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Cemetery Boys di Aiden Thomas- Review Party

Salve e benvenut* alla mia tappa del review party dedicato a Cemetery Boys di Aiden Thomas. Un grazie enorme ad Ambra per aver organizzato l’evento, per le bellissime grafiche e alla casa editrice per una copia in anteprima. Le mie opinioni non sono state in alcun modo influenzate.

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Genere: Fantascienza e Fantasy

ISBN: 9788804739661

408 pagine

Prezzo: € 20,00

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In vendita dal 26 ottobre 2021

YADRIEL HA EVOCATO UNO SPIRITO, E ORA NON RIESCE PIÙ A LIBERARSENE.
Yadriel è un ragazzo trans, ma i suoi – una famiglia latinx molto tradizionalista – faticano ad accettarlo. Lui, però, è determinato a dimostrare loro di essere un vero brujo e con l’aiuto di Maritza, sua cugina­ nonché migliore amica, decide di celebrare da solo il rituale dei quinces, ritrovare il fantasma di suo cugino Miguel, morto assassinato, e liberarlo nell’aldilà.
Ma il fantasma che evoca è quello di Julian Diaz, il bello e dannato della scuola, il quale non ha alcuna intenzione di tornarsene buono buono tra i morti. Anzi è ben deciso a scoprire cosa gli è successo e a chiarire alcune questioni lasciate in sospeso. Yadriel, che d’altronde non ha molta scelta, accetta di aiutare Julian, in modo che entrambi possano ottenere ciò che desiderano. Solo che, più tempo passa con lui, meno ha voglia di lasciarlo andare.

Noi persone queer siamo come i lupi. Ci muoviamo in branco.

Se mi conoscete, online o offline, sapete quanto io abbia amato e ami questo libro. Cemetery Boys è uno dei miei libri preferiti ed ero sia spaventata che al settimo cielo quando ho scoperto che sarebbe stato tradotto. Spaventata, anzi, preoccupata, per le desinenze e come sarebbero state usate, se correttamente o meno. Sono stata piacevolmente sorpresa, quindi, quando ho letto le note della traduttrice, che ha parlato di come, “in spagnolo si usi la desinenza neutra “x”, come alternativa proposta, mentre, in italiano, una delle alternative neutre proposte dal movimento per il linguaggio inclusivo, sia la schwa per il singolare (ǝ) e la schwa lunga per il plurale (з) e usando desinenze “tipiche” di ogni lingua, invece che di uniformare. Sono presenti “combinazioni” di desinenze neutre, come “lз brujx”, coerentemente con la lingua in cui compare la desinenza.” In conclusione, devo ammettere che ho trovato la traduzione molto ben fatta e rispettosa e ho adorato rileggere per l’ennesima volta questo libro magnifico.

Cemetery Boys è il tipo di libro che non vuoi che finisca, che rileggeresti, e rileggi, ancora e ancora, memorizzando citazioni, sorridendo e appassionandoti alle vicende dei personaggi perché è impossibile non sentirsi coinvolti e amarli tutti. Il tipo di libro che devi finire di leggere perché hai bisogno di sapere cosa accadrà e il libro che vorresti gustarti lentamente, perché non vuoi abbandonare quel mondo pieno di magia, di personaggi complessi e straordinari e dei quali vuoi sapere ogni cosa. Ho adorato e adoro Cemetery Boys e ha tutto ciò che si potrebbe mai desiderare: colpi di scena, personaggi ben scritti e sviluppati, tematiche affrontate alla perfezione, cugine simpatiche, un gatto adorabile, cani affettuosi e due ragazzi che sono dei cinnamon rolls.

La storia è bellissima, struggente e dolce ed esplora l’identità trans Latinx, il folklore Latinx e le sue leggende, ingiustizie razziali e classiste, pregiudizi e via discorrendo, una lettura molto importante. Un libro che tratta dell’importanza di essere se stessi, amarsi e accettarsi e le difficoltà incontrate durante questo percorso. Cemetery Boys è una storia d’amore queer, un mistero da risolvere, il tutto in una corsa contro il tempo.

