reviews

FEATURED REVIEW – Kirkus Reviews, also featured in Kirkus Magazine
An energetic adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle. – Kirkus Media Read the full review.

FEATURED REVIEW – Brenda Maxwell, Indie Book Reviewers 5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys: Discovery of Five Senses by K.N. Smith is hands down one of the most original and well-crafted YA paranormal novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and her attention to detail, especially with the characters. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ heads, but the places they are, and it was a fun escape from reality. This novel covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, and it was interesting to see how it all tied together but there will still be more to come. An epic literary feat, to be certain, well written and with beautiful narrative. I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise to fans of YA adventure/action/light fantasy.

VIDEO REVIEW – Mike Gagnon of Hammer Comics 5 Stars (5 / 5)
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FEATURED REVIEW – Rockin’ Book Reviews 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
The Urban Boys is certain to be another “hit” with the YA audience! Parents will surely appreciate the wholesomeness of this novel and the inspiration it can offer youth! There are great examples presented in this outstanding story. There are surprises and action that will captivate the young reader in this awesome adventure story with a touch of paranormal.
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FEATURED REVIEW – Melvin Tag 5 Stars (5 / 5)
Read the Prologue and fasten your seat-belts! “The URBAN BOYS: Discovery of the Five Senses” is the kind of thrill ride you’d expect from a seasoned action and adventure novelist, not in a first novel by a writer just entering this genre. The URBAN BOYS really grabs you. It not only focuses readers on the battle between good and evil but the frailties of families that can be torn apart even by the heroic, selfless acts by our young heroes. As much as anything else, the beauty of the scenes described, the eerie, mysterious source of the boys’ new power, and the suspense you will feel in every engagement they have with evil combatants they confront will rivet you to every page. The URBAN BOYS creates a whole new world of emotions, suspense, danger and drama sure to please those who like the pages of a book to excite and engage them. It’s a great read!

FEATURED REVIEW – Megan King, Indie Book Reviewers
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Brilliantly crafted and written, “The Urban Boys” by author K.N. Smith is the first in a thrilling new fantasy/adventure series that I will definitely be following through. This world is wholly conceived, and I was pleased with the level of character development. The plots are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you guessing. I would also like to commend the level of professionalism in this novel, from the cover to the editing– all top notch. Looking forward to more great stories from K.N. Smith and will be recommending to my friends.

FEATURED REVIEW – Amazon Customer – The Urban Boys is a Great Read 5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys, by author K.N. Smith , was absolutely one of the best books I’ve EVER read, and I’ve read a whole bunch of really good books. The characters were so real, and you get to feeling like you are inside their heads. This book is fast moving … it is hard to find a stopping place! Obliviously, I really enjoyed this book, and I most certainly will be looking for other books by K.N. Smith.

November 14, 2016 – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
4 Stars (4 / 5)
An interesting journey into the lives of the boys with sensory super powers. Full of action and battles, with others and their own fate. I liked this story and found it very striking. The intrigue and impeccable way the story was written gripped this reader, and I liked that I could not predict the end or knew what would happen next. The characters were young adults but anyone who loves a good action super hero-esq story would dive right into this one. Nothing like a rollercoaster adventure that keeps me turning the pages!

July 2, 2016 – Sef Tiburcio, Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
I have to say that it was quite a long time since a novel tickled my imagination. The book asked me to visualize every setting; the kids in their school, the football battlefield, the swaying grasses in the preserve, the devastated Sandry Lake, and the fight scenes. I am deeply hoping for the sequel!

June 16, 2016 – Charla Wilson, Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
This book starts with a bang and does not let up until the very end. K.N. Smith has proven herself to be a great writer with this debut novel. She grabs your attention on the first page and keeps it until the very last page. She brings depth to the characters and the scenery that feels genuine, and makes the reader feel like they are part of the story. I can’t wait to read her future books!

June 9, 2016 – Daniela Solis – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
This is not just a YA novel, but a true literary experience. The author seamlessly crafted the book and used wonderful language to truly paint the characters and their feelings in our minds. This book is a real 5 stars, and you will realize this from the moment you start reading.

June 4, 2016 – Kat Mirz – Amazon Customer
4 Stars (4 / 5)
From the first page, I was drawn into the book and finished it in no time because I had trouble putting it down. K.N. Smith has a way with words that will have you sucked in and not wanting the story to end. With lyrical prose and a surreal setting, K.N. Smith knows how to twist and turn words into beautiful crafted sentences. ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses’ is a must-read if you’re a fan of action and adventure!

