09 April 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan

Title: Oracle of Philadelphia (Earthbound Angels, #1)
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Pages: 222
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble Nook | Kobo | Amazon Paperback

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.


Oracle of Philadelphia was a very interesting read for me. At first I thought the pace to be a bit slow but as the story moved forward I found myself very much engrossed. 

What I primarily liked about the book was the author's take on angels and demons and the balance between Heaven and Hell. I was a bit iffy when it came to the part where the birth of Christ was being discussed in the beginning of the book and how Carrie, Bedlam and Gabriel were involved because I felt like it played just a little too much with conventional scripture. But taking into consideration the entirety of the book, I think Corrigan did a great job at fusing conventional knowledge on religion and mythology with Carrie's story. Things were explained nicely added with a bit of a twist to make the story more interesting.

I also liked how the story went back forth between Carrie's past and present. I liked how Corrigan introduced Carrie little by little by giving the reader bits of who she was in her past lives - there were many, being immortal and all that. I liked reading about the different time periods and who she met at each point of her life. It was great how the story of her past would be told before diving into another adventure in her present. 

Furthermore I enjoyed the main characters a great deal. Especially Bedlam! He's such an energetic and fun character and he definitely made each chapter he was in livelier. I loved how easy his friendship with Carrie was too. Gabriel on the one hand was reserved compared to Bedlam... he's an angel after all. Carrie has feelings for him and I bet he feels the same way. I just hope we get more clarity in the next book, it was a bit like torture reading Carrie's thoughts on Gabriel. 

Overall, I liked this book. I liked Elizabeth Corrigan's imagery and storytelling. The story's unique and there's a lot in store for the reader - you just have to be patient and allow the story to take you along for the ride. ;-)

My Rating

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***I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book for review***
This review is based solely on my opinion.


About the author
Elizabeth Corrigan

Elizabeth 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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The Oracle Tour
March 29, 2013 Through April 19, 2013

 March 29: Review on Mallory Heart Reviews
 March 29: Interview on KBoards
 March 30: Interview on Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
 March 30: Review on Literary Musings
 March 31: Guest Post on Reading Between the Wines
 April 1: Interview on The IndieView
 April 2: Interview & Guest Post on The Pen & Muse
 April 3: Guest Post on Big Al’s Books & Pals
April 4: Review on Reading Renee
 April 6: Interview on From the TBR Pile
 April 7: Review on Offbeat Vagabond
 April 8: Guest Post on Burgundy Ice
April 9: Review on Sab The Book Eater ---YOU ARE HERE!
April 10: Review on Big Al’s Books & Pals
 April 10: Guest Post on Earth’s Book Nook
 April 10: Interview on Limerence Magazine
 April 11: Review on The Caffeinated Diva Reads
 April 12: Guest Post on Alive on the Shelves
 April 12: Review on Literary R&R
 April 13: Interview on The Self-Rescue Princess
 April 15: Review on The Chaotic Reader
 April 15: Review on Pretty Opinionated
 April 16: Review on Random Musings of a Curious Mind
 April 19: Review on I’m a Voracious Reader


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

  2. This looks like an amazing book! The colors and cover art remind me of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. They are so catching and bold. I became a follower of your blog and look forward to more posts :)