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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 Donn 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.


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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 Donn 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.

37 review for The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I wasn’t sure what to expect of this story. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children (sheesh, that is a long title) is basically a bunch of kids with abilities trying to survive in a school/system that is trying to change them into something else or kill them. This is different than anything I have read before, that’s for sure. There was a contamination about 20 years ago. A plant exploded and a lot of people were effected. The contamination doesn’t show up until they have child I wasn’t sure what to expect of this story. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children (sheesh, that is a long title) is basically a bunch of kids with abilities trying to survive in a school/system that is trying to change them into something else or kill them. This is different than anything I have read before, that’s for sure. There was a contamination about 20 years ago. A plant exploded and a lot of people were effected. The contamination doesn’t show up until they have children, and the children show certain abilities. Society calls them contaminated. The contamination shows up around age 16 and all children who show signs are then sent to one of the schools for such children. Also, their passports are stamped with a big red C, alerting officials tat they are not allowed to leave the country. It wouldn’t be so bad except that some of the schools have been blown up. Terrorists have started to target the schools, so being sent to one is almost a death sentence. Donna has just been diagnosed with contamination, and she is sent to a local school for contaminated children. Donna was a smart character. She has the ability to predict things in games of chance. Given a multiple choice question, she will always choose right. This is what gets her discovered. Donna does the right thing almost against her own will. She is an advocate for the mistreated. At the school, she is tested over and over and she is able to learn more about her abilities. The school is designed so that these kids learn to work around the rules. The rules are laid out in a book about 700 pages long and they learn quickly that they must adapt if the want to earn privileges or even eat at this school. Earn points or go hungry, how motivating. All of the kids in this school are cool and frightening. Their abilities are so useful, they are scary. By the middle of the story, I could guess that most if not all of them ended up working for the government. They had too much to offer as spy and/or intelligence officers to just be set free. The executioner in this tale is surprising. The end of this book had so many surprises. I did not see that coming. Then ending left a bit to the imagination, but still tied up all the loose ends enough for me to feel sated. There were a few deaths, a few lies and cover-ups, and of course a hint of romance. This tale had a bit of everything making it a good paranormal thriller, while staying in the confines of YA appropriateness. I liked and was frustrated with this book. While the story was really enthralling, I kept loosing my place. The story is written in first person, and some chapters switched people without notice, not mid chapter mind you but, I kept loosing my place. I thought maybe it was every other chapter devoted to Donna, but no. Some of her first person account took up a few chapters subsequently, and then the next (or opposite) character would be first person. It made me stop and orient myself to the character telling the story each chapter. The other key players in this story had very different viewpoints, but it still took me a bit to figure it out. I mostly listened to this on text-to-speech and I was shocked and needed to hear some parts over and over so I could follow along. The last few chapters had my undivided attention and it ended well. Beside the chapter character switches, I have no complaints about this book. There was a bit of mystery, and suspense along with teenage angst making this a pretty solid tale. Unfortunately, the chapter person switches pissed me off enough to make me rate this at a 4 at most. It really irked me not to know whose head I was in at each chapter start.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maghon Thomas

