Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Review: She Smells the Dead

She Smells The Dead
She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens
Date Released: September 09, 2010 (Available NOW!)
Published by: Sacred Oaks Press
Age: Young Adult
Pages: 168
Provided by: E.J. Stevens
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.


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?

Synopsis via Goodreads

My thoughts:

She Smells the Dead provides something new and fresh to the YA realm.  Who knew that smelling the dead and having your best friend compare you to a nasty little beetle could spell out your fate?

Vanessa Stennings, otherwise known at Yuki, isn't your typical teenager girl with a free spirited gothic style.  With a crush, two best friends, one of which has secrets of his own, and a stinky following, Yuki's life is a full on enchanted mystery with what seems to be a silver rope typing the best friends together in a way they were not aware existed.

I do wish this first installment of the Spirit Guide series would have spanned through the big day of Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween.  The build up was threaded throughout the whole book but that will be what brings me back.  The need to know what happens to these three best friends and the circle of people (and beings) around them, is what will help drive this series forward.

Simple yet thorough writing, a beautiful portrait for a cover, a mysteries that needs solving, the start of a possibly Yuki-epic love story, a rope tying two worlds together, and an added factor of I-Don't-Want-To-Put-This-Book-Down, She Smells the Dead, is a great quick read that left me wanting more.

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  1. I've heard nothing but good things about this novel and can't wait to read it. I'm glad you felt it was a fresh look on YA paranormal and the Yuki was an unique character. Thanks for the review!

  2. I'm glad it's something new for YA paranormal, but I'm not sure about the cover.

  3. This sounds like a great read and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. i agree with gaby, not sure about the cover but it sounds good! thanks for the review :)

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  5. I'm seeing this one everywhere and it's getting such good reviews I think I need to add it to my list. The title is a little off-putting, but I love the premise. Thanks for the review!

  6. This cover keeps grabbing my attention and I think the idea of smelling the dead is cool. Gross, but cool - something different for the genre.

  7. The cover art for this book is intriguing. I've seen it on several blogs and it catches my eye each time. The concept of 'smelling the dead' is also a cool change.


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