Beyond the Black Door
by A.M. Strickland
Release Date: October 29th 2019
This book truly blew me away. I was in somewhat of a reading slump when I started this and man, did this get me out of it! Generally, my thoughts on this book are that it is so well-written and the characters are just so good. You are immediately drawn in to Kamai’s story and you’re wondering what in the heck is beyond the black door (yes, there’s a literal door) and why she can’t go past it. You learn soon that Kamai and her mother by design are what they call Soulwalkers, which means they can go into other people’s souls when they sleep. This was one of the unique aspects for me that were well world-built and I wasn’t left wondering where do they come from, why are they there, that can sometimes happen in books.
I loved Kamai’s character. She felt so genuine and real and well-rounded. You follow both her plot driven journey as well as her journey to discover more about her asexuality and her identity. I really enjoy books that have inclusion within this community and this one was done really well. I felt like I was there with Kamai and felt for her. I was on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this book and I couldn’t stop reading, resulting in me reading it in one sitting. I was enveloped in the story and wanting to know what happens. The world-building was so fantastic and it didn’t feel like there were any strings left untouched. I appreciated that because it appears to be a standalone but I could totally see more books in this world!
Finally, I wanted to comment on the romance. It wasn’t forced or overdone and made sense with her sexuality journey. The court intrigue was more so what I was interested in and finding out more about Kamai’s mother and why the black door is so forbidden. All of the pieces of this story were fantastically moving and I highly recommend this title.
AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, her pugs, and her piles and piles of books. She loves traveling, dancing, vests, tattoos, and every shade of teal in existence, but especially the darker ones. She is the coauthor of SHADOW RUN and SHADOW CALL (Delacorte/Penguin Random House) and author of the forthcoming BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR (Imprint/Macmillan).
You can win a copy of BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR by A.M. Strickland (US/CAN only)
Stars: 23rd October 2019
Ends: 6th November 2019