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She Smells the Dead: Volume 1 Paperback – 19 Aug 2010

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984247521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984247523
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry From the Shadows, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry Shadows of Myth and Legend, the young adult paranormal Spirit Guide Series, which include She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and Legend of Witchtrot Road, and the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she can be found blogging at From the Shadows, a paranormal book blog, or hanging out on Goodreads or Twitter. E.J. is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an active member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

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These books are brilliant- such a wonderful mix of mystery and magic with really quirky and lovable characters. Think back to poor little Haley Joel Osment plagued by spirits of unnatural deaths that only he can see- clutching at his covers and whispering "I see dead people". Creepy right? Similarly, Yuki is a teenage girl haunted by spirits who need her assistance to solve or avenge their deaths. But this is a haunting with a difference. Instead of seeing and hearing the ghosts asking for her help, Yuki can only smell their unique lingering smell impressions. Waking up to the strong smell of vinegar one morning leads Yuki into investigating the strange death of a vinegar empire boss, and the possibility that he has been murdered by his family. Yuki is very accepting of her strange power, however, and takes it all in her stride, determined to help the spirits to move on.

But running parrallel to this unique mystery story is also the burgeoning romance between Yuki and her long-time best friend Calvin- who is starting to develop some new powers of his own. Calvin is developing into the werewolf leader of his pack, and needs Yuki's help to make him stronger. There is a lot of talk throughout all three books of spirits, and Calvin and Yuki's are joined. Calvin is a bit of a hippy and very protective of Yuki. The relationship that develops between them is really sweet and they make a great pair.

I loved the character of Yuki who is quirky and stubborn (in a good way), and who is clearly her own person no matter what. She has a fun sense of humour, and her own unique sense of fashion. Ignoring all their jibes that she is a witch, Yuki herself is scornful of the popular crowd at school, and especially the cheerleaders, who she nicknames "the bimbettes".
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4½ Out of 5
Yuki's more-or-less your average girl: she has great friend Emma, she has a crush - who doesn't crush back on her - and awesome boots. Except Yuki can smell the dead. Yeah, that's right. It's not glamorous, and it makes it a lot harder to figure out what the spirit haunting you actually wants. Now it's senior year, and Yuki is being haunted by someone who smells like vinegar. But that's not the worst part. She's suddenly got strange feelings for Calvin Miller, her other friend and is having prophetic dreams at night. And she knows - knows - that something odd is going on with Calvin... Can Yuki save Vinegar Man? Before she loses herself?
I loved this book! It had action, romance, humour, dead-smelling: everything a girl wants in a paranormal book. And - more importantly - it was wonderfully written with great characters and plot. Thanks E.J.!
Yuki (her real name's Vanessa, but she changed it because of some unfortunate nicknames) was just a character I instantly liked. I liked her habit of exaggerating, her sarcasm, her brilliantly mad fashion sense: everything. Especially that her spirit animal is a dung beetle. I laughed so much at that one. All her strange, unique little sayings made me laugh, too. How can you not at things like: "son of a dung beetle", "holy heck", or "this sucks eggs"? She was just awesome, from the way she dealt with her gift - in a great, sometimes-funny and always relatable way - to the way she always called Cal by his full name to the habit she had of saying things like: "crow dude" or "doctor man". I loved her! (Did she remind anyone else of Abby from NCIS? Abby is my favourite TV character ever!)
Calvin Miller was sort of New Agey, into mystical, um, stuff... He was just adorable: strong, cute, forgiving. I loved him!
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She Smells the Dead is the first book in the Spirit Guide series written by E. J. Stevens. The title alone was enough to grasp my attention. It promised a new twist on the ever-popular young adult fantasy genre and I was eager to get started to see whether it delivered on it's promise.

She Smells the Dead is told from the point of view of Vanessa Stennings, more commonly referred to as Yuki. It's the start of Yuki's senior year and with that comes a lot of change and of course, a lot of drama to deal with. As if teasing jocks, her studies and beginning to see her best friend Calvin in a different light wasn't enough, Yuki has an even more overpowering problem. She can smell the dead. Yuki has what she calls 'smell impressions' which are smells related to the restless soul of someone who needs her help in order to move on and be at peace.

As the main character, Yuki is both enchanting and believable. She stands out from the crowd and doesn't allow those who can't accept her bring her down. She's often called a 'witch' by her classmates, egged on from her unique looks and style. The best thing about Yuki, in my opinion, is that despite the spiritual talent she has and the responsibilities that come with that talent, she's still a girl who is trying to find her place in the world. I can relate to her as she's alike to most teenage girls; she copes with the stress of school life, her best friends and confusing crushes. She doesn't claim to understand who she is or why she has her talent, but she does the utmost to deal with it.

Stevens successfully introduces and develops other characters throughout the book which allow She Smells the Dead to be an entertaining read. There's Calvin Miller for instance. Yuki has been best friends with him forever.
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