Friday, February 26, 2016

BOOK REVIEW, TRAILER & GIVEAWAY WINNERS: The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith

Title: The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses
Genre: Young Adult Action-Adventure, Paranormal
Published: September 29, 2015
Formats Available: All Digital


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. It 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. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!


The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded Druth, twist and grind the story even further. Despite tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny? Intriguing, intelligent, beautifully written, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!

REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 2 months


This book drew me in at the opening line. It was full of adventure, emotional emptiness, friendship and awesome powers. 

My absolute favorite part was when Ross stood up against Joaquin because I felt it was a very important part. I think this moment built both boys' character. Ross was very brave and in some ways it did and didn't pay off. 

I really like the description Smith used. The book is based on the senses and I felt that she appealed to my senses and she executed the style of writing really well. 

My favorite character is Ross because of his bravery and courage. 

I recommend this book to anyone who likes wonderful writing, action and a couple boys who never give up. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up.

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 literary 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 states, “My hope is that The Urban Boys will spark imagination in a wide variety of readers while elevating global literacy efforts. It’s important that we have diverse families of readers for generations to come.” K.N. Smith has over twenty years experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.

Twitter: @knsmith_author


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