Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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’s no way y’all have been around for thousands of years without there being one person not fitting into the ‘men are this, women are that’ bullshit.” Julian sounded so convinced, so sure. His obsidian eyes locked onto Yadriel’s. “Maybe they hid it, or ran away, or I dunno, something else, but there’s no way you’re the first, Yads.”
― Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys
A young trans brujo is trying to probe his family he is worthy of his portaje and to be part of the aquelarre, since men and women from the coven have a different kind of ability Yadriel is not allowed to make his pact with lady death when he becomes 15 years and a year later he decides to do it by himself, with the help of his friend Maritza. He manages to call upon Lady Death and she gives him his ability which he uses when he tries to summon his newly dead cousin but he ends up summoning the spirit of a guy from school who isn’t too keen on going to the other side without knowing if his friends are okay.
The thing is the death of Yadriel’s cousin and Julian, the ghost boy, are related? someone is killing random people in the city? what is going on?
A book about a trans boy written by a trans person themself. A book that in its very first week managed to get to the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS! Amazing!!
I went into the book knowing only it was a book about a trans boy and that a lot of people were talking about it. And i gotta say i understand why. The way the main character is represented, his strenght. I really liked him.
I think all the characters in the book were likable, to be honest. I can’t recall anyone i disliked. The characters were well written and felt real.
The story is easy going and fun, although it took me more than expected to finish reading it, it sometimes happnes to me when i’menojying a book too much, i just don’t want to let go.
I think the book is a great way of coming in touch with latinx culture and beliefs, which i apreciate being latina myself. I did enjoy the little touches in spanish.
The thing i loved the most about the book was the setting a “secret” coven full of brujx which can help people heal or to get to the next life, AMAZING. Also the fact that it is set in the last days of October, Halloween and into Dia de Muertos.
The only problem i had with the story is that the plot twist felt pretty obvious to me, i mean, i was expecting it to happen from the very beginning and would’ve been more surprised if it didn’t happened as i thought it would be. But it was well performed and written so even that had a plus.
So, would i recommend this book? Absolutely. It is so fun to read and the setting is so amazing, i loved it to pieces. I would recommend ++.
OVERALL SCORE: 4.75/5 – for the expected plot twist.