Blog Tour for Magic Dark and Strange by Kelly Powell (review and playlist)


 I was so excited to be asked to be a part of this tour.  Thank you to Simon and Schuster for hosting this.




The Bone Witch meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling historical fantasy about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders.

Catherine Daly has an unusual talent. By day she works for a printer. But by night, she awakens the dead for a few precious moments with loved ones seeking a final goodbye. But this magic comes with a price: for every hour that a ghost is brought back, Catherine loses an hour from her own life.

When Catherine is given the unusual task of collecting a timepiece from an old grave, she is sure that the mysterious item must contain some kind of enchantment. So she enlists Guy Nolan, the watchmaker’s son, to help her dig it up. But instead of a timepiece, they find a surprise: the body of a teenage boy. And as they watch, he comes back to life—not as the pale imitation that Catherine can conjure, but as a living, breathing boy. A boy with no memory of his past.

This magic is more powerful than any Catherine has ever encountered, and revealing it brings dangerous enemies. Catherine and Guy must race to unravel the connection between the missing timepiece and the undead boy. For this mysterious magic could mean the difference between life and death—for all of them.





Catherine works for a print shop. Her boss has them doing some extra business. Catherine can do magic to bring back a recently deceased person for one hour. Every time she does that, she loses an hour. Catherine left home two years earlier to find a good job, so she does what she’s told. After digging up a grave one night, she thought she would have a break. But Mr. Ainsworth wants her to go to the public cemetery for him. He just found out information about where a watch might be. This timepiece is said to bring the dead back to life. Not as a ghost, but as they were. It’s supposedly buried in an unmarked grave of a person who worked making coffins.

Catherine asks a friend, Guy, to help her out. Guy doesn’t use his magic, but he can stop time. Every time magic is used, there is a price to pay. They dig up the grave and it looks like the person died at least ten years earlier. There was no watch. But something went wrong. The body in the grave started to look human again. He woke up, not for just an hour, but really woke up. The boy didn’t know who he was, so he was given the name Owen. Owen doesn’t know about the timepiece. Even through his fear from being dead, Owen helps out Catherine and Guy. Multiple people end up murdered and they’re pretty sure it’s all for this magic.

This was a good book, but I did struggle with the pacing a bit. I just don’t do well with books that are slower, but I know they work well for others. There is very little romance in the book, but it does focus on Catherine and Guy a lot. More about them individually and also them becoming friends (and maybe more). I do wish there was a little more magic and that the murders weren’t solved quite so quickly. But I still enjoyed reading this one.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a review copy. I gave this book 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4.

Warnings for blood, death, and digging up the dead.



My Playlist:


Spotify Playlist


Bring Me To Life by Evanescence 

The Ghost of You by My Chemical Romance

Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails

In the End by Linkin Park

Rise by I Prevail

Time Is Running Out by Muse

Doomsday by Atreyu

Can’t Be Saved by Senses Fail

Calling All Skeletons by Alkaline Trio

Bury Me by Bayside

So Cold by Breaking Benjamin

Show Me How To Live by Audioslave

Meant To Be by Switchfoot



author info



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Kelly Powell has a bachelor’s degree in history and book and media studies from the University of Toronto. She currently lives in Ontario. She is the author of Songs from the Deep and Magic Dark and Strange. Visit her online at or on Twitter @KellyCPowell.



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Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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