Review: Oracle of Philadelphia (Earthbound Angels #1) by Elizabeth Corrigan
Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.
Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.
Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.
In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.
I received this book to give an honest review.
So when I think of an Oracle I think of a person who can tell into the future. Kind of like Aladdin and the Prince of Thieves you know that Oracle. So when I started reading about Carrie she seems to be a different kind of Oracle. She doesn't truly see in the future more along the lines of reading peoples mind and giving advice to some if she can. I thought that was pretty cool.
Carrie has been around for thousands of years she has seen everything under the sun. She received her gift because her village Elders made a deal with the devil. And we all know how deals like that happen. But her gift came with a price, one that she has been beating herself up with guilt even years and years after it has happened.
She mostly stays to herself, one of friends is a demon or fallen angel as some would think called Bedlam. Let me say I LOVE the character Bedlam he is hilarious for a demon, one that I was laughing at every time he spoke. We meet other Angels in the story. One being Gabriel who is a friend of Carries and I believe Carrie has a crush on him you can just tell by the way he is brought into the story and Carrie's heart beats faster. But of course she can not have a relationship with an angel. Gabriel seems to have a soft spot for Carrie and worries about her well being. Then we meet Michael who seems like an ass for real. He seems to be rude and just not what I would an angel would be like, but of course I have never met one so I can not truly compare.
Now there is talk about the bible within the story but nothing that is stuffing religion down your throat. The author does make a note at the end that she wrote things in an entertaining fantasy fiction and not out of any kind of ignorance or disrespect of history. These are her words.
With Carrie she has a soft spot to try to help those who have sold their souls for something. And one of them being Sebastian who sold his soul for a loved one. And Carrie insist on helping him out before his time is up on Earth. Carrie literally goes to Hell and sees what Hell is all about to find the one hellish person who can help her. But it will come at a price. Will she take the offer that is given to her? Or will she back away and let Sebastian be taken?
The characters are well written, and very enjoyable! It was hard to say I didn't like this character because of this, each character that was introduced was likable and well written.
This was one story that I loved that has demons, humor, angels, hell. All wrapped into a damn good story.
Now I am giving this book a solid 5 wine glass rating minus the whole 3 or 4 grammar mistakes that I found.
I can not wait to read the next book in the series I want what is in store for Carrie and what is this big thing that is going to be happening soon that will change some things!
Elizabeth Corrigan has degrees in English and psychology and has spent several years working as a data analyst in various branches of the healthcare industry. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Elizabeth enjoys singing, reading teen vampire novels, and making Sims of her characters.
She drinks more Diet Coke than is probably optimal for the human body and is pathologically afraid of bees. She lives in Maryland with two cats and a purple Smart Car.