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Abandoned by the world around her, Carly believes she is fated to a life of torment at the hands of her stepfather and is desperate for an escape. When she can bear the abuse no longer and gives in to a thunderous rage, she suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar, yet beautiful, storm world. This limbo between dimensions appears to be her private sanctuary, but it may just ...more
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Published February 2011 by Vagabondage Press, LLC
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Majanka
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novella
In The Storm is a short story of roughly 90 pages long. In a gripping display of emotions, our protagonist Carly sketches her life at home, under the ‘care’ of her stepfather Richard – a drunk, abusive and malicious man – and the way she and her younger brother Mitchell try to deal with this in their day-to-day life. When she hears her stepfather coming up the stairs to enter her room in the middle of the night, Carly has had enough. With a clicking sound, she leaves her human body behind to tra ...more
Jenny
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011

One of the main criticisms of Jane Austen is that she wrote mostly in prose and as a rule, stories written either mostly in prose or mostly in dialogue are no-nos. However, I think Ms. Metcalf is allowed to break the rules with this novella of mostly dialogue between Carly and her seeming guardian angel Morgan because of the rest of the bits of action and non-verbal interaction between the characters. It is indeed mostly made up of conversations and explanations between Carly and Morgan but in t

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Jessica
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am still reeling from just finishing this novella, and let me tell you it's going to stick with me for a while. In the Storm is a book like no others. The 88 pages flew by and I'm left with a feeling somewhere between exasperation at the fact that there is no more left for me to read, and total awe at the whole concept behind the story. This was definitely one of a kind.

Although this is a shorter novella, the characters really come to life. The sheer fact that Karen Metcalf was abl
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Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
I won't lie, this was a bit hard to get into at first. You have a girl and her brother being tortured by their stepfather in a town where apparently no one cares. Definitely not puppies and sunshine, but surely things can only get better from here. Right? Well, yes and no...but I will say that I grew to enjoy the story much more as I went on.

There were some mechanics in this piece that didn't always work for me. The narration felt a bit robotic sometimes, too technical or specific—no
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Moonlight Gleam
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
After the death of their father and their mother long gone, Carly and her younger brother Mitchell are left to live with their step father, a man who insists on making their lives miserable. Richard, their step father, has a drinking problem and often goes after Mitchell to hurt Carly even more. One time Carly reacts to his violent behavior but, ‘CLICK’, she enters a storm world where she meets a boy named Morgan. Carly is not supposed to believe the storm world is real and by her knowing it is ...more
Izzy
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Carly's life, to put it plainly, sucks. She lives with her innocent younger brother and would do anything to protect him from the abuse of their stepfather. But there's only so much the sixteen-year-old girl can do, and one day she's so overwhelmed with fear and anger that she snaps. She wakes up to find herself in a strange and beautiful storm world with Morgan, a guardian angel of sorts. And what he has to tell her changes everything.


Carly is a stoic girl who cares deeply for
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Kai
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, teens, arc
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

I'm a little bit in-between this book.

What struck me the most was the realism. It's very obvious and powerful, and its what really urged me to read through it all. I loved and hated the emotions it roused in me while reading. A very strong sense of hate for what happens to the children, fear for their lives amd pity for Carly and Mitch.

What Carly and her younger brother Mitchell experienced is horrifying and disturbing to say the least. No chi
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Novels On The Run
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
MICHELLE'S REVIEW:

