Beyond The Black Door || Torn About This One


Title: Beyond The Black Door
Author: AM Strickland
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ .5
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







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.




I was originally intrigued by the idea of being able to travel through people’s souls. That’s where the synopsis got me. Had a hard time with this read however for a few reasons but I shall list my top 3 pros and top 3 cons and you can decide for yourself if you’d like to give this one a try.

1. Dark elements – the creepy undertone of travelling through people’s souls, the beautiful descriptions of the souls and the general vibe had me flipping pages

2. Asexual representation – was very well done, helped to understand the character and some of the choices she made

3. Intriguing villian – had some complicated elements to the villian that I liked and added depth to the plot

1. Slow paced – I just felt as if it was taking me forever to read this one, had a hard time with the colourful prose but slow plot line

2. Disconnection between characters – there was a disconnect between some of the characters and between myself and the characters, found I had no real connection with the characters and had no motivation to connect with any of them

3. Rushed ending – there was a bit of a drag with the characters inner monologue and self realizations that by the time we hit the end the wrap-up was too rushed

There you have it, I am very torn with this one and am not sure where to put it. But you should find out for yourself how you feel.

Thank you Raincoast Books for sending me the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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