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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press; First Printing edition (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984247521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984247523
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,148,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This series is like Nancy Drew meets the Winchester Brothers from Supernatural."
-Natalie, I'd So Rather Be Reading

About the Author

E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry From the Shadows, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry Shadows of Myth and Legend, the young adult paranormal Spirit Guide Series, which include She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and Legend of Witchtrot Road, and the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she can be found blogging at From the Shadows, a paranormal book blog, or hanging out on Goodreads or Twitter. E.J. is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an active member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

More About the Author

E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series, the Hunter's Guild urban fantasy series, and the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

You can learn more about E.J. by visiting http://about.me/EJStevens

Customer Reviews

If your a fan of paranormal fiction, young adult, or mysteries then I highly recommend this book.
Brenda Casto
A great read one that was quick and fun, with plenty of suspense and a very sweet romance that develops through the book, started as best friends who become more.
StarShadow
I felt like it wouldn't be a good idea to read the second book without reading the first so I bought this one.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Krisi Keley on October 1, 2010
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If you thought your high school days were rough...

Yuki's in her senior year and besides dealing with all the inherent pressures of that crazy time of life, she has some unusual and difficult stresses all her own. She doesn't get to see dead people, she has to smell them; her best friend, whom she's beginning to suspect she cares for more deeply than she imagined, has an odd secret that may be related to her psychic power; and her dreams seem to portend an imminent danger.

Author E. J. Stevens' delightfully original She Smells the Dead impressed me from its first pages and I now include it among my favorite novels. Yuki is one of the most likeable heroines a reader has the joy to be introduced to, and I loved hearing her every thought as much as following her story adventure. The author's great character development shines through with the entire cast. Calvin, simultaneously cool and down-to-earth and Emma, passionate vegan and animal advocate, are the best friends we all wish we had. This paranormal romance of blossoming love and great friendships, with laugh-out-loud moments, shares the wonderful "high school can be hell" metaphor and witty dialogue of the TV series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but in a unique story all its own and with the distinctive voice of its talented author. I eagerly await the next book in the Spirit Guide series! Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Moonlight Book Reviews on September 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Title: She Smells the Dead

Series: Spirit Guide, book 1

Author: E.J. Stevens

Global Release: September 9, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-984-24752-3

Synopsis From Back Cover:

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 the ghost hunting on television.

SHE SMELLS THE DEAD.

The smell impressions are becoming stronger. Yuki is being visited in her dreams, and she suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange. To make matters worse her crush on Garret is going unrequited, Yuki's friend Emma is on a rampage against bee oppression, and annoying Calvin Miller mysteriously disappears. Will Yuki be able to focus her powers in time to save the lost soul who is haunting her? Meanwhile, who will save Yuki from following the spirits into the light?

Review: THIS BOOK IS BRILIANT!!! Okay so I have never seen a mix of so much going on in one book work so well! You go from one extreme to the next. Also it is not all paranormal which is cool, because everyone needs some great friends and knows what school is like. E.J. wrote such a great book I can't wait for the next one!

You probably have not heard of this book! I hope you have, but if you haven't then you need to read it! I laughed so hard and was in awe of Steven's amazing witty dialogue that I want more now! There is just enough romance that everything pulls together. Stevens left no detail untouched every part of the plot is very intricate and well thought out. You can tell how much she spent writing and editing this because it is so did I say brilliant already? I am not sure how else to describe it!

Go out and get this book now! Or go online and order it! You will not be disappointed that you did! Look for Spirit Guide book 2!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sparkling Reviews on September 24, 2010
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Yuki is a teenage girl just entering her senior year of high school. Yuki is as far from popular as a green bean is from being ice cream. The jocks in her school call her a witch due to her gothic attire. But Yuki does have a couple great friends!

There is Emma, a blonde vegan... that thinks she can smell death by walking into the cafeteria, because of all the meat eating going on there. She is also a pro at making tea with healing properties... They don't taste very good... but man do they work! Emma also is set on freeing bee's from being used for honey.

Calvin Miller is Yuki's best friend, he is tanned with sun kissed skin, and strangely always smells like a wet dog! Yuki is also secretly crushing on Calvin, that is until he expresses that he is interested in being more than just friends with Yuki.

Oh and there is that small set back that Yuki has.... She can smell the dead! Not disgusting smells like rotting corpses or anything like that but a smell that has left an impression on the ghost. Its that smell that Yuki has to use to solve the mystery that the ghost needs to reveal, because she can't see or talk to the ghost, just smell them.

I absolutely loved every last delicious page of She Smells The Dead! I had to read it in one sitting because I was unable to set it down, I had to know what was going to happen with Yuki's ghost. Better yet I had to know what was going to happen between her and her love interest Calvin! I liked how in one breathe they were just friends but in another Yuki was harboring these feelings towards Calvin. I had no problem believing that Yuki was seventeen, she had normal teenage issues as well as a few that aren't so normal! If you have a chance to pick up a copy of She Smells The Dead, I strongly suggest that you do! Its such a great book.

This is also a delightful read with Halloween right around the corner!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Heather on March 27, 2011
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E. J. Steven's novel is a combination of paranormal romance and mystery with a good bit of humor thrown in. The main character Yuki isn't really named that, but chose that nickname over her real name Vanessa. You'll have to read the book to see what the nicknames she's been through to see why she chose a nickname. The novel takes place in high school in a small Maine town where Yuki's best friends are Calvin and Emma. Calvin is a huge meat eater, but into meditation and spiritual matters. Yuki is a vegetarian and Emma is completely Vegan. It makes for fun and interesting fodder at the lunch table.

The mystery begins when Yuki is overpowered with the smell of vinegar. Both Calvin and Emma know about her strange "talent" and help her in her sleuthing to find the ghost that is connected to the smell. She can't see him or talk to him. She only has a smell to go by. Her parents don't know about her talent so she works around that. And she has to rely on her friends for rides as she doesn't have her driver's license yet, afraid a scent will overtake her and she'll pass out while driving.

She has the hots for the bad boy in school Garrett Hamlin but suddenly finds herself attracted to Calvin. She soon finds out why and things get really strange from there. And that's saying a lot since she can smell dead people.

This is an easy to finish in one night book. The writing flows quickly, there are no gaps in the story that need explaining except maybe how Yuki came to have her talent. But the story builds momentum leading to the next novel. There are no cliffhangers. It ends with a good conclusion but you know there is more to come. I loved the story between Cal (vin) and Yuki.
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