Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Institute by Kayla Howarth (The Institute, #1)

The Institute
by Kayla Howarth
Series: The Institute - Book 1
Publication Date: January 9, 2015
Publisher: Kayla Howarth
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 322 pages
Available from: Amazon
 Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute.

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. Protecting Shilah from that fate is their number one priority.

When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute. She’s not Defective, but what seventeen-year-old girl has the ability to pull two teenage boys away from a fiery rubble and walk away without a scratch? It would definitely be seen as suspicious.

Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her? Will her whole family come under investigation? Will they discover Shilah and his ability to predict the future?

Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.

The Institute by Kayla Howarth (The Institute, #1)

The Institute (The Institute, #1)They are watching your every move. Be normal, very normal, because even an act of selfless bravery can expose you to THE INSTITUTE and it will be the end of your life as you know it.
Allira Daniels knows how to stay under the radar of The Institute. Her brother is a Defective according to the Institute, a threat to humanity that must be put away. The truth is, Shilah possesses a special gift, one that could be a blessing to the world, but instead, he must be hidden in fear.

Little did Allira know, the boy she rescued would do more than steal her heart, he would steal both her freedom and that of Shilah. Seems there is more to Allira than meets the eye and now she must make a deal with the devil to survive the prison she and Shilah have been locked away in. Allira will learn more about herself, her gift and who she can trust in just a brief time, but one thing for sure, she can never trust her heart, again.

Kayla Howarth’s THE INSTITUTE is a brilliant addition to the young adult fantasy genre. Low on angst, populated with a myriad of character personalities, raw scenes of brutality and the power-hungry group who lords over the populace with an iron fist. Allira is a strong female character, tricked by her teen hormones, deceived by the boy of her dreams and entrusted with secrets of the Institute’s inmates. The intrigue is captivating, the plot is well-thought out and the battle of good versus evil feels like it is about to ramp up in spades. A fabulous read that ignites any imagination it touches!

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