In The Storm
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...more
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—not how I pict ...more
Although this is a shorter novella, the characters really come to life. The sheer fact that Karen Metcalf was able to fit so ...more
Carly is a stoic girl who cares deeply for her little brothe ...more
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 child should ever ex ...more
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 ...more
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 from or stop. T ...more
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 detailed and ...more
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. He tries to e ...more
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 home life I do ...more
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 escapes fate without sacrifice ...more
*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 can return for Mitchell an ...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, I felt like ...more
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 ...more
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 possibil ...more
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 ...more
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 in a while. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 it.