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Oracle of Philadelphia
     

Oracle of Philadelphia

4.3 10
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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016360195
Publisher:
Red Adept Publishing
Publication date:
03/21/2013
Series:
Earthbound Angels , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
569,692
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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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Oracle of Philadelphia 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
AJae More than 1 year ago
Good book without annoying heavy duty sex scenes which I abhor. It was a fun read, especially Bedlam, a square peg in a round hole for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm use to fantasy novels that take from the Gods and Goddess of different backgrounds, but this writer brings in the Angels and Demons I was a bit more familiar with. I love Greek mythos, Norse, Sumarian, but getting to read about Gabriel, Lucifer, it brought back my love for our own religions and things that lurk beneath. I'm horrible at leaving reviews and this is the first one I'm doing, so forgive me if I rant. ANYWAY! Its a wonderful fantasy book and I'm happy to hear more will come! There is great plot, twists, background, exciting characters to fall for. Bedlam is one I am happy to read more on! So bring it on! Novel number 2!!
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Earthbound Angels 1: Oracle of Philadelphia From the moment I heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it. When the email came from Red Adept Publishing about the Raising Chaos Tour, I jumped at the chance, now having a reason to spend $5.99 on this book. Boy was I surprised when I received the information from the tour and it included BOTH this book and Rising Chaos (thanks guys!! :D). This book was every bit as good as I thought it would be - and then some. It is one of those books that I just could not put down - and if I could rate it over 5 stars, I totally would. One of my favorite books of 2014 so far (and this is impressive since I've read over 100 at this point). Angels, demons, an oracle who knows what's going on in other people's minds - a new look at not only the characters, but also some Bible stories that I know quite well (i.e. Cane and Abel). Her character build up was amazing. The book was well researched and those Bible stories - very uniquely re-written. Every page keeps you wanting more and the choices of the different characters throughout were ones that I didn't expect. I like the way the flashbacks are done as well - very smooth. Let's talk about characters. When it comes to the heroine - I either absolutely love them or completely despise them (usually the ones I hate are the ones that everyone else seems to love - I get frustrated with the beautiful, can't see how gorgeous she really is, everyone fawning all over her, acts ditsy heroine that seem to be in a lot of books these days). Carrie is amazing!! She's intelligent, has been through a lot and is willing to do what she has to in order to make things right. There are no silly love triangles either, which is a definite plus. My favorite character by far is Bedlam. He cracks me up, makes me think and I don't think the story would have been near as good without him there. Him and Carrie just have a chemistry that is very well written and throughout the story you feel like you're actually there in the room watching as the conversations and events take place. It is very rare for me to love every character in a book, but in this book, every single one is so well-written that you just can't help it. Even the "bad guys" have endearing qualities and there were several that I wish I could have known more about. An excellent book that I recommend to everyone. It has a little bit of everything for everyone - fantasy, scary moments, adventure, action... Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Corrigan has a very contagious writing style that draws you in.  She weaves the divine with the mortal in a seamless manner to create this unique tale.  The author had me intrigued from the get-go, pulling me further into her story.  This story was also very unique.  Corrigan takes the concepts of angels, demons, and an oracle and makes them entirely her own.  She puts everything in front of her readers in a manner that allows them full access to this entire world.   This author puts a great deal of effort into character development without detracting from the flow of the story itself.  She balances them and works them together into a whole.  You really get to know both the main character and the supporting cast throughout.  This goes for the humans, angels, and demons that we meet throughout.  There are also many loveable characters throughout this novel.  You really want to see more of them and get to know them better.  It’s like you’ve become true friends.   Overall this well written novel kept my attention leaving me feeling fulfilled at the end.  It was an enjoyable read that I’m glad I picked up.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read for getting lost in the pages .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have been written better. I had a hard time with Bedlam talking like a contemporary teenager. Some things didn' t make sense, like when Khet/Carrie has to give up her sweetest memory - how could she remember enough to describe it, when once it is gone she doesn't even remember what she has forgotten? Otherwise, interesting take on angels and demons. Fun read.