La trama è coinvolgente, la storia piena zeppa di personaggi ricchi e pieni di energia, complessi e molto realistici. Ho amato moltissime cose di questo libro. Una delle cose che mi ha coinvolto sin dall’inizio è lo stile di scrittura di Aiden Thomas, che è fenomenale. Aiden Thomas ha scritto un libro così realistico che è quasi possibile assaggiare e annusare il mondo di Yadriel, quasi vedere gli spiriti che popolano il cimitero, la magia, la cucina, quasi seguire Yadriel, Maritza e Julian nel loro viaggio. Il worlbuilding è evocativo e ben scritto, ricco e complesso ed è stato molto interessante poter imparare cose sulla cultura Latinx, le leggende, i miti, sulla comunità brujx, i poteri e via discorrendo. Affascinante e confortante anche la loro visione della vita e della morte, che ho trovato bellissima.

I personaggi sono ben scritti e sviluppati e mi sono immediatamente affezionata a loro. Yadriel è il protagonista principale, è un ragazzo trans, gay e lotta per essere accettato dalla sua famiglia e dalla comunità brujx sia in quanto ragazzo che brujo. Brillante, testardo, un po’ introverso e timido, Yadriel è costantemente combattuto tra il desiderio di essere se stesso, di essere accettato e l’amore per la sua famiglia. Stanco di combattere, di essere la pecora nera della famiglia, è stato un piacere poter leggere di lui. Compagna di avventure, Maritza è la cugina di Yadriel, sempre pronta a supportarlo e a combinare guai ed è ferocemente leale. Ho amato la relazione che c’è tra lei e Yadriel e quella che si instaura con Julian, fatta di battibecchi, prese in giro e risate. Il terzo e ultimo protagonista è Julian ed è impossibile non amarlo sin dall’inizio. Testardo, chiassoso, senza filtri, ho riso di cuore leggendo i suoi modi di dire, sbagliati, ho sorriso pensando a quanto fosse ferocemente leale e affezionato ai suoi amici e mi sono sciolta nel leggere come la sua relazione con Yadriel sboccia e prosegue nel corso della storia.

La presenza di Julian mette sottosopra la vita, già complicata, di Yadriel che, non solo vuole trovare lo spirito di suo cugino Miguel e liberarlo, provando di essere un brujo, ma che si ritrova trascinato nella vita…anzi, nella morte di Julian, a indagare su cosa sia successo e a mettere insieme i pezzi di un mistero che coinvolgerà e stravolgerà tutti. Uno degli aspetti più dolci e divertenti del libro è il rapporto che si instaura tra Yadriel e Julian, un rapporto che è complesso, ben scritto e ho amato il modo in cui i due personaggi imparano a fidarsi l’uno dell’altro, a confidarsi, aiutarsi ed amarsi, soprattutto visto e considerato quanto siano totalmente diversi. Yadriel e Julian imparano ad accettarsi, a volersi bene e a tenere l’uno all’altro, aprendosi gli occhi a vicenda sull’importanza di accettarsi, sulle relazioni e i sentimenti. Ho amato leggere le loro interazioni, ho riso, mi sono commossa e sono davvero indimenticabili.

Il libro affronta una serie di importanti tematiche, come il bullismo, la trasfobia, deadnaming. Yadriel lotta per essere visto e accettato sia in quanto ragazzo che brujo, stanco di perdonare e giustificare chi, pur senza volerlo (come nel caso della sua famiglia) lo ferisce. La famiglia, quella trovata negli amici e la biologica, è un tema molto presente all’interno della storia e l’autore ha descritto in modo molto realistico le interazioni tra i suoi componenti, tra genitori e figli, nonne e nipoti, fratelli, zie e cugini, tra incomprensioni, litigi, prese in giro. La difficoltà che riscontra Yadriel è proprio quella di essere se stesso in una famiglia, e comunità, molto tradizionale, che lotta tra tradizioni e cambiamenti.

In un libro molto stratificato, l’autore, tramite la famiglia di Julian e ciò che accade a Miguel, affronta anche tematiche come l’abuso familiare, gangs, ingiustizie sociali, razziali e classiste, i pregiudizi e quanto possano essere sbagliati e dannosi. Affronta il dolore e la difficoltà di accettarsi e venire accettati e visti, l’importanza di essere se stessi e fieri, il legame fortissimo presente tra amici e famiglia e una storia d’amore importante e forte.

In conclusione, consiglio questo libro a chiunque voglia innamorarsi di una storia con personaggi realistici e straordinari, una storia queer molto particolare, a chi voglia essere trasportato in un mondo popolato da spiriti, dee e dei, cinnamon rolls, famiglia e amore.

Potete trovare la recensione che scrissi in inglese, l’anno scorso sul mio goodreads. Le altre le trovate qui, seguendo questo calendario!

