can't wait to have more of these amazing queer latinx characters. tehlor can have all my money.
This is one of my most highly anticipated sequels of this year and Im so so happy that I was able to read it as soon as it released. I absolutely adored We Set the Dark on Fire and had huge expectations from this one as well, and the author doesnt disappoint.

The previous book ends on an intense cliffhanger and the author doesnt let up by starting off almost at the next moment, but this time the story being told through Carmens POV. The story in this book takes place in just a few days, so the
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This book is perfect. That is all.
If you don't feel like reading the whole review then those two sentences are enough to explain how I feel. If you want to know why the book is perfect go on.

If you have not read We Set The Dark On Fire do not read this review. I will try to keep it spoiler-free but only for this book.

The thing I love the most about this book is Carmen as a character. In We Set The Dark On Fire we barely get to know her as a character if anything at all. I did not like her, did
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This had second book syndrome. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it. And I LOVE the romance. But I felt like I often feel about sequels, especially when it's the second book in a series: like it just did not live up to the first book. And in this case, the first book was SO GOOD. So I'm really sad about this.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

3,5 stars

I really wish I liked this book more but for a story about resistance and standing up to the evil of the world, it was quite boring actually. The romance between Dani and Carmen is what really moved the plot and got me excited about the whole book. I also liked the writing and both Carmen's and Dani's character development. I still wish this novel expanded more on
Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read

why is it not february 2020 now? i need it to be february 2020 now.
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Mar 14, 2020 added it
UPDATE: and having loved the first one so much, being seduced by Carmen and their love story I decided to give it another go. I am at 83% now and... I.just.can't. Really. I mean (view spoiler) ...more
Stacy Fetters
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
"We will give them darkness! We will give them fear! We will be everywhere and nowhere. We will be devastating."

I've recently read my review of We Set the Dark on Fire after I finished reading this book and I had the same reaction for both books. My mind was blown wide open. The heart and the soul that is displayed between these pages made loving these two books easy. This was just as amazing as the first book and I am enamored with it. These books will not disappoint you and the Dani &
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to Katherine Tegan Books for my review copy.

may contain spoilers for We Set the Dark on Fire

carmen is one of La Vozs best soldiers, entirely devoted to the cause. She was taken in as a child and trained to be a cunning spy, then sent undercover into the Medio School for Girls. After her identity is exposed, she returns to the only home she ever knew La Voz. But she finds that the home that she once
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Thank you to my Mum for typing this for me).
Thank you to Harper360 for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This review is spoiler free if you have read the first book.
This book picks up almost instantly after the end of the first book, We Set The Dark on Fire. Only this time we are following Carmen's perspective instead of Dani's. We follow Carmen as she returns to her home of La Voz to face the consequences of her actions. But what she finds is that the resistance group she has
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What are the chances of miracles coming in pairs?

What indeed? I was happy to open this book and find that it's narrated by Carmen instead whom I felt the urgent need to jump into the head of in the first book.

"Because its where I belong. Because its where I choose to be. Because I believe."

Personally I enjoyed the solo spotlight on her character and development a lot. It dragged on in some places but the quick wrap up this book gave was smooth. In fact even the supporting characters were

Paradise Lost
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

I really really wanted to love this as much as the first book. Especially because the world was set up so beautifully in the first one, and I couldn't wait to see how it's then established further.

See this is where in at a loss - the pacing is just as strong (I read it in a single setting), and technically, i can't even find anything wrong with it, except that the story just went in a direction I wasn't expecting.

The first one ended on a cliffhanger, and I was really anticipating how
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Real rating: 4,5 stars.
This sequel didn't disappoint. If I found it a bit slow to kick off, I loved Carmen's POV so much, fell in love with the writing, the story, the characters, everything about this book all over again.
Definitely a series I recommend!!

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Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing


rep: sapphic Latina mcs (i think carmen is definitely a lesbian but it's never confirmed), full cast of Latin American characters, f/f romance
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

We Unleash the Merciless Storm is a book about development. It's about the conscious choice everyday to be the person we want to be. We always have the choice to revert back to our old ways, but We Unleash the Merciless Storm is about the bravery to be someone new, to open our heart. It was so great to back in the world of La Voz, revolution, and burning hearts. We Unleash the
Alex Richey
Feb 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
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This was pretty boring. A lot of the descriptions felt repetitive, like they were being used as filler. Carmen is suddenly able to do... just about anything that is helpful to the plot in the moment without really being believable.
Aug 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
GREAT its 1am when i finished book 1 and i thought its a stand alone

Now i have to wait and suffer, cheers

Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)
I LOVE Carmen and Dani and I really enjoyed reading the conclusion to their story. Also, I really like Alex and Jasmin in this book.

