Book Review: The Urban Boys (Discovery of the Five Senses)

26850355Author:  K.N. Smith
Release: September 29th 2015
Series: –
Genre: YA | Paranormal
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 208 pages
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Rating: ★★


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 science-fiction and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!


I really don’t like giving a “bad” review to an author who worked hard on a book, but I just didn’t connect to this book at all. The read was a complete struggle.

I loved the poetic side of this book.The story was confusing (at best) and the premise of finding their 5th sense just fell flat.

I think the idea of the story can be great with a lot more research and more editing. The author put a large amount of detail on the things that really didn’t interest me, but put very little details on the things that truly matters, like the paranormal part.

The characters are so blurred together, it was confusing and at some point, I just didn’t care at all. The friendship between the boy was really nice to see and the unbelievably supporting parents were truly amazing, but other than that, there was nothing to keep me going here.

The beginning of the story started out nice and did keep me reading for a few more pages, but it quickly fell apart for me.

Overall, I am sad to say that this book is just not for me, even though I loved the idea and the poetic side… I couldn’t connect to the characters at all.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: “HUGE, CURVY LEAVES BEAUTIFULLY ARRANGED WITHIN THE PRESERVE offered the perfect backdrop for a midnight encounter between two friends who happened to be unequal in their mindsets as well as in their needs to control.”

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