Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “She Smells the Dead (Spirit Guide, #1)” as Want to Read:
She Smells the Dead (Spirit Guide, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

She Smells the Dead

(Spirit Guide #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  609 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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 somethi ...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published September 9th 2010 by Sacred Oaks Press (first published August 19th 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about She Smells the Dead, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about She Smells the Dead

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.43  · 
Rating details
 ·  609 ratings  ·  132 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of She Smells the Dead (Spirit Guide, #1)
Loves To Dive
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
She Smells the Dead is about a senior in high school, who, well - smells the dead. Vanessa Stennings, better known as Yuki, can smell the dead. No not dead bodies, if a ghost is around she gets a smell that is somehow related to the dearly departed person. She is not overly thrilled that this is her superpower. Her best friends are Emma - a committed vegan and Calvin - a blue eyed, shaggy haired pain in the rear. Yuki gets an overwhelming smell of vinegar the first day of senior year and the que ...more
T. Tolles
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed the story. The Ghost Whisperer in Smell-O-Rama. Yuki may not be the most popular girl at school, but she definitely has the Bestest Friends a girl could ask for. This story was a refreshing new slant on helping the dead cross over to the light. I won't give any of the exciting details away, but when an unexpected romance starts, and complications start to arise with the lingering smelly dead and the annoying wet dog smell, you are sure to be swallowed up into E. J. Stevens exciting, ...more
Brandi ;)
She Smells the Dead by E. J. Stevens


I LOVED this book. Those of you who know me, know I am a Ghost-Story-Whore (Ghost related books are my favorite type of paranormal story and I consume them with greed and happiness, especially when the book is a good one). This was a GREAT one! The story was original, not something that has been done over and over and over again. Big plus for me.
Yuki, the main character, can smell the dead. No, this doesn't mean she literally smells rotting corpses, sh
Grammy 1
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have just come upon an enchanting new Paranormal Mystery Story written by Dark Poetess, E.J. Stevens. She Smells the Dead is just what the Moms and Librarians have been looking for. A New Series of books with enchantment, mystery, love and commitment for a YA audience.

Yuki is our heroine, a high school girl who is affected by the dead. She is "not part of the crowd" At her age, she walks to her own tune, has been called "witch" by her classmates , which is only exasperated by her looks and dr
Robert Duperre
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.3 out of 5

I’ve said before that I have no love of paranormal romance as a genre. It’s too girly, too gushy, too intrinsically self-absorbed and flighty, to be worth my while. I mean, who wants to read about some young girl with “special talents” who falls head-over-heels in love with some otherworldly creature?

Uh, apparently I do. So color me a liar.

I received She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens as a review copy, and honestly I was excited to dive into it. No matter my previous stateme
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
She Smells the Dead begins with a one-page prologue, and I gotta say, having finished the book, it's probably the best one-page litmus test I've ever read. All you have to do to know whether or not this book is for you is read the first four paragraphs. It's that simple.

"I can smell the dead. I know, you hear of people with superhuman paranormal powers and you think, how cool is that but there is nothing cool about smelling the dead. I mean it could be worse I suppose. The dead don’t smell like
Kat (A Journey In Reading)
What would you do if you had the ability to help souls cross over? What if you found out that your best friend also had a secret of his own?

She Smells the Dead is the story of Vanessa aka Yuki who can smell the dead. Not in a gross way, but in a way that the smell is related to the soul that needs help. She is beginning her senior year in high school when the soul needs her help. Cal, with a secret of his own, and Emma, who is her strictly vegan friend know of Yuki's ability and help her with th
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of YA urban fantasy, ghosts
Recommended to Katy by: E.J. Stevens
Shelves: ebook
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

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 th
Krisi Keley
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, paranormal
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’ deli
Amber  Read
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn't sure what to expect but this went above and beyond whatever I expected.

I love Yuki and Cal. They are such great characters. It's so cute that Cal has such a thing for Yuki and she doesn't see it at first. They seem like an odd pairing but they're actually perfect for each other. They have been friends for so long and they are super cute together.