The pace of this book was great, it was a quick read and there were things happening all the time so it was a very entertaining book.

I feel like the stakes in this were a little low, I never felt any real tension or worry over the fate of the main characters and a few very convenient things happened.
Kristina Hart
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for We Unleash the Merciless Storm.

What a wonderful sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire. This book is from Carmens POV, and it seriously did not disappoint. What a fantastically fierce character Carmen is. A fighter through and through, whether its fighting for the people, or a love that stole the hearts of every reader.

I think these novels highlight class and immigration issue brilliantly. I seem to be reading a lot of queer romances recently, Im am loving them, there seems to be a
Katarina  Honeycutt
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was better than the first book but I found it fell into a lot of YA clique categories. I also found some of the descriptions over used through the book. To me, the ending seemed rushed through. You spend most of the book leading up to this epic battle that only lasts a chapter and a half. The book also leaves questions about what exactly happened and it's never really explained. It was an okay read. This could have easily been made into a three part book series vs. the two books.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a journey!!

This was a wonderful conclusion. Reading Carmen's POV was delightful after she was such a mystery in the first book. This book feels shorter than the first because not much happens in the first half, but there's still a journey happening. It works out; we the readers have a lot to learn about Carmen and La Voz, and Carmen has a lot to process. She's been several different people, and she's able to mesh and alternate those masks as needed, sort of to her detriment.

But once Dani
Myron Brown
After returning to La Voz from her mission to infiltrate the Garcia household, Carmen expected a heros welcome. Instead she comes back to an organization where things dont feel quite right. The sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire is from Carmens perspective. Carmen returns to La Voz after her mission. Readers learn more about the organization. Like the previous book theres a tendency of telling the reader whats happening, instead of showing them. Thus, readers get pages of Carmen telling us her ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

We Set the Dark on Fire was quite good , and I was definitely looking forward to this sequel/finale. Especially after hearing that it would be told from the other side's perspective, and ultimately finding out it would be in Carmen's point of view. Nothing wrong with Dani's, but it can be fun to change things up! So let us talk about what I enjoyed and what fell a bit short!

The Good:
Warnings: homophobia, gun violence, attempted sexual assault

Rep: lesbian Latinx protagonist, sapphic romance, Latinx cast of characters and setting; secondary queer characters

While the first book was from Dani's PoV, We Unleash the Merciless Storm brings us the story from Carmen's eyes. Her cover being blown, she returns to La Voz headquaters with a heart full of longing for Dani and having to hide it because loyalty to the cause above all else is expected for her. Also, due to the bombing at
Ellie King
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily.

We Unleash the Merciless Storm is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, We Set the Dark on Fire.

We Set the Dark on Fire introduced readers to the troubled, dystopian world of Medio where poverty is rife and political uprisings are frequent. If you are one of the lucky few living out of the grips of poverty, societies hierarchy creates a clear misogynistic distinction between men and women. The overwhelming female oppression at the hands of
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Book one, We Set the Dark on Fire, was an explosive debut novel for Mejia.  Told from the point-of-view of Dani, as she completes top of her class as a Primera at the Medio School for Girls and is chosen for marriage by the highest politically standing suitor available.  Book one is Danis story.

Book two, We Unleash the Merciless Storm, picks up right where book one leaves off.  But that is where the similarities stop. This second, and final, book in the series is told from Carmens point-of-view
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I dont know how to express myself about this book.
Ive been waiting for an year, and when I finally got it I couldnt put it down.
All the feelings between Carmen and Dani are so compatible with the reality, especially mine.
The book doesnt explore the homosexuality, like a taboo from the Medio society, its something completely normal and no one has objections about it, because it is just love between two women and nothing new,this is what should be in our society too. 🌈
The feminism is
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Tehlor Kay Mejia is a YA author and poet at home in the wild woods and alpine meadows of Southern Oregon. When she's not writing, you can find her plucking at her guitar, stealing rosemary sprigs from overgrown gardens, or trying to make the perfect vegan tamale. She is active in the Latinx lit community, and passionate about representation for marginalized teens in media. You can find her on ...more

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