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Oracle of Philadelphia

(Earthbound Angels #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 fo
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by Red Adept Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Carrie is an oracle who has already lived thousands of years and she knows that her immortality comes at the price of the suffering of other innocent souls. She's been working in a diner in Philadelphia now in the current time while she councils whoever comes to seek her advice whether that is humans or angels.

The latest person to seek Carrie's help is a man named Sebastian who is a good soul who traded his soul to heal his sister who was dying of cancer. Carrie knows it's her duty to stop this
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ra
 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed by: Red Adept Publishing
Reviewing for blog tour on March 29

Review of The Oracle of Philadelphia
Elizabeth Carrigan
Red Adept Publishing
5 stars

First of all, the Oracle of Philadelphia really is—an Oracle. She likes to disguise that by keeping a psychic around in her diner, so folks think the psychic is the one issuing the pronouncements. She is also an immortal, just like demons and angels and archangels. The only problem is, Cassia is soulless: she had to sell hers to gain immortality, so she has kind of a soft spot for
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It’s said that we pay for the sins of our fathers, for Carrie, she is paying for the deal the town fathers made a millennia ago. As a child, her ability to read thoughts and see one's soul's intent became a bargaining chip between Lucifer and the short-sighted and selfish desires of the town council. She unwillingly lost her soul and became immortal, at the price of the lives of people she loved. Fast forward to contemporary times, she is still burdened w
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lately I have been reading a little bit on the fantasy side and I have thrown a few paranormal romances in there. Excitedly I have to report this was pretty good. Nothing nuts that someone who is not an avid fantasy genre reader to grasp. The Oracle of Philadelphia has kept certain things a secret. Like the fact that she is the immortal one and has her channeling not the psychic everyone believes is the source. Cassia is immortal and therefore, I had no idea, she is soul less. I got a little edu ...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Oracle of 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 a
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, 3-stars
Oracle of Philadelphia is the first book in Elizabeth Corrigan's ongoing Earthbound Angels series. In this first installment, we are introduced to the owner of an unassuming Philadelphia diner who just happens to be a centuries-old Oracle. Carrie has borne witness to power struggles between Heaven and Hell for millennia, but she is drawn back in to their conflict in an attempt to save a man who has sold his soul to protect his sister's life.

As someone who is mostly unfamiliar with mainstream Chr
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Lines “At last someone else knows the truth.”

“Of course, I had promised Gabriel that I would never separate my soul from my body again. But then, I wasn’t some angel, to put a centuries’ old promise ahead of doing what was right.”

“And as for me, I had achieved my goal. I had saved his soul. And now it was time for me to go.”

“It’s you and me, right? That’s what you said.”

What a feel good book this is! Carrie (may not be her only name but that's the one I'm sticking with) by all accounts
Sharon Stevenson
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'Oracle of Philadelphia' is the first in an urban fantasy series about immortal girl Carrie, who counts demon Bedlam and angel Gabriel as her closest friends, and the latest human - Sebastian - to seek her advice regarding a deal he made with a demon.

To begin with it took a little while to get into the story, mainly because there was quite a lot to take in with regards to the world Corrigan has built and the relationships between the different an
Wendy Hines
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oracle of Philadelphia is a urban fantasy with angels and demons. I've read quite a bit of those over the years, but never something quite like this one. Carrie hears thoughts of everyone around her, and she's immortal, running a diner in Philly and generally helping those who seek her out. She's friends with the angel Gabriel and a demon called Bedlam.

Because herself is slated to spend eternity without a soul, she spends her time helping others, so when Sebastian comes to her needing his help,
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
(Review copy provided by publisher.)

Carrie has lived for thousands of years, using her ability to read thoughts to dispense advice to mortals. But her newest supplicant is different: he's sold his soul to save his sister's life, and Carrie wants to help him. Given the book's scale--the thousands of years that Carrie has lived, the angels and demons she has as friends--Oracle of Philadelphia is surprisingly localized; its real focus is Carrie's life and relationships, which would be more successf
Vicky Savage
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining, Delightful Read!
Oracle of Philadelphia, a creative, well-written, and thoroughly enjoyable read, presents a unique take on the angel and demon storyline. The main character, Carrie, a human cursed with immortality, possesses a gift for feeling the emotions of others as well as hearing their thoughts. Over the course of her multi-millennium life, she has developed complex relationships with a number of angels and demons. Her best friend Bedlam, who happens to be the demon of chaos,
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Man sells soul to the Devil to save his sister’s life. Sister is NOT pleased and wants him to get his soul back. He can’t. Enter Carrie (Cama, Cassia), diner owner and the Oracle of Philadelphia. She doesn’t think it’s fair he can’t get his soul back; so Carrie dreams up a plan to help.

