Monday, March 21, 2011

Review: In the Storm

Book: In the Storm
Author: Karen Metcalf
Publisher: Vagabondage Press
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Pages: 88
Source: Author... Thanks Karen!
Date Read: March 19, 2011


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, but is the price more than Carly is willing to pay?

Yani's Analysis:
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 my review....

Carly lives with her abusive step-father and adorable little brother. Her stepfather's a "sick fuck," and begins taking out his anger not only on Carly, but her little brother Mitch as well. It all becomes too much for her and she begins "clicking" herself into this other world, a limbo you would say. Throughout the whole story, Carly opens up her soul to the reader. Reading about her life you are at the edge of your seat wondering how can such a young girl suffer this alone.

And the storm world... wow the concept is completely amazing!! I don't want to give anything away so I won't explain more, but if you are a fan of emotional novels and/or Sci-Fi, I think you will love this novella. I only wish that there were more pages so I could learn more about this limbo world, learn more about Carly's past, see more of her future... but I think one of the beautiful things about this story is that you don't need to know her past or future to know that Carly is strong. This is an absolutely perfect read for stormy days (whether the storm is outside or inside doesn't matter, you'll still love it.)

This Thursday I will be posting an interview with Karen herself and a giveaway of  three e-book copies of In the Storm. If you don't win, definitely buy it on Amazon for only $2.99!!   Buy In The Storm


Plot: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Characters: 5/5

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