The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children Review Tour!
We’re happy to announce a review tour for the YA paranormal thriller The Executioner
at the Institute for Contaminated Children by Margaret E. Alexander!
The tour is running from October 20th to November 7th, 2014.
The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children Cover
at the Institute for Contaminated Children
16 The deciding age of contamination.
30 The number of coin flips it takes to prove that Donna may have subconsciously used her genetically enhanced abilities to excel in school.
24 The number of hours Donna has to board a train to the Institute for Extraordinary Children.
14 The flights of stairs she must climb to get to her room.
700 The number of pages in the rule book that will determine how she eats, sleeps, and…well…smells for the remainder of the school year.
2 The number of members in her squad. Good thing Dan’s there to help get her abilities in shape and avoid Donna’s worst fear—humiliation. Her abilities skyrocket. Until the day she learns exactly what Dan is capable of.
Margaret E. Alexander grew up in Miami, FL. Ten years of frizz and hurricanes chased her away to sunny San Diego, CA. While in college, studying biomedical engineering didn’t stop her from pumping out novel drafts every year. She found her escape in storytelling and others like her who sometimes preferred the world of fiction to the real one. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is her first YA novel with Crescent Moon Press. She loves blogging about thrillers with young protagonists and is putting her art minor to good use with a graphic novel project on the side. Her wandering focus is the fault of her cat.
So, let's talk interesting things. I really wasn't sure what I was going to get, or what to expect, from reading this one. But it's pretty cool. So, here's the basics. About 20 years ago, there was an explosion at a major chemical plant and a lot of people were affected. However the "contamination" didn't show up in those people, it showed up in their CHILDREN! Yeah, crazy right. Some children show some abilities or gifts. And some of these gifts are mind blowing. But not all of them are superhero type gifts. And this is the story of one of those children.
So, you start out the story with Donna and her siblings watching a trivia debate. You will learn she has a very smart mind, but she always knows the right answer. She is watching the team of kids from the "special" school. Everyone knows about those kids. She starts to wonder what it would be like to have super powers like her favorite superhero comic The Black Canary. Well, she gets her wish and it turns her life into hell. When Donna has a little incident at her normal school, she is then sent to the "special" school, where she meets Dan. BUT she's sent to this school with her fellow classmate Eva. It's really crazy from here on out. This school will make your head spin and make you kiss the ground of your normal everyday crazy high school. And Donna's family, well, I just need to say that they are great, and her little sister has the gift that I dream of every single day. :)
Donna is quite a strong girl. Even though she's new, she's willing to stand up for what's right, and put her own life on the line to help others, even if she doesn't like them. It's amazing her growth of her character. She starts out a little timid, but then she turns totally kick ass. She also realizes that comic book heroes are not the same as real life heroes. Things aren't as easy as they seem in those comics and people's lives are affected because of her actions. I liked her character. I also loved her relationship with Eva, whom I thought would turn out to be a mean girl, and instead totally stole my heart. Her ability had me crying. Like, I felt the need to hug her a lot. LOL and Her relationship with Dan is pretty unique. She's his partner, but she starts out terrified of him, even if she is attracted to him. He's got powers that are scary, but just because you make mistakes doesn't make you bad. You get some POV from Dan as well, and he really is quite remarkable. I mean, dudes don't cry, or feel as bad as Dan does. This made me like him so much more for the way he felt. He blames himself for so much.
The plot is based around the fact that someone is killing and terrorizing the students of these schools. He calls himself the executioner. And the twists of who the executioner is, and how he came to be, and who is controlling him will blow your mind. At the end, my mind was spinning and I couldn't help but be a little speechless. This one is definitely suspenseful and will have you cheering and rooting for the good guys while wishing for mean things for the bad guys. And I KNOW I wanna read book two, because this new journey is going to get crazy. I can't wait for more! 5 SCARY PAWS!! :)
I hope you guys take a chance on checking this book out. It's pretty darn cool. Thanks for hanging out with us :) Happy reading and later gators!!