June 2, 2016 – Alana – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys takes readers on an adventure that includes darkness, evil, and the journey to discovering inner strength. Author K.N. Smith provides a descriptive backdrop for the story, and weaves deep truths and morals that all of us eventually discover as adults. I was pleased with the story right from the first chapter, and really dug the more supernatural elements whenever they popped up!

May 30, 2016 – Danielle Urban – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith is an exciting tale that packs a lot of adventure, suspense, and paranormal twists. K.N. Smith has masterfully woven a story whose images comes off vividly and engage readers deeper into the enchanting plot. K.N. Smith’s fantasy adventure is a crossover novel. Readers of all ages can easily find something to enjoy within this title.

April 28, 2016 – Crystal Gomez – The Recipe Fairy
5 Stars (5 / 5)
This is one amazing read! The author’s writing is so well-written and eloquent it’s almost poetry! The story immediately gripped me in the beginning and I was left eagerly devouring this book as quick as I could. The storyline is very unique, the descriptions are absolutely incredible and the characters are extremely complex. I’ve never read a book as poetic and descriptive as this and I can’t wait to check out the sequel! Read the full review.

March 16, 2016 – J. Michael Gallen – The Autistic Gamer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
Plenty of action throughout the narrative. Although the young men find themselves overwhelmed by their abilities and consequential responsibility, they realize that they must accept their fate. The narrative itself moves at a brisk pace. Ultimately, this is an enjoyable modern paranormal novel that fans of thrillers and action-packed storylines, young and old, will likely enjoy. Read the full review.

March 7, 2016 – Catherine Carrington – BRNPEB Blog
4 Stars (4 / 5)
Smith has created a refreshing book in the Young Adult fantasy genre. The story is different, exciting, and great. The author did a great job bringing out its central themes. For those looking for something different in the YA genre, then look no further than this book. Read the full review.

February 16, 2016 – deep.blue.sea – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
In a time when young adult fiction is generally finding itself relegated to teen romance coupled with supernatural themes that are oftentimes tied down by typically dramatic interpersonal relationships and overly predictable plotlines, The Urban Boys comes along and breathes life into the genre by rekindling some of the magic that makes young adult fiction relatable and engrossing for young people, while offering older readers the proper dose of nostalgia and captivation to make it more than worthwhile. The author does a fine job in creating a fictional setting that is believably animated throughout the pages. When reading my next YA fiction novel, I would hope it will be one as fascinating, refreshing and entertaining as The Urban Boys.

February 6, 2016 – Gia Jackson – G. Jacks Writes
4 Stars (4 / 5)
I really loved this book and the positive message that is infused within it. For anyone who loves stories about pre-written destiny or fate and heroes coming into their roles, then I definitely think that this is the book for you. Besides having such a strong command of creating captivating visual imagery, particularly with the fight scenes in this book, the author ripples surprising narrative parallels throughout the story. I promise you will not be able to put this book down. Read the full review.

January 27, 2016 – Moonwalker from the Masquerade Crew
5 Stars (5 / 5)
Right from the first chapter, this tale captured my rapt attention. As each day unfolded, and the boys became deeper and deeper embedded in the fate of a neighboring city in trouble, I was on the edge of my seat, fearing not only for their safety, but their sanity as well. This story has a supernatural thread that weaves in and out, and finally ties the whole thing together to a surprising end. It’s appeal transcends the generational dynamic. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an exciting adventure story. I loved it! Read the full review.

January 26, 2016 – L. Kemer – Amazon Customer
4 Stars (4 / 5)
K.N. Smith is a master of suspense. I could not put this book down. I felt like I really knew these 5 boys. The story just kept getting better and better. It is a very unique story that left me wanting more. I can’t wait to find out how the Urban Boys continue to use their gifts.

January 22, 2016 – Blake Sabor – Goodreads 5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys is a paranormal trip following a ragtag gang of young men. Each youth is thoughtful and engaging and it was a delight to read their transformative progression—from humble starts to tackling a power perhaps greater than themselves. The writer’s strength is her ability to intercut bits of nail-biting action into the character development. This cinematic book is equal parts breathtaking and meditative and I can’t wait to get my eyes on more of it. Excellent read!

