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The Cemetery Boys

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,979 ratings  ·  443 reviews
When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly th ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 30th 2015 by Harper Collins
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Sofia I am currently reading this book on audio book, and I'm halfway through it. This book is very good, and It is not creepy. you can try it, because so f…moreI am currently reading this book on audio book, and I'm halfway through it. This book is very good, and It is not creepy. you can try it, because so far there are no scary elements.(less)
CapesandCovers I believe so, I haven't heard anything about a sequel and there's definitely a conclusion of the story at the end.…moreI believe so, I haven't heard anything about a sequel and there's definitely a conclusion of the story at the end.(less)

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Melissa Chung
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
There are just some books that leave me so pissed off I can't speak.

This book is about a boy named Stephen who has to move to a small town called Spencer. In this town the people are superstitious and wary of new comers. Stephen's father is from Spencer, but as soon as he could he got out.

Stephen is a selfish brat in my opinion. His mother is in a mental institution and he resents her because she got "crazy" and ruined his life. He resents his father for moving him from his hometown of Denver, C
Lindsay Cummings
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
finished in 1 day! deliciously twisted!
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
When I began reading "The Cemetery Boys" it had a "Lost Boys" / "Mothman Prophecies" vibe. I was intrigued.

Stephen is a teen who has been uprooted from his home,due to his Mother's mounting hospital bills. Stephen and his Father arrive in Spencer,to live with his grandmother.
I am going to speed this up a is odd...New boy meets goth girl= instalove...New boy meets goth girl's creepy brother and his graveyard dwelling gang...joins ghoulish sociopaths...townies start going all "Wickerma
Montzalee Wittmann
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer is an audible book I borrowed from the library and it was a strange but good story. A boy and his dad move into a town with his grandmother. They leave his mother in a mental hospital because she seems insane but is she? You start to wonder as the story goes on. The boy of the story wants to fit in with the few kids in town. The boys seem normal, the girl that is one of the boys sister seems normal too but something is not right and you just can't put your fi ...more
Taylor Knight
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Super weird but I liked it. It was kind of slow most of the time but the writing style was really great.
I wish there was a little more detail and excitement but I had no idea of what to expect for
this book so I'm not really disappointed.
I read it in one setting and I'm glad that I did because I think I would have been a little bored if I had read this over a few days.
I did really like the concept and writing so I'll probably check out the author's other books soon.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok

“I’ll have a Mountain D—”
“Everyone! You’re gonna burn. You’re all gonna burn!”

That about summarizes my experience with this. The chapters are short and kind of underdeveloped and mostly involve either [1] hanging out around town or [2] people yelling "YOU'RE GONNA BURN" (in capital letters no less) in the most random places (to make sure the reader hasn't fallen into a coma from reading [1]?).

It's only 19 chapters in total too, so there really wasn't enough room to flesh out the main player
Lisa Mandina
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads I now own an ARC of this book! And thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title. I have to say that I am one of the biggest fans of Heather Brewer, and consider myself to belong to her minion horde. I've met her several times, and plan to meet her again any time she is in my town or at some event where I'm at. She's such a great voice for young people, and her stories are all very good! Okay, I'm not very good at gushing I g ...more
My thanks to HarperCollins & Edelweiss

Point of View: Single (Stephen)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Spencer, Michigan
Genre: Young Adult | Thriller/Horror

Actual Rating: 3.5

I still have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I know that I loved the horror and the weird cult stuff in this book, while on the other, it felt a little off somehow. The
Briar's Reviews
Z Brewer has always been one of my faves. Back in my high school days I binged Vladimir Todd over and over. I distinctly remember going to Borders (RIP Borders) and requesting a great YA read that would keep me hooked. They presented me with Vladimir Todd and instantly I was in love. Z Brewer's writing has always done it for me, and this book was no different.

This book is spooky and intense, but in a good way. Stephen is forced to move when his Mother is hospitalized due to mental illness. His F
Oh this was fantastic. A very interesting premise with creepy atmosphere that only Heather could conjure up.