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Hear Our Voices Book tour

WELCOME TO MY STOP FOR THE CEMETERY BOYS BOOK TOUR!

Cemetery Boys was my first 2020 read and I couldn’t have started this reading year better. I’ve been obsessed and in love with this book, basically freaking out about it with everyone willing (unwilling too) to listen and then I met an amazing person on Twitter who sent me an extra ARC of Cemetery Boys! The best gift ever!

I’m so happy now to be part of the Hear our voices tour to celebrate Cemetery Boys.

Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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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. (from Goodreads)

Tw: abusive parents, murder, misgendering, deadnaming, murder, violence

The quotes in the review are from the earc, so they can be subject to changes.

Cemetery Boys is the kind of book you don’t want to end. It’s the book you decide to read over and over, committing to memory quotes and pages and squealing in delight and fear because you’re so involved with the story and its characters. It’s the kind of book you have to finish, because you need to see what will happen next. And at the same time you don’t want to, because its world is full of magic, its characters amazing and you wanna know more and more. You wanna read about Yadriel, Julian and Maritza and stay with them when they grow up, when they are adults and then old and even when they are dead and their adventures in the afterlife. They stayed and they are still with me.

I fell in love with Cemetery Boys and it was everything I could hope for, full of plot twists, intense and complex characters, important issues addressed, funny cousin, supportive cat, slobbering dogs, wonderful cinnamon rolls boys.

This book is brilliant, heartbreaking and it explores Latinx trans identity, identity issues, Latinx folklore and legends, racial and classist injustices, misconceptions and it’s a very important read. The plot is engaging and it’s full of characters brimming with life and energy, so intense you could almost touch them.

I loved so many things about this book I think it’s imperative to do some order.

The writing, worlbuilding and the magic system

The writing is evocative, lush and atmospheric. The author wrote a book so realistic, so incredibly engaging you could almost taste and smell Yadriel’s world, almost see the cemetery with the spirits, Tito and his marigolds, the calaveras and the magic. It feels like you are there with Yadriel and Julian on Yads’ bed, listening to music and talking all night, or with them and Maritza looking for clues, or laughing at Julian’s malaprop and his funny and constant questions.

“Hey, hey, hey, don’t use me as your escape goat.”
Yadriel exhaled a tired laugh. “Scapegoat, Jules
.”

The worldbuilding is incredibly rich, complex and so wonderfully crafted. It was thrilling and interesting reading and learning more about Latinx culture, about their folklore, traditions and legends, about Lady Death, Bahlam, brujos and brujas, their powers and their portaje. Both brujos and brujas are able to see and sense spirits, but brujos can help them cross in the afterlife and brujas can heal people, while the portaje is a chosen conduit Lady Death ties brujos’ and brujas’ magic to.

It was really fascinating learning their view of death and afterlife. The idea of being able to see a dead loved one was incredible.

The characterization

The characters are complex, well-written, so brimming with life, so alive and intense it’s impossible not to love them.

Yadriel wasn’t trespassing. He’d lived in the cemetery his whole life, so he couldn’t trespass in his own home. But breaking into the church was definitely crossing the moral-ambiguity line.”

Yadriel is the main character. He’s a trans boy, he’s gay and he’s struggling to be accepted by his family and community as a boy and a brujo. He’s incredibly strong, brilliant, funny and he loves and respects the traditions, his community. In Cemetery boys he is constanly torn between his love for his family and community and his desire to be himself, to be accepted and seen as he really is.

He’s tired to fight to be himself, tired to accept others’ mistakes and to be the odd one out. It was a delight reading about a complex character like him.

Despite her words of warning, Maritza didn’t seem worried about getting into a heap of trouble with their family. In fact, she looked downright excited. Dark eyes wide, a devilish grin played across her lips that Yadriel knew all too well.”

Maritza is Yadriel’s cousin, always up to mischief, supportive and stubborn, fiercely loyal. She’s dynamic, realistic and ready to be with and make fun of Yadriel and bickering with him and Julian. Her relationship with Yadriel is intense, strong and she’s a force of nature, extrovert, smartass, stubborn and she shares with Yadriel the title of Black sheep of the family, because she’s vegan and she refuses her bruja’s power because she should use animal blood.

Unlike Yadriel, who suffers being an outcast, Maritza is not interested in being part of the brujx community, although believing in their traditions and in Lady Death.

Julian was achingly beautiful, but in the way a thunderstorm was beautiful—wild, rough, electric. And bound to leave devastation in his wake.”

