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Cemetery Boys

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he cant 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
I can't prove this with science or statistics, but every time I see a queer couple on the cover of a YA novel, ten years are immediately added to my lifespan. God bless
Miranda Reads
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read

It's coming out JUNE NINTH??

This needs to come out... like now.

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Apr 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipating
"Latinx trans teen boy, hoping to release his cousin's spirit and prove himself as a brujo, accidentally summons the wrong ghost and ends up falling in love with him"...............this honestly sounds like everything i've ever needed in my life, 2020 already serving us
May 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
I think 2020 should be renamed 20TRANSty just because of this book and all the #ownvoices transgender umbrella releases coming up.
♠ TABI ♠
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
why does this cover give me Pynch fanart aesthetics??
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CWs: Misgendering, depictions of gender dysphoria, exploration of parental death, non-violent references to blood magic

I am THRIVING. I am LIVING. I am convinced this book was written for me and me alone and I will be accepting no other feedback at this time. While this story acknowledges the realities of queer pain and queer trauma, it is resolutely written from a place of JOY and love. It's fun as hell to read, the Latinx rep is out of this world, and ultimately it's an empowering story
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need, I need, I need, I need. After 22 years Im finally out and queer and dating my hispanic girlfriend (im very lucky) and I think we would both sell our souls for an arc of this? ...more
Sheila Loosevelt
Julian stopped in his tracks, black eyes going wide. Fuck.
Maritza started and Yadriel ducked, thinking hed spotted someone. His heart hammered in his chest. WhatWhats?
What happened to my skateboard? Julian threw his head back and groaned, scrubbing his hands over his face. I just got new axles on that thing!

I was provided an advanced copy of this novel by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

I know the quote I chose is long, but it is one
Rec-It Rachel
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mara YA Mood Reader
Dec 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Ive been sleeping on this hype! But Im here now!! ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Ive been anticipating this book for at least 6 months and I thought I knew what to expect, but I was not prepared to be so moved by a book about a stubborn ghost!! I laughed, I cried (multiple times, wtf), & I had a big dumb idiot smile plastered on my face while reading the majority of this book. Yadriels journey to prove himself to his family and demand to be seen was incredibly powerful and written with so much care & honesty.

I dont know if Ive ever read a book that so richly details
RTC once I'm done crying my eyes out.

🌟Trans gay MC
🌟Brujo lifestyle
🌟Loads and loads of love. Each and every kind.

I give you my word for this book and you're allowed to give me terrible book recs if this one doesn't work for you. Deal?

Now everyone go read this!!!!
Benjamin (The Maniac)
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Both the cover and the plot scream "perfection".

Bring me back from the dead when it comes out. (Or save me the trouble and send me an ARC).
Mar 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
when you click on the "7 Books about Teen Witches Swooping onto Shelves" link and make the mistake of scrolling down too far so you see the comments:

some ppl really live like that, huh. fucking... tragic.
Nat ⭐
TW: graphic depictions of violence and death, mentions of misgendering and gender dysphoria, descriptions of rituals/sacrifices

Im not sure if there are any words, in any language, that can truly encompass how much I love this book. Its a book about love, about death, about family, about being queer, and above all else, about acceptanceboth from others and from yourself.

From the beginning I knew that Id love these characters. Yadriel is vibrant and funny and truly just everything one could ask
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Almost everything in this novel was perfect the characters, the dialogue, the magic system, etc. I was hooked from the first chapter, and even though the plot was fairly predictable, I still couldnt put this one down. It brilliantly mixed fantasy and everyday queer struggles with so much heart. Easily, this is one of the best debuts Ive read in a long time. Im very excited to read more from Thomas. 5/5 stars and a new favorite. ...more
Isabel Sterling
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely story, full of latinx and queer cultures. An absolute treasure of a book.
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
ngọc ♡
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
we have a cover and it's absolutely gorgeous i'm in love
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters, I loved the lore, I loved the relationships. I just adored this book.
Feb 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: unreleased, 2020-tbr
I rarely hype up new YA books any more, even when they're diverse, because that alone isn't always enough to make a good story. I'm trying to only get myself excited for books with a synopsis that really interests me, and not just every new book with a pretty cover and promise of rep. But this sounds so cool and important that I want people to be excited about it, and I hope it's as good as it sounds! Latinx queer stories are becoming more of a thing, which I love, and trans stories especially ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ive heard nothing but good things about this book and I am happy to report that they are all true!

Cemetery Boys tells the story of Yadriel who is desperate to prove to his family that he is worthy of being a Brujo despite their belief in the old ways and when he crosses paths with a recently deceased he believes it proves his worth to the saints but as the mystery unravels behind Julians death Yadriel must uncover the truth behind the missing kids and stop a monster before its too late.

I cant
Jul 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
no one:
this book: mayan mythology w/ a ftm mc & bringing people back from the dead

sign me the hell up holy hades
✨ emma ✨
Dec 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
ok this sounds like the best thing ever
Ana Luisa
Aug 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
"women have the power to heal bodies and souls, while men can release lost spirits to the afterlife. But Yadriel, a trans boy, has never been able to perform the tasks of the brujas because he is a brujo."

Trans acknowledgement and recognition? Never have I clicked on the Want to Read button faster.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished Cemetery Boys and it's one of the best book I've read in a long time. I loved reading about Yadriel's world and the story is amazing, full of brilliant characters I couldn't not fall in love with. Yadriel, Julian and Maritza have my heart and I'd die for them.
This book is so beautiful and intense and I loved how the author talked about important issues and the characters are so beautifully brimming with life and energy it was impossible not loving them. Thank you for this
Mar 13, 2020 added it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqiap-reads
Actual rating 4.5
Damn it is great to be alive in the same timeline as Aiden Thomas.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
This was just fantastic. I don't want to get to into it because it's not out yet, but I really loved this, and I'm so excited for it to come out in June. Yadriel and Julian and Maritza were all fantastic and compelling characters. I loved the magic system and world building as well, though it feels a bit weird to call it that considering it's our world, and would love to read more following these brujxs.
Sarah 🐙
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What you will get: amazing characters, a good world building that was full of details yet not confusing, funny dialogues, deep conversations, cute ghosts, the found family trope.

Here we have it, the first book of 2020 that have made it on my list of favorite books of all time! This book was just so cool and funny and full of loveable characters, and just so WHOLESOME. It is not a perfect book: the writing can sometimes be slightly repetitive, and I did guess the plot twist, but that didnt really
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Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. As a queer, trans, latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aidens special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with is my FAVORITE, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for ...more

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