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Red Adept Publishing Presents - Book Review + $10 Amazon GC/Swag Giveaway: Oracle of Philadelphia (Earthbound Angels #1) by Elizabeth Corrigan

Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Series: Earthbound Angels
Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC MOBI
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Pages: 222
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy













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Synopsis from Goodreads


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.


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      Oracle in Philadelphia is a story that follows a woman named Carrie who lives a pretty simple life. She runs and lives at a little diner that isn't always busy, but it keeps her busy. Not only does that keep her busy, but trying to hide her true identity is also hard work. She is an oracle and she has been around since the Bible days. She keeps a psychic around her diner so people won't ask about her. One day while working, a man named Sebastian comes by the diner. He obviously sold his soul and wants to see the oracle to see how he can get out of his contract. Carrie has seen this happen plenty of times over the years, but for some reason something about this man's situation has caught her attention. Unlike many who sell their souls, she sees that Sebastian is a really good man and doesn't deserve to go to hell for trying to save his sick sister. So Carrie will do something drastic to save him. She may be immortal due to a terrible deal, but possible death is the least of her worries.

      I loved how Corrigan put this story together. It does a wonderful job of bouncing back and forth between the present and the past (way in the past). I loved our main character Carrie or Cassia, Khet, etc. She is immortal, so she changes her name up a bit. At first I was a little miffed at Carrie when she wasn't helping those sell their souls and want her help. But I do understand though. Carrie has the ability to read people's minds and can direct them on the right path. People seem to sell their souls for the most ridiculous things and she can't help them all since their souls are tainted to begin within. But I loved that even though she has been alive for a very very long time, she isn't cold and soulless. I really loved the lengths she went to save someone that deserves a good life. It is good she listened to her instincts.

      But the best thing about this book was Bedlam. Oh my goodness, this guy was an absolute riot. He was so funny and so full of energy. He is the demon of chaos and he has caused quite a few chaotic moments throughout history. But he isn't really evil. He doesn't want to go back to Hell to be punished for nothing and he didn't want to go back to Heaven to work under Michael's rule. He is Carrie's best friend. I loved how they did everything together for as long as they have been alive. Although I would have liked it more if there was a romantic relationship between them. They were just the ultimate best friends. The love interest in the book, Gabriel, was great. But we don't get to see him and Carrie together. You just know they feel something for each other. I hope we get more in the next book.

      The story was so rich in story. I loved that we get to see the present time and get so much story from the past. I loved learning about Carrie's past, well her pasts. She is human, but she can't die. It was definitely something she wouldn't have asked for though. Her ability only belongs to one other person...Lucifer. Lucifer has taken quite an interest in Carrie. Learning that part of her story was so heartbreaking. It was a disturbing scene to say the least. Like I said, I love that Carrie is as old as she is and she isn't detached and thinks she is above humanity. She puts it all on the line to save someone. Sebastian sold his soul to save his dying sister, Carrie knows that is not fair at all. She travels to Hell to get him out of his contract even though she is quite the commodity in Hell given Lucifer's stake on her. I loved all these scenes especially the Beelzebub. The Santa Claus thing just crept me out more. I knew it!

      I highly recommend this read. It is such a beautifully written story. Corrigan did such a wonderful job with these characters and their histories. Everything was thought out and very detailed. There was never a dull moment. I really loved this and I can't wait for more especially Bedlam. Please tell me he gets his own story or something. His personality is too big for him not to get one. Although I will have to drink a lot of coffee to keep up with his thoughts. I will be looking out for more work from Corrigan. Definitely go and buy this.

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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!

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About Elizabeth Corrigan



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.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting my tour! If your readers want to know more, they can visit me online at http://www.ElizabethRCorrigan.com.

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    1. You are so welcome hon and thank you for having me :)

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