To any authors/publishers/ tour companies that are looking for the reviews that I signed up for please know this is very hard to do. I will be stopping reviews temporarily. My husband passed away February 1st and my new normal is a bit scary right now and I am unable to concentrate on a book to do justice to the book and authors. I will still do spotlight posts if you wish it is just the reviews at this time. I apologize for this, but it isn't fair to you if I signed up to do a review and haven't been able to because I can't concentrate on any books. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. I appreciate all of you. Kathleen Kelly April 2nd 2024

24 March 2016

The Urban Boys by K.N. Smith Book Blast! #UrbanBlast @knsmith_author

Five teen boys, mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source...

Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Action-Adventure, Paranormal

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, beautifully written, 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!

Books for Boys vs. Books for Girls 
By K.N. Smith
I love your very interesting question, thank you! Very clearly, there are literary works specific to girls, and others specific to boys. It's certainly okay to separate these, in case an author is trying to convey something directly to a gender. As we know, there are books that girls view as boys' books and they don't want to read those kinds of books, and vice versa. It's certainly a matter of taste.
In my opinion, there is something that everyone can glean from every book. And I personally am not all that interested in limits. For example, what happens if there is something tucked inside of a boy’s book, and I am encouraged not to venture within. What will I be missing out on? Is there something you don't want me to see, or learn?

My mind immediately shifts to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, so much considered a boy’s book that she was told not to reveal her name at the time of publication (and also because of her young age: 15). J.K. Rowling was told the same thing. I can tell you personally from reading The Outsiders at a very young age, and numerous other books by the author, that girls' lives were transformed with the flipping of those pages, which perhaps were meant mainly for boys, according to some. The truth, rawness, and beauty of those scenes will stay with me forever. So again, limits cannot apply if we are to grow as individuals. We do this in part by reading.

The Urban Boys has its own dynamics. Sure, it is a story about five boys and there are numerous fight scenes, as well as a football chapter, in the book. It might seem that it is a book written for boys. It is not. They just happen to be the central characters. It is really a story about families, interactions amongst friends, lifelong bonds, and how a mysterious incident changes their lives. It's an action adventure story that boys and girls and men and women can relate to. In fact, all of these audiences are reading the book currently. There's a little bit of each of us in the story. I also believe that the detail in the scenes appeals to both boys and girls, if they gravitate toward lyrical writing.

We would not want to limit ourselves based upon another person's insistence that we stay in one area. So, I think it's important for each of us to venture out, read all kinds of books, and learn something new along the way. If a heart can be touched by moving prose or a rugged scene with tenderness buried underneath, then the author has indeed done a fine job regardless of the reader.

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 literary 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 states, “My hope is that The Urban Boys will spark imagination in a wide variety of readers while elevating global literacy efforts. It’s important that we have diverse families of readers for generations to come.” K.N. Smith has over twenty years experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.


  1. Thank you so much for being a part of this book blast. Your kindness is so appreciated! K.N. Smith

  2. It is my pleasure to help promote your book!



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