Monday, 30 March 2015

The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Cemetery Boys
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Cemetery Boys(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was an okay story, but I lost interest.

I didn’t really liked Stephen, although he did improve a bit towards the end. I don’t know what it was but I just couldn’t relate to him, and I didn’t really care what happened to him. He didn’t seem to have all that much respect for the adults in his life, and was generally a bit of a rebellious teen.

The storyline in this just bored me. I didn’t think it clever that the kids called the cemetery ‘the playground’ – I mean have some respect for the dead! Most of the jokes weren’t funny, and half the residents in the town were nuts.
There was some romance, but I wasn’t a fan.

The ending did have a couple of plot points that I thought were interesting, but mostly I was just glad that it was over. Maybe teen boys would like this?
Overall; not for me,
5.5 out of 10


  1. So it seems the slump continues! :( Sorry about that.

  2. Sorry this one didn't live up to expectations for you. I have seen some good reviews for. Better luck with your next book :)

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs