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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 offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibilit ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Two Petals Publishing
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David Watson
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Danville Heights is your idealistic small American town. There is no crime, no traffic and everyone loves the local high school football team, The Chargers. One day five kids from Danville Heights: Jordan, Rhee, Kinsu, Chase and Alex are exposed to a mysterious energy in an open field and are left with extremely heightened senses. Life changes for the boys and they decide to use their new senses to fight evil in the neighboring town and mirror opposite of Danville Heights called Sandry Lake.

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 t ...more
Kelly Lynn
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can tell that this aurhor put a lot of time into planning this book! It was one of the most well put together books I've ever read! The character and setting were described in a way I felt like I was there in the book with them. The story never lost my attention and was quite intense at times. It was a really emotional book and I wanted the boys to be alright and to come out on top. It was quite a journey that I couldn't stop reading it. I think sometimes YA books are better than adult book, ...more
N.N. Light
The premise of this story piqued my interest and I liked the uniqueness of it. Five high school boys playing superhero, thanks to heightened senses and abilities. It has a realistic vibe to it and I couldn’t wait to start reading.

One night, after the Danville Heights football team wins the championship, five friends stumble upon a mysterious energy source. Each boy develops heightened senses and abilities. The boys use their “powers” to help others and become a gang for good, targeting the badd
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fc-for-review
*3.5 stars* I enjoyed this but somewhere along the way, it got dragged down. Still, I'd definitely be up for a book 2. Full review to come!

Update: Originally posted over at Lekeisha The Booknerd

Every once in a while, I get the urge to read outside my comfort genre. This time, that urge came in the form of The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses. I’ve read books with a similar hook, but not quite like this. I really enjoyed this one, but I also have a few teeny problems with it as well. This
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Forget spellbound. This novel will have you transfixed. Not wanting, but needing more.

Darkness. Destruction. Emptiness. And the truth. What if your sense of ‘normal’ suddenly spiraled out of control and your senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste not only became your greatest gifts but also your weapons of survival?

As the title suggests, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses, cues curiosity and ricochets readers on a sensory journey. K.N.Smith masterfully crafts the characters u
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like action and fantasy.
Hi everyone!

One week ago I finished this book for a blog tour that the Me, Myshelf and I blog hosted.
So let's start with the review! I know I'm late for the tour but I had some blog related problems and so I decided to post it anyway!

Genre: fantasy (and for me YA and paranormal too)
Published: in 2015 by Two Petals Publishing
Pages: 292
Edition: only kindle or ebook
My rating: 7 out of 10 (you'll se why next)
Favourite quote:
"Upon reaching the preserve, everyone knew that the explanation of
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boys like Brothers – A review of the book ‘The Urban Boys’

“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” –Brad Boney

Author K.N. Smith’s ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses’ is a novel that explores the age old fight between good and evil in a modern, urban setting. Two distinct societies exist within the story, one a fairytale-ish little town filled with honest and hardworking individuals while the neighboring town is a dark dystopian world where petty crime and cri
Lars Jackson
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A captivating and poetic tale of mystery, fantasy, and reality tied together by action

This is the first book by K.N. Smith that I have read and I’m pleased to see that it’s the first in a series because I was amazed at the development of the story, the subtext, and the characters and I am interested to see how it all progresses.
What makes this book particularly fascinating is the manner in which the community in which the characters exist is itself a living, conscious entity. In this respect, t
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Urban Boys: Discovery of Five Senses” by K.N. Smith is a well written young adult paranormal novel. I have to say I liked that the boys did not get some sort of amazing, but too out there super power. Instead they each got heightened senses; I personally found this aspect interesting as it kept the book somewhat realistic and almost theoretically possible. I found the prologue to be confusing as it took place 20 years previously and it took a while for the prologue to make any sense to me. ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Urban Boys is about five friends who through some mysterious energy source gain super senses that they then use for what they believe is the common good. I really like the premise as the senses they get are super charged versions of our actual senses; sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. What I really liked about that is it is actually relatable and something you can actually believe in being useful. I found it a lot more relatable than things like being able to read minds, telekinesis or s ...more
Rizaldy Fernandez
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Urban Boys is one of those stories that will give you a lingering thought much like a certain food gives out a good aftertaste. Journeying from kids to teens to super is one of the things most want but can never achieve. The story of these five boys shows us the development, hardship, emotional, mental and physical baggage one has when undergoing this situation. A closer to actual reality type story than other teen science fiction in the market. Lavished by the great way the author writes the st ...more
Gel Niñofranco
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The brotherly bond of five teenage boys is tested when they are exposed to an energy source that heightens their senses. Destined to be pursuers of good, together they begin a journey to maturity as they embrace and fully realize their new-found powers despite looming threat from a vengeful villain. This action-packed page-turner made me feel like I was a part of the boys’ adventure in Sandry Lake and a protector of Danville Heights. One will identify with the characters’ joy, fear, anxiety, pri ...more
S.K. Gregory
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Five teenage boys stumble upon a power source which heightens their senses and makes them super powered. These new abilities come in handy as they must use them to overcome the evil threatening their town. The characters were well developed, and I enjoyed reading about how they used their abilities. The dialogue was realistic and entertaining. I think the author has written a very enjoyable book for teens. I would recommend it.
Tonja Drecker
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first thing that caught my attention on this book was the theme--five boys, five senses and superpower adventure against an evil almost impossible to defeat. The surmise promises to be a winning mix, and it was.

