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Monday, January 25, 2016

5 Stars for The Urban Boys by @knsmith_author #UBTour



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The Urban Boys


Written by K. N. Smith

Genre(s): Young Adult, Action/Adventure, Paranormal


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!

Overview: 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, 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!



Bri's Review

This book was definitely hard to put down. I found it was packed with action, fun and problems you wanted to see through to the end, and make sure the boys kept going. It is a fab YA read, and is easily one that has the potential to be the next big thing in that reading community.

I found that the book had the same feel as a lot of the most popular YA books. This was because the pace was excellent, the characters well developed, the plot wasn't overly complicated and the story flowed very well. With all those bits thrown together, not to mention a purely exciting read, I did find myself staying up until the wee hours of the morning, trying to see what happened next, hoping the boys were successful and that they came out of their challenges unscathed.

I found the characters to be brilliant. They were very well developed, with each being given their own talents and personality. This did sometimes mean that they didn't see eye to eye, but that only worked to make the story feel more real. I thought there was a good blend of differing personalities and characteristics, giving everyone a character they could relate to, and really become attached to.

It was very easy to find yourself feeling as though you were a part of their world and their journey. This was down to the fact that the author supplied a fantastic level of detail, but did it in a way that did make the read feel stuffed to the brim with detail. There was just enough to really make things real and exciting.

I though the flow of the story was brilliant. It seemed as though the author knew just when to throw a twist or exciting, demanding moment in the story, to keep both the reader and the characters on their toes. The story also felt plausible because it flowed so well. I liked this and found the flow and detail were two main reasons I struggled to stop reading.

It is easily a book you will think about all day, both characters and story alike, wondering what will happen next and if your favourites will be ok. I really like the book and feel that both YA’s and adults will as well.

Disclaimer: Books provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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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.

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