Julian Diaz. What can I say about Julian? He’s obnoxious, boisterous, chatty and impossible. He exudes Scorpio chaotic energy. He’s a whirlwind, a thunderstorm and he brings chaos in Yadriel’s life, complicating his plans to prove to his community he’s a brujio by finding his cousin Miguel, but slowly becoming someone Yadriel isn’t ready to leave.

Julian is energetic, unabashed, shaking Yadriel’s world with his blunt honesty and easy acceptance. I love his energy, how fiercely he loves and protects his family and it was refreshing reading about a character so pure and funny. His interactions with Yadriel and Maritza, but mostly with Yadriel, are hilarious, like when Yadriel corrects him all the time for his malaprop, creating funny moments and melancholic at the same time, because Yadriel is falling for him.

Romance and two wonderful and soft cinnamon rolls boys

The relationship between Yadriel and Julian is sweet, complex and I loved every moment of it, leaving me needing more of them. Their love story is one of the things I loved the most about Cemetery Boys. It’s complex, nuanced and intricate and I found myself so involved I squealed, cursed and cried in more than one occasion.

Yadriel and Julian are very different from each other. While Yadriel is quiet, reserved and focused, Julian is boisterous, chatty, loud and a “problem” in Yadriel’s plans. Slowly, though, they get to know, confide in and trust one other.

I loved reading about their interactions, funny and melancholic at the same time and how they fell moment moment by moment in love with each other in a impossible situation.

Julian is blunt, stubborn, boisterous and he was a refreshing surprise for Yadriel, who struggled all the time to be accepted. Julian becomes a person Yadriel can be himself with, feeling comfortable around him. Their trust in each other is complete and empowering.

The scene when they are in bed, listening to music and talking was one of my favourite ever. It was so sweet seeing them getting to know one other.

Gender identity, deadnaming and misgendering

The book shows the struggles of being transgender, the bullying at school, the hurt of being deadnamed and misgendered. Yadriel struggles to be seen and accepted for who he is, facing misgendering, deadnaming and ostracism both at school and in his community.

He is tired of people misgendering or deadnaming him, giving people the benefit of the doubt. Tired of fighting to be himself and to not belong. At the same time, though, he loves fiercely his family and he wants to be part of the brujx community.

“Well, Yadriel was tired of it. He was tired of forgiving. He was tired of fighting to just exist and be himself. He was tired of being the odd one out.”

Whenever Yads came out to someone it was always difficult because he didn’t know how would they react or understand, it’s always difficult for him. It’s refreshing and comfortable with Julian, even though at the beginning Yadriel braced himself, expecting the same reaction of everyone else, but Julian gets him right away, without making him feel uncomfortable.

During the whole book, through their conversation, Julian helps him feel more sure about being himself, even helping him using the boys’ bathroom for the first time at school.

One of the most beautiful and intense part of Cemetery boys was when Julian and Yadriel discuss why he has to prove his identity to his family.

I mean, Flaca isn’t any less of a girl just because other people look at her and don’t see her as one,” Julian went on. “Just because she’s not on hormones or whatever, or ’cause she’s not ‘passing,’ doesn’t mean other people get to decide who she is. And the same goes for you.”
Heat bloomed in Yadriel’s cheeks.
“You don’t owe anybody shit,” Julian told him, stormy anger brewing behind dark eyes.
He was kind of an asshole. Julian was abrasive, sometimes rude, and didn’t seem to have much tact. But, for some reason, Yadriel’s heart still fluttered in his chest.

Realistic representation of families and the identity issues

The family, found or biological, is an important and recurring theme. Aiden Thomas wrote realistic families, with a stubborn and fussy matriarch and grandmother, ready to worry about and feed you, protective aunts and uncles, squabbling siblings. It’s lifelike, showing their struggles, fights, misunderstandings between siblings and between father and son, who find hard and difficult being open about their feelings and talk.

For Yadriel being himself in a traditional family, in a community stuck in their ways and traditions is a constant struggle. His family, even though unintentionally, hurt his feelings, making everything more difficult. At the same time, though, the author shows a family, that is not perfect (none is), but that is open to change, to be better and understanding, to be more open-minded. A beginning to a more open era.

Julian’s family, consisting of his older brother and his friends, is beautiful, miscellaneous and intricate. Through Yadriel’s question and Julian’s stories about his friends, the author touches and addresses multiple issues, like abusive enviroments, gangs, parents kicking out their children or abusing them. There’s fierceness and intensity in their love for one other, ready to do anything to support and help each other, creating their own family, where there is love, acceptance and understanding.