January 21, 2016 – Victoria Maposa – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
The way the author describes the setting is so believable, so much that as you read through the adventure, you actually see it happening in front of you like you are watching it on the big screen. I really enjoyed the adventure and can’t wait to get my hands on more books from the author. 5 stars!

January 19, 2016 – Tarahon – Amazon Customer 5 Stars (5 / 5)
I found K.N. Smith’s novel to be a very interesting and entertaining read! The author is very skilled in writing, especially describing scenes and characters. The novel is sort of dystopian, which I think is pretty cool. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in an adventure!!

January 18, 2016 – Steve Painteron – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
K.N. Smith has written a gem of a novel. Using compelling character development, Smith centers the story around five young friends and the evil they are about to face. Written for all ages, the themes in this book transcend important life lessons that equips all of us for our day-to-routines. But never is there a dull moment in this riveting page-turner. Smith is a gifted writer, whose words are lifted off of the pages very gently and places the reader in the mystical world as this story evolves into a classic battle of good vs. evil.​

January 16, 2016 – Lucidity – Amazon Customer 5 Stars (5 / 5)
I found “The Urban Boys” to be very entertaining and exciting. What stood out to me the most about this read besides the vivid writing style, is definitely how well-constructed each of the main characters are. They all have a very complex nature and a strong foundation to each of their personalities, and as well as this, they each have their own defining flaws that contrast with their strengths – which, in turn, makes them seem quite realistic and dynamic. Overall, I am quite impressed with author K.N. Smith and hope to see more in the future.​

December 30, 2015 – Anabella Johnson, Indie Book Reviewers 4 Stars (4 / 5)
Well written and very creative, “The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses” from K.N. Smith is an absolute must-read for fans of novels such as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc. “The Urban Boys” holds its own with the top-notch writing and plot structure, and an exciting, varied cast of colorful characters and plenty of supernatural and thrills to go around. I’m ready for the next one!

December 29, 2015 – Self Publishing Review 4 Stars (4 / 5)
A wonderful and deeply written emotional adventure.

December 28, 2015 – Sam Ryan, Indie Book Reviewers
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
What impressed me the most here was that I thought that K.N. Smith’s writing style has the confidence and delightful quirkiness of a much more seasoned pro… was a bit surprised to see this is her first novel. The characters had that elusive ‘flavor’ that only comes when they are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easily done, especially in a novel of this depth and complexity, and the prose was lyrical and lush… almost poetic. Beautifully mesmerizing and wonderfully addicting!

December 24, 2015 – Nicola Flood, Indie Book Reviewers
5 Stars (5 / 5)
From the opening pages of “The Urban Boys” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Ms. Smith sets of the scene and characters in a skillful way that not only draws us right in, but creates great visualizations (like we are watching a mini-series on TV as all the events play out) and elicits genuine emotional investments. An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique, dynamic setting makes this a memorable read.

December 13, 2015 – Don Sloan 5 Stars (5 / 5)
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, stunningly characterized tale of adventure, unquestioning loyalty and strong bonds among good friends, look no further than The Urban Boys by author K.N. Smith. It’s the kind of book that you won’t be able to put down. The author’s compelling writing style is wonderfully evocative, painting compelling word pictures at every turn. Finally, events come to a head and, in a climactic last scene, the evil entrenched in the small town has it out with the combined forces for good. It’s a finale you won’t soon forget. This is a fully developed, well-written novel that will exceed your expectations. Ultimately, it conveys strong messages about trust, loyalty, and inspiration. I award The Urban Boys five stars-plus. It’s a considerable cut above the usual YA genre, and its highly imaginative storyline will appeal to a much broader audience.

November 21, 2015 – Moterwriter Reviews 4 Stars (4 / 5)
Author K.N. Smith has at her disposal a lyrical prose that describes the environment and the characters in such fine (and magical) detail that you can’t help but fall in love with the world she has created. ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses’ is a great start to this new series and the premise holds much promise for more entertaining episodes. Read the full review.