The author does a terrific job in bringing the five teenage boys to life. Each one is given an equal amount of detail and attention. None of the five stand out more than the other, which reflects well when as it grow clear how much their bond of friendship carries them through. I love
Danielle Urban
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this novel in exchange for an honest review. The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith is an exciting tale that packs a lot of adventure, suspense, and paranormal twists.I wasn’t sure what to expect, inside this story. But what I found was highly entertaining. It is here that readers will meet a group of boys who gain a superhero element. Their destiny is unknown to them and they must figure out how to handle their new power as well as the evil that lurks around them. ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
I found The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses to offer a fantastic reading experience. The author’s writing beautifully depicted the scenery, and painted a wonderful picture in my mind of the world the story took place in. No detail was left to the imagination; seemingly unimportant factors of the setting were made beautiful and important, and while the story would have been fine without such detail, it made it that much more
Jessica Bronder
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Danville Heights, things are almost a perfect place. Then five boys are exposed to an energy that gives them heightened senses. The nearby town of Sandry Lake is almost the exact opposite of Danville Heights is being run by evil and corruption. The five boys are draw to Danville Heights to use their new super abilities to help fight the evil. But sneaking out at night to fight along with trying to have a normal teenage life of school and football starts putting pressure on the guys. Can the b ...more
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this action/adventure story, five teenage boys receive heightened senses from a foreign source, which tests their friendship. Several themes like loyalty and responsibility play part, alongside many twists and turns, with plenty of action throughout the narrative. Most of the novel’s events take place in the town of Danville Heights, which contrasts with the gloomy Sandry Lake, where evil abounds, and where the boys that receive their heightened sense are drawn to put an end to its sinister f ...more
Heather Beck
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Urban boys, and was amazed that I finished it within 2 days, even with obligations like work, and homework, I could not put the book down. From the very beginning it reminded me a lot of Smallville with the whole small town americana feel, and the charm that goes along with it. So much so that the whole town closes for a football game, that’s dedication! The story details the lives of 5 boys, who have been friends for quite some time, and are all connected, who end up developing ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading 'The Urban Boys: Discovery of Five Senses' by K.N. Smith , all I can say is, this is my kind of book. Fun, funny and with a great story line, this book is one you won’t want to miss. This book follows 5 teenage boys, who comes to know about a mysterious super power that made their senses extremely heightened. I bet that this story will make you wonder all the way and will keep you hooked from the first page and right through to the end. You will read about the journey of ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, the Urban Boys by K.N. Smith will prove how beautiful the English language is. I was compelled from the very beginning, drawn into the depth of the story with it's unique description. It made me realize my personal limitations of vocabulary. I am in awe.

After a huge win by the Danville Heights football team, a group of five best friends decide to enter into a forest that was forbidden. They encounter something they can't explain. With a bond deeper than friendship, they can sense e
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 w
Sam Kochhar
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just when you thought all the great stories have been already written, The Urban Boys' comes along and sweeps you off your feet. It only takes one glance at the cover and the outstanding titles and you know that this is not your ordinary story book. K.N. Smith, has given birth to a paranormal featuring 5 teenage boys, super source of energy, each one with different character, each of who will excite your imagination and make you feel you are reading a real mystery. The words start to dance in fr ...more
Katerina Mirzoyan
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found "The Urban Boys" to be very entertaining and exciting throughout most of the scenes, but I also must note that there’s some prominent themes that express some strong values (that are blended into the adventurous tone of the read excellent) that I’m sure many others, as I have, can relate to. This is a major influence of why I enjoyed the book so much.

What stood out to me the most about this read though besides the aforementioned and the vivid writing style, is definitely how well-constru
Don Sloan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a fast-paced, stunningly characterized tale of adventure, unquestioning loyalty and strong bonds among good friends, look no further than Urban Boys by author K.N. Smith. It's the kind of book that you won't be able to put down.

A mysterious forest draws five teenaged boys into its murky depths, and they are irrevocably changed. The pulsating orb they stumble upon endows them with strange new powers -- powers that are uniquely suited to each boy.

The author's compelling writ
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Five boys, best friends in their last years of high school, enter the woods after an epic football game. They do not emerge the same as they entered. Something has changed them, heightening one of the five senses for each teen. They are connected like never before, united by fate to fight the forces of evil. But even fate and brotherhood may not be able to keep them together under the mounting stress and danger.

The Urban Boys was interesting. It focused on the friendship of the boys more than o
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing


I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is a thrilling, must-read book for all YA fans. K.N. Smith is a masterful storyteller, and her writing is incredible. She artistically uses the best possible descriptors for each scene and emotion that she paints brilliantly for the mind's eye. At the same time, she is able to keep the story and characters believable. I enjoyed the richness and diversity of the characters.

A. Long
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Urban Boys is an inviting story of five teen boys in the small town of Danville Heights. These teen boys, through a small accident, acquire new powers and must fight Druth in the dim town of Sandy Lake. Their story is exciting and spellbinding. It will have you turning page after page at one hour past your bedtime. The Urban Boys is a great read for almost anyone, from teens to young adults to older adults. The writing is superb. I feel like I've known Danville Heights my whole life and grew ...more
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"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 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

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