Big thankyou to Karen Metcalf for letting me read this incredible, incredible book. I was totally blown away with it. It’s only 88 pages, but, WOW!!!! The writing was deep and intriguing and very sad and emotional even spiritual. Very mature writing for somebody only 24 years old. At times the content is very hard to read with the life these 2 kids were living as it would be real to a lot of families. It’s not a fun , relaxing read. You are swept up into their story
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Trisha Wolfe
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every now and again, a story comes along that shakes up your world. Something that you didn’t expect, or see coming. When I opened my review folder this morning, my coffee in hand, I clicked on In The Storm. Settling in for a short and easy read-a read to keep me occupied while I played on Twitter or sent emails back and forth, I was soon mistaken, and gladly so. Quickly forgetting my cup of coffee and Twitter, I lost myself in Carly’s world. As she was pulled away from her reality, I was pulled ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Big thankyou to Karen Metcalf for letting me read this incredible, incredible book. I was totally blown away with it. It’s only 88 pages, but, WOW!!!! The writing was deep and intriguing and very sad and emotional even spiritual. Very mature writing for somebody only 24 years old. At times the content is very hard to read with the life these 2 kids were living as it would be real to a lot of families. It’s not a fun , relaxing read. You are swept up into their story of violence/abuse, at the han ...more
Heather Alexander
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a short story that reads like a full length novel. Carly and Mitch are siblings that live with their horribly abusive stepfather. Carly is constantly on the alert and is always trying to protect her little brother from her stepfathers cruelty. One particularly stressful night, Carly hears/feels a "click" and is transported to a different place. Stunned she is unsure if she is dreaming or what is going on. She is brought back by Mitch calling her name. He insists she was in the room with ...more
Naomi
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In The Storm by Karen Metcalf, is a moving novella that delves into the realms of fate, what if’s and anger.

Poor Carly has had a tough upbringing, dealing with an abusive step father and caring for her younger brother, Mitchell. No wonder her anger gets the better of her. Eventually her rage takes over and transports her to this beautiful purple storm world. This is her only escape from reality.

In her storm world, Carly meets a boy, his name is Morgan. He is her guardian, sort of. H
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Alissa
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Unique concept meets forceful descriptions and dialogue.

As the main character, Carly is well-defined; she’s got it rough, but has her footing in the world. Her voice is somewhat distinct, particularly in the beginning. But as the story moved along, I felt that I lost a bit of that which made Carly who she is. Suddenly her emotions were fickle and abrupt, and I much preferred the strong, fearless Carly that was first introduced.

The concept of Carly entering her own storm world is so
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Lauren
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Startling, mind-boggling, unique, and enthralling, Karen Metcalf's In the Storm is the perfect read for one stormy, rainy afternoon.

In the Storm tells the story of Carly, a girl who has never had an easily life. For one, her mother deserted Carly and her brother Mitch a few years ago, leaving them stranded and with only one house to go to- their abusive and frightening stepfather's. There they face punishment like no other- punishment that Carly and Mitch don't know how to escape fro
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Yani
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, my-kindle
This is one short story that packs a lot of punch! Karen was nice enough to send me a copy ages ago, but with all these hyped up books coming out recently I didn't get the chance to read it until this weekend. Wow did I miss out. It just goes to show you, never underestimate the little people. Because of this I am actually going to try to do a special each month for smaller publishing companies with great authors such as Karen to get the word out about their books. Now enough babbling and on to ...more
Leah
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
I wasn't really sure what to expect with book. The synopsis is frustratingly vague. I was very pleasantly surprised though, and quite frankly I LOVED it!

Carly was a smart and easy to read protaganist. Her life literally sucks in this book, she has to take care of her five year old brother, her step father abuses her, and her mother ran out on her, and Metcalf wrote in a way that made me feel very sympathetic towards her. Usually when I read books about protaganists who have a hard ho
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
3.5/5.0

*Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

When Carly’s mom takes off leaving her and her little brother Mitchell to an abusive stepfather, Carly despairs of ever escaping. When the abuse escalates and she bursts out in a fit of rage she suddenly finds herself someplace else. In a world different and yet similar to the one she left behind she needs to figure out where she is and how she got there, so she ca
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Lily (WhoLockian)
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
In the storm by Karen Metcalf
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

Abandoned by the world around her, Carly believes she is fated to a life of torment at the hands of her stepfather and is desperate for an escape. When she can bear the abuse no longer and gives in to a thunderous rage, she suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar, yet beautiful, storm world. This limbo between dimensions appears to be her private sanctuary, but it may just be her purgatory.
No one escape
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Jessica Bierschied
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
IN THE STORM, by Karen Metcalf is a fresh new look on a girl with a complicated life, an abusive step-father, a little brother she must protect at all costs...oh and whole new dimension that offers her an escape from everything. This is a fast pace story that will leave you begging for more.