November 14, 2015 – Amazon Customer – The Excitement of The Urban Boys 5 Stars (5 / 5)
“The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses” is both a rollicking ride filled with mystery, suspense and literary drama; as well as a sensitive portrayal of individuals and families called by an unknown force to fight evil. It grips the imagination and engages the senses from the very first words of the Prologue through the whole frenetically evolving story. It’s an amazing work for a new fiction writer and one that will keep the book in your hands as you relax, ride in airplanes or stop for coffee. I couldn’t put it down; and felt I was wasting time whenever I wasn’t going from one colorful chapter to another. It’s a great ride and highly recommended! You will want to get to know “The Urban Boys” and experience their “Discovery of the Five Senses.”

November 4, 2015 – Pauline; Moscow, Russia 5 Stars (5 / 5)
I enjoyed the book very much! The Urban Boys reads fluently, is fast paced and has a lot of likeable characters. I like the world described in the book. It seems common and everyday at first, but soon the atmosphere becomes very mystical and grows on you. Considering the beauty of the scenery and the striking fights that the boys are engaged in, I think that the story would make a thrilling show or movie!

October 23, 2015 – Carl Jones 5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys took me up and down the most exciting, twisty, curvy roads on the planet. This is truly an adventure filled novel that gets more exciting as the pages turn. The dynamics between the boys gets more complicated as the dark stranger comes onto the scene. Good vs. evil, amazing fight scenes, Alina and her nunchucks, the dreaded Druth, dealing with one’s fate … it’s all there! Not only is this the best read of the season, but the emotion and inspiration felt by the reader makes The Urban Boys one lasting and unforgettable story!

October 23, 2015 – T. Wilson 5 Stars (5 / 5)
A must read!!! An absolutely riveting story about the struggle between good and evil. Five young men experience a surprising, somewhat whimsical, yet very dangerous journey into a dark world from which they must emerge victorious. A dark stranger leads the way. The first in a series, which will have you on the edge of your seat. Amazing!

October 23, 2015 – Divine Daytripper 5 Stars (5 / 5)
If you’re looking for an action-packed page-turner, look no further than the Urban Boys. This modern-day tale of good vs. evil captivated my imagination from start to finish. The language is poetic, the dramatic scenes are tension-filled, and the characters are well developed. Spoiler Alert: set aside an afternoon to read the entire ending in one fell swoop because you won’t be able to put the book down. You’ll be mesmerized.

October 21, 2015 – D. (Amazon Customer) 5 Stars (5 / 5)
This book is hard to put down once you start reading so block out ample time before beginning. I’ll start by saying, I definitely place this novel alongside “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” for a couple of reasons. Although the story lines have nothing to do with one another the main characters all cater to the same age range with the door wide open for a series. While the author manages to capture every detail in every scene placing you right in the middle of your imagination, the characters are also well thought out with descriptive traits of their own. I enjoyed every minute of it and am convinced you will, too. This is undeniably an author to keep your eye on!

FEATURED REVIEW – Laura Clarke, Indie Book Reviewers
5 Stars (5 / 5)
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!!

FEATURED REVIEW – Cale Owens, Indie Book Reviewers
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
This powerhouse of a story by K.N. Smith is equally packed with action and emotion, and is sure to please even the pickiest of literary readers for its fine quality of prose and a meaningful and attention-grabbing plotline. Great writing and a bold attempt at capturing many important themes and elements made “The Urban Boys” a hit for me. Hope this author continues writing these types of books because she certainly has a knack for it. Eager for the next one as the journey of the boys continues on!

FEATURED REVIEW – Publishers Daily Reviews 5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys hits the ground running and never looks back. Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of bonding, loyalty, and 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! Read the full review.

FEATURED REVIEW – Karen Matthews, Indie Book Reviewers
5 Stars (5 / 5)
Oh wow, I enjoyed this book and read the whole thing in one week, which is fast for me, especially considering I have no free time at all to read these days, but it just seemed to go by so fast and I never wanted to stop reading it, even late into the evening. I was mesmerized by the world K.N. Smith created, one so realistic and authentic, yet clearly fantastical and extremely imaginative – and intelligent at the same time. You will not be disappointed!

FEATURED REVIEW – Veronica McDermott 5 Stars (5 / 5)
Forget spellbound. This novel will have you transfixed. Not wanting, but needing more. K.N.Smith masterfully crafts the characters using relatable dialogue. Remarkably, her articulate word imagery is all that is needed to transport readers to a mysterious paranormal world where good and evil collide and the future of Danville is on death’s door. However, I must warn you – this book should come with a warning: do not begin reading this novel unless you have time to read it all in one satisfying hit. I implore you to put your phone down, turn off the television, and close the laptop lid. Make the time to connect with this piece of literary prowess. You will not regret it. The Urban Boys truly is a gift to the imaginations of our young people. I thank K.N.Smith for breathing life into this unique story, keeping creativity and therefore hope alive in the lives of those who read this novel. – V. McDermott, Educator, English Teachers Association of Queensland, Australia Read the full review.

