The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses

by K.N. Smith

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BN ID: 2940152385861
Publisher: K.N. Smith
Publication date: 10/01/2015
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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 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

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Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Action packed! An interesting journey into the lives of the boys with sensory super powers. Full of action and battles, with others and their own fate. I liked this story and found it very striking. The intrigue and impeccable way the story was written gripped this reader, and I liked that I could not predict the end or knew what would happen next. The characters were young adults but anyone who loves a good action super hero-esq story would dive right into this one. Nothing like a rollercoaster adventure that keeps me turning the pages!
Christine Anne Pioquinto More than 1 year ago
The Urban boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is the debut novel of K.N. Smith is a paranormal action adventure novel about a group of kids whose lives start to change and they are left with a series of choices. This book revolves around their adventures, as the reader wonders if they will survive what fate brings at them. The story line is very unique, the descriptions are absolutely incredible and the characters are extremely complex. It is amazing to read how the life of 5 young boys transforms completely after getting in contact with the super power and how they decide to fight against the evil. It was fascinating following all the boys as they adjusted to their powers and trials they faced. I really enjoyed reading this book since it has a lot of twists and turns but definitely has a very good ending. Smith has created a refreshing book in the fantasy genre not just for young adults but rather for readers of all ages. It certainly transports you from your world into one of fantasy and mystery world. If you are looking for your next read, better pick this one up, you’ll never regret it. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
WriterS_W- More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. K.N Smith's novel is adventure story of 5 young men given extraordinary abilities. Defending the picturesque town of Danville Heights from the dark undercurrents that haunt it. What I like most about this story is its a nice departure from the atypical teen novel. Instead of focusing on a dramatic supernatural love between a teen ingenue and her brooding boyfriend. This story focus on the friendship between these young men. And the supernatural conflict that makes that friendship stronger. This was a interesting and quick read which I believe can develop into a good series.
AliciaFreeman More than 1 year ago
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith tells the story of a group of “boys like brothers” who mysteriously get super powers to fight an evil entity in a nearby town. Full of action, suspense, and emotion, the novel grabs you. Although the exposition is a bit slow at first, it builds a framework for the rest of the story. The bond between the boys, a group of popular football players with strong ties to their respective families, makes the dangers they endure all the more terrifying and keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat. Smith’s eloquent language and sometimes existential ideas of life and death also make The Urban Boys even more easily digestible, as well as thought-provoking. Overall, it’s a must-read if you enjoy action, strong characterization, and magical realism. Let’s hope she continues the series so we can experience more adventures with the boys! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jennifer Clark More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. At the beginning of this novel, the author greets us with a fight scene to pull the readers in. I liked that part in the novel, but in some parts, it is somewhat confusing. The POV switches a lot, and I can’t get a real feel for all of the characters one on one. “The Urban Boys” is definitely action packed throughout the whole novel, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I really liked the idea of a good neighborhood, and the bad neighborhood. Readers will get to see how the two worlds are different, and how one town is perfect while the other is just run down by pure evil. I loved the fact that there are powers in this novel. People having some sort of powers always gets me in the mood to read about it. I don’t know what it is, but books with powers in it always excites me. “The Urban Boys” was a good read, not great, but still worth the read.
Sef16 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of murder-suspense novels and I never thought that an action-adventure story like The Urban Boys will interest me. The transition of each phase was well-written to the point that readers of any age will enjoy reading. It gave me a lingering thought because of the precision and uniqueness of the novel. With this, I can say that receiving a free copy in exchange for an honest review was not bad after all. The story took place in Danville Heights, a peace and loving location where everyone's welcome. The book presented 5 teenagers with different attitudes but had a harmonious relationship. One day, after a triumphant win over Markley football team, Jordan, Rhee, and Kinsu then later rejoined by Alex and Chase decided to visit the preserved area in which Alex's parents warned him not to come. This led the group to become exposed to a bizarre light leading to heightening their senses. This enabled them to fight evil inside the neighboring town, Sandry Lake. The piece was original due to the notion that the author used a power which was innate to every human; the 5 senses. She shied away from spell-casting and elemental power generation type of her characters making the novel unique in its own way. However, the conflict part of the story was very superficial with Alex's decision over his plans and love life against being with the group. It was not that bad but I wished the author could have tried putting a different situation that may entice her readers more. Moreover, the roots that connect each character (the past and the present group) was surprising too. Overall, I have to say that it was quite a long time since a novel tickled my imagination. On how the book asked me to visualize every setting; the kids in their school, the football's battlefield, the swaying grasses in the preserved area, the devastated Sandry lake, and the fight scenes. I am deeply hoping for the sequel for I think, the next one will be as worth it as the first book. This book is highly recommended most especially for starters or beginners. A fun way to start reading stories as a hobby.