fsoleil-alwayslostinbooks More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars Thank the heavens! A series book that does not end in an awful cliffhanger! And what more, it actually makes me want to read the next book in the series. I'm a big fan of adaptations or retellings that can take familiar elements and make the reader see them in a whole new light. Oracle of Philadelphia surely did not disappoint in that respect as the author tells stories of angels and demons and historical accounts. I personally like how Elizabeth Corrigan introduced all the different angels and demons and told a little about their pasts. She also related them to the Greek or Roman gods among others, as well as parts they played in ancient history up to the present time. There were a lot of accounts I was familiar with, especially since I took Western History. Of course she gave them a fictional twist that it made so entertaining and humorous. Carrie is an immortal human with a gift to see into other people's minds and feel their emotions. She has lived countless of lives all over the world taking on different identities, and has done very little to help out anyone who needs her. I really liked Carrie and I understood why she couldn't help everyone who came her way. And she has tried with others, but her success rate was never really high. It's not easy to go against angels and demons after all.But when a pure-souled Sebastian, whose soul is damned, comes to see her, she can no longer sit in the sidelines. I could easily see that she has a good heart, and she's very smart in the way she handles these supernatural beings. I loved her determination in trying to achieve what she wanted. Bedlam, the demon of chaos, is definitely my favorite character because he is just way too adorable and so hilarious. I was pretty much sold on him from the first or second chapter. I loved him so much that I wanted him to end up with Carrie, but I think that won't be possible due to the circumstances. But I do love the relationship that they have. They have been friends for too many years to count. I think that Bedlam made Carrie's immortal life so much better. He can get a little crazy, but I do think he is someone I would love to spend thousands of years together. She also gave unique personalities and characteristics to the others as well. Despite my desire for Bedlam and Carrie to be together, I was actually pleasantly surprised that romantic parts did not take center stage. Instead, I saw all of the intricate and complicated relationships that these beings have. Everything was explained really well, and it surely fit the story and how each character reacted to the situations at hand. I think the only problem I had with this book is how slow I went with it. It's quite short and truly interesting, but it did not fully hold my attention. I'm not sure if it's that I'm still in a reading slump or if the book is just really slow-paced. Or maybe I couldn't read it so effortlessly because of all the facts, and historical tie-ins. So maybe this isn't a good book if you're looking for something light. But it is surely fun. I think I would definitely read it again when I'm feeling a lot better. And in order to prepare for the sequel. It's already published but I don't think I can fit it in my reading schedule at the moment. :P But I am excited about it because the story will focus on Bedlam. ************************************************** OVERALL, Oracle of Philadelphia is a fascinating and entertaining take on the oracle, as well as the angels and demons, and their plausible, but fictional interactions with history. Elizabeth Corrigan has a sense of humor that had me thoroughly amused, but she has also successfully written a cast of characters that I was surely delighted to meet. She created her own world, while keeping a lot of common facts in place. I would certainly recommend this, and I will definitely be looking forward to reading the sequel in the future. Although I might not recommend this to someone who is sensitive about religion, as she questions certain aspects of it.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Carrie is several millennia old, drifting along from place to place dispensing her advice until it is time to move along. Currently she lives and works in Philadelphia, eking out a meager and boring existence. Her best friend is a demon, Bedlam, who loves to have fun and cause trouble. When Sebastian comes through the door of her diner, Carrie sees someone with a pure heart and a pure soul. But Sebastian has made a deal with a demon for his soul in exchange for his sister’s life. Carrie is determined to change his fate and save his soul, but at what cost to herself? ORACLE OF PHILADELPHIA is a very enjoyable story with a couple of stand-out characters. The world-building is mainly in the mental/astral planes, but it is rich and detailed as Carrie moves through the different demonic realms. My favorite character was definitely Bedlam; he’s like a 2 year old with powers. I also liked the glimpses of Carrie’s “past lives” through her Dantean journey. The pieces of Carrie’s past we do see are seamlessly integrated and don’t take away from the flow of the story. I would have enjoyed more of her backstory, though. ORACLE OF PHILADELPHIA is a captivating novel with a wonderfully unique concept. I do hope we see more of Carrie and Bedlam soon!
