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Cemetery Boys de Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Aiden Thomas (Autor)

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Título:Cemetery Boys
Autores:Aiden Thomas (Autor)
Informação:Swoon Reads (2020), 352 pages
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Cemetery Boys de Aiden Thomas (2020)

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Love love LOVE this book! Definitely one of my favorites, not only that I've read this year, but also of all time! ( )
  Immie_92 | Oct 4, 2021 |
Trigger Warnings: Misgendering, deadnaming, death of a loved one, loss of parent, some descriptions of self-harm (for ritualistic purposes), and mention of parental abuse, transphobic parents, and deportation

Even though his traditional Latinx family has trouble accepting his gender, Yadriel is determined to prove him to be a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend, Maritza, he performs the brujo ritual himself and is blessed by Lady Death.

When he tries to find the ghost of his murdered cousin to set him free, he instead summons Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, who's not about to die without a fight. He's determined to find out what happened and to check on his friends. Without another option, Yadriel agrees to help Julian so they can both get what they want: Julian to tie up loose ends and for Yadriel to set Julian's soul free so he can prove to his family he's a true brujo. But, the more time Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants him to leave.

Reading this book was a joy. Though Yadriel was the main character, I very much enjoyed Maritza (such a badass) and Julian (what a firecracker) - they were all instantly lovable and worked well with each other - even if they did bicker.

The story was very character-driven, which I think is why I enjoyed it as much as I did, especially because I was able to figure out both the villain and the storyline pretty early on. But again, because of the characters and the message behind Yadriel's story, I really enjoyed this novel. Julian's chosen family trope is really well done and cute and I just wanted to hug them all!

I really enjoyed reading a queer fantasy with a trans main character - it's not something you get to read about right now (though times are changing). This novel also portrays a great variety of Latinx cultures. It's a great read for all ages. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |

failed to grab me. Again, I know that the writer was saying important things about gender identity and Latinx culture, but the plot turned out to be complete cliché. (Though this time I did keep reading to the end, in the hope that it wouldn't be.) ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 27, 2021 |
Yadriel is a Latinx teenager with a traditional family, and hopes to be a true brujo. He's got the talent. He's of an age to have the ceremony pledging himself to Lady Death, and becoming a true brujo.

The problem: Yadriel's very traditional family is convinced he's their daughter, not their son. They expect him to become a bruja, a form of magic for which he has no gift. Finally, with the help of his best friend, his cousin Maritza, he performs the ritual himself--successfully. Lady Death, at least, accepts him as a real brujo.

But he still has to prove it to his family and the rest of their community. The sudden death and disappearance of another cousin provides a chance to provide that proof while doing real good for the community.

He sets out to summon his cousin's ghost.

Instead, he summons the ghost of a fellow high school student who is a bit of a bad boy, rumored to be a gang member--and now recently dead. The ghost, Julian Diaz, wants to know what happened to him, and if his friends are all right. He absolutely refuses to be released to the next world until he does.

Yadriel thinks just being trans and refusing to hide it is enough of an attention-getter, and tries to otherwise keep a low profile. Julian is loud, ostentatious, and loves attracting attention. And while sometimes Maritza is helpful (in Yadriel's opinion), other times she seems to be egging Julian on.

Meanwhile, Yadriel's cousin Miguel is clearly dead (the entire brujo/bruja community felt it), and his body is missing. It needs to be found, so that Miguel's spirit can be released to the next world.

Julian's body is also missing. His friends don't know he's dead, though they're worried because he's missing. And, it seems, so are two other young people, with no indication of what happened to them.

And Yadriel's abuelita, as part of her preparation for the celebration of the Day of the Dead, is looking for an old magical relic, one with dark implications, but which needs to be present.

None of these things are as unconnected as they at first appear.

We get a fascinating look at Latinx beliefs and practices around the Day of the Dead, in a fantasy setting that's rich and detailed and absorbing. The characters are well-developed, and the story itself completely drew me in. I'd had doubts at first, but once I started reading, it was hard to put down despite some pretty disruptive and distracting events going on in my own life. I just had to find out what happened!

Highly recommended.

I received this book as part of the 2021 Hugo Voters Packet, and am reviewing it voluntarily. ( )
  LisCarey | Aug 15, 2021 |
Creepy! ( )
  sparemethecensor | Jul 29, 2021 |
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Dresner, LizDesignerautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Lauderbaugh, MarsArtista da capaautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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No me llores,
porque si lloras

yo peno,

en cambio si tu cantas

yo siempre vivo,

y nunca muero.

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.

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Yadriel wasn’t technically trespassing because he’d lived in the cemetery his whole life.
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