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Cemetery Boys
Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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AnnaSummer7
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I love this book soooo much! It made me sob both happy and sad tears! It is exiting, wholesome and surprising! With wonderful sarcastic dialogue and badass characters! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AnnaSummer7
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No, it wasn't the end. It was a better beginning.

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“You ready?” Julian asked.

“No,” Yadriel confessed, his voice tight.

Julian grinned. “Do it anyways.”

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“If you ever scare me like that again,” he said breathlessly, “I'll kill you myself, Julian Diaz.”

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AnnaSummer7
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“Which one of us is Cinderella in this scenario?”

“I'm the fairy godmother,” he managed to croak out. “I think that makes you the pumpkin.”

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AnnaSummer7
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He was a boy made of fire who'd been turned to frost. He was meant to burn.

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Julian was achingly beautiful, but in the way a thunderstorm was beautiful—wild, rough, electric.

And bound to leave devastation in his wake.

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AnnaSummer7
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Julian's voice was too gentle, his words too soft. “I want you to release me.”

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“Are you sure it was a guy?” Maritza asked, scuffing the toe of her shoe against an empty beer can.

“Yes it was a guy,” Julian said, annoyed. “He was taller than me, and—”

“There's plenty of women in the world over six feet—”

“Well, they were strong enough to murder me,” Julian shot back.

“I'm sure plenty of women are smart enough to overpower you,” Maritza said, casually examining her nails.

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AnnaSummer7
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“Queer folks are like wolves,” Julian told him. “We travel in packs.”

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AnnaSummer7
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Julian snorted. “No.” He leaned back, propping himself up on his elbows. “I don't do girlfriends.”

Yadriel rolled his eyes and scoffed. “What? Because you're some kind of mujeriego, or something? Too many ladies to pick just one?” he asked with a flare of annoyance.

“No.” Julian's tone was cross, eyes still on the page. “Because I'm gay, asshole.”

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AnnaSummer7
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“It'd be like trying to light birthday candles with kerosene,” Yadriel tried to explain. “It'd be overkill. The candles would catch on fire, and then the cake would burst into flames,” he listed off. “But then the kerosene is tied to your life force, so you end up using all your energy and magic reserves just to light some dumb birthday candles, and then you're dead.”

“That seems like a bad metaphor.”

“It's an analogy.”

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AnnaSummer7
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“Really?” Julian's head canted to the side, sparing Yadriel a confused squint. “I ain't never seen this place before, and I know the streets of LA like the back of my head,” he explained.

“Back of your hand,” Maritza corrected.

Julian waved her off. “Whatever.”

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AnnaSummer7
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“I'll come back for you in the morning—” Yadriel started, moving to place the medal on the altar with Lady Death.

“Wait, what?” Julian's eyes went wide. “You can't just ditch me here!”

“I can't take you home, someone will see you!” Yadriel told him.

“I'm not letting you abandon me in a haunted church—”

“It's not haunted!”

“If I'm in here, and I'm a ghost, then it's haunted!” Julian shot back.

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Julian scoffed, which was not how Yadriel thought any sane person should react to getting a knife pulled on them.

“What are you going to do, stab me?” Julian's laugh was sharp as he tapped a finger to his temple. “Already dead, remember?”

“No, I'm not gonna stab you!” Though, to be honest, it was more tempting by the minute.

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AnnaSummer7
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“Wooow,“
“You guys are really shitty witches.”

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He'd never had to explain who brujx were and what they did, on account of it being a huge, sacred secret they devoted their lives to keeping.

Whoops.

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On the bright side, he had actually summoned a real-life spirit.

On the not-so-bright side, he had summoned the wrong one.

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AnnaSummer7
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“If Bahlam appears and drags us down to Xibalba, I'm going to be pissed,” Maritza hissed.

Yadriel rolled his eyes. “Yeah, I'm sure Bahlam, the jaguar god of 47 the underworld, is hanging out in this old church, waiting for a couple of teenagers...

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AnnaSummer7
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Maritza punched his arm. “I mean like a monster or something.”

“There's no such thing as monsters.”

Maritza stopped and stared at him, wide-eyed. “You didn't just say that—did you really just say that?” she demanded before throwing her arms in the air. “That's classic start-of-a-horror-movie dialogue you just threw out into the universe!”

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“This place kind of gives me the creeps,” Maritza whispered at his side, rubbing her arm. “What if it's haunted?”

