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Cemetery Boys

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,015 ratings  ·  803 reviews
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 sum
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Swoon Reads
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chai ♡
Update: I love this so book so much I want to scream! I made a twitter thread on my reading progress that you can find HERE. Full review to come!

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

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The Written Review
Oh my gosh. Can I rate this more than 5 stars???

I cannot even BEGIN to talk about how BRILLIANT this one was.

I was hooked from the start - the way Aiden set up the characters and the Brujx world was so intriguing and exciting.

The plot felt so unique and fresh - I literally read this in a single night and was devastated there wasn't more.

I absolutely loved, loved, loved Yadriel and his st
"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
Sahil Javed
May 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtq
a gay book about a trans boy who may or may not be in love with a ghost? i didn't know i needed this until right now.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CWs: Misgendering, allusions to deadnaming, depictions of gender dysphoria, exploration of parental death, non-violent references to blood magic, some descriptions of self-harm (for ritualistic purposes)

☑ Watch my spoiler-free #ownvoices reading vlog for Cemetery Boys!
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☑ Read my second CB review for even more detailed feelings!

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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Miranda Reads

Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for the free audio file in exchange for an honest review
"Don't mourn me.
If you cry for me, I grieve your pain.
Instead, if you sing to me, I'll always live and my spirit will never die."

I probably wouldn't have picked this up if my friend Miranda hadn't recommended it to me but I am very glad she did. It was spooky, funny, and so, so adorable. It also had a pretty hefty plot twist in the end.

So, what's this book about?
When his traditional Latinx fami
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)

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(spoiler free review. tw list at the bottom. this is a Latinx ownvoices review)

I really experienced so many different emotions while reading this book, and most of them were just some form of happiness. Happiness for Yadriel, whenever something good happened to him, and happiness for myself, because I was blessed with this ARC. (Thank you to MacMillan, Swoon Reads, and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC!)

It’s difficult to put my feelings for t
May 23, 2019 is currently reading it
I think 2020 should be renamed 20TRANSty just because of this book and all the #ownvoices transgender umbrella releases coming up.
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Nov 01, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
why does this cover give me Pynch fanart aesthetics??
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
As soon as I saw this book a few months ago on twitter, I knew that I had to read it. That cover? Witches? A trans main character? Sign me up.

From the beginning, my heart went out to Yadriel. With the magic system in this book, it is very gender driven and the brujo and bruja have different powers and roles. Yadriel has not been allowed to take on the role of a brujo because not everyone has accepted his identity as a boy. To prove his powers, Yadriel accidentally summons the spirit of a cute b
Jul 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
Y'all are kidding me, right? How many books am I supposed to buy for my birthday?
"But he knew this wasn't sustainable. No one was meant to last as a spirit floating between two worlds, especially not Julian. He was a boy made of fire turned to frost. He was meant to burn."

“Queer folks are like wolves," Julian told him. "We travel in packs."

“Julian was the most alive person he’d ever met. Even as a spirit, he was bright and full of constantly moving energy. A sun crammed into the body of a boy. Yadriel didn’t want to see him without his light.”

4 stars. Cemetery Boys is a
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

“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.”

THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I am so freaking excited over this DEBUT ! AMAZING. I cannot get over how insanely wonderful this was... and a huge part of that was becoming immersed in the lush latinx fantasy world that makes up the atmosphere of the novel, with a TRANS BRUJO as
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need, I need, I need, I need. After 22 years I’m 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?
Claude's Bookzone
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well that was such an amazing book!

The premise was really engaging, the cast was diverse, the dialogue was excellent and the romance was adorable! I loved Yadriel's journey to have his true identity accepted within his family and the Latin American community. Wowsers the fantasy element based on traditional Mexican/Latin American mythology was utterly enthralling! I have been on 'the Google' all afternoon reading about Dia de Muertes and bruja/brujo/brujx. So fascinating. Brilliant book and I t
Sep 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
I know I’m late to this but have y’all heard of this book featuring ghosts, a trans mc and latinx inspired legends???
When a book has you crying at 5% in, you know it's going to hit hard.

