The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses

Rated 4.21/5 based on 39 reviews
Five boys, a Dark Stranger, a fearless girl, vicious thugs, and the evil Druth. A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens the boys’ senses to extreme levels, and then all breaks loose. Furious battles confront the boys, but they must embrace their fate. This intriguing story twists and grinds through an action-packed, thrilling ride for young-mature readers alike! More

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About K.N. Smith

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 artistic and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of action-adventure and the paranormal in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California. For more details, please visit knsmith.com.

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Review by: JohnGoldman on Feb. 05, 2016 :
It has been a while since I have found a book that I wanted to read slowly so that I could soak in every detail in hopes that the last page seems to never come. When reading the synopsis of this novel, I never imagined that I would feel so connected to a book about 5 teenage boys… This novel was so much more than the above states. The idiosyncrasies of each individual character is so well defined and expressed in such ways that come across the page almost lyrically. I was invited into the pages and could not only imagine the atmosphere, but all of my ‘senses’ were collectively enticed from the very first page until the last. An emotional journey not soon forgotten, full of danger, conflict, tension and drama… and one I will recommend to my family and friends.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: BenjiHammond on Feb. 05, 2016 :
Make no mistake, “The Urban Boys” is definitely a compelling read, and one that will appeal to a wide range of readers due to its far-reaching and relevant plotlines, from friends and enemies, right and wrong, good and evil, this book covers so many things, yet it all fits well together in a unique blend of mystery, action, danger, life, and drama. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow but then it picked up and flowed well. One thing I particularly liked was how we really felt like we were part of the story as it unfolded, instead of it just being “told” to us, on the outside looking in.. We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of YA literary fiction who’d like a new twist on the genre.
(reviewed 70 days after purchase)

Review by: JTHACK on Feb. 05, 2016 :
"The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith is the most entertaining, deep, and interesting books I have read in a very long time! From the moment I picked it up and read the first page I was hooked, as the characters are so real and loveable and the descriptions are so vivid and full of life, it is impossible to put down. The author has painted a picture of extraordinary lives of these young men which at times is very moving and action packed and done with remarkable attention to detail. It is certainly a story that will stay with me for a long time and I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next one in the series to become available. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)

Review by: MaxGgg on Feb. 05, 2016 :
4 1/2 stars - What a gorgeously crafted story. Each character is developed and each story is full of descriptive details that I feel as if I know these people. Far reaching, sweeping, and heartfelt, I did think the beginning was a tad too slow, but second half of the book was much stronger than the first. The characters seemed to settle in a bit, like they finally knew who they were. The stories became much more realistic and believable. I do wish it could have been more pared down some and there wasn't so much time wasted getting to the real meat and potatoes of the story. Because once we get there it’s unlike anything I’ve read. Will be looking for the next one. Highly recommend for teens on up.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)

Review by: MegKing on Feb. 05, 2016 :
4.5 stars..........
Brilliantly crafted and written, “The Urban Boys” by author K.N. Smith is the first in a thrilling new fantasy/adventure series that I will definitely be following through. This world is wholly conceived, and I was pleased with the level of character development. The plots are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you guessing. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the dynamic of the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be shocked by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés. I would also like to commend the level of professionalism in this novel, from the cover to the editing– all top notch. Looking forward to more great stories from K.N. Smith and will be recommending to my friends.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)

Review by: Cale Owens on Feb. 04, 2016 :
this powerhouse of a story by K.N. Smith is equally packed with action and emotion, and is sure to please even the pickiest of literary readers for its fine quality of prose and a meaningful and attention-grabbing plotline. I felt a great connection with the characters, and thought the narrative was clean and crisp, descriptive, but not overdone – although I suspect some may feel differently. Great writing and a bold attempt at capturing many important themes and elements made “The Urban Boys” a hit for me. Hope this author continues writing these types of books because she certainly has a knack for it. Eager for the next one as the journey of the boys continues on! 4 1/2 stars
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)

Review by: James Masters on Feb. 04, 2016 :
I read this book and found myself completely transported to the story, completely forgetting where I was. A modern day novel with more tangents and sub plots than many others I’ve read, with a large cast of characters each of whom have their own stories to tell and conflicts to overcome. At times I did think the pacing suffered with too much of the narrative telling the stories instead of letting the characters actions and dialogue push us through, but K.N. Smith’s skill with story, complex, creative and with passion—will captivate readers looking for the next big thing in YA fantasy/adventure.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)

