Vanessa better known as Yuki is your average senior in high school – except she smells dead people. Well, to be clearer, she has smell impressions when a ghost is haunting her and demanding her attention. This is precisely what happens when Yuki is in class and she smells the strong odor of vinegar. With no other clues to go on except the scent, she has to determine the identity of the person haunting her and figure out why. Since spirits only haunt Yuki when they want something, unless she wants to be smelling vinegar wherever she goes for the rest of her life, she needs to help the spirit resolve its unfinished business so it can move on.
Yuki hopes that with the help of her two best friends Calvin and Emma, that she’ll be able to give “Mr. Pickle Pants” some peace – and her nose as well. Little does she know from that first whiff of vinegar that her relationships with her friends will change forever.
What can I say? E.J. Stevens knocked She Smells the Dead out of the park! She made a plot premise that is so overused – a girl being haunted by the spirits of the dead who want her to do something for them, and took it in a whole new and interesting direction! I love her for that!
Yuki, you can’t help but like her. She’s interesting and I love her inner dialogue we all are privy to as readers. She’s just starting to get to know her “gift” and so we see her come into her own. I love the way her character developed. Also, I have a soft spot in my heart for the way she dresses. She dresses sort of emo style, but without the typical emo temperament. (Which not saying there is anything against being emo, just saying she rocks the emo clothing style!) I’ve always envied people who had the guts to dress like that, and I think it looks so awesome. I know I could never pull it off *sigh.* Her outfits range from combat boots with her black corset dress, to ripped tights with skulls and crossbones.
Yuki also rocks the vegetarian lifestyle, another thing I admire. I wish I could do the same, but sadly my low protein levels and my love of meat would never allow it.
There’s so much I want to share with you about She Smells the Dead, there is a big twist that I totally didn’t expect when I first started reading. I have to say that at first I sort of groaned wondering WHY this had to happen – I guess maybe I am not a big fan of this sort of an element in paranormals? But as the story progressed I loved where Stevens took it and I think it makes the story more special and intriguing. I also think Stevens did a great job of making this particular element unique, which is probably really hard! (I wish I could be more specific but I hate spoilers!)
Yuki’s friend’s Emma and Calvin are as interesting as she is. Emma is vegan – more hardcore than Yuki’s vegetarianism and she’s a staunch animal rights activist. Going even so far as to be against raising bees for honey and pollination purposes – or as she refers to it “bee slavery and oppression.”
Calvin, I can’t even get into Calvin. Let’s just say he’s got a secret. One you won’t find the answer to unless you read the book – at least not at this blog! 🙂
Here is my Teaser Tuesday that features a quote from She Smells the Dead, read it and you’ll know why I love Yuki so much!
She Smells the Dead (Spirit Guide Book 1) by E.J. Stevens is Available:
*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.