Friday, 31 October 2014

Tour Stop and Book Review: The Executioner at the Institution for Contaminated Children by Margaret E. Alexander




Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: 21 July 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
Source: Dark World Books
Audio or Book: ebooks
Length: 242 pages



Overview:
Donna’s always been one step ahead of the game, but the last person she expects to fall for is the first suspect in a line of killings at a school for superhuman teens. 

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. 
1 The number of bodies that turn up dead. 
0 Her chances of getting out alive.



My Review:


Initially the cover drew me in and the overview intrigued me. A strong theme throughout the story is probability which gives it a unique story line and keeps is interesting. Often I find a theme can either kill a story or make it great. It definitely worked this time round. 

The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children (Wow what a mouthful) didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it as a good read. 

Characters: 3.5/5
Margaret creates likable characters which are easy to connect with. There are 3 parts to the book and 2 point of view changes. Part 1 and 3 were Donna's POV, and Part 2 was Dan's POV. I struggled a little bit to settle into the POV switch initially and when it switched back - just to wrap my brain around who's eyes we were looking through. 

Quick some up of the characters that stood out to me: 
Donna is likable and Fair. Dan is complicated. Eva is so sweet. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  
I have to say that the plot is unique and filled with lots of twists I didn't see coming. It is probably one of the best plots I have read in a while. Margaret has an easy writing style and her pace is moderate throughout the story. 

I loved the ending actually. It was just enough. It rounded everything up beautifully & created enough intrigue for the next book. 

Cover talk: 5/5 I loved it!! Obviously as it is what initially drew me in to grab it.



Final Thoughts: This was a good read and I enjoyed it enough to want to check out the next book!


My Rating:



Margaret E. Alexander
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.
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