    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 superhe 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!! :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Margaret E. Alexander pens a fast-paced and gripping paranormal thriller in The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children. Alexander does a masterful job of creating her unique paranormal world where the “contaminated” are the children of parents exposed to a chemical accident are born with special abilities. One aspect of this story that I thoroughly enjoyed was that two-thirds of this story is told from Donna Wright’s point of vie Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Margaret E. Alexander pens a fast-paced and gripping paranormal thriller in The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children. Alexander does a masterful job of creating her unique paranormal world where the “contaminated” are the children of parents exposed to a chemical accident are born with special abilities. One aspect of this story that I thoroughly enjoyed was that two-thirds of this story is told from Donna Wright’s point of view and one-third of the story is told from Dan Tyrell’s point of view. Donna, on her sixteenth birthday, discovers she is one of the contaminated children. Donna’s special ability is accurately calculating any outcome, or probability. As a gamer and math geek myself, I immediately connected with Donna’s character. Because of her newly discovered ability, Donna is ripped from her family; all communication is cut off and she sent to the Institute. On the way to the Institute, Donna discovers, Eva, a frenemy from high school is going to the Institute too. I really enjoyed seeing a real friendship grow between Donna and Eva. At the Institute, Donna is paired up with Dan in order to further develop Donna’s ability. From Donna viewpoint, Dan is hard to read and his behavior towards her makes it hard to decipher his motives, and I couldn’t decide if liked his character or not. Luckily, Dan’s motives become clearer when reading the middle third of the book from his point of view. A complicated character, Dan has an ability that causes an internal struggle within, making him more likable and a sympathetic character. Donna and Dan have a few ups and downs as they learn to work together to figure out who the Executioner is. Donna is an amazing planner and strategist, which kept me turning the pages to see how well of her plans would work out. Along with the mystery, there is plenty of romantic tension between Donna and Dan. Even though they definitely have romantic feelings for each other, these two take their time to act on these feelings, enjoying only passionate kisses because with their abilities it takes them time to really trust each other, which adds depth to this story. By the end, Donna and Dan are a force to be reckoned with as they weave their way through the various threats they uncover. Compelling and memorable characters along with jaw-dropping plot twists make The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children a captivating and enthralling read right from the beginning. Better still, Alexander leaves the door wide open to revisit these characters in the future. I’m hoping that she does so some time soon.   I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion. Donna lives in a time where everyone is watched and if they show any sign of have a superpower they have to take a test when they turn sixteen to see if they have special powers of any kind. If their test comes out positive then they are sent to a new school or Institute for Extraordinary children. Although these children have very special powers they are considered freaks by anyone who is not special. The institute is a pl I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion. Donna lives in a time where everyone is watched and if they show any sign of have a superpower they have to take a test when they turn sixteen to see if they have special powers of any kind. If their test comes out positive then they are sent to a new school or Institute for Extraordinary children. Although these children have very special powers they are considered freaks by anyone who is not special. The institute is a place where all the children are taught by other class mates on how to use and control their powers. At the institute they have a lot of rules to follow and they don't care if you break the rules or not but if you don't follow the rules then you don't get points and if you don't have any points then you don't eat, shower or change clothes ect.... So needless to say the children are always trying to do things to earn points and they try very hard to follow all of the rules. Oh and you have to have a certain amount of points when it is your turn to graduate or you do not graduate. You will have to stay at the institute until you have enough points to graduate. After being at the institute Donna figures out that something is just not quite up to par. Students start turning up dead and Donna is determined to find out what is going on. They are not allowed to talk to their families plus they have no phone service, no internet or tv. Donna doesn't expect to fall for the person that they partner her up with to teach her how to use and control her powers but she do. Oh she doesn't fall for him right away oh no she can't stand him in the beginning but he kind of grows on her after a while when she gets to know him and learns a lot of secrets about him that no one else at the institute knows. She tries not to like him because of who and what he is but she must listen to what her heart tells her. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is in no way what I expected it to be when I started reading it. I loved all the twist and turns and how just when you thought you had it all figured out then bam it took you in another direction and it ended up being something totally different than you ever expected. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children will take a hold of you right from the very first and will hold on tight right up until the last word. I can't wait to read more about Donna, Eva and Dan in the next book or at least I am hoping for another book. I want to more about their lives and everyone else at the institute.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms

    **3.5 Stars** This story hooked me with it's unique premise. Although I initially had a difficult time connecting with the heroine, I ended up riveted. An accident at a chemical plan caused those people exposed to bear "contaminated" children. The special abilities that come along with being contaminated always surface by the child's 16th birthday. Donna, who was pondering how fantastic it'd be to know a superhero, finds herself labeled as contaminated on her 16th birthday. As such, she's sent to **3.5 Stars** This story hooked me with it's unique premise. Although I initially had a difficult time connecting with the heroine, I ended up riveted. An accident at a chemical plan caused those people exposed to bear "contaminated" children. The special abilities that come along with being contaminated always surface by the child's 16th birthday. Donna, who was pondering how fantastic it'd be to know a superhero, finds herself labeled as contaminated on her 16th birthday. As such, she's sent to one of the Institutes for children like her. There she meets Dan. At first, he's really cocky and obnoxious. But eventually, we see through to the side of him that hides his pain and cares for others. They become partners. They train together - to hone their abilities. But the longer Donna's there, the stronger her senses that something in the Institute is amiss. The story became very exciting and action-packed as Donna and Dan try to solve the mysteries of who runs the Institutes, who is the Executioner, and why were the contaminated children wanted? I ended up really enjoying this story. The only reason I'm not rating it higher is that I had trouble connecting with Donna in the first third of the book. I will qualify that with a "it's me, not her" as Donna is a gamer and therefore used and referenced gaming. This is something unfamiliar to me and hindered my connection to her. The middle third switched to Dan's POV. I liked his perspective quite a bit. And his interactions with Donna helped bridge the gap for me, so that when the POV switched back to Donna in the final third of the story, I was on board with her. I've never been much into comics or superheroes, but I think The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is reminiscent of them. There are characters with extraordinary powers, arch-nemeses that are unknown, and great villains. I think the story speaks to social injustices and prejudices in our society. I liked that. And it was done in a clever way. Ms. Alexander wove a creative story around great world building and well-developed characters. This will appeal to teens and adults alike. I'm anxious to know the rest of Donna and Dan's story. **I received a complimentary copy, as part of a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.**

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (thereaderandthechef)

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars! Supernatural abilities? Hell yes! I love reading these type of books, they are always so much fun and this book was no exception. I just love the idea of an Institute created to control the people contaminated and I liked the twisted fact that instead of being there to help them out, to be their safe haven from the society, it serves more as a prison and as a place to be feared of because the people running each and every one of these Institutes for the contaminated chil Actual rating: 3.5 stars! Supernatural abilities? Hell yes! I love reading these type of books, they are always so much fun and this book was no exception. I just love the idea of an Institute created to control the people contaminated and I liked the twisted fact that instead of being there to help them out, to be their safe haven from the society, it serves more as a prison and as a place to be feared of because the people running each and every one of these Institutes for the contaminated children will do just about anything to keep their power, not caring if it comes to killing and sacrificing their children. The characters in this book are quite likeable and they have awesome (and some even weird) abilities. Donna, who is one of the main characters, has the ability to guess right; Dan, another main character, can force people to do his will with his mind, and Donna's friend and roomie, Eva, has the power to reproduce and use her hormones to influence guy's minds (weird, right?). Out of the three, I guess my favorite has to be Donna because she grows the most inside the story. She goes from a laid-back girl who refuses to read the rule book to a sharp-minded girl ready to save the day. While the first part of the book is interesting and a good read, I loved best the second part of the book. It's more action-packed and the characters started dropping bombs one after another. I liked how the story picked up and how the author easily presented pretty great plot twists. And, because I'm such a romance lover, I was thrilled how the feelings developed between Donna and Dan. It was an agonizing slow-burn, but well worth it! I'm looking forward to read the next book. I'm curious to find out what is going to happen to Donna, Dan and Eva as they master their abilities, and better yet, what will happen to all the Institutes and the evil minds behind their walls. Hope they all go down! *Received a free review copy in exchange of an honest review at The Reader and the Chef.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Proserpine

