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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

She Smells the Dead

By:  EJ Stevens

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 Garrett 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?

Overall, I thought the book was pretty good.  The story was interesting and unique for the most part.  I thought the characters were fairly clever and would probably appeal to the target audience.  I think if you're a Twilight fan you'd probably like this book.  I also really liked the cover.  I thought the model was really pretty and it made me want to read it more.

However, here is my honest critcism (and EJ I'm not saying this with any disrespect) this book was in serious need of a copy editor.  There were some you're/your whose/who's mistakes and places where punctuation wasn't correct.  Personally, I would have changed the spelling of "yah" to "yeah".  As a reader, I notice things like that and it takes away from the reading of the book because I start paying more attention to that and not the story itself.  My advice would be to use a freelance copy editor in the future or at least have a really nitpicky friend look over the manuscript.

3 comments:

Danielle said...

Just the cover has me wondering about this book.

lisa :) said...

Bummer to hear about the editing problems, the book sounds really interesting, but those types of issues drive me crazy!

resugo said...

I haven't heard of this book. So thanks for the heads up! It does sound interesting and since I'm not a real grammar girl, I wonder if I'll notice the lack of copy-editor?