The Urban Boys Book Review and Giveaway

I read a lot of Young Adult fiction because I like to preview books before my junior high aged daughter snaps onto them! She particularly enjoys fantasy and science fiction--so I was excited to read and review The Urban Boys by K.N. Smith. What was my opinion of this book?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own. We have also opted to join the iRead Book Tour giveaway--and you may enter to win a book tour prize at the end of this post!

Quick Summary of The Urban Boys. 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 Urban Boys is an action packed book from the very beginning. The prologue of the book immediately caught my interest in the author's story! The author filled those few pages with action, a drama, and a little suspense for the actual book. 

The Urban Boys was not what I expected. While the subject matter is certainly of interest to younger teens--the author's writing style is more geared toward adults. The book is well written and moves at an even pace--but, it did take several chapters for me to form any real attachments to the individual characters. The teen characters were given teenage personalities and characteristics--but, the story line treated them more like adults at many times throughout the book. 

Would I recommend The Urban Boys by K.N. Smith? I did like the book once I developed a bit of an attachment to the characters and their relationships. It wasn't a book that my young teen would be interested in reading--the writing style was too formal at times for her. I think it's best suited to older teens and adults. Readers will enjoy the adventures, the storyline and the issues facing the boys--but, they may find some of the non-fantasy parts of the book a bit unrealistic for adult thinking. 

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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.

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  1. Hi Angela, thanks for your review and thanks for being a stop on this tour! K.N. Smith



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