Sunday, September 12, 2010

She Smells The Dead by E.J.Stevens (review)

She Smells the Dead (Spirit Guide, Book 1)Product Description

It's the beginning of senior year and Yuki's psychic awareness of ghostly spirits is threatening to ruin her life. Her ability to sense spirits of the dead isn't glamorous like the ghost hunting on television. SHE SMELLS THE DEAD. The smell impressions are becoming stronger. Yuki is being visited in her dreams, and she suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange. To make matters worse her crush on Garrett is going unrequited, Yuki's friend Emma is on a rampage against bee oppression, and annoying Calvin Miller mysteriously disappears. Will Yuki be able to focus her powers in time to save the lost soul who is haunting her? Meanwhile, who will save Yuki from following the spirits into the light?
My take on this book:
It's the first day of school and Vanessa Stennings who likes to be called Yuki is overwhelmed by the scent of vinegar, weird right? Well Yuki has a gift, she smells the dead, not like decay or anything like that but instead its more a symbolic scent of the spirit who has come  to her for help, her friend Calvin likes to call it smell impressions, anywho this particular spirit smells like vinegar, and the only way to get rid of the spirit is to figure out what it wants!

Yuki hasn't ever been popular in school, some of her classmates even call her a witch,because of the way she looks and dresses,  but she does have a few good friends. Calvin Miller whom she has known since second grade,Emma, who writes for the school paper and Gordy who is in the Anime club, and thinks Yuki is cool because of her name.

Calvin and Yuki share a special bond of knowing who they really are, Calvin was told by his family that he is actually a werewolf , and one summer while he and Yuki was at a Shaman retreat he was told his spirit animal was the wolf, and Yuki's turned out to be the dung beetle, which Calvin loves teasing her about. So with her paranomal powers and his werewolf thing well you could say they have a few things in common!
Together they need to  figure out their powers while also trying to get to the bottom of Yuki's ghost, all before Samhain (Halloween), the night that ghosts flood the earth, but with romance blooming between the two all Yuki wants to do is attend The Homecoming Dance and wear her corset dress!
This is a very quick paced story with a great cast of characters. Yuki's quick wit and her often sarcastic sense of humor was something I loved, the romance that also started developing between Gordy and Emma toward the end of the book was an unexpected twist, and I  look forward to how that might develop in a future book.

The author wraps up the book very well, but the last sentence of the book leaves us hope that there will be sequel to this one!
If your a fan of paranormal fiction, young adult, or mysteries then I highly recommend this book.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. The cover of this book looks really creepy! Thanks for sharing.....

  2. Thanks for the review! I've been hearing really awesome things about this novel and am excited to read it. I love fast paced stories that can balance good characters.


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