Book Review: Cemetery Boys

CEMETERY BOYS | Aiden Thomas
09.01.2020 | Swoon Reads
Rating: 5/5 stars


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. There’s just one problem…the ghost Yadriel summoned is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He has no recollection of how he died and is determined to find out what happened to him, as well as tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Yadriel has little choice but to agree to help Julian. The longer they spend together, the less Yadriel wants Julian to leave.

I can’t imagine anyone at this point hasn’t seen CEMETERY BOYS floating around on bookstagram and with those posts come amazing reviews. I’m always one to dive into hyped reads to see how I feel and holy wow! CEMETERY BOYS delivered so much more than I was expecting! 

From the moment I picked this one up I felt an instant connection with Yadriel. He’s such an honest and genuine portrayal of a person with complicated feelings that when he experiences something, the reader too experiences it. Then I met Julian and decided I never wanted this book to end! I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat. Seriously, this story has a little bit of everything inside of it. There’s a lot to unpack and a ton of heart tucked into this paranormal fantasy. The touches of romance are done just right and truly add to the plot and evolution of our characters. Basically, the hype is real and if you haven’t read this one yet, DO IT!

🎧: I started this one on audio on a whim and found an incredible narrator who brought all of the characters to life. My original plan was to alternate reading and listening, but one I started the audio I didn’t want to stop.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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