Book Review: Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland


42642042. sy475 Title & Author:  Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland (AdriAnne Strickland)

Genre: YA – LGBT, Fantasy

Release Date: October 29th 2019

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Imprint

Source:  ARC via Publisher

Description: Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.

A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom …


I received this book early in exchange for an honest review.

Do you enjoy eerie atmospheric books with danger, betrayal and heartache? A heroine who is underrepresented in the publishing world that is vividly well written? You’ve come to the right place! I’ll admit I sped through this delicious book as soon as it was sent to me (months ago) and now I’m struggling to put into words just how gorgeous this book is. Where to start?

Kamai is the first ace character I’ve ever read about. I knew vaguely what ace was going into this but the detail and how well it was explained made the book an amazing learning experience for anyone (including myself) who is not totally familiar with the term. We learn alongside Kamai on her self discovery and acceptance journey. The world was so intricate and mesmerizing I kept reading long into the night to find out more. Every character that graces the stage (*cough* obsessive manipulative darkness) was amazing. Even the “bad” or evil characters you love to hate them. Overall this book was an amazing read that I will be revisiting soon.

Would I buy this book?  Yes!

Would I recommend it? Hell yes!

Would I re-read it? For sure.

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