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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, and 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.
We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)
This is a decidedly different YA novel written by a talented wordsmith whose lyrical prose paints pictures in the imagination of the reader. I admit that I did get confused over some of the characters originally but not for long as each teen has his own enhanced sense which helps to differentiate them. To me it was a bit like team superman to the rescue as an alien energy source gives the boys heightened awareness and ‘kick ass’ fighting skills. As they come into their powers they have to come to terms with the changes, find out more about what they mean and learn their new destinies whilst still going to school and trying to keep things hidden from their families and other friends. Coping with homework and lack of sleep is going to be a real problem!
It is a fast paced story with a full range of characters, diverse events and plenty of challenges. I particularly liked twelve year old Mason Parker as he endeavours to keep his brother, Jordan, safe – even though Jordan is, unknown to Mason, actually one of the super heroes! As family history and past history is revealed there are plenty of dilemmas to be faced as the boys develop a greater awareness of the impact of their new skills and abilities on themselves, their friends and their families. How will their families react when they discover what has happened to these teens? Certainly not as you’d imagine! However, you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out what happens as these new crusaders fight to overcome evil and a hidden foe by working with two unexpected new allies.
Praise for The Urban Boys:
“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media
“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews
“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!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers
See more reviews: www.knsmith.com/reviews
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. She lives with her family in California.
The author has also kindly agreed to be interviewed and answered my questions – you can read that post here!
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