I'm always amused at how authentic her male MCs sound. It was a lot of fun being Stephen's head, especially when he was interacting with Cara. The dynamic between Devon and the other boys is interesting and there were some amazing twists that I didn't see coming.

As always, Auntie Heather gave us a fun, spooky read.

**Huge thanks to The Bookcase for sending me the arc**
Cori Reed
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book. The main character was just plain awful, and I don't think it was intentional. Do not recommend. ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

The story sounded like it had the potential to be a phenomenal read to me, but it wasn’t. I guessed the twist pretty early on, and I wasn’t ever truly invested in Stephen or any of the other characters. Maybe it was because the book is under 300 pages, and there wasn’t enough time to build up a connection with the characters, or maybe the writing didn’t allow for a connection to be made.

Or maybe I wasn’t in the mood to read a book like this. I thought I was, until I started reading it,
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
That was...weird. But enjoyable. I stayed up late reading this one because I couldn't put it down. The ending really surprised me, which is always fun. I wanted a Halloween story and that's exactly what this book delivers. It wasn't perfect, and I had some issues with a few things, but for a quick spooky tale I would definitely recommend this one! ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars.

I recently watched The Lost Boys again. This story holds a similar vibe. It's what makes it so compelling; the eery small town weirdness. The paranormal beliefs and the superstition. It's really quite great. I definitely enjoyed it a lot. It's not exactly fast paced, though, and you may need some kind of connection to make it stand out. At least, I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much, if it hadn't reminded me one of my favorite childhood movies.
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Ever since I read Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod series, I’ve been a hardcore minion and so, I was eager to read The Cemetery Boys. Brewer really knows how to recreate the feel of a small town with a spooky atmosphere and write an awesome YA horror novel. Though I’m not a fan of the romance in this novel and predicted the ending early on, I really enjoyed it.

When Stephen’s dad loses his job, he is forced to take him
Christina Marie
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't think I really enjoyed this one. But... I didn't HATE it. It was really... unbelievable for me. Another read that I'm just not compatible with.

This YA horror follows a young boy named Stephen and his new life with his father in small town Spencer, Michigan. In this town, he meets twins Cara and Devon. Through his newfound relationship with these twins, Stephen learns of a not-so-normal tradition that has permeated the founding history of Spencer. Somehow he gets wrapped up in it. He also
I had such high hopes for this but unfortunately I ended up only liking it. I think for this review, I'll list my likes and dislikes. Let's get the dislikes out of the way.

My main problem was that I didn't like any of the characters, not a single one. Stephen is the MC and he was so hard to like. He was so sullen and came across as selfish and mean. I know he is a teen and supposed to be sullen but I just found him to be a trouble maker. I wanted him to have his own mind, but unfortunately he fo
The Cemetery Boys is my first experience with the writings of Heather Brewer, author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. Although the story didn't hold any surprises for me, I'm interested enough to pick up her other books.

When Stephen's dad loses his job, they are forced to move back to his dad's home town, some weird small town called Spencer. Here he meets Cara, a cute girl, and her brother Devon. Devon and his friends love to hang out at the cemetery. After a while Stephen discovers t
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: How far would you go for what you believed?

Opening Sentence: We’d left my old house as if we were stealing away in the night.

The Review:

The prologue ruined this story for me. It could have been sooo awesome if I hadn’t read that little snippet at the start of the book. It was like a spoiler that was not required – so infuriating! Otherwise, the Cemetery Boys was a thrilling read. It’s dark, morbid and the perfect story for Friday 13th.

Stephen ha
Auntie Heather's first all-new story in three years was one I was dying to read for a very long time. Seeing it at last, I was far from disappointed - although I was pretty devastated. Between the sad circumstances of Stephen's move to Spencer, and the shocking ending that I totally did not see coming (well, not totally, only 'cause the first major villain is given away in the prologue, but the second, not so much), it's safe to say that this is Auntie Heather's darkest tale yet.

