Monday, August 1, 2011

Review – She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens

Title: She Smells the Dead (Spirit Guide #1)
Author: E.J. Stevens
Publisher: Sacred Oak Press
Release date: September 9, 2010
Pages: 165
Genre: YA
Source: ebook from author for review
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Summary via Goodreads:
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 on TV. SHE SMELLS THE DEAD. Yuki is being visited in her dreams and suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange. Will Yuki be able to save the spirits and herself?

Missy’s take –

She Smells the Dead was a fast and fun read. I really enjoyed the fact that there was a mixture of paranormal elements that were tied together. Also, I completely love the cover. It is absolutely beautiful and is pretty much exactly how I visualize the main character, Yuki.

Vanessa “Yuki” just so happens to smell the dead. It’s their way of letting her know that they have unfinished business that she needs to help them with. When she starts out all she has is the smell to go on in order to find out who they are and what they need. I love how original Yuki was. She wasn’t your average cookie cutter character. She was a goth girl and she was darn proud of it. She was hilarious, sarcastic and kick butt. She was all the things that I love in characters.

While working a case Yuki enlists the help of her friends. Calvin, her hunky best friend that she is starting to have feelings for, who also has a secret of his own and Emma her crazy vegan best friend who is the queen of research and lover of all animals big and small. They make up an extremely fun cast of characters.

I love how Stevens weaved all of the characters in together so that they play such an important role in each others lives and the story. The plot was so fun, fast paced and it seemed like there was adventure around every corner!

Overall I really really like this one! This story was absolutely unique and fun and WAY too short! We are left with quite a cliffhanger and I am excited to start on the next in the series, Spirit Storm.

Missy’s rating – 4/5


  1. I love characters that are not your usual cookie cutter kind, this one sounds great!

  2. So glad you enjoyed this, Missy! I really loved it as well, especially Cal. He's intense! I can't wait to read the second book! :)

  3. I have been wanting to read these book! Thanks so much for the review!