Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan – 3 Stars

Book description on Goodreads

Book one of the Earthbound Angels Series

Received this book for an honest review from the publisher, Red Adept Publishing.

Lets see where do I want to start with this book.  I liked it, Oracle of Philadelphia was an enjoyable story that I don’t regret reading.  I had my struggles with it (which I will mention below), but over all it was a nice story.  I would have probably download it for one of my e-readers if I had come across it in one of my searches.   The plot sounded interesting and on the whole was, but there were just a few things that bothered me about how they were executed.  Overall I found what I liked about the story outweighed what didn’t work for me.  I would recommend it to someone that wanted a fun quick read.  I will probably continue on with the story myself for at least another installment in this series.

What I liked:

I liked the whole idea of Angels and Demons and an ongoing struggle between them as the Demons search for a way back into heaven.

I like the characters.  Bedlam exhausted me at times with his off the wall ways, but he also had his more lucid moments and you could really see that he really cared for Carrie.  Carrie took a bit to grow on me, but I enjoyed her much more by the end of the book.  Gabriel was a little too good to be true, but a good guy that would have been nicer to get to know.  My favorite character though was Lucifer.  I know, one of the bad guys right!  However what I so often find in these types of stories sometimes there is not a clear line between right and wrong and good and evil.  I think there is more to discover with Lucifer,  he kind of reminds me of the character Mr. Gold or Rumpelstiltskin on Once Upon A Time.

My favorite parts of the story were Carrie’s journeys into Hell.  I think they were well done,  the imagery was great and I liked the concept used of a house with may different rooms, one for each of the fallen.  It gave us an opportunity to meet and get to know the fallen/demons and learn what made them tick.

The writing was good, as far as I could tell, my grammar skills are not that great as you can probably tell.  The book did have a little of a self publish feel to it, but that could mainly be to it being this author’s first novel.

Another thing I enjoyed was the ending.  There was a great twist at the end that relieved Carrie’s deepest secret.  I did not see it coming and enjoyed the twist to a well know biblical story that the author created.

This story is told through jumping back and forth in time through flashbacks into Carrie’s past.  Most of them center on how she meet a certain character or relieved some important even in a demon’s past.  Normally I am not a fan of a bunch of flashback,  they can interrupt the flow and momentum of a story.  These worked well though and there was a nice separation to let you know what was happening.

What didn’t work or bothered me about the story:

The dialog in the flashbacks into the distant past.  I understand the author took liberties with the facts and such, and that is fine, authors do it all the time.  The dialog felt off for me though.  The character’s use of modern vernacular felt strange.  It isn’t that they had to use words and phrases for those time periods, but their speech would have been a bit more formal or different from what they were using in parts set in the present.

All of Carrie’s powers made finding out information from other characters a little convenient.  She could feel their emotions read their thoughts and so on.  It made it so she knew a little too much about everyone around her too easily.  I much preferred her moments in Hell where she lost some of her abilities.

I would have also liked to see a little more development between Gabriel and Carrie.  I could see there was a budding love interest there, but it felt really one sided.  Perhaps it was meant to read that way, but it would have been nice to learn more about Carrie’s feelings for Gabriel.  Maybe that is to come in future books.

Book two is this series is Raising Chaos and looks to be centered on the character Bedlam.  Click on the links to Goodreads to learn more about these books or visit the author’s page at Red Adept Publishing.

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