Misconceptions, racial and classist prejudices

Yadriel, Julian and Maritza try to understand what happened to Julian and Miguel and the whole subplot is cliffhanging and captivating, not only for the mystery, but because it explores themes like misconceptions, racial and classist prejudices.

It’s really explicative when the police refused to issue an AMBER alert for Julian, deciding he was a runaway “Because he’s a latino boy living in East Los Angeles with no parents” and when Miguel’s parents tried to report him missing, struggling to speak English, asking for an interpreter and the police was uncooperative and they asked if they all were US citizens. It also showed the disinterest of the police towards the missing “street kids” and those, like Julian, labelled like that by misconceptions, called “bad boy”, thinking him involved in drugs and gangs, judging him by his quick temper and his school attendance, without caring to know if there is more.

In conclusion

I recommend this book to those who want to fall in love with amazing and realistic characters, who want to get involved in a brilliant and complex plot, who want to be transported in an unusual supernatural love story. If you love soft cinnamon rolls, gods and goddesses, spirits and love, this book is perfect for you.

This would be the first time he ever brought a boy home, and he was dead.

Wait, can ghosts eat food?” Julian asked in his ear, very concerned. Santa Muerte, help me.

It looked like a bomb had gone off. Or maybe just a human hurricane named Julian Diaz.

His big, obnoxious Scorpio energy is invading your cozy Cancer safe space!”

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

HAY NIÑAS CON PENE, NIÑOS CON VULVA Y TRANSFÓBICOS SIN DIENTES. In the lower corner, it read, ST. J. Yadriel recognized the handwriting. A smile tugged at the corner of his lip.

Yadriel didn’t think that was possible. He didn’t see how anyone could get a clean break from Julian once they entered his orbit. Himself included.

He envied whoever Julian gave his fiery devotion to. It was a warm and unyielding force to be shielded by.

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.

Unabashed and beaming, this was his favorite version of Julian. Bright, carefree, and overflowing with infectious energy.
Alive.

Julian was in his element. He liked noisy places and noisy people. A stormy boy who seemed most comfortable in chaos.

Eyes closed and smiling, the firelight danced over his skin. Yadriel was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. To his reckless charm and striking features. Julian was achingly beautiful, but in the way a thunderstorm was beautiful—wild, rough, electric.
And bound to leave devastation in his wake.

It was overwhelming, but Yadriel wouldn’t mind getting his breath robbed by Julian’s brilliant smile over and over again.

Growth isn’t a deviation from what we’ve done before, but a natural progression to honor all those who make this community strong.”

Still, in a sea of faces, his eyes went right to Julian, and he couldn’t look away. His sharp grin. His burning gaze. It sparked a fire in his chest. It smoldered in his stomach. It flooded him with heat. Yadriel would happily let himself be consumed by Julian’s fire.

From Freepik

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. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Expected publication June 6 2020

Cemetery Boys was my first 2020 read and I couldn’t have started this reading year better.

Yadriel lives with his Latinx and traditional family, who’s struggling to accept his gender. To prove himself and to them he’s a real brujo, he decided, helped by his cousin and best friend Maritzka, to perform the ritual on his own, summoning a spirit and releasing him in the afterlife. Looking for his murdered cousin’s spirit, Yadriel finds himself with a different one: the spirit of Julian Diaz, the school bad boy. Determined to find what happened to his friends and himself, Julian and Yadriel make a deal, helping each other, so they can both reach their goals. But they will find themselves involved in a complex plot, a surprising “villain” and to realize saying goodbye it’s not so easy.

Cemetery Boys is the kind of book you don’t want to end. It’s the book you decide to read over and over, committing to memory quotes and pages and squealing in delight and fear because you’re so involved with the story and its characters. It’s the kind of book you have to finish, because you need to see what will happen next. And at the same time you don’t want to, because its world is full of magic, its characters amazing and you wanna know more and more.

I loved many things in this book. First of all, I have to admit: I’m a sucker for learning new traditions, new things, new stories. I’ve never heard anything about the brujeria. It’s not a surprise, since I live in Italy and I don’t know much about Yadriel’s world. So it was absolutely incredible and interesting learning about the traditions, about Lady Death, Bahlam, Xibalba, brujos and brujas. Aiden Thomas wrote a book so realistic, so incredibly engaging you could almost taste and smell Yadriel’s world, almost see the cemetery with the spirits, Tito and its marigolds, the calaveras and the magic. I loved reading about Lady Death and the brujos’ and brujas’ powers, their portaje; it was fascinating and thrilling learning their view of death and afterlife. The idea of being able to see a dead loved one was incredible.

