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Beyond the Black Door ARC Review

Synopsis: 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 … 

Author: A.M. Strickland

Publisher: Imprint Reads

Published: October 29, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, YA

The story is about Kamai who is only growing up and encounters problems with personal identity and of course romantic relationships. She also has a character development throughout the book and finding what she really wants. She’s also a bisexual character. Kamai has the ability to see a house of a person’s soul and kind of mind walk through them. She meets the man of darkness and forms a love hate relationship with him. Kamai then discovers a plot about the kingdom and then seeks to right wrongs.


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book is a very different type of YA fantasy and it has a unique writing style. The book and the writing style heavily reminded me of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. It has the same dark romance and the same eerie feeling of the plot. I can’t really say much about the book without spoiling but I can say that it reminded me of a Beauty and the Beast story mixed with the Darkling.

I did like how it was fast paced despite the confusing twist to the story and the concept of soul walking. It was a good read if you’re looking for a unique book to read. It also included political and family intrigue which I enjoy reading in a book. I would warn that this book tackles axesual maturity, physical harm, emotional abuse, and main character put on the spot. They’re not heavy in the story but they were mentioned.

Writing style: 4/5

Plot: 3/5

Romance:

🌶️🌶️🌶️

Overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I would recommend this book if you’re a fan of the darkling and other dark prince types of male characters. It has a great deal of the topic of sexuality and growing up just losing your family. It also has a bit of a dark story setting and plot of darkness (dark magic).

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