Fantasy Book Review: The Cemetery Boys

The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer

Synopsis:
When Stephen’s dad says they’re moving, Stephen knows it’s pointless to argue. They’re broke from paying Mom’s hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen’s grandmother in Spencer, a backward small town that’s like something out of The Twilight Zone. Population: 814.

Stephen’s summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. With Cara, he feels safe and understood—and yeah, okay, she’s totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends. Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end.

Review:
Stephen loathes the boring town of Spencer. And his grandmother is a sour, miserable old woman. Stephen only has his new friend Cara and her brother, Devon, and his friends that he can unwind with. But Devon and his friends are mysterious, hanging out at a cemetery and talk of “winged ones.” And Stephen starts to believe Devon may be holding a dark secret.

The Cemetery Boys is a standalone, horror novel for young adults. It’s a dark and creepy story with vivid characters and an eerie ambiance. Stephen, wisely, doesn’t blindly trust anyone. Devon and his friends seem loyal, but pull strange pranks out of boredom. It’s obvious to the reader that these boys aren’t good influences, yet Stephen’s need for acceptance (and, again, boredom) leads him back to the group. There’s a surprising twist at the end and plenty of mystery and suspense that will leave readers engaged till the very end.