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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Cemetery Boys

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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."


Cemetery Boys is a standalone YA fantasy novel by Aiden Thomas.

Alright, so, I overall enjoyed the book but there were some things that made me bump my rating down a bit. First of all, insta-love is never works for me, ever. Second of all, there were some minor character choices that I didn't really like. And finally, that ending though. I felt like the ending made what I was taking away from this book redundant. I would go more into it but spoilers.

On the positive side, I did find that it was somehow both an easy and a hard read. Easy because I like the writing style and it flows well, hard because I don't know much about Latinx culture. I will say though that I liked learning about the culture and, of course, it is nice to read a book centered on a diverse character written by someone equally as diverse. I vaguely know about brujx but the one thing I do know about is Xibalba (thank god for The Road to El Dorado).

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