Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Page Count: 352 pages
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.
I loved Yadriel and Julien so much!!! Yadriel is a precious cinnamon roll and I just wanted to hug him most of the time. This is a slowburn with lots of pining and written almost entirely from Yadriel’s POV.
I loved all the secondary characters too. They were really well developed and I loved the dynamic between Yadriel and Maritza. The world building is fantastic and I loved seeing the Latinx culture throughout. The magic and Brujx system was fascinating.
I did find the plot a bit predictable as I figured out all the major points but I still had a lot of fun reading Cemetery Boys. The car ride is one of my favourite scenes from the book. Highly recommend it and you definitely need to pick this up! Especially if you love chaotic disaster gays!!
CW: Misgendering, allusions to deadnaming, gender dysphoria, parental death, non-violent references to blood magic
“Eyes closed and smiling, the firelight danced over his skin. Yadriel was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. To his foolhardy charm and striking features. Julian was achingly beautiful, but in the way a thunderstorm was beautiful—wild, rough, electric.”