Sunday, May 5, 2013

“She smells the dead” by, E.J. Stevens

Yuki is a normal girl with one exception, she can smell the dead. She doesn’t smell rot and decay, she smells whatever the ghosts want her to smell. (Usually a smell that has something to do with their life before they died) When Yuki starts to smell vinegar everywhere, she knows that a new ghost needs her help to cross to the other side. Emma and Calvin are Yuki’s best friends and the only ones who know her secret. With the help of her friends, Yuki is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. Along the way Yuki will discover love, how strong her bonds of friendship are, and a whole new paranormal world that she never knew existed.

“She smells the dead is a teen paranormal story. It has mystery, a sweet romance, a little danger, and plenty of paranormal content. My favorite part of this book was the romance between Yuki and Cal. I thought that Cal was very sweet to Yuki and I liked that he was a little shy at times. Cal was probably my favorite character in this story with Yuki as a close second. I also liked that the story read quickly and that it had some interesting new ideas.

Now for the not so good:

*The writing was on the rough side for me. Some phrases and words were used a lot throughout the story and I was bothered by it.

*I felt like this story started out being about Yuki and her gift but then just switched over to Cal and his changes.  Yuki started as the main character and then took a backseat to Cal. (It was strange) I liked Cal’s storyline but I was confused by how disjointed the overall book was.

I do think that most teens will enjoy this story. This is book one in a trilogy and I am going to keep reading to find out what happens to Yuki and her friends. “She smells the dead” is available as an ebook and a print book. (Both are reasonably priced)


  1. So would you say this book is fairly dark? Was it Indie published?

    I nominated you for the Liebster award if you are interested :)

    1. I didn't find it to be dark and yes, I believe it was Indie published. I appreciate the nomination and I am interested. Thanks.