Mini Review: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

Bestowed by the ancient goddess of death, Yadriel and the gifted members of his Latinx community can see spirits: 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.

When his cousin suddenly dies, 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 not his cousin. It’s Julian Diaz, the resident bad boy of his high school, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off 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.

This post has been a long time coming. As you know I struggled getting into this story but once. I was in I was hooked. Cemetery Boys has dug its way into my soul. Aiden Thomas is a phenomenal author. Aiden has woven culture, gender identity, and other current social justice issues together to create a timeless paranormal story.

I was so surprised throughout this whole story. First I didn’t expect this to be a romance but it was. I almost felt like I was intruding. Seriously I have never read anything so pure and sweet in my life. Yardriel was nothing like I’d thought he’d be. Although I do believe he had every right fight for what he wanted his personality was a little stuck up. His privileged showed a lot throughout the story. Aiden did a good job with his character growth and by the end I just wanted to kiss his forehead and pinch his cheeks.

Julian was exactly who I thought he’d be. In the beginning before he stopped acting all badass and came out from behind that wall he built to protect himself. I was not expecting him to be gay. Him being gay threw me for a loop and I had to reevaluate my take on this story. When they kissed I legit jumped out of my chair. It was like Christmas. I don’t think I ever wanted two people to like each other so much.

Besides the romance the plot was solid. Aiden gave little hints here and there about the plot but not enough to solidify anything. I had no idea who killed Yadriel’s cousin but when it was revealed I wasn’t exactly surprised. I was surprised by how everything went down and the end results. This is where gush over Maritza because she was my absolute favorite character in this whole story. Ya’ll know I love a badass female role and Maritza was it for me. I. completely adored her. Her sassy-ness and loyalty really helped make this story.

I’ll end this mini review on a serious note because honestly I could fan girl over this novel for hours. The one thing I took away from this novel was how stagnant my own thinking was. I put people into slots with characteristics based on how the identify without even knowing it. I realized that while I my not be judgmental outwardly I still have some very old judgmental thoughts that need correcting. I plan to work on. this from now on and I hope that everyone else will take the time out to do the same.

With love,