Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: She Smells the Dead

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Fans of YA Urban fantasy who are looking for something new, those who enjoy paranormal stories

Disclosure: I received this book as part of an omnibus, including the first three books in the Spirit Guide series, from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: 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?

My Thoughts: In this first book in the Spirit Guide series, Yuki is recently come into her powers and learning how to deal with them, with the help of Calvin Miller, her friend Emma, and Calvin’s mentor and trainer Simon. We get to know a bit about all of them, watch Yuki deal with a haunting, and basically accompany her during the beginning of her senior year of high school.’

It has been said repeatedly that Stevens has come up with something new and fresh – Yuki definitely does not have all the answers and has to find her own way, but she has some great friends and allies who are willing to help her. She also has a keen sense of style. This is an enjoyable novella, and is a great start to the series. The next book is Spirit Storm, and the topic of how she is going to deal with all the spirits on Samhain was brought up repeatedly during She Smells the Dead, so I’m quite interested to see where Stevens goes with this. Check it out!

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