Today's review is on She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens
She Smells the Dead is the first book in Stevens' Spirit Guide
series. Though short; less than 100 pages, it shows great promise.
Yuki, a senior in high school, and a goth, has the ability to smell
the dead. Not so much the decaying corpse, but what she calls a "smell
impression." Her latest is the unusual smell of vinegar. Doing a bit
of research, Yuki finds that Jackson Green, the CEO of Green Orchards
Apple Cider Vinegar Company has died. Not to unusual in and of itself,
but his Will is missing.
With the help of her vegan friend Emma and her best friend Calvin,
Yuki sets out to help the spirit of Mr. Green finish what he has to do
so that he may move on. Life goes on however, and while doing so, she
is plagued with strange dreams of silver wolves, a strange man with a
tattoo, and Calvin. Whats more, when she is around Calvin she smells
As the story progresses, Yuki finds herself falling in love with
Calvin. But when he disappears and doesn't return her calls she's
afraid their budding romance is about to end. What she doesn't know is
that she and Calvin are fated to be together, and they will each need
the other in order to deal with the plethora of spirits that will come
Stevens has a great story to tell in this series. Her characters
are cute and lovable, however, a good book is like a good sandwich. The
first slice of bread is like the foundation of your story, a little
background to your main character. The mayo, like your supporting
characters. They bring a bit of flavor. Then you have the lettuce.
Your building up to the main event, the meat. Here you have the tip of
the climax, the point of no return. Add a little cheese. Now your
characters are dealing with what happens after the main event. And
finally you have the second piece of bread which is wrapping up your
She Smells the Dead has most of the pieces, if not a little skimpy.
Perhaps I will find that the second book has a little more sustenance.
3 of 5 stars
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