The supporting characters in this book are really awesome too. Emma and Simon are to
4.5 Stars

Yuki is a resourceful heroine who embraces the idiosyncrasies and foibles of her friends with equanimity. Her wardrobe choices are as unique as she is. Emma, her best friend, is a staunch and loyal ally even though she and Yuki seem as different as night and day. Then there is Calvin, her steadfast and true friend, who is also her anchor and defender. Yuki, Calvin and Emma each come into their own in this outstanding break-out novel for young adults and the young of heart. More
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it was a wonderful mix of romance and mystery behind everything that Yuki goes though and has to deal with. The story flows wonderfully the way it introduces who Yuki will end up with as well as how she must learn to control her gift, was done perfectly in my opinion. I can't wait for another book because I want to now what the hell happens on Halloween. So EJ Stevens PLEASE KEEP WRITTING!!!!!!!
Sharon Buchbinder
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghosts
A clever premise (yes, she smells dead people) combined with high school angst, in-crowds, out-crowds and a cute boyfriend with his own secret made this a fast, fun read. Thanks for making my 2 hour wait in the doctor's office go by quickly!
Jenny (Books that Spark)
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
She Smells the Dead is the first book in the Spirit Guide series written by E. J. Stevens. The title alone was enough to grasp my attention. It promised a new twist on the ever-popular young adult fantasy genre and I was eager to get started to see whether it delivered on it's promise.

She Smells the Dead is told from the point of view of Vanessa Stennings, more commonly referred to as Yuki. It's the start of Yuki's senior year and with that comes a lot of change and of course, a lot of drama to
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: werewolves
Original review posted at Rabid Reads:

At first I was a bit put off by the title of this book; but after seeing the gorgeous wolf on the cover of the next installment I just had to give it a try! I devoured this book in an afternoon. The plot is engaging, the characters are real and I loved Stevens' no nonsense writing style. Although, I did see the cliff hanger ending coming a mile away and felt a tad frustrated as a res
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
She Smells the Dead was a fast and fun read. I really enjoyed the fact that there was a mixture of paranormal elements that were tied together. Also, I completely love the cover. It is absolutely beautiful and is pretty much exactly how I visualize the main character, Yuki.

Vanessa “Yuki” just so happens to smell the dead. It’s their way of letting her know that they have unfinished business that she needs to help them with. When she starts out all she has is the smell to go on in order to find o
Yuki has an unusual ability to smell the dead. She can sense them and sense that they need something from her before they can move on. When a spirit comes to her reeking of vinegar and is possibly a victim of foul play, Yuki enlists her friends Calvin and Emma to unravel the mystery. But something far more dangerous lurks on the horizon and if Yuki doesn't learn to control her gift in time she may lose her mind or even her life.

This novel was different than so many paranormal novels out ther
Thomas Amo
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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?

E.J. Stevens, truly took me into her world from page one. I fell in love with her MC, Yuki from the first moment she wrinkled her ado
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, ghosts

First off-I am amazed that I haven’t read the Spirit Guide series by E.J. Stevens until now! How could I miss such a gem of a read! She Smells The Dead is a One-Sit-Read for me-literally and figuratively! Once I picked it up, I didn’t put it down until I finished it and then I quickly downloaded the rest of the series on to my Kindle and did the same. I read the entire series in 2 days and now I want more!

E.J. did a beautiful job in all aspects of her novel but what impressed me t
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's the first day of school and Vanessa Stennings who likes to be called Yuki is overwhelmed by the scent of vinegar, weird right? Well Yuki has a gift, she smells the dead, not like decay or anything like that but instead its more a symbolic scent of the spirit who has come to her for help, her friend Calvin likes to call it smell impressions, anywho this particular spirit smells like vinegar, and the only way to get rid of the spirit is to figure out what it wants!
Yuki hasn't ever been popul
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens, arc
I think started a bit slow, but it got better as I go along reading, and before I knew it I was enjoying the read.

Yuki can smell the dead. Literally. It was her indicator that a ghost is around when she smells something. With her recently discovered powers, Yuki was helping the world, one ghost at a time, and her latest haunting was from a ghost smelling like vinegar.

Enlisting help from her friends, Emma, hardcore vegan and against anything with meat who’s got a knack for concocting salves to na
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Yuki is a unique teenager. She has an annoying habit of smelling dead people. When spirits have unfinished business, they haunt her until she is able to figure out how to help them. Instead of seeing or conversing with the dead, each one has a certain smell that alerts her of their presence. With the help of her friends, Yuki is about to be once fierce ghost whisperer.

