In The Storm by Karen Metcalf

Title: In The Storm
Author: Karen Metcalf
Publisher: Vagabondage Press
Format: ebook
Publication Date: February 15th 2011
Overall: 4/5 
Source: From Author For Review
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?

 My Review:
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 affects everything and everyone around her.
Carly has so many questions, yet each time she finds herself in the storm world and faces Morgan, she cannot seem to remember them all. Morgan tries his best to explain the other world dimensions that exist. They involve alternate paths that Carly directly influences with each decision she makes. Although this storm world seems beautiful and safe at first, Carly soon learns that this world is not as stable as she thought and those she cares for are in danger, including herself.
Carly’s emotions are the focus of the novel and from the very beginning she is portrayed as a well-defined and strong protagonist. Although at times she lets her emotions get the best of her, she learns to overcome her fear and does everything she can to protect her little brother.
In The Storm is a short story with emotional depth that will stay with you long after reading the very last words. This novel deals with a lot of heavy issues such as alcoholism, abuse, love, and sacrifice. I believe there are many lessons readers can learn through Carly’s actions, one being that with each choice there are consequences which must be accepted, good or bad.
Karen Metcalf has presented a wonderful concept of unique worlds that are represented by people’s emotions that will leave you wanting to create and enter your very own. I also appreciate that readers can easily relate to the emotions portrayed by the characters and can understand each threat involved without any use of graphic details.
This novel is appropriate for most age groups and I would definitely recommend this to all who enjoy YA Fiction with more depth.
An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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