Cemetery Boys was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020. I've been desperate to read it for months. So even though I'd preordered a book box with the book, I couldn't wait for it to arrive and purchased the ebook so I could start it on release day. And I have zero regrets, because as high as my expectations were, this book lived up to them perfectly.

I firmly believe this will be a new comfort read for me, one I'll reread
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance, 2020
This book has officially saved my 2020
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 / 5
this made me cry but it also made me so so happy omg 😭
i loved yadriel, julian, and maritza so much. i can relate to yadriel in some ways. he’s more anxious than the others and he can be awkward af, but he’s also so driven. i wanted to FIGHT everyone misgendering him, and i was so proud of everything he did. i can’t believe i can’t give him a hug. julian is so funny and hyper, but he’s also protective and can get angry easily. i loved him IMMEDIATELY. he’s also a ghost, which makes yadriel’
alana ♡
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was everything & now it's time to go cry.


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May 30, 2020 marked it as not-released-yet
the release date got pushed to SEPTEMBER ???

Sheila Loosevelt
Julian stopped in his tracks, black eyes going wide. “Fuck.”
Maritza started and Yadriel ducked, thinking he’d spotted someone. His heart hammered in his chest. “What—What’s—?”
“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.

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I am so ready to fall in love with this. This has been one of my highly anticipated books of the year so I swear to god, if I don't love this, I think I'll sit in a corner and cry.

3.75 stars


Well, while I don't think I can say I "love" loved the book, it is safe to say that there wasn't any crying involved because I quite enjoyed this book. The biggest reason why I think I wasn't able to completely fall in love with it the way I had hoped to was because it was impossibly predictable
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.
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
He nodded. “Queer folks are like wolves,” Julian told him. “We travel in packs.”


Hello all! I know it's been quite a while since I've uploaded any reviews, but I've really been wanting to get back in for a bit. And Cemetery Boys really made me want to get my act together and start reviewing aha. It's been a bit since I've fallen in love with a book so fast and this one truly gave me All the Emotions.

Cemetery Boys revolves around main character, Yadriel, a young Trans boy who's growing up in L
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Forget every book recommendation that I've ever given you- If you're thinking of picking this one up, DO IT! (I'm serious- JUST DO IT!) I'm still in denial, because I've finished it! What a beautiful story! I don't think words can truly express how this book made me feel! Holy f*@k! Yadriel and Julian are top tier! (You won't convince me otherwise!)

If this review is a mess, it's likely because I'M a mess- and this bo
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I read this book while listening to folklore and when i got to a painful scene, tears ricochet really started playing. It was like the whole world realigned itself to give me the best crying experience in my life.

taylor swift references aside, i loved every aspect of cemetery boys. the characters are very lovable. the pacing is great. there was no dull moment in this book. the world-building is superb. i loved its whole vibe—festive,
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A charming debut featuring a transboy determined to become a brujo, a sweet romance with a ghostly love interest, a big Latinx family, and a surprisingly beautiful graveyard. Cemetery Boys follows Yadriel who wants to take on the traditional responsibilities of a brujo, but because he is trans his family refuses to do the ritual for him to gain magic, uncertain of whether it will work. So Yadiriel decides to do the ritual on his own, and then while trying to find his missing cousin, accidentally ...more
The Bookish Life of Laura
Review to come but basically I’m an emotional wreck and I need everyone to read this book
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
This was so good. A Latin fantasy story about a gay trans boy - I've never read a book like this which is a friggin' shame if you ask me. Rtc
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Aiden Thomas is a New York Times Bestselling 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. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, useless trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aid ...more

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“There's no way y'all have been around for thousands of years without there being one person not fitting into the 'men are this, women are that' bullshit." Julian sounded so convinced, so sure. His obsidian eyes locked onto Yadriel's. "Maybe they hid it, or ran away, or I dunno, something else, but there's no way you're the first, Yads.” 4 likes
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