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Beyond the Black Door

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  808 ratings  ·  323 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Imprint
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AdriAnne Yep, there is! The book has ace (asexual) romance. The heroine is not aromantic (well, she's demi-biromantic). In case there is confusion, romantic at…moreYep, there is! The book has ace (asexual) romance. The heroine is not aromantic (well, she's demi-biromantic). In case there is confusion, romantic attraction and sexual attraction are different things, and someone can be romantically inclined while being asexual--or sexually inclined without being romantic, or any combination thereof. Asexual =/= aromantic. :)(less)
Heather-Lin So far, yes. Standalone. But I feel there's enough room to make a decent sequel if the author chooses.

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
As soon as I read the blurb and saw the amazing cover, I clicked to request and when I saw it on my dashboard, I thanked my lucky stars and wore my dancing shoes to perform a scene from singing in the rain but I forgot I was living in LA and it rarely rains here but I kept on dancing!

I think I created to shine the dark objects and show its beauty by sharing my long and appreciative sentences. When it comes something dark, twisty, edgy, my ascendant sign Scorpio takes the front seat to drive me
Chelsea Humphrey
Please do not let my 3 star rating dissuade you from picking up this book, because Beyond the Black Door has a multitude of remarkable aspects going for it. The atmosphere is dreamy and lush, and honestly Strickland is a knockout at creating a setting that comes to life. Could get lost in her dreamy world 10/10 times. My issues were personal, not objective, and lie within the author's choice to do more "telling than showing" when it comes to the world-building and initial story setup. The plot i ...more
Feb 27, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey all! Now that the cover is out in the wild, I figured I’d share a bit more insider-info about BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR. This is a YA dark fantasy with court intrigue, assassinations, fancy dresses, twisty romance, evil love interests, a fair bit of blood, and cool stuff like bottomless staircases in endless dark castles. It should appeal to fans of Beauty and the Beast retellings (though it’s not a retelling, itself), Phantom of the Opera, and Labyrinth. Also, there are lots of queer characters ...more
Kat Valentine
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this young adult fantasy read! This is my first time reading A.M. Strickland and I loved the world she created with god and goddesses and mythisiem. Her storytelling is fabulous and she's not afraid to address the subject of A sexuality or crossed souls her term for transgender. I've said for years that I think the soul can become confused. Most religions believe in reincarnation,so who's to say this isn't what's happening. I don't really give a shit what others think people are ...more
C.G. Drews
It's so so rare to find ace/biromantic rep (and #ownvoices at that!) in fantasy and I absolutely crave more of it. Kamai's insecurity in understanding herself, Kihan's journey with gender identity, and the obvious love and pain and hope the author poured into these discussions was so obvious on the page. I also direct you to this brilliant article the author wrote about being queer on page and closeted in real life. I've been thinking about it for days. So powerfully said. ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Apr 24, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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May 04, 2019 marked it as most-anticipated
Netgalley just came through with approving me for an ARC of this, idk what kind of book gods are looking upon me but regardless, thank you book gods!!!


A main character who is asexual? Set in a fantasy world?? With a stunning cover like THAT????

*breaks down door*
Who do I have to bribe to get my hands on a copy of this?
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
Beyond the Black Door follows Kamai, a Soulwalker that can enter people's souls or Nehyn, a representation of one's soul.
Every time Kamai visits someone's Nehyn there's a Black Door that follows her. Kamai's mother is hiding secrets and tells her never, never to open that door. However, like a good old fairytale, circumstances lead the heroine to open it.
What's beyond the Black Door? Kamai will find out.
Candace Robinson
I loved the dark and twisty elements but I just couldn’t connect to the story or the characters. It had diversity and interesting things but I just wanted something more from the characters I guess. But if you’re looking for unique concepts then you might want to check this one out!
rachel ☾
Dark fantasy. Morally grey, Slytherin characters. Court intrigue. #Ownvoices ace rep. Soulwalking. Phantom of the Opera atmosphere. Fancy dresses. Endless castles. Is there any doubt why I was intrigued by Beyond a Black Door?

“I simply adore the delicate way you put things. How you cover the truth in softness to make it less sharp. Rose blossoms over thorns.”

From the very first page, I found myself transported into Kamai’s world. The idea of soulwalking and this haunting, forbidden Black Doo
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Beyond The Black Door is a dark fantasy that follows an asexual and demi-biromantic protagonist who can walk souls through her journey on seeking revenge for the death of a close one but essentially, about the black door she comes across during her soul-walks because that door is holding someone—or something—that might be the reason for the darkness spreading in her life and her world.

Consider reading this review on my blog!

Solar, Lunar, Earthen. Cerebral, subconscious, physical. Spirit,
Julie Zantopoulos
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"You're mine. I embraced you before your mother did. My lips touched your brow before hers. I protected you from the world first."

This novel said so much about the gender and sexuality spectrum, about the many shades and varying levels of gender and sexual attraction and all within a dark and dangerous fantasy. It was pretty romance heavy but I was there for the forbidden dark nature and didn't mind it at all. I found the story to be compelling and interesting, the discussion and normalization o
The Nerd Daily
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Annie Deo

Do you like dark fantasy? Did you watch Labyrinth and wish that the Goblin King would romantically sweep you around a ballroom? Are you one of the Phantom of the Opera fans that think Christine made a mistake and should’ve chosen Erik? Fascinated by the myth of Hades and Persephone? Well, here’s the perfect book for you!