Review by: April Dawn on Feb. 02, 2016 :
I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my “favorites” shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and the description felt a bit “wide-reaching” to me. Wondered if she’d pull it off, and I truly believe she did! I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect. A lesser author would have glossed over some of these scenes that K.N. Smith carefully and masterfully brought to life in a memorable way. The characters all felt real (not contrived cardboard cutouts), and the way they tell their stories we really see it through their eyes and feel like we are there. Liked the twist at the end, and will like to read the next one when it’s published. Recommend. 4.5 stars
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)

Review by: Nicole Hastings on Feb. 02, 2016 :
to say “The Urban Boys” is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as SO much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. Smooth pacing, plenty of action, and diverse characters, along with current-day issues (despite being on the paranormal side) makes this a definite winner in my eyes. I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything the author is saying, as it will require some deeper thought and reasoning, and might even change your perspective on some things. The prose is lovely and much ‘classier’ than one normally sees in a YA novel, and at times it reads and feels more mature. But teens like to read “up” so they might appreciate this, as will older readers who want to read ‘younger’ but don’t want it dumbed down. Very interesting, and recommend to fans of literary/ paranormal/ adventure fiction.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)

Review by: CamJones on Feb. 02, 2016 :
I am of somewhat mixed feelings on this novel, “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith. On one hand it is brilliantly written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters I’ve read in a long time, and I liked how each of them had their own unique set of circumstances. But on the other, at times I felt almost like this book was too much at once, and seemed to lose focus of the arc and kept going off in different directions. I feel like it would have been better if it were shorter and more focused, with fewer subplots. It seemed to take a long time for any real inciting incident to happen, and there was too much telling narrative in the beginning, where we should have more engagement. But that is just my opinion, other people may disagree. The formatting makes it tiring to read at times, but it is a good story with an original plot and interesting characters, and I can see people liking it.
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)

Review by: Cory Banyan on Feb. 01, 2016 :
at first I admit I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book. Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards more contemporary adult literature because I enjoy the message and life lessons. But I was intrigued by the description and the writing sample and the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to not only the interesting characters, but with the way that K.N. Smith was writing them, (I thought Druth and The Dark Stranger were especially interesting) and I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I realized I was totally hooked, and even totally enjoyed the exciting paranormal and action scenes! But seriously, I felt transported to another world just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic-feeling, yet unlike any I’ve met before. Like that the plot felt like it had a deeper meaning that we could all relate do, and I’m really glad I took a chance on this one…
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)

Review by: Sophia Renee on Feb. 01, 2016 :
when I read books, usually I either like the dialogue, and the narrative seems flat (or too telling and long-winded) or the prose is good, but the conversations seem contrived and stiff. But I loved how seamlessly everything flowed in “The Urban Boys: The Discovery of Five Senses” with the balance between the two nicely as this made it feel authentic and well- paced, like we are watching a movie or something. It had it all, seriously…mystery, drama, friendship, betrayal, family life, enemies… takes us on an unforgettable, and ultimately fulfilling rollercoaster ride that I won’t soon forget. Hope the next one is ready soon!
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)

Review by: CVasquez50 on Jan. 31, 2016 :
3.5 stars
For me “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith was a bit convoluted at times, and took a while to really get going and get me hooked, but I do think it kept getting better as it went along. I am a big fan of the genre, I appreciate the lengths the author went through to make her book stand out from much of the typical fare out there these days, even if for me it seemed to lose a bit of its focus at times. At times it felt overwritten with too much purple prose that weighed down the action. But I really liked the eclectic and diverse cast of characters, the complex, intelligent plotlines, and the overall message(s). Very positive and uplifting, and I felt that reading this was time well-spent. Will like to read more from K.N. in the future.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: LaylaM1 on Jan. 30, 2016 :
I really enjoyed this book, “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith. I thought it was excellently-written (a few minor editing things but nothing too major) and kept my attention from the interesting opening to the satisfying ending. It is a relatively quick read, one I finished in a few sittings (maybe I just didn’t want to stop reading…) but Smith takes her time in carefully developing the various storylines so that we the readers are thoroughly invested the whole way through. I liked Ms. Smith’s writing style very much, and found myself completely lost in this story, and thought there was great action and mystery… Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book and leaves the door open for more in the future. Well done.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: Steph Coleman on Jan. 29, 2016 :
heads up…when starting “The Urban Boys” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off unforgettable beginning and just keeps going from there. The main characters are so well-developed and fully fleshed out. I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard… but that just made the book even more amazing. The only thing that really bugged me was the formatting, because it seemed like it was all left justified on my kindle as block text and I prefer more white space and indents. But overall a great start to a promising series, and I’m ready to read the next one when it’s available. Recommend.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)

