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Beyond the Black Door

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  26 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
Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Imprint
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Cassie Stever
May 04, 2019 marked it as most-anticipated
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?
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
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
May 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
11/05/2019 Update!
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

My reaction while reading the author's description:

"ace romance"

"YA dark fantasy"

"court intrigue, assassinations, fancy dresses, twisty romance, evil love interests"

"bottomless staircases in endless dark castles"

"asexual main character"

Enough said. *.*
Apr 24, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
okay this visiting other people’s souls thing was at a 20/10 and apparently it's also queer and i'm just?? god i'm so blest
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
*tagging this as it has an ace mc I believe?
Jun 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Rachel Strolle
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GAH so good
Feb 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
dark fantasy with a beautiful cover that has an ace/ace romance and several queer side characters?? GIVE ME

(it does have a couple of trigger warnings that I'm not sure about, but I think the pros outweigh the cons for me.)
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the darkling, fans of villain love interests,
5 stars. enchanting, aching and thrilling. I loved every part of this, adrianne strickland really gave us villainfuckers everything we wanted and needed (this is everything I thought cruel beauty was going to be)!! a beautiful, romantic journey into the soul with a biromantic, asexual protagonist. full rtc.
Sep 22, 2017 marked it as maybe
Shelves: q, db
I don't know anything about it but it's ownvoices asexual rep and I want to read it.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The least I could do, in the meantime, was honour myself, as I was.

3.5 stars! This was really cool, with a fabulously dark premise. It was really clever with its worldbuild and its many (many, many) secrets, beautiful, and, especially, very impactful.

I don't really like overshadowing the overall construction of a book by focusing only on its rep, but I feel less weird about it here considering how vital it was to the story and the MC. This faces its ace representation head on, and pulls no pun
Margaret Adsit
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So glad I got my sticky fingers on this ARC. Finished the book. It was really incredible. It was vulnerable and suspenseful and heartbreaking and soo not typical of the genre. The ending ruined me. I couldn't fall asleep till almost 3 am because of it. So yeah, I think this beautifully written and delicate. I’m in love with the heroine and her honesty and insight. To be honest, the book made me feel like a vulnerable teen again trying to grapple with my own self identity and sexuality and what t ...more
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
May 02, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
Thank you Macmillan for providing me with an ARC of this book
Amanda Danii Reads
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
"a main character coming to terms with her asexuality"
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2019-reads, fantasy
This book is everything I didn’t know I wanted and just look at that cover!

“Beyond the Black Door” follows Kamai who has walked with her mother through souls always finding herself looking to the mysterious black door that she was forbidden to touch, but with time her curiosity builds and she finds herself spending most of her nights wondering what’s inside and when a series of events rip her from everything she’s ever known, she must decide if her mother’s threat is more dangerous than the mon
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

The suspense, the mystery and this thrilling tale of a soul walker that will see through every soul imaginable only to be followed by this black door and when it's mistakenly opened, chaos reigns forever! Such a strikingly sweet story that was a thrilling edge of your seat plot that was a real page turner. I felt like I
Kathryn Speckels
May 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
An asexual protagonist? IN A FANTASY NOVEL?? As an ace who frequently laments the lack of ace characters, especially in my favorite genre, I need this book, and I need it now.
Apr 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds epic.
Aless {thegirlwhocapturesmidnight}
I need to read this now!!!!

An asexual main character and soul walking???

No need to tell me anymore. Take all of my money!!!
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars in between putting in at a 4 or a 5 right now. Full review to come closer to publication. Gorgeous world building and amazing diverse characters. I think Holly black , leigh bardugho and Stephanie graber fans will love this
Chelsea Pitcher
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wickedly dark and wonderfully unique. I couldn't put it down!!!
Jun 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
'a main character coming to terms with her asexuality' HELLO!
Emily A. Duncan
rated it it was amazing
May 25, 2019
Batmanthebest98 Jormei
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Dec 10, 2018
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Iany Mcgrawn
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Nov 23, 2018
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