November 3, 2016 – Fee Roberts, Amazon Customer
4 Stars (4 / 5)
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith is an interesting story about five teenage boys that have mysteriously developed extremely heightened senses. Upon realizing they have these abilities, they become, more or less, vigilantes for the neighboring town of Sandry Lake. This story is full of mystery and adventure, with a bit of paranormal. I was intrigued by the premise of this story. It definitely held my interest from beginning to end.

July 1, 2016 – Cheri Clay, Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
Spellbinding, mystifying and utterly amazing! I could not put this outstanding fantasy adventure out of my mind. I was totally captivated not wanting the story to end; yet I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with Smith’s writing style so poetic like classic literature of old and so descriptive, allowing one to live every moment yet leaving enough to the imagination, a unique twist to an urban paranormal thriller making this novel one not soon to be forgotten. I for one can’t wait for more and would gladly purchase a whole series, as this book is too good to miss.

June 16, 2016 – Rosalie de Leon, Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
As an adventure lover, I have been looking for something new and The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Sense instantly offered so much for the thirsty soul. This brilliant and immersive read had so much heart and exciting twists, the experience with the Urban Boys stretches far beyond the pages of the book. From creativity, originality and depth. I’m only certain you will be captivated till the last page. Kudos!

June 5, 2016 – Grace Anne – Barnes & Noble Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys. The heroes that fate chose above all others. This adventure and fantasy book is a must read. It suits all ages. Powerful words were used to its breath-taking scenes. You almost think that you are actually in a movie scene!

May 29, 2016 – Edward Ronstron – Barnes & Noble Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
THE URBAN BOYS is distinctively unique and that’s coming from someone who has read a LOT of fiction. Five young kids, gifted with sensory superpowers, go on an adventure in an original and enchanting world. There’s action from the start and the theme of excitement more or less carries on right through until the end. It’s a stylish good v evil story. Not only that, the novel is wonderfully descriptive, bordering on poetic, leaving you with a fulfilled depiction of their extraordinary world!

May 28, 2016 – Raquel Fernandez – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
With an air of mystery embedded into the story from its inception, the author draws you into the world of her characters. It’s poetic descriptions make you feel enveloped in its ethereal setting as these characters deal with the supernatural event that changes their lives. The author’s bold approach paints a picture in a beautiful and unexpected way.

March 16, 2016 – Splashes Into Books
4 Stars (4 / 5)
This is a decidedly different YA novel written by a talented wordsmith whose lyrical prose paints pictures in the imagination of the reader. Read the full review.

March 6, 2016 – Snjezana Marinkovic – HopePost
5 Stars (5 / 5)
This book is well-crafted, gripping, full of exciting twists and turns with a great, captivating story-line. In her poetic voice, the author takes to an amazing journey filled with different people, different emotions, and different discoveries. Read the full review.

March 1, 2016 – David Watson – The All Night Library
4 Stars (4 / 5)
The Urban Boys is a book that young audiences will love. Reading K.N. Smith’s description of the world her characters live in is like an artist painting a classical masterpiece. This is a good book for young writers to read because it’s a great example of how to write beautiful prose. The concept behind this book is a fabulous one. I’ll be happy to see what K.N. Smith comes up with in her next book. Read the full review.

February 20, 2016 – Cynthia A. – Goodreads
5 Stars (5 / 5)
By far one of the best YA fantasy books I have ever read. I won this book on Goodreads and picked it up to read today. From start to finish this was a very well written book. I love the descriptions of the surroundings and the detail put into the characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

February 17, 2016 – Cosmofixed – Goodreads
5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys is easily the most originally crafted variation of young adult superhero themed books that I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. This book is wonderful in that it is at the same time mysterious, adventurous, relatable and is fraught with fascinating characters around every corner that carry the plot and protagonists along on their intense discovery of the powers they have been given. Packed with crime-fighting action, drama, and plenty of the unexpected, The Urban Boys fills the pages with an enchanting story to remember. I highly recommend this book to both young and older readers alike and praise the author for this tastefully original and profound tale.