Yadriel huffed a laugh. “Of course it's haunted, this is literally a cemetery full of spirits,” he said.

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AnnaSummer7
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“Uh, there's a lot of gaps in your plan,” Maritza told him.

“I didn't say it was a good one.”

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AnnaSummer7
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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.

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AnnaSummer7
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He wanted to scream or break something.

Or both.

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AnnaSummer7
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“You stay here with the rest of the women!” Yadriel flinched.

Hot shame flooded his cheeks. He released the dagger, letting it fall to the bottom of his backpack. He glared up at his dad in an attempt to look fierce and defiant, even though his eyes burned and his hands quaked.

“The rest of the women,” he repeated, spitting the words out as if they were poisonous.

AnnaSummer7 This made me so upset! His own father, misgendering him! 5mo
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BookInMyHands
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Look who we had for a Zoom author visit 😍. I love Aiden Thomas! They‘ve just finished two more books and will be at their first in-person author event at Bridgeport Barnes & Noble (Tigard) at the beginning of November.
They also shared they come up with the main character first, and then plot (but doesn‘t recommend it).
And they‘re a big Disney fan. And likes hiding Easter eggs in their books.
Our Teen‘s Librarian killed the interview too!

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peanutnine
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#haunted 🪦 Graveyard
A cemetery and graveyard are basically the same, right? Read this book last month and loved it!

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🙌🏻🪦 8mo
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Kenyazero
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Just thought I'd share this fun photo I used for an Instagram photo contest from Rainbow Crate Book Box! I absolutely love this book 🥰

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AlizaApp
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A trans boy in LA must prove he is a brujo so his family will accept him. But when he attempts to help a ghost, he accidentally helps the wrong one - and now said ghost, who happens to be the Cute Bad Boy from school - won‘t leave.

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phantomx
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1)Favorite read of 2021 so far: Cemetery Boys
2)I haven't found a good spot yet to read outside, for right now it's indoors for me
3)Not at the moment
#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🐣🌸💗📚💐 14mo
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phantomx
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I feel so complete after finishing this book. I was hesitant at first with the slowness of the story, but as I kept reading I got hooked into the homey sensations of East LA and Latinx culture, loved Yadriel and Julian's blooming relationship, adored how Adien Thomas made Julian and Yadriel feel so alive and rounded. I was starting ball a little bit at the end. I loved the journey and emotional experience I had with this book.

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phantomx
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"Hey I'm not hatimg," Maritza said, at least having the decency to keep her voice down. "I mean, having a ghost boyfriend might be kinda hot." Her knowing smile was obnoxious.

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When Yadriel walked back out, Julian was leaning against the wall, still looking far too amused.
"You're not covering your ears." Yadriel glared. "And I didn't hesr you singing."
"My singing voice is too sexy," Julian said with a solemn shake of his head. "You'd fall in love with me, lile, immediately."

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Yadriel held his breath. His fingers knotted into the blanket under him. A thrill tickled down his spine to the tips of his toes. It was disorienting, filling his head with dangerous thoughts. He wanted to feel Julian's hands ghosting over his skin. Wondered what Julian's short or if his lips felt as soft as they looked.

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phantomx
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Yadriel rolled his eyes and scoffed. "What? Because you're some kind of mujeriego, or something? Too many ladies to pick just one?" he asked with a flare of annoyance.
"No." Julian's tone was cross, eyes still on the page. "Because I'm gay, asshole."
Yadriel blinked. He hadn't expected that.

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phantomx
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Hit page 120 in Cemetery Boys! Takes a little bit of time to warm up to Julian Diaz--he's so gruff, hot-headed and rude at times (reminds me of Guts from Berserk). And the scenes with food being prepared for Dia de Muertos makes me mouth water.

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Julian didn't respond for a moment. His attention flickered to Diego's and Andres' portajes before he eyed the brujos, an unimpressed look on his face. Finally, he jerked his chin up in that nod guys always did to greet each other.

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phantomx
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He squeezed the necklace in his hand, trying to come up with a better reason to leave Julian in the old church than not wanting to hide a hot boy in his room.
A hot dead boy.

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Yadriel goraned. Of course the first spirit he suommoned wouldn't be released willingly. No, he had to get stuck with one that had an attitude problem.