ccwriterunlimited More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding, Mystifying And Utterly Amazing!! “Predestination. A predetermined destiny.” Still on the high of victory after winning the Danville Heights high school football game best friends Kinsu, Rhee, Jordan, Chase and Alex enter the forbidden preserve set for adventure. While forests are always mysteriously eerie at night, what the boys encounter this night was beyond all imagination and would not only change the boys forever but bind them together closer than brothers. Exposed to a powerful energy source, which in turn heightened their senses to superhero levels, the boys are chosen to rid the nearby town of Sandry Lake of the evil that is raging there. Spellbinding, mystifying and utterly amazing!! I could not put this outstanding fantasy adventure out of my mind. I was totally captivated not wanting the story to end; yet I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with Smith’s writing style so poetic like classic literature of old and so descriptive, allowing one to live every moment yet leaving enough to the imagination, a unique twist to an urban paranormal thriller making this novel one not soon to be forgotten. Though the main characters are teens - adults and teens alike will enjoy this fast-paced mystery of good versus evil. With rich characters, whether it’s the five boys, their families, Druth, The Dark Stranger, or the mysterious girl and the roots that connect them all, to even what seems a minor character in Mrs Perkins, who knows all and sees all but may not be so minor after all… While I did receive a free copy in exchange for an honest review I was so enthralled by this action-adventure I was inclined to purchase a copy in order to show Smith that with the book’s hint of more to come I hope she continues the adventures of “The Urban Boys”. I for one can’t wait for more and would gladly purchase a whole series, as this book is too good to miss.
lpaileslindeman More than 1 year ago
This story will make your senses come alive. It is so great to get absorbed into a story and feel what they feel, See what they see. I could not put this one down I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The town was a place you wanted to visit and the dedication to each other was refreshing. The children and their bonds take you back to all those stories from the past that we might have forgotten about. Well written and you can tell the author loved her characters as much as we do. Grab your copy and get lost in this amazing read. I wanted to touch the leaves as they were being described, I could hear the sounds that pierced their ears. It has been quite a while since a story was able to bring me into it like that and this one did. Great Job on this one and I can't wait to read the next one. If there is one book that takes you into the story and not just talks about it, this one is it. Not only could you use your own senses to take you into their world but you never wanted to leave. This was a well thought out work of art. I fell in love with the Characters who take you back in time to when movies and books had a true bond of friendships that last a lifetime. The town was one you could picture yourself living in and the images were so vivid that it was not hard to get lost in the story. The community and their willingness to band together yet their love for their children is the one that gets you. It was refreshing to have such a great adventure yet also the wholesome aspect throughout. From the football games that everyone attended to the fact that all the siblings were so close to one another. All American feel in this one and it was well worth it. The only downfall was the last page. I hated to see it end and look forward to the next one. Well written and the flow was amazing great job with this one. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
GeeDix More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading a K.N. Smith novel. Just reading this one I know I want to read more
BookTalkWithCharla More than 1 year ago
This book starts with a bang and does not let up until the very end. The story is centered around a group of five high school boys that have known each other almost their entire lives. These boys all feel like brothers, even though they are not. But, they have such close ties to each other, they are more like family, than just friends. These boys come into contact with a mysterious energy source at the edge of a forest and their lives are forever changed. After coming into contact with this mysterious energy, each of the boys gained a different superhero type of sense. It turns out the that it was a good thing they received these gifts, because they would need them for the battles they were about to be up against. They soon came into contact with a group of evil thugs in the town next to theirs. These evil doers were destroying the town. The town's name was Sandry Lake, and their police department was almost non-exist-ant. So, the boys felt it was their job to get these evil doers under control. Through the guidance of a dark stranger and a beautiful, great fighting girl named Alina, the boys became protectors of Sandry Lake and the surrounding area. They would keep their visits to the area from their family and friends, and all of the secrecy created a lot of stress and tension. The fights were always brutal and left the boys exhausted, and it became more and more difficult to keep their secret to themselves, K.N. Smith has proven herself to be a great writer with this debut novel. She grabs your attention on the first page and keeps it until the very last page. She brings depth to the characters and the scenery that feels genuine, and makes the reader feel like they are part of the story. I recommend this book for any person wanting to read a great, action packed story. The target population might be for young adults, but I loved it, and I have not been considered a young adult for several years. Having done such a wonderful job on her debut novel, I can't wait to read her future books! I received this book from K.N. Smith in exchange for my honest review, and I am truly glad I was able to read it! Here is a short excerpt from the book to give an example of the kind of writing you can expect: "And it took only a few steps for their senses to flare as they saw numerous thugs running behind them. Practically tripping over one another to get to the boys, they advanced with Olympic level speed, and swarmed like ants upon the group. Loc 2169 of 2480 or 80%
