Beyond the Black Door
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 ...

Beyond the Black Door Details

TitleBeyond the Black Door
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherImprint
ISBN-139781250198747
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT

Beyond the Black Door Review

  • Cassie Stever
    January 1, 1970
    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?
  • AdriAnne
    January 1, 1970
    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 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: a demi-biromantic asexual main character, an ace love interest, and ace/trans and gay side characters. Also, it has specifically ace romance. Since this book is fairly dark and twisted, it may come as no surprise that there are some content warnings that come with it (also, here is your warning for the mild spoilers that may follow):CWs regarding the queer content:-Some internalized acephobia that the MC works through (specifically that she’s not “normal”), but that is resolved on the page-The asexual MC forces herself into a sexual situation because she thinks she has to (she stops it before it goes very far, but still, it’s there)-Not a forced outing of the MC as ace, per se, but she is put on the spot for sure before she comes out (though it’s a relief for her after, if that helps)-Some accidental misgendering of a trans character who hasn’t yet switched pronouns and is working to get to that pointCWs regarding emotional or physical violence/harm:-Emotionally abusive/manipulative romantic relationships (though the emotional abuse/manipulation is in most cases called out)-Attempted self-harm/suicide (a “noble sacrifice” attempt that fails with no physical harm done, but again, it’s there)-Lots o’ physical violence in general—people getting stabbed to death, kidnapped, hit, etc.-Birth control manipulation of a partner (neither party being the MC) that results in a pregnancyIf this strikes you as too much, I understand; it’s not going to be for everyone. I essentially wrote this book for my 16-year-old self. I sought out dark-and-twisty content as a teen, especially with dark-and-twisty relationships, and it would have been great if some of that stuff addressed the issues I was going through. BTBD is what I wish I had then. So, despite all the content warnings, I hope the book helps, not hurts—or at least entertains!—but first and foremost, please take care of yourselves.
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  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    January 1, 1970
    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. *.*
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    This (ʘ‿ʘ)(ʘ‿ʘ) CoverIs (ʘ‿ʘ)(ʘ‿ʘ) Everything| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    The ace YA JUST KEEPS COMING YES GOOD GIVE ME ALL YOUR ACES.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    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)
    January 1, 1970
    *tagging this as it has an ace mc I believe?
  • Leo
    January 1, 1970
    ALL I KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THAT IT HAS OWN VOICES ASEXUAL REP AND I’M HERE FOR IT.
  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    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.)
  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    GAH so good
  • Sabiya
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know anything about it but it's ownvoices asexual rep and I want to read it.
  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 punches, dresses it up in no shy terms. The author was clearly speaking to their past self and guiding themselves through how they felt at the time, and for that it was all the more honest and got me right in the gut and - dare I say - helped me understand myself a little better. It was a journey I needed to take just as much as Kamai did.To the construction, then! The plotting was really intricate and kept you guessing and tense. I loved the cast and all the setpieces and how they all came together - there's something so simple, sexy, and haunting about those black doors and the strange dark rooms beyond them. It's just drenched in awesome aesthetic. I'd've liked to see more done with how people's souls looked, but still, that idea is unparalled.Really, the thing stopping me from giving it more stars, my biggest struggle with this book, was it was really, really dependent on twists from the revealing of details, but they were such tiny details that more often than not I either didn't understand the gravity of what was being revealed or I thought it had already been explained. And there was a LOT of that. Honestly - when you read you should take notes. I regretted not doing so. I was bummed that I missed so much of the excitement because I was so damn confused.Also, getting into vague spoiler territory here - It had a very interesting take on the whole protagonist-falling-for-the-villain trope. While we were in the thick of the romance, it was so...so drenched in forgiving this trope's ugliness that I was honestly deeply uncomfortable at times. To be frank, I couldn't stand it. But. BUT. In the end, I appreciated that it didn't completely absolve the villain but also didn't leave him behind in the trash (though he deserved it). It had a self-awareness about abusive and manipulative relationships that aren't usually so nuanced in this pairings. so like i hated it but know other people are really going to be into it. (view spoiler)[nikha deserved to be the love interest though not this cruel, soggy piece of white bread lol (hide spoiler)]Really, is this a review or a mess of thoughts? Overall I really enjoyed this, and I'm excited to see lots more people be entranced by it.
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  • Margaret Adsit
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 that means in an oversexed culture. This is a memorable piece of young adult literature and I’d recommend it to people who are fans on Wintersong and Cruel Beauty!
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Macmillan for providing me with an ARC of this book
  • Amanda (Danii Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    "a main character coming to terms with her asexuality"WHERE DO I SIGN UP ????
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 monster that may lurk inside. This reads a lot like a dark fairy tale, more specifically Bluebeard, only this time the man isn’t warning the young woman to stay away from the door, but rather he is waiting inside to greet her. I loved the dynamic between Kamai and Vehyn was everything there were so many moments where I wanted to them together because let’s be honest they are the textbook example of my ultimate ship and trope, but with her asexuality and his questionable origin and what that meant in terms of things like love and desire added this extra tension to it that I think worked better than an actual romance. I am not asexual so I would be interested to see how this representation holds up with others experience while going through this journey because I feel like there was a lot here with her going back and forth trying to figure out who she is and there’s a great moment with her and another character where they get to explore this together and their friendship was everything! Some of the plot details got a little muddied near the end where it wraps up kind of quickly but at that point I was already in too deep to care. Honestly I could spend an entire review just dedicated to this cover but I won’t and I know this is most likely a stand-alone but I would love to see this world and the main dynamic revisited at some point in the future!**special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Kathryn Speckels
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Booklover925
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds epic.
  • Aless
    January 1, 1970
    I need to read this now!!!!An asexual main character and soul walking??? No need to tell me anymore. Take all of my money!!!
  • Chelsea Pitcher
    January 1, 1970
    Wickedly dark and wonderfully unique. I couldn't put it down!!!
  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    'a main character coming to terms with her asexuality' HELLO!
  • Adele
    January 1, 1970
    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
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