First of all, I love the cover. I also loved the storyline. I’ve read a lot of ghost stories about people being able to interact
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Who Want A New Take On Ghosts And Awesome Characters
4½ Out of 5
Yuki’s more-or-less your average girl: she has great friend Emma, she has a crush – who doesn’t crush back on her – and awesome boots. Except Yuki can smell the dead. Yeah, that’s right. It’s not glamorous, and it makes it a lot harder to figure out what the spirit haunting you actually wants. Now it’s senior year, and Yuki is being haunted by someone who smells like vinegar. But that’s not the worst part. She’s suddenly got strange feelings for Calvin Miller, her other friend and is
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 i ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Being a teenager can suck. Being a teenager with paranormal gifts can really suck. Yuki is a Senior in high school who has an uncanny sense of smell. She smells the dead. That’s right she senses ghosts through scent. That alone makes this series interesting.

In these first two books Yuki is learning about her spirit gifts. Her best friend Cal who becomes her boyfriend has his own issues that he has to work through. Together Yuki and Cal will weather anything that the spirit world has to offer. E
Bonnie Lamer
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yuki is just beginning her senior year and as if high school wasn’t difficult enough, she has to deal with smelling the dead while paying attention in class. E. J. Stevens has brought a new and fun element to YA paranormal fiction. Yuki doesn’t smell corpses; she smells something that is associated with the human life of the spirit trying to make contact. She then needs to use her yet limited, but developing, detective skills to try to figure out who the spirit was and why it’s contacting her wi ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arcs
She Smells the Dead is the story of Vanessa Stennings, better known as Yuki, as she struggles with and discovers the true weight and meaning of her gift to sense...or smell...the dead. Unlike the glamourous and sensationalized psychics, Yuki's gift can be painful, and the intensity can wear on her. When the sudden, overwhelming smell of vinegar plagues Yuki, she and her friends Calvin, her mystical-loving best friend whose spirit is supposedly a wolf, and Emma, her intensely vegan friend, must u ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya, romance
I really wanted like this book. And I do like the concept of smelling ghosts with other identifier. That original (at least for me) concept is the reason for the second star.
And just so we are clear I do not blame the author all that much. But whoever did the editing of this book was sloppy and negligent or just did not read it through. That is my overall feeling but there were several issues that stuck out for me like a sore thumb.
•there is cafeteria scene where Emma and Yuki discuss their foo
Jessica Rodriguez
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
E. J. Stevens writes a beautiful paranormal novel with an amazing
cover and a story that will stick with you long after your finished reading. She fits so
much in this short novel you never feel like a character is missing something.
The characters really make the story what it is!
Yuki: With a paranormal gift that is anything but glamorous and would gag
me if I had to deal with it, she smells the dead. Her current spirit haunting her makes
her smell vinegar all day can you even imagine. Yuki se
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book I was instantly hooked- we have an extremely interesting premise with an equally interesting female lead, Yuki, but best of all, a totally swoon-worthy male lead/ best friend/ love interest, Cal.The fast paced nature of the book and its size (it being very concise and to the point) makes it easy to consume this book in one sitting, leaving the reader itching to read the next book in the series, "Spirit Storm".

If I had to criticize one thing of the book (wh
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)
  • Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
  • The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, #0.5)
  • Written in Red (The Others, #1)
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1)
  • The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
  • The Ghost Writer
  • The Small Hand
  • The Winter Ghosts
  • Second Glance
  • Burnt Offerings
  • Remember Me (Remember Me, #1)
  • A Curse Dark as Gold
  • Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, #1)
  • First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
  • The Other
  • The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)
  • Ecstasy (Shadowdwellers, #1)
See similar books…
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her nove ...more

Other books in the series

Spirit Guide (5 books)
  • Spirit Storm (Spirit Guide, #2)
  • Legend of Witchtrot Road (Spirit Guide, #3)
  • Brush With Death (Spirit Guide, #4)
  • The Pirate Curse (Spirit Guide, #5)

News & Interviews

Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to relish the latest works from beloved Hispanic and Latinx authors like Isabel Allende, Natalia...
87 likes · 76 comments
“I need a victim and no offense Yuki, but your carrot sticks are lacking in controversy.” 8 likes
“My research methods were extremely advanced. I Googled vinegar.” 4 likes
More quotes…