“Just because we follow the ancient ways, does not mean we can’t also grow.”
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Thank you Swoon Reads for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review!
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 summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up 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.
Aiden Thomas’ debut Cemetery Boys was absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future. Before we even start talking about this book can we just talk about how MONUMENTAL of a moment this author had being the first trans author to hit the NYT Bestselling List?! We love to see it and I hope that a book like this continues to inspire more authors to fight for their stories to get out into the world because there is just so much to love within these 350 pages.
I’m going to keep this review on the shorter side because I pretty much loved everything about it so there’s not much to say in that sense. From the culture, to the world building, LGBT+ rep, Latinx rep, fall/Halloween vibes, lovable characters, family dynamics, action, and heartfelt moment this story truly has so much going for it. It’s most definitely one of those books where you want to carve out a good chunk of time to read it because once you start it you’re not going to want to put it down. Seriously, take my word on it and thank me later. Yadriel is one of the most admirable and lovable characters I’ve read in such a long time that reading his story felt so refreshing. I also absolutely adored how well the author blended fantasy elements and culture into the story. It never once felt overwhelming and I think for those who don’t really venture into fantasy stories but enjoy contemporaries this will still be a big hit for you.
All in all, just do yourself a favor and pick this up. It’s perfect for this time of year and such a meaningful story. My heart was so, so happy reading this so I can’t even imagine how impactful of a read this would be for readers who can finally see themselves represented in a story like Yadriel’s.
Until next time,