Review by: SherriWarner on Jan. 26, 2016 :
I really enjoyed “The Urban Boys” and didn’t want to put it down. As I read this book I really began to care about the characters and was anxious to see how things would turn out for them. However, I thought sometimes the narrative went on too long though and would have liked to see more forward progression through dialogue instead of just reading about everything. And sometimes I didn’t feel like we needed to know “everything” about ‘everything”… meaning sometimes I felt there was too much backstory for the characters and events and felt like overall the focus was looser than I like. I prefer to have books have a more distinct arc, and I don’t feel like this one really did. But I did enjoy it for the writing and the characters and would recommend to others.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)

Review by: DarleneCupp on Jan. 26, 2016 :
I personally thought “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith was totally amazing, and this is really not normally the type of book I’d gravitate to! And in the beginning, I admit that I really wasn’t sure where the story was going, and there were so many characters I thought my head would spin off. But once I was about 25% in I was totally hooked and didn’t want to stop until I’d reached the end. I would describe this as a drama, but there is LOTS of action and crazy plot twists, so you will definitely stay interested. And I like how the author writes in a way that you can totally picture everything, almost like we are watching a movie. It’s told in 3rd person, so you see a lot of perspectives, and even though the head-hopping was a bit confusing at times, I think for the most part it worked well. Very happy with the ending as well and would like to read more about the Urban Boys and what is going to happen with them.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)

Review by: DarleneCupp on Jan. 26, 2016 :
I personally thought “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith was totally amazing, and this is really not normally the type of book I’d gravitate to! And in the beginning, I admit that I really wasn’t sure where the story was going, and there were so many characters I thought my head would spin off. But once I was about 25% in I was totally hooked and didn’t want to stop until I’d reached the end. I would describe this as a drama, but there is LOTS of action and crazy plot twists, so you will definitely stay interested. And I like how the author writes in a way that you can totally picture everything, almost like we are watching a movie. It’s told in 3rd person, so you see a lot of perspectives, and even though the head-hopping was a bit confusing at times, I think for the most part it worked well. Very happy with the ending as well and would like to read more about the Urban Boys and what is going to happen with them.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)

Review by: Kellie444 on Jan. 21, 2016 :
This was one of the most thought out books I've read! The character and setting were described in such a way I felt like I was there in the book myself. The book sucked me in and I got none of my cleaning done, but I'm ok with that! It never lost my attention and was highly intense at times. Actually I had quite a few emotions since I formed an attachment with the characters. I wanted the boys to be alright and to come out on top. It was quite a journey that I couldn't stop reading it. I think sometimes YA books are better than adult book, and this is one of them!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: GillianHancock on Jan. 20, 2016 :
Holey moley, this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing! It was all I could do though not to rush it—this isn’t a ‘quick-easy beach read” by any stretch, but more like something you sink back with for a while and let it take over your soul. I enjoyed K.N. Smith’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were intelligent, well-developed and not predictable, and even though there were so many characters it seemed hard to keep track of them all (and some I didn’t think were necessary at all) I really enjoyed it! They were all genuine and interesting in their own right and well-written, and my only real complaint was some editing/formatting errors. But nothing that lessened my enjoyment any, and I’d love to read more from this author in the future when the next book in the Urban Boys series comes out!
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)

Review by: NicolaFlood on Jan. 19, 2016 :
From the opening pages of “The Urban Boys” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Ms. Smith sets of the scene and characters in a skillful way that not only draws us right in, but creates great visualizations (like we are watching a mini-series on TV as all the events play out)and elicits a genuine emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique, dynamic setting makes this a memorable read for me.
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)