Maybe. Her Angel friend, Gabriel (yes, that Gabriel!) and her ex-angel friend Bedlam (aptly named!) have know Carrie since 1200 BC. Oracles cannot die nor can Angels and Bedlams. There is a professed psychic,. Ma
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is only the second book I've read by Corrigan, but if there's one thing I've realized it's that her stories are endlessly surprising. I expected a huge battle between good an evil, with her probably falling for the lost soul she's fighting to save. Nope. As much as I love a good romance, it's not a crutch Corrigan relies on. There are moments dealing with Carrie's wanting someone to be with, and even dealing with the relationships within the angels and demons. The story itself, though, was ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Carrie’s story is unique, she can not only read your mind she can see and read your soul. She had been damned by the actions of others thousands of years ago and the only reason Carrie wasn't burning in Hell was that her ka, or life force, was unable to separate from her body. Her soul had been sold to Lucifer, and he is quite proud of his prize. After a several millennia Carrie finally finds a soul pure enough to fight for. Sebastian is not seeking redemption; he sold his soul for the greater g ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
On a first glance Oracle of Philadelphia seems like just another urban fantasy novel. We have heroine Carrie who has some extraordinary powers but is disguised as ordinary mortal. Two guys who are total opposites (angel and demon) are hanging out with her, so it looks like there will be a love triangle. And she has a mission to save a good guy who sold his soul to the demon. A lot of kick-ass action, getting hot and bothered with both love interest and one solved soul later – and we get to the e ...more
Julie G
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When I started Oracle of Philadelphia, and found the angel hierarchy at the beginning, I didn't have high hopes. I've never been a huge 'angels vs demons' fan: The angels are always so good they make your teeth hurt and the demons are just as one-dimensional, in the other direction.

Apparently, the author shared my apathy. She took the standard mythos surrounding oracles, angels and demons, Biblical events, doomed souls, and created a fascinating story. It's filled with laugh-out-loud moments and
Maddy Edwards
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'll be upfront about it, I loved Oracle of Philadelphia. I was a little nervous when I heard the storyline, because I have read a lot of angel/demon books and I was not sure Oracle of Philadelphia could give a fresh take while still respecting the myths, but Corrigan did a truly excellent job alleviating my fears. Really, the novel could have been longer and gone into more depth.

What I liked best were the characters. I tend to admire authors, Samantha Young is one, who draw wonderful character
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kelly Smith Reviews
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love all books. I'm not too big on nonfiction, but I'm a book-lover by nature. My two biggest loves are romance (like Charlotte Brontë and indie author Nadine Keels) and anything paranormal that ISN'T Twilight.
I just finished Elizabeth Corrigan's novel Oracle Of Philadelphia (Book One: Earthbound Angels). That is paranormal done right!

Khet/Cassia/Carrie (the three pseudonyms her friends know her by, as her real name is a secret) is the Oracle, a human made immortal thanks to Lucifer. She can r
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
The Oracle owns and runs a diner in South Philadelphia. At this point in time she is calling herself Carrie, but she’s had many names over the thousands of years she has lived. She was born with a special gift, the ability to see inside a person, hear their innermost thoughts and experience their feelings. Her village Elders struck a deal with Lucifer and through no fault or desire of her own, at age 16 was made immortal in exchange for 10 souls from her village. Along the road of her immortalit ...more
Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
Originally reviewed at For Your Literary Pleasure
Loved it! At first I was worried it was going to get all Biblical preachy on me but thank goodness it didn't. Corrigan uses Christian old testament just like Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology and uses it well! I loved the new spin on oracle powers, demons and angels. I was drawn in from page one and could not put "Oracle of Philadelphia" down. My only issue was I couldn't quite believe how vested Carrie was in the soul of Sebastian. I understand
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 deter ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Entertaining romp through much of Western History and a memorable rendition of Hell. The immortal, telepathic protagonist's mildly depressive nature seems key to her appeal. The banter between her and her only two real friends (a fallen angel named Bedlam and un-fallen angel Gabriel) occasionally seemed hackneyed, but often elicited genuine smiles from me. Similarly, questions about the nature of good and evil and humanity's need for meaning occasionally struck me as cliche, but often added surp ...more
Danielle Martin
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I'm use to reading about Thor, Zues, Beli'al, different kinds of demons and angels, something you learn later in life. However, with Corrigan's book I got to dive into the world of Lucifer, God, Michale, Gabriel, angels and demons you hear about when you are little (depending on religion of course) and it was absolutely great!
I didn't know what to expect, I won't add anything for fear of spoiling the great twist in this book but... there is a twist! It's completely unexpected at least
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I found I had to force myself to finish this book. I didn't find this book particularly entertaining, I was never involved in the story's outcome, or thought the characters anything but one dimensional. I'd not recommend this book & have decided to not continue with the series. ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like it, Elizabeth had good ideas.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it

Publisher: Red Adept

Publishing Date: March 2013

ISBN: 9781940215136

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.1/5

Publishers Description: Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. 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.

Review: I r
Jessica Bronder
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carrie was born with the oracle abilities. The village elders sold her soul to the devil for their own short sighted means which has left her immortal. In the present she helps those that ask her but she covers her abilities by working with a psychic. Then Sebastian walks into the dinner and asks for help to get his soul back. It seems he sold it to save his sister from cancer. Carrie has a soft spot for Sebastian and decides to go to hell and fight for Sebastian’s soul.

Prepare to follow Carrie
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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 bee

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