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We Unleash the Merciless Storm

(We Set the Dark on Fire #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,733 ratings  ·  476 reviews
In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s 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 she’s devoted her life to. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Anna-Marie McLemore.

Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and d
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Elle (ellexamines)
Um… so this was disappointing.

After a book one focused around two girls falling in love and the politics of revolution, I was really excited for book two, focused around book one love interest Carmen as she tries to find her way between ruthless rebel and lover. But. The execution? Was not amazing.

This was not the worst book I have read. This book is an excellent warning to remember the human aspect of any type of revolution; to remember that, when fighting for freedom, human life still matters
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Update 4/16/20:

I am putting this back on the shelf at 38%.

While I really enjoyed this first book, this is just not holding my attention. I'm not sure if it is me, the book, or just life circumstances, but I need to move on.

For now, I am leaving it on my 'to be read' shelf versus DNF. The future is unclear whether or not I will return to the story...


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 preorderin
What I love from this book:

*Character growth
*10 times gayer
*Higher stakes, more intense and darker
*Found family

I was in awe of this sequel, Tehlor not only expanded the world-building but also showed a whole new side of the characters that we haven’t seen before. The duality of Carmen, her shadows and lights, her fears and pains. Oh god, it was so painful to read but amazing. She goes on such an incredible self-journey that left me with tears in my eyes. It’s clear with this book how this s
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
5 stars

The thing about We Unleash the Merciless Storm is that it has so many layers intricately woven together that I don’t think I could ever find the right words to do it justice. I’m still reeling from just how much it managed to take me by surprise, pulling me in from the very first sentence and only spitting me back up again after its final pages, feeling as if I’d just been punched in the gut.

This book picks up right after the events of We Set the Dark On Fire. Carmen has been discovered t
✨    jamieson   ✨
so apparently this isn't a trilogy as I originally thought but this is actually the last book because it's a duology....... pls say sike

review to come
Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG & TikTok)
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 n
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I think this may be an unpopular opinion, but I think I liked We Unleash the Merciless Storm more than We Set The Dark on Fire??

- Following the events of We Set The Dark on Fire, this book follows Carmen, a girl who returns to the resistance that raised her, only to find that loyalties are now splintered, no one trusts her, and her love may be in grave danger.
- I really enjoyed Carmen as a protagonist. While Dani may be more calm and measured of the two, Carmen is a spark away from a roaring bon
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.
This is one of my most highly anticipated sequels of this year and I’m 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 doesn’t disappoint.

The previous book ends on an intense cliffhanger and the author doesn’t let up by starting off almost at the next moment, but this time the story being told through Carmen’s POV. The story in this book takes place in just a few days, so t
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

oof really in the minority on this one. i loved the set up with dani in wstdof but i could not connect with carmen's pov the same way. the pacing was also v bumpy.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Did this meet my expectations? not entirely. But, what a great read regardless. All the yearning saved this one.

Full review to come
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
I really enjoyed this book, just not quite as much as We Set the Dark on Fire. There's somewhat of a change of setting from the first book, which made We Unleash the Merciless Storm read a lot more like your typical YA dystopia with the rebellion against the government. One of the things I loved about the first book was the unique twist on dystopia in the structure of the social hierarchy, and that wasn't very present in this book.

The fictional myths and legends were just as good as in the first
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, lgbt
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 th
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poc, sapphic, arcs, lesbian


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
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
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Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f
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
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#1) We Set the Dark on Fire ★★★★☆

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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 & Carmen r
Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read

why is it not february 2020 now? i need it to be february 2020 now.
5 stars

I've been putting off writing this review ever since I finished this book because I truly do not know where to start with it.

I don't usually call books perfect but... Everything about this book was perfect. It was one of the best conclusions to a series that I think I've ever read. It was executed flawlessly. This review is just going to be me gushing about how much I love this book.

I had a bit of a hard time getting into the first book in this series, We Set the Dark on Fire, but with
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
This book picks up right from the end of book one, and we follow Carmen this time, and get to know her much better. This is not the same young woman we met in book one, the beautifully attired and soft spoken segunda. We get a better picture of La Vos' leadership, aims, and readiness to deal with armed conflicts with the brutal government.
In Carmen, Mejia gives us a portrayal of a young woman who is considerably more violent, determined, intelligent, and analytical than what she showed of herse
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
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 Voz’s best soldier’s, 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 k
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To be completely honest, I don’t think I would’ve finished this book if it wasn’t for the gay angst.

I don’t even know where to start with the plot. It was plain boring, things happened that didn’t necessarily make sense or had any tangible effect on the plot, and a lot of the conflict felt repetitive. Some “plot twists” were presented as shocking when they were obvious from a mile away and really made me question the intelligence of all of these characters but especially Carmen who is s
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
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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Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia
A book with THIS much wlw yearning? Instant 5 stars ~
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While I didn't love this as much as the first book in the series, it came through in the end and I ended up enjoying it!

The main thing that was off for me in this one was that it had a very slow start, and was also very repetitive at times. However, it got better towards the second half of the story; I really enjoyed the feminist messages and friendships and romance!

3.5 stars
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 Mercil
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 it’s where I belong. Because it’s 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 ch

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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 Twi ...more

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