Highlights inclu
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I was so intrigued with the concept of The Cemetery Boys, the idea of a town that has it's own folklore, an urban legend that Stephen who has moved to the town of Spencer with his Father gets involves in when he befriends twins Devon and Cara and their friends.

The legend is to be rid of the bad times in the small town a human sacrifice is to be made to the Winged Ones, and the good times shall prevail, the residents of Spencer take this lore seriously, Stephen takes the stories with a grain of s
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
The Lost Boys with out vampires. This is how I explained the book to my husband when he asked what I was reading. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of the 288 pages, my only complaint was that this was Heather Brewer's first stand alone, which means that there will be no more tales around the bonfire at the Playground at night. What is there not to like – a small town with secrets, a pair of creepy and polar opposite twins, and a band of misfit boys who seem to live outside the law.

If you love twis
Amanda Artist Cat
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Clipped sentences, weak plot, useless characters, dragging scenes... All the hallmarks of amateurish writing. I was especially annoyed with the plot twist. Why? For example, let I tell you this story:

Alice was a good little girl who like to watch birds up in a high oak tree. One day, she was watching a little red-breasted robin hopping about on a tree branch when a band of masked kidnappers snatched her up and dragged her away to a cellar deep underground. Then - PLOT TWIST! - Alice had superpow
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was about a 3 star read most of the way through it, then towards the end I realized it was a "bad guy explains everything in the end" book. I personally believe that any novel that the author has to have a character explain everything rather than being able to write it in a way that you slowly piece it together yourself to be poorly written. To make it worse, the explanations where rediculous and eye rolling, and a few felt like cop outs to a part of the mystery that the author didn't know ...more
Sep 18, 2013 marked it as aint-anywhere-or-out
Glad she's writing a standalone, (by the looks of it), but all I want her to focus on right now is writing more Legacy of Tril!!!!! Only read the 1st book so far and absolutely can NOT get enough of that thrilling universe!!!!!!!!!!

edit on Oct 12th, 2013

Just found out that Soulbroken and the entire Legacy of Tril series is cancelled for possibly forever :(
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Nice twist, still doesn't make me like you. ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Cemetery Boys was my first Heather Brewer book but if it’s any indication of her talents as a storyteller, it definitely won’t be my last. The Cemetery Boys is an intriguing mix of horror and paranormal and it hooked me from the very start.

I honestly can’t tell you what I expected from The Cemetery Boys. It’s unlike anything I’ve read and the synopsis really didn’t give me a clue what was going to happen. I think that’s the perfect way to go into this one. The prologue and first few chapters
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-sent
I received a copy of this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I've been meaning to read a book by Heather Brewer for a long time now as she is a wonderful St. Louis author, a terrific person, and an important advocate against bullying. When I heard Heather speak about this particular book, a mix of small town small-mindedness plus a bit of horror and paranormal, I thought it was a perfect place to start.

The Cemetery Boys is a combination of Lord of the Flies meets small town horr
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is my first experience with Brewer’s writing and I must say that I have rather mixed feelings about this book. Stephen and his dad move in with the grandmother that Stephen has never met in a small Michigan town. It’s evident that the town, much like Stephen’s own family, are going through some bad times. And what’s more, the town seems to have a rather gruesome history with its own mythology of powerful Winged Ones who can bring prosperity but only at a blood price.

While the premise of a
Nicole (( lost in the book's world ))

At the beginning, I was like, DUH I know who knock Stephen out. Oblivious, Devon!

BUT...I thought Devon did killed someone and planning to kill Stephen.

I was wrong.

Now I know who. I won't said the name because it will be super spoil. SO...yeah!

It is so TWIST and SICK! But I still love it! Bahaha
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Heather Brewer is the pseudonym of Zac Brewer…but you can call him Z.

Zac is the NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as The Slayer Chronicles series, Soulbound, The Cemetery Boys, The Blood Between Us, and more short stories than he can recall.

He grew up on a diet of Twilight Zone and books by Stephen King. He chased them down with every drop of horror he could

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