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses" by K.N Smith begins with a suspenseful introduction; however, after the first part of the book the tempo slows down. The first 100 pages are a little slow but go into great detail introducing the main characters and giving you background information that is necessary to tie pieces together later in the story. The story delves into the lives of five friends and how one fateful night their lives would be changed forever. One night five boys; Jordan, Rhee, Kinsu, Chase, and Alex travel into a forbidden area and happen upon bright lights that mysteriously heighten their senses. Little do they know that the powers will be needed for their upcoming battle with evil. The boys have an irresistible draw to the forbidden area, Sandry Lake, where they meet up with evil goons and use their new abilities to fight the evil forces and protect their town, Danville Heights. The boys eventually meet “The Dark Stranger” who enlightens them on the evil that they are fighting; He also warns them to stick together, because they are much more powerful together. Different events in their lives begin to separate the boys. These factors cause tension amongst them and weaken their powers. K.N. Smith does an excellent job of building an emotional connection with the characters, as well as building up the suspense to know what is going to happen next. I found the book to be a very enjoyable action-adventure book, and I highly recommend it. As stated before, the first portion of the book is a little slow, but be patient and read it all the way through. You will not be disappointed. I am waiting in excited anticipation for the second book.
LoggerHead5 More than 1 year ago
I RECEIVED A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. The Urban Boys is one of my favorite books now. It was very unique compared to other stories. After all, who would publish an action book about the five senses? K. N. Smith, that's who. I still marvel at K. N. Smith's creativity. So, if I were you, of pick up a copy. Or two.
Ivan Hecimovic More than 1 year ago
Book Review The Urban Boys: Discovery of Five Senses by K.N. Smith The first thing that I liked about this book is its setting. I really do not know if is it just me or there is something truly special about small, semi-urban, dystopian places like Danville Heights. All I can say is that I like how K.N. Smith decided to make certain parts of the story happen in this small town. It gives the story that unforgettable, eerie, and mysterious glow. The entire landscape looks like it comes from the Twilight Zone, something that paranormal/mystery/drama fans absolutely love. I know I did, and I consider myself an avid horror/paranormal/mystery genre fan. But Danville Heights is not the only place where the story takes place. There is also a place called Sandry Lake, where the great evil dwells. I can compare Sandry Lake to the fictional town of Silent Hill, a creepy and gloomy town from movies and video games with the same name. Both towns have a veil of mystery that envelops them. They both look gloomy, dark, and dangerous. And that is something that Smith did in an excellent way and with ease. She successfully managed to bring the terrors (was that a spoiler?) of Sandry Lake into the readers by drawing them into the story. I remember that after reading the novel, I just could not get that place out of my head for several hours as if it was stuck there, spreading its gloom and dangers that lurk every corner of every street. After that the only thing that I could think and say to myself was: ‘’Man, that was one messed-up, twisted, and actually somewhat amazing town!” Of course, nobody would want to be there or spend their holidays there, but it was amazing the way the author used it for her story. It is in Sandry Lake where our protagonists will eventually have to venture out to solve (or at least try to solve) the mystery in The Urban Boys Volume 1 (oh yeah, there is Volume 2). The five boys in The Urban Boys have superpowers: enhanced hearing, smell, taste, sight, and touch. The author designated one superpower to each character with good purpose: so that all five can work together in fighting the evil forces. Used together, these powers served the story well and created a compelling, exciting, and tense fantasy literature that most readers will read with absolute ease. And believe me, what appears to be just the common human sense can easily be transformed into something that has the power even to change the world. As we read through the book and get acquainted with the main protagonists, we will see that there is so much more about The Urban Boys than it seems at first. Loyalty, friendship and the importance of family relationship are only few things that we can find in the novel. The novel is not just some usual, paranormal/fantasy/mystery literature that merely entertains readers. It is something much more. The novel is filled with strong symbols and it is clear that Smith is trying to teach us something with those symbols. The novel contains great mixture of what can be considered as youth material (five boys with super powers, their fight against evil forces, many fantasy elements, etc.) and literature for adults. The combination of these two means The Urban Boys is a novel for readers of all ages. It has the ability to draw you in and to keep you there until you finish reading it. Definitely a great book recommended for reading regardless of age.