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phantomx
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30 pages in so far into Cemetery Boys, and I am: intrigued, laughing, crying, grinding my teeth, rolling my eyes (at Diego), rooting for Yadriel, and more

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phantomx
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Curious to see what's behind the dust jacket and....OMG! Blinded by its golden beauty!!😍

Soubhiville Oh wow look at that! 🤩 1y
phantomx @Soubhiville I know! It's so beautiful. 1y
Kenyazero That's beautiful! Thanks for unveiling this mystery! 1y
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phantomx
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❤❤❤(Swoon) 😍😍😍

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phantomx
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Started reading the first 5 pages and I am totally hooked!

snowpaws94 It's so amazing! I hope you love it! 1y
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shanaqui
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It took me a while to read this, maybe because I wasn't in quite the right mood, but in the end I really enjoyed it. Julian and Yadriel's connection was sweet, and I loved Yads' family. But sad about who the big bad turned out to be -- that was kind of predictable. But all in all, fun.

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“Yadriel wasn‘t technically trespassing because he‘d lived in the cemetery his whole life.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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shanaqui
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I haven't been getting into this one as much as I'd like, and I don't know why. It's flying by when I pick it up, but I could also... not pick it up.

Probably more a mood thing than the book itself.

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Branwen
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This book is blowing me away! It's such a great story and wonderful writing! Sleepy Chaplin is also enjoying it! 😹📚💕 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

Leftcoastzen 👏😻 1y
Meaw_catlady Oo I‘m reading this too!!! ❤️🖖 1y
Branwen @Leftcoastzen 😹💖📚 @Meaw_catlady How are you liking it so far? It's totally blowing me away! 1y
Meaw_catlady @Branwen only about 2 pages in so far but it‘s so intriguing ! 🖤 hope I can get into it and read it fast I‘ve been so bad at finishing books recently 1y
Branwen @Meaw_catlady I hope you and up loving it as much as I did! 💕 1y
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MsRadioSilence
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It‘s been a bit rough recently. I quit my job, started my final semester of undergrad, and the hits just keep coming. However, books are currently getting me through it, and Thomas‘ lovely Cemetery Boys is soooo gooood. If you‘re looking for some good LGBT, magical YA romance that can be a little predictable, look no further. I can‘t wait to see what they come out with next.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope February brings better times! 💜 1y
Crazeedi Sending a big hug 💗💗 1y
Meaw_catlady Sending good vibes and hugs ! 1y
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bibliobard
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This book was so good! I am writing this at 2 am because I got to a point where I couldn‘t stop. I love every single character and I am going to miss the world Julian and Yadriel inhabit. This story was a wild ride and I will definitely be reading more books by Aiden Thomas 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️ 💀 ❤️ #lgbtreads #yalit

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Aiden Thomas's Cemetery Boys was my first five-star read of the year. Wow. I had read some great reviews but had NO idea how much I would love this book.⠀

Yadriel's family is part of a Latinx community of brujas and brujos who destiny is drive by gender: brujas have one role to play and brujos another. Yadriel, a trans boy, yearns to join the line of brujos but faces misunderstandings and a lack of acceptance from those in charge. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod Yadriel and his cousin and best friend Maritza conspire to perform the ritual that will allow Yadriel to step into his role: he hopes that once his family sees that he was blessed as a brujo by the goddess of death, they'll accept the truth about who he is. After the secret ceremony, in an attempt to help the brujos with their investigation of a mysterious disappearance, Yadriel accidentally summons the spirit of Julian Diaz, ⬇️ 1y
UnabridgedPod a troublemaker at his school.

Now, he and Maritza have to help Julian accept his death so they can free his spirit; they're still trying to help with the investigation; and they have to continue to keep Yadriel's secret until the best time to reveal what happened.⠀⬇️
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UnabridgedPod These characters are so vivid, and Thomas provides a sense that this magical world really could exist alongside our own. He beautifully describes the traditions of Yadriel's family, and he shows the love Yadriel has for his dad, his brother, and his deceased mother (the only one who truly understood him. I felt powerfully the way he yearns for this family's acceptance and, beyond that, their approval. ⬇️ 1y
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UnabridgedPod This is one of those books that's tough to describe because its magic goes beyond a list of characters or a description of what happens. The things that make it beautiful lie in the storytelling and the vivid sense of Yadriel's character. 1y
Hooked_on_books I loved this one. The audio is also really well done. 1y
UnabridgedPod @Hooked_on_books That‘s great to know! 1y
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