The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses Book Review + Giveaway


Happy, Saturday, guys! It’s finally here: The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses Book Tour hosted by MMSAI. So, be sure to follow the full Book Tour Schedule 🙂


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Author: K.N. Smith
Pages: 292
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing

Genre: Middle School, Paranormal, Diverse, Action, Friendship

Rating: 4 Stars

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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!

My Review

I really loved this book and the positive message that is infused within it. The author establishes such a strong bond and connection among the main characters, Alex, Jordan, Kinsu, Chase and Rhee at the very beginning and it was exhilarating to watch these young heroes grow into their roles. All five of them made the perfect team and if my town was ever in danger, or under the control of someone like Druth, there wouldn’t be any other group I’d want to come to our defense.

Underneath the concept of the paranormal changes Jordan, Rhee, Chase, Kinsu and Alex faced, the thing that held this story together was their boys like brothers brotherhood and I must admit I was pretty envious of the trust, dedication and faith these young teens had in one another. Moreover, the unwavering bravery and lack of hesitation to accept the call to help others was truly a noble one.

Tied into the strength of their bond, I strongly believe that the boys’ culturally, ethnic and social diversity offers such a strong and positive representation to the young readers who will read this book because they’ll be able to see themselves, their friends and familiarities of their families through the Urban Boys’ families. I would recommend this book for my young cousins and even my younger brother who is in his late teens.

For anyone who loves stories about pre-written destiny or fate and heroes coming into their roles, then I definitely think that this is the book for you. Besides having such a strong command of creating captivating visual imagery, particularly with the fight scenes in this book, the author ripples surprising narrative parallels throughout the story.

I really liked discovering Kinsu and Jordan’s connection to the Dark Stranger’s past and watching how their worlds came together. And it was interesting to see the Dark Stranger speak almost poetically of his past and his compelling need to aide Sandry Lake’s young saviors.

The author sets up such a fantastic paranormal mystery story infused with a cloud of intrigue behind Sandry Lake, the Dark Stranger, Druth and their connection to the boys and their new found abilities, that I promise you will not be able to put this book down. 🙂



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, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. Smith has over twenty years’ experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.




1 Winner will get a $15.00 iTunes gift card
2 Winners will each receive a signed copy of THE URBAN BOYS
20 Winners will get eCopies of THE URBAN BOYS

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Thanks so much for reading, guys. I hope you give the book a read.

Until next time,



2 thoughts on “The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses Book Review + Giveaway

  1. K.N. Smith (@knsmith_author) says:

    Hello, Gia. Wow, what a great review, thank you! I must admit that your own poetic and dynamic writing style was a read of its own, so fluid and graceful, which is an inspiration to all of us. I love your blog and want to thank you for being a stop on this exciting tour. Hugs and cheers! K.N. Smith

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