I started this short little novella not quite knowing what I was getting into but from page one I was instantly hooked. Metcalf goes into such beautiful detail and really know show to set a scene,
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Jennifer
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Carly and her younger brother, Mitch, are living a life of fear. Their stepfather, Richard, is a total jerk that takes pleasure in causing them pain. Everything comes down to a game with this man…if we can even call him that. Carly looks after her brother, protecting him as much as she can. One night she gets angry and - CLICK - she’s transported to another world, a storm world where she is safe from Richard. The downside to Carly’s escape into this world is that she cannot bring her brother wit ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
In the beginning I was confused about what exactly was actually happening in this book, but it was okay, somehow, because the main character, Carly, was confused as well. What’s so great about this novella is that in a short period of time you really grow to care about Carly and her little brother, Mitchell. You want Carly to find out answers about this strange storm world she’s been transported to, but you also desperately want her and Mitchell to be able to escape the abuse of their stepfather ...more
Lunamoth
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the Storm is short, you can read it in one sitting if you have the time. however, just because it is not a lengthy book does not mean it lacks in the emotional department or lacks a solid story with twists and suprises.

Carly is a 16 year old girl living a very crappy life, no parents and living with her abusive stepfather and innocent little brother she has to put up with a lot of horrible things. Then one day, and i can only put it this way: she snaps. Shes gones from her world and thrown
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Rebecca
In the Storm is a novella that while is short still contains a lot of information and is quite a heavy read. In the Storm starts off in quite a sad way with Carly and her brother Mitchell being in a household with a horrible stepfather. From there things move quite quickly and we are thrust into the main focus of the story.
In the Storm is a science fiction novella and it is the kind of science fiction that I really love. It’s the kind where it talks about parallel universes and infinite po
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Sarah (blissbubbley)
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the synopsis although I was aware that the abuse side of this story could cause a few emotions in my reading experience. Yes it did and I felt sorry for Carly straight from the off and the story is told in more of a diary format so you can feel the emotion that she is going through. You also don't want her Stepfather to come to her room and I found myself shuddering at the thought. I wanted her to escape and her escape comes in the storm world where she meets Morgan. Carly is ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
In The Storm captured me from the first page and kept my attention. Yes, it is a short story, but it is a well written one with well developed characters.
This is very emotional and it deals with tough issues, but it's woven with fantasy. Carly is a great main character, she has a great voice and she has a personality that I gravitate towards. I really liked the relationship between her and her brother, it was sweet and I could feel the emotion there. Morgan is a great interest with mystery, a
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Aine
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
Debut author Karen Metcalf offered me the chance to read and review her novella, In the Storm. Carly finds herself in a new world when just moments before, she was in her normal one. The one where she lives with her sweet little brother and evil stepfather. They don’t exist in this new world… just Morgan, a boy Carly instant falls for.

I found a few things confusing at first, but Karen did a wonderful job of pulling everything together. This is one of the most unique stories I’ve read
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Melissa
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing

The Novella is beautifully written and I was hooked from the first page. The author made the characters come to life and the description of the scenes made me feel that I was right there among the characters. Cary and Morgan were my favorite characters in the book but the other characters played a big part in the plot of the story. Cary lives an abusive life and when she finds herself in the beautiful storm world she meets Morgan. Cary is intrigued by Morgan and finds comfort when she is with hi
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
To me, this felt like a YA book written by a YA person. There was a lack of depth to the writing. Everything felt a little superficial and easy.

The strongest part of the story was the way the emotion had a very real physical manifestation. I wasn't quite sure why Carly had such strong emotions at times, but I could definitely understand the strength of them based on the realistic depiction of the weather.

This is not a happy story, but there a lot of emotional elements to
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Nicki Markus
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely novella. When I began the first page, I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I was soon drawn into Carly's world. I was keen to see what would happen to her and her brother and how the story would progress.
The characters were engaging and believable and I loved the other world of Carly's that Metcalf has created. The descriptions were beautifully done.
Not a 'happy' story as such, but a wonderful read and an author to look out for in the future.
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In The Storm by Karen Metcalf was an interesting read. I usually don't read literary kind of works, but I did like this book. Even though there was abuse, and a serious undertone, I liked the way Karen wrote Carley, her character was wonderful, and the way she used the storm to escape from her situation. So I would say read this book, it’s worth your time.

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