Published: September 29th 2015
By: Two Petals Publishing
Genres: Young-Adult, Supernatural, Action, Adventure
Formats: Paperback & ebook
Source: Author via MBT
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
First in a series. Five boys, a dark stranger, a fearless girl, vicious thugs, and the evil Druth. A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve. A mysterious energy source heightens the boys’ senses to extreme levels. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. On a mission to root out evil, tension and furious battles confront the boys at every turn, but they must embrace their fate. Get prepared for the twisting and grinding of this action-adventure story, which artfully integrates action and high drama in an edge-of-your-seat narrative for young and mature readers alike!
Every once in a while, I get the urge to read outside my comfort genre. This time, that urge came in the form of The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses. I’ve read books with a similar hook, but not quite like this. I really enjoyed this one, but I also have a few teeny problems with it as well. This is like the movies Chronicle and Sky High had a baby. A group of teen boys with powers? How can this not be cool?
What I Liked
-the super cool enhancement to the senses that, ultimately, came with a price. The way the boys got heightened senses was a little cliche’, but I didn’t let that little bit deter me from continuing.
-the way that I was able to visualize each scene, and totally seeing it on the big screen. Or, at the very least, on my TV screen. The author does a great job with descriptions.
-can we rejoice for a moment that the main characters are boys? Because, yeah, really grateful for that. In a way it makes sense (no pun intended). Not that girls can’t get hit with super powers, but I like not having to be inside a bunch of teen girls’ minds.
-I love the overall setup to this whole story. We get to see and feel the change in these characters. They went from being students at DH High School, to saviors of Sandry Lake. I like how the author divided the 2 seemingly different settings. I don’t think any other way would have worked for the way the story progresses.
What I Didn’t Like
I was having a hard time distinguishing between the many voices. They all had something to say, but it was a little disorienting. You guys know how I have problems with POVs!
-I’m a pace kind of reader. I like my action to be fast and swift. There were points (several points) that slowed down throughout.
-I am all for well written words, but the writing got a little heavy-handed. I felt, at times, like this is not a YA adventure book. I’m not sure what the author was aiming for on that angle. I’m pretty sure, adults will love this without all the fancy dialogue.
-It wasn’t long enough. The ending felt rushed, but I can say that it ended well. I would have liked for a bigger finale with this one.
Totally! The Urban Boys is very engaging. No matter the problems I had with it, I can really see myself reading more of this story. It’s very YA friendly, but if you love some adventure and quirky characters – with a side of evil villain, this book will surely keep you engrossed. This will definitely appeal to teen boys. I think this is a great book to thrust upon the male high school population. 🙂