Review by: Carla Biggins on Jan. 14, 2016 :
first, I have to say that I don’t normally read books like this, but I was looking for something a little out of my comfort zone and this book sounded intriguing. Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance on K.N. Smith’s “The Urban Boys”! This was a captivating novel and very impressive for a debut. There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own drama. GREAT character development, and everything just felt “beautiful” for lack of a better word – even though some parts are dark. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions…The formatting is messed up (all left justified) and it could use some proofing. But all in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing …try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on Jan. 09, 2016 :
How to describe this book, other than say it is by far one of the most surprisingly interesting, original novels I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my sister to read, and my mother is after her. The author K.N. Smith pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply emotional issues. In my opinion it really is the characters who made this story so good, each so original and conflicted in their own way, and we pull for them throughout their personal journeys and how they connect to each other. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Recommend for fans of YA fantasy and literary fiction. Would love to read more from K.N. Smith in the future.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Jhonni Parker on Jan. 08, 2016 :
wow, what a crazy, mind-bending novel! This was a totally unexpected for me, to be honest… from the description I was a little confused just what to expect, but I was intrigued by the quality writing sample and decided to dive right in. Well I wasn’t disappointed at all, in fact I think that “The Urban Boys” is by far one of the more well-thought out and relevant books I’ve read in a while. I like how it felt like we were so involved as each different character showed us their story and I loved how K.N. Smith writes very descriptively and with great passion. I kept wondering how it would all wrap up, and if it would work… but it totally did. Now we just need the next one!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: TabithaParks on Jan. 08, 2016 :
3.5 stars
i loved that this book made me FEEL something and THINK. Sometimes I loved it, other times I thought it was a bit contrived and overdone--but I was never, never bored. The story, overall, is engaging and creative – but feels so realistic! I especially like the darker psychological angle that Ms. Smith employs that gives this story an edge over many I’ve read lately. Although there are the familiar tropes present to make it a standard paranormal, it really struck me as so much more due to the depth of the characters and the fact that even for a fantasy the rules seemed to go out the window a few times and really threw me for a loop (no spoilers). The writing is very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough to really keep our interest – which is honestly saying a lot considering I got bored so easy! I was surprised more than once, which I always appreciate. This is a very promising start to an exciting series and I’d be happy to read part 2!!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on Jan. 07, 2016 :
I found THE URBAN BOYS: DISCOVERY OF THE SENSES to be absolutely riveting! I started reading it one night after supper with every intention of reading just a few chapters for that evening and could not put it down. Not only is it an emotionally inspiring story with well-drawn characters who you grow to care about deeply, but it is also surprisingly relevant on various aspects of life that we face in the day-to-day, whether or not we realize it. Deeper, profound questions and scenarios that examine life beneath the surface, and raises questions that make you think even if it just seems at first glance to be another YA paranormal. It has more heart, character, and depth than most I’ve seen, and the writing is exceptional. Happy to read the next one in the series… hope it doesn’t take too long! Recommend for readers 15+
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on Jan. 07, 2016 :
"The Urban Boys: Discovery of Five Senses” by K.N. Smith is hands down one of the most original and well-crafted YA paranormal novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and her attention to detail, especially with the characters. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ heads, but the places they are, and it was a fun escape from reality. This novel covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, and it was interesting to see how it all tied together but there will still be more to come. An epic literary feat, to be certain, well written and with beautiful narrative. I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise to fans of YA adventure/action/light fantasy.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: Essieh on Jan. 07, 2016 :
This is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. K.N. Smith is a hugely talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very ‘literary’ quality, especially for a YA book, which may or may not work for some readers. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future as the series continues (this is just book 1). She has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a great positive message. Recommend for ages 13 and up (even adults!)
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: Jean007 on Jan. 07, 2016 :
It does take a lot to really impress me these days, but there were at least several times in this book that I was caught off guard and surprised, or moved by what happened. Some things were a bit predictable, but still an engaging page turner. A few minor editing things, (And the formatting was annoying) and some conversations and scenes could have used more focus, but overall a captivating and unexpected experience. A great read with a sophisticated style of writing that some might find a bit to ‘mature’ for YA, but I thought it was a nice change of the normal types of books we see. It is different, yes, but in a good way.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: ElizaB9988 on Jan. 06, 2016 :
4.5 stars
wow, “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith was awesome! I finished it a few weeks ago and am still digesting it. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protag guys, but instead all had demons, motivations, secrets, obstacles to overcome, flaws…and I don’t want to focus too much on it, but I thought the whole paranormal aspect was pretty cool too with their magical ‘powers’ – different from the norm, that’s for sure. Cool though. So often I read YA action/fantasy and it feels like I’m reading the same story over and over. Not there though. I like that there were several well-thought out storylines here but it doesn’t get too convoluted, and all came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me hooked throughout. I was shocked by the twist towards the end and didn’t see it coming. This appears to be the first in a series and I for one can’t wait to see what the boys will do next! Recommend for teens and adults alike.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: CodyB77 on Jan. 05, 2016 :
