Title: The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses
Author: K.N. Smith
Genre: Action Adventure/ Paranormal, Young Adult
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!
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 baddies in the next town (Sandry Lake). A mysterious girl and the Dark Stranger complicate matters and when a tragedy strikes, the boys must band together and embrace who they are or face the consequences.
This is a young adult novel and yet from the first sentence, reads more like adult literary fiction. There’s a certain feel to young adult that I love and this book didn’t have it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well-written and I didn’t have any trouble following the story (even with the numerous POVs). I can’t seem to put my finger on why it didn’t feel like a young adult novel, sorry.
The author delves into the paranormal with a unique superhero story with likeable protagonists and antagonist. The plot has plenty of action in it but I would’ve liked to have had more backstory on the five senses part of the story. It seemed to get lost (or forgotten) as the plot progressed. As a reader, I found it difficult to get inside the head of the characters and I wasn’t emotionally attached to them.
The message behind the story was fantastic and I applaud the author for it. Helping others is something that is inherent in all of us. Each boy is a typical high school boy and are good kids. There was a ring of realism surrounding the boys and it lent to the story’s believability.
If you like literary fiction with a cast of young adults and a dash of the paranormal, this is a must-read. I look forward to seeing more from this author.
Dark Stranger. I know, call me crazy, but I loved him and the way he skulked in the shadows observing the five boys kicking butt. He has a certain humor that reminded me of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
My Rating: 4 stars
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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 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. For more details, please visit https://knsmith.com .
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N