    Terrifying story about children who have super powers and strange abilities and send to an academy to ''train'' and get educated. These children or more like teen, have been contaminated but didn't ask for this mutation. Some are seen as monsters and some are truly are. This academy or school isn't a peaceful place and many dangers awaited the new students. Donna who's always right (I loved that ability) is sent to Lejeune Academy where nothing seems to fit, to be safe or be right. I wasn't expect Terrifying story about children who have super powers and strange abilities and send to an academy to ''train'' and get educated. These children or more like teen, have been contaminated but didn't ask for this mutation. Some are seen as monsters and some are truly are. This academy or school isn't a peaceful place and many dangers awaited the new students. Donna who's always right (I loved that ability) is sent to Lejeune Academy where nothing seems to fit, to be safe or be right. I wasn't expecting anything specific from this title, this isn't really my kind of read, but honestly The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children kept my attention from the beginning and I was surprise to even form a connection with the heroine Donna. She's the perfect representation of an intelligent teen from our days. She's smart, cute, charming and the way she care for others is stunning. The other characters are also intriguing: Eva have the most unlikely ability, you would never guess what it is! And Dan's power is almost as perfidious as uncanny. Threat is always looming in the dark and at every corner, which was the thing that kept me reading. The Executioner and what he can do (what is purpose is!) hovers over the heads of the contaminated teens, even during the special events. Surprising ending, I didn't saw this one coming until the epilogue, which is great since I can decipher almost any ending. (My ability) Overall, this story was quite entertaining and easy to read. Filled with quick but steady chapters, I found myself at the end of the book after a few hours. I recommend this title to ever YA Paranormal lovers who really wants to read something different.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chanzie

    Rating 3.5 / 5 stars 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 Ma Rating 3.5 / 5 stars 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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    This has been one of those cases in which it was the blurb to attract me to the book most of all. The summary is intriguing but quite cryptic and that is precisely what pushed my curiosity buttons so much and well. I found myself drawn into a story that had much more to offer than what I would have honestly expected, and I devoured the book without realising it. From start to finish we have so much going on that is practically impossible to get bored even for a second, and that is because the aut This has been one of those cases in which it was the blurb to attract me to the book most of all. The summary is intriguing but quite cryptic and that is precisely what pushed my curiosity buttons so much and well. I found myself drawn into a story that had much more to offer than what I would have honestly expected, and I devoured the book without realising it. From start to finish we have so much going on that is practically impossible to get bored even for a second, and that is because the author has done a very good job with both characters and plot development. Guessing who's behind everything is a challenge—it proves to be so even when you think you got the answer right—and every turn of events certainly makes the whole read even more entertaining. But it's not just a matter of getting the Executioner, we face a sad 'reality' here in which our heroes are forced to live and, well, survive. Certain situations kinda gave me the chills and I could feel the characters' struggle . . . Lovers of superheroes should definitely grab this book right away, although I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a cool read with unexpected twists and turns. I'm definitely looking for more! I received a free copy of this book from the Author for an honest review. This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book or the content of my review originally posted at Darkest Sins.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    At first look, I wasn't sure this was my kind of read, since the blurb is quite cryptic. However, it was precisely that crypticness, the curiosity those numbers inspired me, that led me to start the story and find out what it was about. Couldn't have made a better choice. Donna is a strong character, but so is Dan. It was great to have both POVs because I could understand them better and also see their struggle towards certain decisions... Nothing is easy for them, but whom would you say it is eve At first look, I wasn't sure this was my kind of read, since the blurb is quite cryptic. However, it was precisely that crypticness, the curiosity those numbers inspired me, that led me to start the story and find out what it was about. Couldn't have made a better choice. Donna is a strong character, but so is Dan. It was great to have both POVs because I could understand them better and also see their struggle towards certain decisions... Nothing is easy for them, but whom would you say it is ever for? With the Executioner watching everyone's moves and deciding the fate of their lives, they'd better follow the rules and watch their backs. Action, suspense and great revelations make this a book you surely don't want to miss!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mai Balaibo

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maya

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

  15. 5 out of 5

    Auraya

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maya

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kiana Frantom

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Scarborg)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Varla Fiona

  20. 4 out of 5

    Berls

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt Ely

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Robertson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Twilightwatchers

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danna

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marylynn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  31. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

  32. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

  33. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  34. 5 out of 5

    SARIT

  35. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Marie

  37. 5 out of 5

    Sue

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