Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Virtual Book Tour: The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith


The Urban Boys:
Discovery of the Five Senses
K.N. Smith

Young Adult Action-Adventure / Young Adult Thriller / 
Urban Fantasy / Mystery/ Thriller

1st in The Urban Boys Series
Reading age: 13 - 18 years
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing
Publication Date: 9/15/21, 2nd edition
ISBN-10: 0989474755
ISBN-13: 978-0989474757
Kindle ASIN: B015ZS01MI


About Discovery of the Five Senses


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.

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My Review
4 stars!

Discovery of the Five Senses, the first book in The Urban Boys series by author K.N. Smith, has an intriguing plot that teased me with its carefully measured bits of backstory and minimalistic opening exposition. The author doesn't hand-feed the book's secrets; those are only slowly revealed as the story unfolds. I was in the story with the five main characters for the entire journey, feeling their confusion over what was happening and how to overcome it. This immersive quality reminded me of reading Jeff VanderMeer's book, Annihilation, from his Southern Reach series. 

Many times the author's use of language is downright magical. It was not an easy read at first. I had to sync with the rhythm of the words, and when I did, I was suddenly wrapped up in the prose, looking forward with anticipation to the next stunning phrase or line. 

The five boys are an interesting mix of personalities and circumstances, and young readers will surely relate. I loved the premise of each boy receiving an enhanced sense and that there were others before them who had also been 'gifted' in the same manner. In a fresh and fascinating twist to this "gaining a superpower" trope, the new strengths are very hard on the guys, even causing them physical pain at times. 

The author gets the action going immediately, and the opening is gripping. It was so compelling I wanted to read straight through to the conclusion. I will definitely put this series on my 'watch list' for future installments. I recommend DISCOVERY OF THE FIVE SENSES to young adult readers who enjoy urban fantasy, action/adventure, and paranormal or supernatural elements in their stories.

About K.N. Smith

K.N. Smith, winner of the “Best of” in the category of “Outstanding Young Adult Novel” at the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, and a Readers’ Favorite “Gold Medal” honoree for “Young Adult - Mystery”, is an author and passionate advocate of literacy and arts 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. K.N. inspires people of all ages to reach their highest potential in their creative, educational, and life pursuits. Visit K.N. Smith at


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Stormy Vixen said...

Thanks for sharing Discovery of the Five Senses with me, K.N., I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like an urban fantasy that my granddaughter will really enjoy! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success!

Thanks, Paula, for sharing your review!

Have a magical holiday season!

marisela zuniga said...

Thanks for sharing your review, this sounds like a great book

Karen said...

Thank you both for stopping by the blog and commenting. And just think ... this is the FIRST book in a SERIES! So more story to come!

Everyone, have a great holiday season.