DanielaSolis More than 1 year ago
[I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review] This is not just a YA novel, but a true literary experience. The author seamlessly crafted the book and used wonderful language to truly paint the characters and their feelings in our minds. This book caught my attention from the very beginning, with an action scene that got me to the edge of my seat and made me want to read the rest of the book. Chapters are brief and concise, which in my opinion helps the reader not getting bored or overwhelmed, and is balanced in terms of how much attention each character received. The fact that not only the main characters have a voice but also their parents and siblings is an asset. I felt that, in the first part of the novel, the characters’ voices were a bit mixed up and that made it difficult for me to feel attached to them. However, this feeling disappeared by the time I got to the second part, in which the boys seemed to have come to terms with the transformation they had suffered and began to understand that their actions affected not only themselves but also their loved ones. This book is a real 5 star, and you will realize this from the moment you start reading. If you are looking for a different YA novel, then read The Urban Boys and you'll have a wonderful time.
KRReview More than 1 year ago
I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I really enjoyed how detailed the characters and locations are.I often wondered what is going to happen next. As I read each chapter I embraced each chapter , gradually piecing things together with the chapters I read. Loved the twisted and turns as well. I recommend this to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Urban Boys was an interesting read and one that felt like it went by very quickly, which is both good and bad. I'll start with the good. The plot of the story was both interesting and creative. The author made me feel like I was part of the world and right there with the characters along their journey. It was written in a way that always pushed the story forward and provided many "stopping points" in the form of chapters, POV switches and scene changes. This made the book feel both satisfying to read and easy to say "just one more section". I found myself not worrying about when a new chapter would start, but instead reading until I HAD to stop (you know, unimportant things like This says a lot from me, since I tend to be a chapter-at-a-time type of reader! Now, the downside of this style is simply that it takes longer to get into the story and characters and it does give readers more chance to put down the book. The POV tends to shift a lot, especially during the opening chapters when you're not too familiar with the characters, and I got confused a few times as to who was who. It also took me a few days to get through the first couple of chapters because I didn't have the investment yet and those stopping points were so easy to find. Of course, the further you read the more this resolves itself and the unveiling story grows until it has overshadowed this minor downside, which is why I truly felt this deserved 4 stars. Overall an excellent read for anyone interested in Urban fantasy and mystery! I will be keeping K.N. Smith's name around in hopes of more books to come! Also, by law, I have to specify that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nila Eslit More than 1 year ago
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses By K.N. Smith Review by Nila Eslit [I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review] The story of K.N. Smith’s 'The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses' is centered around five teenage friends. It is set in a remote location called Danville Heights, a town secluded by a thick forest. It has a population of fewer than 12,000 people. And so it’s no surprise that everyone knows everybody in the neighborhood. Kinsu, Chase, Alex, Jordan, and Rhee attend Danville Heights High School. Three of whom are football players in the Danville Heights Chargers team. The boys’ otherwise typical teenage life started to change right after the Chargers won a football match against another school. Instead of going straight home that evening, the boys decided to venture into a mysterious preserve, a place considered forbidden by the older folks of the town. That first visit to the forest became the turning point of their lives. Some strange energy force entered their bodies without them knowing it. They acquired special gifts of the senses. Since then, their meetings at the preserve became a nightly adventure as they seek answers to what had happened to them. Their adventure led them farther to Sandry Lake in the north, a town that possesses a gravitational lure for the boys. This town was once a progressive community. But it has fast deteriorated into an isolated wasteland as a hoodlum dominates the place. An evil man, who calls himself Druth, and his goons rob and terrorize the citizens, forcing them to either desert Sandry Lake or live in constant fear. With their newly-acquired powers, the five boys would come stealthily at night to fight Druth’s goons and save the people of Sandry Lake. But a sudden twist of events caught the boys in a dilemma when their respective families found out their nightly adventure. 'The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses' displays K.N. Smith’s mastery in interweaving suspense and values through her poetic style of writing. The story is also well-paced. Not only does Smith tells a story. She imparts the importance of family, honesty, friendship, teamwork, and determination. She says, as spoken by the boys’ football coach: “Let me tell you something about life. Sometimes, you’ll be down. You’ll be out. The help you thought you had vanishes, disappears, and you think your world has ended. Let me tell you that the only way you will survive is through faith and character.” The author aptly chose the title of the book because the boys’ mission is not confined only in Danville Heights and Sandry Lake. K.N. Smith makes it clear that the vocation to help others is boundless. Find out how the boys use their powers and what makes them stay together despite their own personal struggles. Read 'The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses'. There is so much to learn from this action-adventure book. It’s a good read for all ages.