February 12, 2016 – Deen Makalay – Goodreads 5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is a gripping and action-packed tale of friendship, young love, families, and the struggle for the common good. Followers of Michael Crichton and Dan Brown will be familiar with this story’s heart-racing pacing, and fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia books will appreciate the elements of the unknown and the captivating choice of words in this beautiful novel by another author who writes with initials: K.N. Smith. As the eyes come to the end of this splendid story, sweet sorrow lingers in the heart, and a sequel to this book will surely be greeted like a long-lost friend.

February 11, 2016 – Kristen Chandler – Shelf Life Blog
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
This is the best YA paranormal I have read in a long time. The Urban Boys hooks you from the very beginning; you’re drawn in and can’t wait to see what happens next. And its so original and creatively written. The writing was so descriptive and the character development was wonderful. Highly recommended. Read the full review.

February 9, 2016 – Lars Jackson – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
What makes this book particularly fascinating is the manner in which the community in which the characters exist is itself a living, conscious entity. In this respect, the book has a strong fantasy element to it. The writer makes great use of backstories and subtext to lend depth, subtlety, and mystery to the unfolding of the story as it vacillates from surreality to reality. Additionally, the writer introduces poetic elements into the narrative, placing the story into a mythical context, each of the characters’ actions being a response to fate as they struggle to reach a balance between the demands of normalcy and the pull of destiny. I would recommend this book to readers of fantasy, mystery, and even fans of certain kinds of comic books which explore how the introduction of new powers or abilities put pressures upon those who acquire them to undergo intensive personal transformations in order to accommodate the responsibilities these entail. Five stars!

February 1, 2016 – Michele Luker – Insane About Books
4 Stars (4 / 5)
The whole setting of the story felt so real. There is a lot of mystery that gradually reveals throughout the story, just enough to keep you hooked. Crazy plot twists and action will keep you at the edge of your seat as the past and present collide. With the beautiful words that seemed as smooth as glass, this fast paced novel is a must read. The creative descriptions need to be embraced by all. Read the full review.

January 26, 2016 – St. Nick – Amazon Customer 5 Stars (5 / 5)
Wow! This story is an explosion. It twists and turns at various intervals and send thrills all the way down my spine. These five urban boys had me at the very edge of my seat and the dreadful evil lurking around pushed me right over. The author has orchestrated a live tale that captures the imagination of readers and plunged them right in the story. I just love it!

January 25, 2016 – Bri from the Masquerade Crew
5 Stars (5 / 5)
This book was definitely hard to put down. It is a fab YA read, and is easily one that has the potential to be the next big thing in that reading community. I did find myself staying up until the wee hours of the morning, trying to see what happened next, hoping the boys were successful and that they came out of their challenges unscathed. I found the characters to be brilliant. They were very well developed, with each being given their own talents and personality. The author supplied a fantastic level of detail. There was just enough to really make things real and exciting. It is easily a book you will think about all day, both characters and story alike, wondering what will happen next and if your favourites will be ok. Read the full review.

January 22, 2016 – Andrew Davis – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
The Urban Boys is a gritty thriller full of paranormal intrigue. The story is set in a richly written setting with two main locales that in stark contrast of one another. The characters are compelling and I thought each had great development as they gained their heightened senses or abilities. The writer soars as she describes these with well-thought-out detail. The characters become strong, smart and completely relatable. Complex and filled with action, this story was a delight to read from beginning to end. The book is equal parts magical and harrowing and I pray there is more of it to come. A fantastic read that might be The Hardy Boys for this generation! A++

January 19, 2016 – Avid Reader – Amazon Customer
5 Stars (5 / 5)
I can officially tell you that I was not disappointed by this very unique and engaging story. K.N. Smith has a fantastic writing style describing the scenes in this book by painting a picture with her words that allows the reader to easily visualize the setting of each scene. Readers really need to read this wonderful novel and take the journey with these compelling characters. This book is one fantastic read!

December 30, 2015 – Stephan Beacher, Indie Book Reviewers
4 Stars (4 / 5)
Trust me when I say you’ve never read anything like this before! Fast-paced and action-packed, “The Urban Boys” will take you through new concepts and perspectives in a YA adventure that you’ve never read before. I felt a connection with each of these characters that I didn’t expect, and I thought the author’s narrative prose was some of the best I’ve read in a while, the way she brought the scenes to life, and the attention to details. Very cool!