First you may want to check out the content warnings posted by the author if you have any potential triggers—I always
Oct 18, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc
DNF at 13% (though I was considering it around 5%..)

Just not feeling this one. I was pulled in by the ace rep and while the worldbuilding (character's ability?) is sorta intriguing.. I'm just not feeling it.
Tiffany Bookwormgram
2.5/3 stars
I’m going to be generous and round up.

Immediate thoughts (pardon the rambles):

I had HIGH hopes for this one. Imagine my disappointment at the 80% mark when it was still Going Nowhere.

Listen, this book has some really cool concepts. I mean, soulwalkers and everyone’s different soul houses and the creepy ass Darkness should have SHINED here. Instead we listened to the MC’s meandering inner-monologue the whole time while Nothing Happened. But fear not, it all gets wrapped up in a nice,
This is the dark fantasy of my heart. It was intriguing, it was atmospheric, it was everything I wanted.

I really loved this book, and took my time reading it. The world was so interesting, and I loved the writing style, which really drew me in, and made me feel like I was reading a fairytale. The main character went through a lot of character development as well, which is always essential to me.

I'm so used to seeing the main character falling in love with the villain and them having a pretty ab
This book was so addicting and so good. There were times where I couldn't pick it up because I knew I'd never put it down. I stayed up way later than usual last night to finish it. The world building and the mythology and so intricate and unique and well built. Asexuality is beautifully explored. The relationships are complex and incredible. There is a trans character who realizes on page that they're trans, but still asks to be referred to by the gender and name they were assigned at birth, so ...more
Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: rep-ace, rep-bi
Apparently the MC is a biromantic asexual and there's a villain romance 👀👀👀
Nenia ✨️ The Trash Empress ✨️ Campbell
I'm getting Bluebeard vibes. Please, let it be so.
Aug 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
This book has a fantastic cover, an intriguing premise, and queer rep. Sadly, that's where the list of things I liked ends. I really, really wanted to love this book. It has been an anticipated read since April -- and here I am in August, having finished the book over a painful few days, writing this review rather reluctantly.

I read this with Tiffany and we had pretty similar thoughts on everything. The characters were flat and unbelievable (MC who vacillates between painfully naive and suddenly
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Kamai and her mother are Soulwalkers- which means they can journey into other people's souls while they are asleep. Some souls are lush, beautiful gardens- others dark, terrifying things, and in every soul Kamai comes across a black door; one her mother constantly warns she must never open-no matter what, but when tragedy strikes- all of those warnings are ignored and the black door is opened.

I haven
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I am VERY surprised by the relatively low rating for this book on Goodreads. I thought it was such an enjoyable and fast-paced read, and the sheer amount of diversity was incredible! I loved the asexuality rep a heck of a tonne!

Full thoughts to come.
Jun 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ace-spec-rep
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
So. This book was a LOT. I picked it up for the asexuality rep bc hello it is I an asexual person! And I want to say first off - the ace rep was FLAWLESS. I loved seeing my sexuality in a fantasy book. However, as someone critiquing a fantasy book (ace stuff aside)...I actually had some issues with it. And I want to be honest about it all because I think people should know.


One of my FAVORITE things about this book was the little moon chart that explained gender identity and sexual
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a reader who enjoys the plot of the story rather than romance.

This book was a beautiful tale with an intricate worldbuilding which gave me Kamai, a Soul Walker who could enter souls, Nehyn, and get all the secrets

Every time Kamai entered a soul, there was a black door following her. She had been warned never to open that door by her mother. Circumstances changed when her mother was killed and she had to live with an unknown father. Curiosity and boredom killed the cat, and she did. Life cha
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Review coming soon, but in short: I just really loved this book okay???
Nora Grace ♌️
**2/5 stars**
*Waffle House vine voice* Can I get a healthy YA fantasy romance? Can I PLEASE get a healthy YA fantasy romance?

Alright, so this was a tough one to like. On one hand, we have a demi-biromantic asexual protagonist in a genre that demands heterosexual romance. On the same hand we also have a transgender bisexual best friend. But then on the other hand we've got this sickening "love story" between the main character Kamai and her abuser/villain, Vehyn.

If you think this book can get a
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc
Unlike anything I've ever read before. The mythology of the world in Beyond the Black Door is so interesting (three gods representing the sun, moon and earth) and woven into the story beautifully.

I love a good romance in my fantasy books, so I wasn't sure how the story would play out with a asexual main character, but I really appreciate how the author presented Kamai's feelings - especially in all the ways being biromantic asexual is nuanced.

All the twists and secrets kept me on my toes. I jus
Patty (IheartYA)
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beyond the Black Door is a delicious fantasy that is original, imaginative and highly entertaining. The writing is gorgeous and passionate, the characters bold and relentless, and the plot is seamless. Fans of Splintered and The Archived would do well to put this book high on their TBR lists. This was very close to being five stars for me, which is a rare feat. I'll be sure to keep an eye on this author.
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
This was probably the best handling of a villain romance I've ever read. Also, I loved the asexual representation.
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