Ace_Alvarez More than 1 year ago
A breathtaking story that will make you intact to your reading until the last page. “For it is the response to these conditions that defines character, beliefs and determination”. This a line I love the most from the book of K.N Smith which is The Urban Boys: Discovery of Five Senses. It is so amazing and awesome that the fantasy life of this book perfectly relates to the reality of life. The five boys, who are having a perfect shape of being from the attitude up to their lifestyle, are almost rare to find nowadays but their existence is possible. This book offers great models of living for the simple to complex. It shows how do people really deals that will matter. They may deal with anger, fear, sadness and joy. All of these are on hand. It will show us that the response we do to any condition is the most important. These five boys become extraordinary by fate and the people who will be encouraged to read so will have their extraordinary existence by action and choice. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a tale of five teenage boys that find themselves torn away from their normal lives and come to realize they have each have superpowers. These “superpower” are really their senses, just extremely heightened—Which comes in handy when evil comes lurking into their town. I loved how each scene was portrayed. I could really visualize all that was happening and I really appreciated that, because not many authors have a knack for that. From the first page, I was drawn into the book and finished it in no time because I had trouble putting it down. K.N Smith has a way with words that will have you sucked in and not wanting the story to end. With lyrical prose and a surreal setting, K.N Smith knows how to twist and turn words into beautiful crafted sentences. ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses’ is a must-read if you’re a fan of action and adventure! *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
PaperSkies More than 1 year ago
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* The Urban Boys centers around a couple of teenagers in a small town called Danville Heights, and could have been a splendid novel, but sadly, it just wasn't for me. The idea and concept behind the structure of the plot was marvelous; the idea of imbuing human characters with the five senses deserves some applause. However, I believe it was the execution of this idea that could have used some work. The writing style of the author was certainly lyrical, if a little different from what I usually read, but there were times, especially at the beginning of the novel, where there was an immense amount of exposition about almost every single detail from the exact heights of all the protagonists to that of their fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, the likes. I just think there was a lot of unwarranted attention to detail, that frankly had me yawning at times. I think the main aspect of the novel that went wrong was that there was no showing, just telling. I never felt like the characters were going through emotional trauma, I was only told that they were. I never connected with any of them, and I think the main reason for this would be that all the protagonists, as well as their families, were introduced to me in one hurdle. First we have Kinsu, then we skip randomly to this woman who's name I've already forgotten, then skip to another protagonist, Chase, and have no room for any rising or falling action before we skip to another character, and their families, all in a sequential order that frankly bored me to no end. On to the middle of the novel, the action sequences were written in a choppier way than I'm used to reading, thought they did keep me engaged, at least more than the rest of the novel. There were a few interesting twists, one I didn't see coming at all, so props to Smith for the element of surprise. The setting of the novel was also really quaint and realistic - I think that all the elements put into this book could have just done so much better if I had actually cared about any of the characters, which I didn't, sadly. Frankly, I couldn't tell them apart, and often got confused as to who was the star quarterback and who had the sense of profound hearing. My attention span is that of a goldfish, so I guess its on me as well, but the mere fact is, The Urban Boys wasn't able to hold and grasp my attention - I didn't care for the characters, their families, any of their problems, or even that they were on the brink of death. The whole thing had this sort of Nickelodeon feel to it, with the climax, again telling me how much the characters had learnt from their experiences, whereas I didn't really see all that much of a development. I guess me and this novel just didn't mesh, for all the various reasons listed above, but it does have something going for it in terms of literature - Smith has mastered the art of colloquial English and it reads quite smoothly if you choose to ignore the bland characters. I do think Smith's next works will be better, because while the characters weren't this book's strongest suit, the author's writing style is what really shines throughout the pages and deserves to be applauded.
cathycole More than 1 year ago
"The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses" by K.N Smith is a fun and thrilling action-packed adventure and mystery novel concerning the journey of a group of 5 boys who are possessed with extreme gifts each in the five senses which would be used to save their community and the world forever . The book was a great read and I like the author's ability to create a well-written science fiction fantasy story that is unique, thrilling and captivating with excellent language that suited the storyline, lots of humour and well-developed characters that are easy to relate to and the description of the settings was impressive leaving an imaginary situation to the world she created in the book with all the elements of a great adventure science fiction fantasy book making it a delightful read with non stop actions, the twists, and turns. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I appreciate the author for writing an amazing story melding with fairytale, magic, fantasy, action, intrigue and the plot in the storyline is a winning combination.
SLD More than 1 year ago
The plethora of characters, and small-town atmosphere of ‘The Urban Boys’ reminded me at first of Stephen King’s Maine- a comfortable environment, yet faintly sinister. From the first sentence, the reader is drawn into this discomforting world; we are at once at home, and yet the home is slightly off-kilter. The book straddles the divide between YA and mainstream fiction, which, for some, may be jarring. However, the depth of story, and movement between luscious forest and gritty suburbia, creates a rich world one cannot help getting lost in. The beginning of the novel, admittedly, is somewhat confusing. Descriptions such as ‘huge and curvy leaves’ do not quite leave a lasting picture; the tone is at once Romantic, and colloquial. Nonetheless, a few chapters in, and the reader is genuinely captivated- hints of the supernatural (without giving too much away) effectively envelop the reader in a totally dark world. Of course, YA has its fair share of mystical beings and magical characters. K Smith’s tone marks out this novel as something different, however, through the excellent use of prose. Kinsu, a favourite character of mine, for example, is portrayed in a remarkably realistic light. The writer does, however, have a propensity to over-describe. As characters are introduced, there is often an unnecessary wave of factual information provided- ‘sixteen-year-old Chase Freeman, a 5-foot-10, slender…’. Statements such as these are laden in physical description, but they tend to break up the action. In a tale that is perhaps a bit long anyway, such superlatives could be done away with. This could, however, be personal preference, and I would encourage readers to read the text themselves to discern whether this does, in fact, present any structural problems. In a similar manner, the lengthy descriptions of football games, whilst full of drama, do perhaps require a small amount of technical knowledge. However, such scenes could perhaps be seen as metaphors for the coming-of-age journey of the protagonists, and therefore in a literary sense, they do add to the already flourishing imagery of the tale. Overall, it seems as if The Urban Boys is an incredibly well-written novel, that sits uncomfortably between genres. With a few tweaks, and perhaps a shortening of some scenes, this book has the potential to be a thrilling novel akin to ‘IT’, and I certainly will be reading the sequel! I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
ChristyeLynn More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific book! It was an exciting and daring must-read! I believe that all preteens will love it!
Ed_Rostron More than 1 year ago
THE URBAN BOYS is distinctively unique and that’s coming from someone who has read a LOT of fiction. Five young kids, gifted with sensory superpowers, go on an adventure in an original and enchanting world. There’s action from the start and the theme of excitement more or less carries on right through until the end. It’s a stylish good vs evil story. The novel ‘slows down’ in parts to add interesting back stories and involve other fitting characters into the mix. I can’t think of a book exactly similar to it just because of the closeness you feel to the characters in an emotional sense. Not only that, the novel is wonderfully descriptive, bordering on poetic, leaving you with a fulfilled depiction of their extraordinary world! What makes the story so compelling is the seemingly impossible task confronted by the five in the face of evil. Problems arise from every angle and the five face fights and danger as well as surprise and mystery. If you’re into descriptive novels or supernatural fictions, you’ll love this book. It’s exciting, wonderfully depicted and written elegantly. I really loved the story and would recommend it to anyone who’s ever enjoyed a sci-fi! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Raquelxfm More than 1 year ago
The author skillfully breaths life into this young adult novel in a mature way that makes it not only relatable to its intended audience, but a good read for anyone interested. With an air of mystery embedded into the story from its inception, the author draws you into the world of her characters and the obstacles they have to overcome in their lives as well as their relationships with each other. It’s poetic descriptions make you feel enveloped in its ethereal setting as these characters deal with the supernatural event that changes their lives. In an environment that isn’t typically written about, the book has a fresh perspective and different feel than most young adult books I have encountered as the author takes a bold approach. Sometimes too much detail can cause a reader to lose interest, but she does so in a way that paints the picture she has created in a beautiful and unexpected way. I would definitely recommend this book, not only for young adults but for any reader interested in an adventurous and unique novel. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.