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. 5, 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. 5, 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. 5, 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. 5, 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. 5, 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. 4, 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. 4, 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. 2, 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. 2, 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)
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