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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: She Smells the Dead by EJ Stevens

She Smells the Dead by EJ Stevens
Pages: 165
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Genre: YA Paranormal
First in series

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?
She Smells the Dead by EJ Stevens was a quick, enjoyable read. It wasn't amazing, but I liked it. I guess I just wasn't really impressed with any of the characters or the plot in general. The ending felt like the middle of the story to me, and there could have been so much more! I do have the second novella in the series, so I'll be reading it to see what happens.

I did like the main character Yuki, and her friends Calvin and Emma. (Calvin becomes a bit more than a friend later on.) Yuki was cute, with her goth outfits and quirky attitude. She's been smelling the dead for a while now, so she's used to it. By the way, I love the concept of smelling the dead. It's an interesting new take on the whole psychic schtick. Calvin and Yuki's relationship was cute, and I loved their interaction together. I'd really like to see their relationship grow in the future books.

Plot-wise, as I said before, I felt like the book ended just when the plot started rolling. It was relatively short, only about 80 something pages on my Nook, so I flew through reading it. Once I came to the last page, I felt like the story should have continued, so I was disappointed.

I do like EJ Stevens's writing style, and just from this I know I'll be a fan of her work. She Smells the Dead was a good book, I just felt it could have been better. I give it 3.5 stars, bordering on 4. I'll absolutely be reading the second book, though.

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1 comment:

  1. I think this book was well worth the read and I will be reading it again and again. I recommend it to Paranormal lovers, YA, mystery fans. I think young teens could read this with ease of their parents.

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