Title: Cemetery Boys
Author: Aiden Thomas
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal/Supernatural, Murder Mystery, Latinx rep, Trans rep, Gay rep, OwnVoices
Content Warnings: Transphobia, deadnaming, ostracism, violence
Publication date: September 1, 2020
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
There comes a time when I get so lucky and I get blessed by the book gods. Winning an ARC of Cemetery Boys is one of those times. This book is one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 and I am over the moon to have finally read it!
Cemetery Boys is all kinds of amazing. From the rich world-building, the lush writing, to the lovable characters, and the nuances and struggles of being transgender, this book will not disappoint.
My thoughts on Cemetery Boys
I’m convinced Aiden Thomas is a mastermind. because this book is just too good. It’s lush, it’s well-crafted, and best of all, it will get you invested.
Things were a little slow in the first half, but I swear, the plot was carefully thought out and the climax of the story was brilliantly done! Admittedly, all my theories about the plot were right, but that just made the story more exciting for me! The lush and captivating writing also added more impact as I was reading.
The characters stood out so wonderfully, and I couldn’t help but love all of them. Yadriel is too precious for this world, and a lot of times in the book I just wanted to hug him. The same goes for Julian. At one point, he’s described as “electric and beautiful like a thunderstorm”, and I think it’s the perfect description for Julian. Maritza is also her own hero, with her own struggles to overcome, and I adored her character arc.
When it comes to the the romance, I am DEAD. It was so good! There were lots of pining and angst, and I have to applaud the author because they had me rooting for Yadriel and Julian’s relationship! I would protect these two with my life.
I also love that this book highlighted the nuances and struggles of someone who’s transgender—from the most significant ones (such as deadnaming and misgendering) and even to the simplest ones (like Yadriel using the boy’s comfort room for the first time). Despite this, Cemetery Boys also showed love and acceptance. It was so raw and heartfelt and I loved that!
The world-building and the magic system were also rich, and I believe the readers will truly see Latinx culture throughout this book. Family is also a recurring theme in the story. From Julian’s own band of family, to Yadriel’s own family. It was beautiful and melancholic, because it showed that no family really is perfect, but there is still room for growth and acceptance if we try.
Overall, Cemetery Boys is a fantastic read. For those who are looking for their next favorite read, this is it!
Quotes from the book
“Julian was achingly beautiful, but in the way a thunderstorm was beautiful—wild, rough, electric.”
“Growth isn’t a deviation from what we’ve done before, but a natural progression to honor all those who make this community strong.”
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