We Unleash the Merciless Storm

We Unleash the Merciless Storm

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...

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Title:We Unleash the Merciless Storm
Author:Tehlor Kay Mejia
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We Unleash the Merciless Storm Reviews

  • Cande

    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!

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    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.

    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? LET’S UNLEASH THE STORM, GAYS!

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    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.

  • mahana

    4.5/5

    NO I DONT WANT TO SAY GOODBYE TO DANI AND CARMEN

    sapphic Latina mcs (i think carmen is definitely a lesbian but it's never confirmed), full cast of Latin American characters, f/f romance

    4.5/5

    NO I DON’T WANT TO SAY GOODBYE TO DANI AND CARMEN

    sapphic Latina mcs (i think carmen is definitely a lesbian but it's never confirmed), full cast of Latin American characters, f/f romance

  • Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG)

    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

    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 not trust her, and I was right not to. But in this sequel, we follow Carmen's point of view and man did I love her. I don't want to hate on Dani but she was nothing compared to Carmen. Carmen was such a strong character who was set in her beliefs and did not let anything or anyone get in her way. The things she did for her beliefs and for love, I wish I could say I would do the same but I would not.

    We also got to see Carmen's back story and from what I can remember we did not get flashbacks but got to know about her backstory by her comparing it to the present and how it contrasted with what she grew up with. This showed how much of a badass she is and why she did the things she did.

    This story was so action-packed and I was living for it. I mean, We Set The Dark On Fire from what I can remember was anything but action-packed but this sequel makes it up.

    One of my main complaints with We Set The Dark On Fire was how the characters trusted each other way too fast. I'm not just talking about the main relationship but in general. In this sequel, everything was questioned and I loved every second of it. I felt like there was no reason why they suddenly trusted each other and the romance happened in .5 second. It went from I hate you to I love and desire you in one conversation. ONE CONVERSATION and now that they are separated that is questioned.

    The last thing I loved including something I did not like was the ending. It was the ending we deserved except for two things. This is a spoiler so SPOILER ALERT I disliked that we didn't get to see how Mateo was imprisoned using the excuse that Carmen was poisoned. That's not even talking about how the poison can drive you mad with just one drop yet Dani was able to suck it out and be okay, plot hole anyone? SPOILER ALERT OVER. The last thing I dislike was how nicely everything wrapped up. Yes, it's the ending we deserve but it's also the ending that made no sense but none of that matters because I loved this book and in my eyes it is perfect.

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Thank you Edelweiss+ and the publisher for the chance to read an e-arc.

  • Sahitya

    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

    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 the pacing, tension and the action is absolutely relentless, not giving us any time to take a breath or relax. There was a sense of danger at every moment that the author managed to create, making me scared for my beloved characters all the time and I think the ability to sustain this sense of dread for a whole book was genius. But even during all these tension filled pages, there is so much emotion and love and vulnerability, and I’m amazed at the author’s ability to balance them all.

    While the first book was all about building up this unjust world and it’s cruel discrimination towards the poor and underprivileged, this book is all about what it means to be part of a resistance and fighting for a cause. In this day and age where we see many resistance movements across the world trying to stand up to authoritarian forces, the book rightly has some timely commentary on the importance of believing in a cause and fighting for it, but also about never putting one or two leaders above the cause itself. Through the characters’ thoughts and actions, we see how the strength of a resistance is in remaining loyal to all the people, in trying to build a community and figuring out ways to live, not just survive.

    There is also something we read or see a lot in media, about how love is a weakness that distracts you from your path and the author dismantles this perspective beautifully, showing how love in its different forms - romantic, platonic, sisterhood, found family - is a source of unimaginable strength and it gives us much more reason to survive and fight and succeed.

    We get the whole story through Carmen’s POV and I loved getting to know her more deeply. She is very conflicted after her experiences from the first book, unsure if she believes in the resistance anymore - particularly its leadership which seems to have changed direction and started using its people as disposable pawns - and is also worried how she can reconcile her faith in the cause with her love for Dani. Even though the story takes place in just a few days, we see Carmen go through a gamut of emotions, think and realize what is important to her, and though she does act impulsively at times which made me want to chide her, she ultimately does what she truly believes in her heart without ever compromising on her principles or giving up her love. I especially admired her belief that the cause and the people for whom they are fighting are the most important thing, not the leaders.

    It almost felt like Dani was only present for a very short time in the book (it’s probably half) and most of their time together was spent in trying to run and survive and fight. But I’m glad that they got to talk about their feelings, understand what is important to each of them and then support each other unconditionally in their final stand.

    We get to know a few more resistance members better this time and it was actually nice to see Sota again. He really is a sweet boy and true believer. I also liked how decisive and strong a leader Alex was, with some excellent support from Jasmin. I really liked the author stressing on the importance and power of sisterhood, especially towards the end when they were all tested. The final chapter really was the epitome and realization of what they were fighting for.

    To conclude, this book is as exciting and intense as I wanted it to be and I rushed through it because I couldn’t put it down. If you like your YA fantasies to be full of a group of women trying to fight and lead a resistance against an oppressive government, along with a beautiful love story, then this duology is perfect for you. It is fast paced, it is eye opening, it will make you question your own beliefs and finally leave you feeling hope. As someone who prefers more clear cut endings, the climax here felt a little dissatisfactory to me because it was too open ended and just leaves us hoping that the characters end up achieving what they set out to do without ever getting to know the results.

  • Mila

    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

    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 the world and followed the "show, don't tell" narrative more often than it did.

  • Anniek

    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.

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  • megs_bookrack

    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!

  • ✨    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

  • Diana

    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

    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

    I don't know, there's lots of things going on here that more than a leap of faith to belive the makes you go bunge jumping from a helicopter.

    So I DNF again at 84%. Bummer, I did love the first one so much!!!

    UPDATE: I tried it again, got to 72% of the book. I just can't.

    The situations work very conveniently for Carmen and Dani to extrincate themselves every time, it's like "how is it happening? How do people know where they are, how they get help every time, how they convince everyone on LaVoz, how..." Lots of hows. also, it feels kinda "chunky" to me, in the way that the story moves forward instead of seamlessly in pushes/bursts. Like "this happens, now we would need this to happen" and it does, without further ado

    DNF'ed at page 170ish.

    What happened here? I LOVED the first book. The characters were fully alive, the air sizzled between them, the plot was amazing and well thought, Carmen was my favorite, and the second book was going to be from her POW! WOW!

    And then... this boring book. With Carmen detailing everything she does/thinks/feels and being so plain it hurts. The plot is one sided, following La Voz and their actions that make no sense, and Carmen telling again all she thinks/feels/does/believes in in a boring story that is not slow moving as much as nothing really happening. In 170ish pages all that has been told is: LaVoz isn't working as always, there is a new guy that seems to control everything, Carmen escapes from where they have taken her and goes after Dani.

    That's all. Peepered with how Carmen feels/thinks/believes/does.

    And lots of thoughts about walls between people, kindness between strangers, rich vrs poor. It's like the author wanted to talk about the wrongs of the world so much she lost sight of the plot/story.

    A pity, I never expected I would dump this one as much as I've loved the first.

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