4.5 stars
K.N. Smith has an incredible way with words; her descriptions are vivid; you see what the characters are seeing, you feel what they are feeling; you feel like you are there. I felt like I was experiencing what they were… I found the book very hard to put down, as I had to know what the outcome for each of these characters would be. Each time I did have to stop reading, I found myself thinking and pondering on what I had read, and what might happen next. This is an excellent book; it makes you feel, it makes you think, and it makes you think outside the box. K.N. Smith wasn’t afraid to take chances, and it pays off I think.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: LauraClarke on Jan. 05, 2016 :
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!!
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on Jan. 01, 2016 :
well, “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith took me a while to read, but in the end I’d say it was worth it! I like how everything came together, and I enjoyed every page! Anyways, the themes and events that Smith writes about are done in a different way than I’m used to, very literary and metaphorical at times, which is a nice change of pace, especially for a YA action/adventure. K.N. Smith writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. The editing could use a little cleaning up, but it wasn’t that bad. All the main characters are dynamic protagonists in their own way and really pull you into their world. The takeaway is satisfying, and overall a complex, almost surreal novel that pushes the boundaries of typical YA literature. Recommend!
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: StephanBeacher on Jan. 01, 2016 :
I’m not one for rehashing the plot (that’s what the summary is for on the book description page), but trust me when I say you’ve never read anything like this before! Fast-paced and action-packed, “The Urban Boys” will take you through new concepts and perspectives in a YA adventure that you’ve never read before. I felt a connection with each of these characters that I didn’t expect, and I thought the author’s narrative prose was some of the best I’ve read in a while, the way she brought the scenes to life, and the attention to details. Very cool! Suitable for ages 12 and up – there are some ‘darker’ elements, but it is a clean read that all ages can appreciate.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: LeoG009 on Dec. 31, 2015 :
3.5 stars
I admit it took me some time to get into this book at first, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going…… While the writing was beautiful, it felt a bit much and overwritten, when I would have preferred more action and dialogue and the “heart” of the novel sooner….. But the more I read the more I got into it, and thoroughly enjoyed this world and characters K.N. Smith created. I liked the premise, but it really is the characters who come to life any pull the story forward wonderfully. I honestly feel like it could have been tightened some, and pared down the excessive descriptions at times and reduced the about of ‘lesser’ characters to feel tighter and more focused and fast paced, because some parts really dragged. But like I said, as it progressed I was more enraptured, and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Smith in the future as she is truly a gifted storyteller AND writer (not necessarily the same thing…)
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Dec. 30, 2015 :
oh wow, I enjoyed this book and read the whole thing in one week, which is fast for me, especially considering I have no free time at all to read these days, But it just seemed to go by so fast and I never wanted to stop reading it, even late into the evening. I was mesmerized by the world K.N. Smith created, one so realistic and authentic, yet clearly fantastical and extremely imaginative – and intelligent at the same time. Not an easy task! And especially harder to wrap it around a storyline that keep us on our toes… and even though I’m not a huge ‘fantasy-type’ reader, those elements added the flavor and authenticity needed to really bring the characters and story to life. Too much happens in this book to cover properly in a short review so you really just have to read it for yourself… you will not be disappointed!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: MarcellaGonzo on Dec. 30, 2015 :
this was the first book I’ve read by this author K.N. Smith, but I certainly hope it’s not the last (in fact, I’m ready for book 2 now!). She has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that bring the characters to life with natural sounding dialogue (important for young adults!) and good action, even if there were some parts that were slower and could have used more tension and higher stakes. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of anything I’ve ever read before. It is a hefty read that covers a lot of ground, but does so with remarkable depth. It is humorous, quirky, jaw-dropping, surprising, sad, and inspiring… all the qualities I look for in a good novel, and it delivered an emotional win.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on Dec. 29, 2015 :
well written and very creative, “The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses” from K.N. Smith is an absolute must-read for fans of novels such as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc. “Urban Boys” holds its own with the top-notch writing and plot structure, and an exciting, varied cast of colorful characters and plenty of supernatural and thrills to go around. There are some familiar tropes here (as with most paranormal), however, I feel Ms. Smith did a great job of bringing in a unique voice and making the story wholly her own, and giving it a fresh feel. I didn’t feel like I’ve read this million times before. A few things, I thought at times there was way too much “telling” instead of showing. Not too bad, but some parts dragged toward the middle. But an engrossing story with near perfect editing, and I’m ready for the next one!
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on Dec. 29, 2015 :
4.5 stars
For me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a novel and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling her story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who are ‘trying’ to emulate better, more accomplished authors. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that K.N. Smith’s writing style has the confidence and delightful quirkiness of a much more seasoned pro… was a bit surprised to see this is her first novel. The characters had that elusive ‘flavor’ that only comes when they are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easily done, especially in a novel of this depth and complexity, and the prose was lyrical and lush… almost poetic. Beautifully mesmerizing and wonderfully addicting!
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

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