#TheWriteReads Blog Tour Review – The Urban Boys by K.N. Smith

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Today is my stop on the blog tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads for The Urban Boys: The Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith! The author is also hosting a giveaway for a $50 egift card, the information on how to enter can be found here!

Book Details

Title: The Urban Boys: The Discovery of the Five Senses

Author: K.N. Smith

Publisher: Two Petals Publishing

Number of Pages: 292 Pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Thriller

Age Category: Young Adult

Date Published: September 29, 2015

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Welcome or unwelcome. Fate has arrived.
 
“A captivating and poetic tale of mystery, fantasy, and reality tied together by action!” 5-stars, Lars Jackson, Amazon Customer
 
A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens the senses of five friends. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become super-gifts that forever change the world. But furious battles confront the boys as they try to understand their sensory super powers in a race to save mankind. With light beings and mysterious strangers complicating their plight, can the boys defeat the evil Druth before it’s too late? Get prepared for the twisting and grinding of this award-winning, action-adventure story — an edge-of-your-seat narrative for young and mature readers alike.

Review

Thank you to The Write Reads and to the author for providing me with a copy of this book for this blog tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

While I enjoyed the concept behind this book, unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me. The Urban Boys: The Discovery of the Five Senses follows five boys who have been gifted a strengthen sense and are now tasked with protecting their town and more broadly, saving mankind from evil. Unfortunately, I found the writing to be a bit choppy and there were a few plot holes that I couldn’t look past.

I liked the setting of this book. I enjoyed the feeling of a small town that was isolated and away from everything. I also enjoyed the sense of community that the town had. I also thought that the world building was neat. 

One thing I struggled with was the characters. There were a lot of them to keep track of, and I felt like I wasn’t able to get to know any of them. I think I would have enjoyed this book a bit more if I could have gotten to know the characters better.

I enjoyed the action scenes in this book, I thought they brought some excitement, but I did find the pacing to be a bit all over the place. I sometimes had a difficult time keeping track of how much time had passed between scenes. I do think that this action packed story would be fun as a graphic novel.

I really liked the idea behind this book. I thought the idea of the five senses and the five boys working together was neat, but unfortunately the book needed just a bit more and it fell flat for me.

Author

K.N. Smith is an award-winning author. She is a passionate advocate of arts and literacy programs throughout the world. Her lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist and grind through action-adventure and urban fantasy in edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. has over twenty-five years’ experience in communications and creative design as an award-winning consultant. Reading is still her foremost hobby. She is also the founder of Mental Health California™, and creator and director of Brother Be Well, her signature nonprofit community initiative. Discovery of the Five Senses was awarded “Best of” in the category “Outstanding Young Adult Novel” at the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards at the 10th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair. The event, voted one of LA’s best annual book festivals, attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/ educational exhibitor participants, and boasts an audience of over 5,000. She is also a Readers’ Favorite “Gold Medal” honoree for “Young Adult – Mystery”.

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