The characters in Cemetery Boys are beautifully written it’s impossible not to love them or relate to them. Yadriel is the main character. He’s a trans boy, he’s gay and he’s struggling to be accepted by his family and community as a boy and a brujo. The only person able to understand him completely was his mother, who died last year and his cousin Maritka, always ready to support him and to be involved in his plans. Yadriel hates not being fully part of the brujx’s life, but he’s not the only one in his famiy who’s alienated. His uncle Catrix, even though should have been the leader of the brujx, was excluded because he hasn’t many powers. With Maritka, Tio Catriz supports and loves Yadriel, accepting him for who he is. Surrounded by his family, his brother Diego, his father Enrique and his Lita, Yadriel struggles to find his place with them and in the community. Yadriel is brilliant, funny and it was hard reading how he’s struggled (and struggling) against prejudices, transphobia and misgendering. He’s incredibly strong and he loves and respects his traditions and their powers, but he’s tired to fight to be himself, tired to accept others’ mistakes and to be the one out in his community. But Yadriel loves it and his family, so he’s ready to do anything he could to prove them who he is. It was a delight reading about a complex character like him.

Maritka is another complex and peculiar character. Both she and Yadriel are the black sheep in their community. Yadriel, because he’s trans and gay, Maritka because she’s vegan and to use the bruja’s powers she should use animal blood, so she’s refusing her healing powers. She’s smart and I love her pink and purple hair. Unlike his cousin, who is more introvert and hates bringing attention to himself, Maritka is extrovert, boisterous and really funny and supportive.

Julian. What can I say about Julian? Julian is the spirit Yadriel accidentally summoned and he’s obnoxious, loud, chatty and right away he’s seen as a “problem” to Yadriel and his plans. Yadriel needs to find his cousin, to release Julian’s spirit, to make his community and his family accept him in time for the Dia de Muertos. His days are few and his deal with Julian, promising him to check on his friends and find out what happened to him, make everything even more complicated. When Yadriel starts to realize he’s falling for Julian, attracted by his being fierce and protective, his being full of energy and fire things become even more difficult. Julian is an amazing character. I loved his energy, his fierceness, his questions, his curiosity his love for his family and friends. I have to admit, he wan’t what I expected him to be after reading the blurb and learning he’s the school bad boy. But he’s an amazing surprise. Julian is so pure, funny and I laughed so much reading about his interactions with Yadriel and Maritka or when he tries to learn his haunting powers.

I really liked how the book is stratified. Yadriel is struggling to prove himself to his family and community, but the murder of Miguel and his disappeareance and Julian’s presence lead him and Maritka to be involved into a complex and surprising plot and plot twists. I loved how the author wrote about important issues like transophobia, prejudices, racism (the difficulty of Miguel’s parents and Julian’s friends to fill a missing report and to make the police looking for missing kids), the importance of the family (not only the blood one, but the family one can create).

Written in third person, by Yadriel’s POV, I loved every page of Cemetery Boys. I enjoyed the mistery of the missing kids, learning new things and traditions. I really loved the relationship and love story bewteen Yadriel and Julian, their jokes, their bickering, their bond.

I fell in love with Cemetery Boys. I enjoyed the story so much. It was full of plot twists, revelations, gods and magic. It was the perfect book for me. The love story between Yadriel and Julian is sweet, complex and I loved every moment of it, leaving needing more about them. I loved their relationship, how they made a deal to help each other and slowly they get to learn more and more about themselves, their stories, their families, falling moment by moment in love with each other in a impossible situation. Julian is without filter and he was a surprise to Yadriel, who struggled all the time to be accepted. After his mother and his cousing, Julian becomes a person Yadriel can be himself with, without filters or explanations. Their trust in each other is complete and refreshing. Reading about him and Yadriel on the bed, listening to music and talking all night was one of my favourite part ever. I enjoyed a lot his relationship with Yadriel and I found myself so involved I squealed, cursed and cried in more than one occasion. It was beautiful seeing them falling page after page. This book is brilliant, heartbreaking and so important, full of characters brimming with life and energy, so intense you could almost touch them. I can’t wait to have this book in my hands.