Blog Tour | Review & Guest Post: THE URBAN BOYS by K.N. Smith

March 08, 2016, 2 Comments | Comentarios

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Title: The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses 
Author: K.N. Smith
Category: YA fiction, 292 pages
Genre: Action Adventure/ Paranormal
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing
Release date: September 2015

Book Description:

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).


The Scariest Thing That's Happened to Me by K.N. Smith

When I was little, I picked up a firecracker that I thought was dead, but it wasn't! That thing practically blew up in my hand, and it suspended my hearing for a little while. One of my sisters thought I was joking, and she was laughing her head off, but they all came to my rescue when they saw I was in dire straits! Wow, that was pretty scary. Beyond that, I can honestly say that I do not like turbulence on planes. I much prefer taking the train, if possible. And I don’t like rollercoaster-like bumps or going downhill too fast, which kills my stomach! One time, I was in this group exercise out in the woods. It was kind of like a team building field trip. Well, one of the activities involved getting into a harness and gliding down to the rest of the team from this really high platform. I thought to myself, "Who in the world came up with this crazy mess?" I had already stopped going on roller coasters some time ago, so I had no idea why I was even up there.

Anyway, when it was my time to glide down, it was as far from graceful as you can get. Seriously, it sounded like someone had shot an animal and left it screaming and wounded on the forest’s floor. On the way down, I was trying to be quiet and squeeze my stomach to keep it from jumping up into my throat, but it wasn't working. I swear, someone thought a bear was among us! I was so scared up there. All I remember was getting the weirdest looks from people when I finally got off that evil contraption, and you can bet I'll never do that again! In fact, I'm so honest with myself about it now that I will tell the guy in the seat next to me on the plane that he's going to have to babysit me if those turbulence flare up. Sorry, dude! I may just rip off his coat sleeve if he's not careful. Watch out frequent flyers, here she comes!

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
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** I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review **

I decided to try something new —and this is what happened! The Urban Boys is a Paranormal Young Adult story with action and adventure, and it’s the debut novel by K.N. Smith. From the moment I read the synopsis or blurb I really wanted to read it —a book about guys? And those guys have heightened senses? who can’t be attracted by something like that?

Anyway, this story tells us about five boys’ lives whom after being exposed, and I quote, to a foreign energy source, they have their senses intensified. And now they’re living a new adventure that they’ve never thought they’d have. What about the senses? For example, one is seeing something or someone in the distance. All of them have their own “power” and at the end they complemented each other, because five sense are better than one —or something like that.

However, even when I really like the whole plot, and all the story, at the beginning it was a little difficult for me to follow it because, well, they’re five! And as you know English is not my first language so I always kind of end losing the track of a story when there are many characters, and yes, the first part of the book was a little slowly, BUT then the story drew on and all made sense —for me, that was the good part.

Overall, this is something new, I recommend this book for everyone, but mostly for those who like paranormal books, also, the author’s writing was really good, but a little excessive when it comes to describe their lives before it, but, as I said, it’s was a new experience.
Book: +4.0

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  1. Hi there, thank you so much for being a stop on this tour. I love your blog too! K.N. Smith

    1. Hi, you're welcome! I really enjoyed the book, and thanks :)