Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Rating: 4/5

“It is not your fault,” she said gently. “Greed and hurt drive people to do horrible things.” 

Cemetery Boys follows a young latinx boy, Yadriel who is striving prove himself as a a young sorcerer not only to himself but to his family who aren’t as accepting or supportive as he wants them to be. He enlists the help of his best friend, Maritza and his cousin, he sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set him free. The only problem is, he summons Julian Diaz, the school’s notorious bad boy and he’s not going to go without putting up a fight. Julian and Yadriel end up making a deal so the two can get what they want but the more time Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

I wanted to read this book for last month’s readathon but I got around to it a bit late and didn’t finish it on time. I’d heard lots of good things and I am a fan of Aiden Thomas, I do enjoy the representation that he puts in his novels and he is a great writer. While I felt like the worldbuilding and writing could use improvement, this was a fun book with great representation and diversity. The characters were interesting and well written and I did love reading about Yadriel’s perspective and their journey. I would’ve liked to see more developed with the magic system as that was intriguing but I felt like it needed to develop a little more to fully understand it. 

Overall, a good with with great LGBT + Latinx representation! 

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