December 29, 2015 – Cody Brighton, Indie Book Reviewers
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
K.N. Smith has an incredible way with words; her descriptions are vivid; you see what the characters are seeing, you feel what they are feeling; you feel like you are there. I found the book very hard to put down, as I had to know what the outcome for each of these characters would be. This is an excellent book; it makes you feel, it makes you think, and it makes you think outside the box. K.N. Smith wasn’t afraid to take chances, and it pays off.

December 27, 2015 – Claire Middleton, Indie Book Reviewers
5 Stars (5 / 5)
“The Urban Boys” is wonderful book in which K.N. Smith sweeps the reader away into each of the characters with their exceptional abilities. She also has the strong literary skills to keep the reader totally engaged throughout the entire story, and that is no small feat considering the various multi layered plotlines, diverse set of characters, and wildly fluctuating events. Good characters… good writing… good plots. I am ready for the next one!

December 24, 2015 – Essie Harmon, Indie Book Reviewers
5 Stars (5 / 5)
This is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. K.N. Smith is a hugely talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful. She has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a great positive message. Recommend for ages 13 and up (even adults!).

December 23, 2015 – Corey Banyan, Indie Book Reviewers
5 Stars (5 / 5)
I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I realized I was totally hooked, and even totally enjoyed the exciting paranormal and action scenes! But seriously, I felt transported to another world just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic-feeling, yet unlike any I’ve met before.

December 14, 2015 – Amazon Customer – Good Book, Needs a Sequel 4 Stars (4 / 5)
The author of this book really has a mastery of descriptive metaphors and it was quite enjoyable traversing the characters lives and families. I felt that I need more of the stories on the families and the interactions with the dark side. I would love to read a sequel with more adventures from the Urbanboys as adults. I really enjoyed the overall premise and story because there are so many ways that the boys/men’s adventures can evolve. Thank you for this thought provoking well written literary work.

November 16, 2015 – Yukti Torres 5 Stars (5 / 5)
Excellent Story! I loved the characters and the dialogue has kept me entertained the whole time. Overall, a very memorable addition to the genre. Two thumbs up. The book is really a well written page-turning adventure!

November 14, 2015 – The U.S. Review of Books 4 Stars (4 / 5)
Five friends do something considered taboo by the townsfolk and enter the mysterious, forest-like preserve. But something otherworldly awaits them among the trees. Yet just as the five can then sense each other, so, too, can three others sense them, and one of the trio is a killer. Smith’s book blends action and mystery with elements of the paranormal. Additionally, the novel overflows with positive thematic pointers relating to the importance of family, honesty, etc. The presence of these moments of encouragement make her story worth reading.

November 8, 2015 – Amazon Customer – An Awesome Read! 5 Stars (5 / 5)
This will make the beginning of a thrilling and exciting new series. If you want one of those books that keep you up late at night turning pages then this is the book for you. This was a good read. The characters were well presented and believable. The story line moves along with enough twists and turns to pique the readers interest. Pick up your copy today and you won’t be disappointed … you just might miss a little sleep though. Well written – some twists in plot – quick, enjoyable read!

October 25, 2015 – R. Jordan 5 Stars (5 / 5)
Destiny plays a unique role in the lives of five young friends who unbeknownst to them will meet doom, gloom and unspoken danger. This incredibly compelling novel will leave you spellbound, wondering if the boys will survive the wrath of Druth, the dastardly, evil antagonist wreaking havoc from chapter to chapter. To add to the drama, upon meeting a dark stranger, their lives will never be the same! The Urban Boys is definitely one of this year’s most exciting reads!

October 22, 2015 – Gel Niñofranco 5 Stars (5 / 5)
The brotherly bond of five teenage boys is tested when they are exposed to an energy source that heightens their senses. Destined to be pursuers of good, together they begin a journey to maturity as they embrace and fully realize their new-found powers despite looming threat from a vengeful villain. This action-packed page-turner made me feel like I was a part of the boys’ adventure in Sandry Lake and a protector of Danville Heights. One will identify with the characters’ joy, fear, anxiety, pride and a variety of emotions because of the author’s ability to involve the reader into every scene. I highly recommend this to young adults and adults alike!