The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!
The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.
We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
The concept of The Urban Boys was interesting: five boys being exposed to something supernatural that enhances their senses and bonds them into a fearsome force, each with their own hypersensitive sense.
I had difficulty getting into this book. There were a lot of unnecessary details at times. A good example was the football game that 3 of the boys were in. I like football but, in this case, it seemed to go on and on. The fight scenes also seemed too detailed, but that’s a personal preference. I’m sure many young adults would get into those.
The writing style was almost poetic at times. Although it would be good to use in some cases, it didn’t fit in a young adult book. Several times I thought that I did’t know if a young adult would want to struggle through some of it, especially when it’s supposed to be an action-adventure novel.
There was a good mix of characters. The boys were different races and each family was more typical of actual families this day in age including a sister raising her brother, a divorced mom, and a widower. It was a challenge keeping them all straight, though, until almost the end of the book.
I did get more into The Urban Boys toward the end so I will most likely try the next book when it comes out in the hopes that it has a little less detail.
Praise for The Urban Boys:
“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media
“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews
“I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers
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About the Author
K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.