I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Genres: Horror, YA
Published by HarperTeen Pages: 288
When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen’s dad wants him hanging out with–but they’re a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don’t always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he’s getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn’t fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.
Stephen’s fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer’s dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of “bad times,” and many of the town’s oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn’t one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.
Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.
My fingers were going numb, my bound wrists worn raw by the ropes, but I twisted again, hard this time.
We’d left my old house as if we were stealing away in the night. Which, really, I guess we were.
What I thought of this book
This book sounded so good when I read the synopsis but in the end it was just a dud. I was so disappointed.
Stephen’s father moves them back his home town of Spencer. It’s a small town with a bit of eerie and creepy folklore about winged creatures who attack the town and sends the town in to “bad times”, but when you appease the creatures by human sacrifice then it seems the two prospers again.
Stephen meets Cara first and then her twin Devon. Devon is a leader of a small group of guys who hang out in the cemetery and drink all night. That is pretty much what this book was about, that and Stephens hormones when it comes to Cara. The longer he hangs with Devon the more he is not sure about him. He really seems to believe in the winged creatures and some things happen to make him just not sure he wants to hang around it but it could already be too late.
So I was hoping for a book filled with creepiness and creatures and all I got was boys in a Cemetery, so I guess you can take the title pretty literal. They sat there and drank and acted stupid and Devon is super creepy, but there is really not any type of action till the very end and even it wasn’t really what I was expecting. So it was a huge let down.
Stephen is actually sort of a jerk, I mean I know he is dealing with his mom being in a mental hospital and his father taking him to a small nothing town, but he is so mean to him. He is even a bit of a jerk to Cara at times as well. Overall just not a real likable main character. Devon is a total freak and just plain evil.
Over all I think I was hoping for a bit more horror with the mention of a urban legend type creature and really got nothing. It read quickly and I can’t say that it bored me, but it just was not filled with anything but drunk teenagers and a little bit of an action sequence at the end that totally didn’t end like I thought it would. Can’t really recommend it to any one but if you think it might be interesting try it and see, everyone is different and you might like it more than me.