sarahconerty More than 1 year ago
Published in March 2013, Oracle of Philadelphia is a fresh and original tale. The book is narrated by Carrie, an immortal human who has the ability to read the minds of others. Over six thousand years ago her village elders made a deal with a demon to ensure her immortality and thereby gain fame for the village. But deals with demons are never straightforward, and Carrie was blamed for the ensuing bloodbath. With her soul barred from going to heaven because of the actions of the elders (very old-testament, blaming the victim) Carrie has endured,because she has no other choice. She is immortal like the angels and demons, but unlike them has free will. Her only real friend has been Bedlam, one of the fallen angels. Bedlam has been staying on earth, avoiding Hell and the Abyss since the Fall. His chaos-driven mind is white noise to Carrie, allowing her some peace among the buzzing thoughts of humans and angels. One of the best aspects of this book is the incredibly fresh and humorous take on the Christian mythology of angels and demons. The angels and demons are as petty and full of personality quirks as any human, driven by their personalities and going about the business of their domain. It's basically a soap opera of divine dimensions, all witnessed by the low-key Carrie. Until one day a pure, good soul enters her diner, bearing the mark of the Archdemon Azrael. Sebastian has sold his soul to save his sister's life, and in all her millenia Carrie has never met another human with a soul as pure. Believing that he doesn't belong in Hell, Carrie decides her life on the celestial sidelines has gone on long enough, and she spirit-journeys to Hell to seek out Azrael and try to save Sebastian's soul. Over the course of five nights Carrie travels to Hell, visiting the domains of five archdemons, until she finds Azrael on the last night. Each trip causes Carrie to remember a piece of history as she recalls how and when she met the demon, creating an amazingly rich backdrop of Carrie's life. This part reminded me very much of Dante's Inferno. And while the narrative was fascinating, and the world-building is simply outstanding, it also highlighted what I didn't like about the book, which is the rather thin plot driving this otherwise compelling narrative. Trying to save Sebastian's soul is a worthy endeavor, and Carrie has finally had enough of being passive after thousands of years of observing and reporting. But Oracle of Philadelphia did not feel like a mission to save a soul (and in the process redeem her own soul), but rather like a travel narrative. A little more action to move the plot would have strengthened the story for me. Other readers may not agree with me, and I strongly recommend this book based on the strong and unique world-building, the witty dialogue and humorous asides, and the distinct characters. As a character-driven story, this is truly something special.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Oracle of Philadelphia is the debut novel from author Elizabeth Corrigan and the first in the Earthbound Angels series.  I have read a few books lately with the "angels and demons" theme and I love that this book was still refreshing and new and completely unique with its take on Christian mythology.  Carrie, as she is called in this "life," is human, but immortal through no choice of her own.  The story line behind the situation that made Carrie who and what she became is an emotional one and one that makes the reader truly feel for her.   While most of the story is contemporary, there are frequent trips back in time to various points in Carrie's very long history.  Sometimes this can stall the forward motion of a story, but this is very much not the case in this book.  Instead, it serves to fill in the blanks and to learn more about her and some of the other key characters in the book.  I loved the characters, especially Bedlam.  There was a surprising amount of unexpected humor that really made the characters fantastically believable.  The details that Corrigan used to create her world in this book might, on the surface, seem small but they truly add to the dynamics of the story and the interactions between characters.  The most important of these details is how love works between angels, making for some excellent tragic figures. I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one! Things to love about Oracle...    --Bedlam.  He may be a demon, but he was a lovable demon.  His quest to be good, even through difficulties of his own, was endearing.    --Bedlam and Gabriel.  A demon and an angel, both of whom are the rocks that Carrie needs in her life.    --The details that add so much to the story. Things I wanted more of...    --The prehistory that made Carrie who she is.  I would love to know more about what led to that defining moment.