Oracle of Philadelphia - By Elizabeth Corrigan *Review* #COYER

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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.
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 wanting to save him but the suffering and risks she endured was above and beyond the call of duty. I mean she didn't even know the guy! Carrie talked to him once and met him twice before deciding she was willing to do what she had to do to save him. Obviously he was a nice guy and pure of heart but she wasn't emotionally vested in him and he was quite resigned to his fate so...

Aside from that I truly enjoyed how Corrigan wove together strands of various different myths, legends and stories to create Carrie's history. I admired Carrie's strength and determination even while doubting her motivation. The storyline was perfectly closed off though my interest in Gabriel and Cassie was piqued. There is a sequel from Bedlam's point of view which I am going to have a look at but probably not until I've depleted a significant portion of my to-read list. "Oracle" is a great urban fantasy novel and the beginning of what looks to be a fantastic series.

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.


  1. ooh this does sound interesting. The cover really grabbed my attention, but the story sounds unique too. I'm glad you mentioned that it didn't get preachy, that would have been a concern for me too - it's neat that she uses the bible like Roman and Greek mythology! Adding to my TBR!

    1. Oh yeah I hate preachy books. It's not my thing but Corrigan uses it beautifully as story inspiration. I think you'll like it! As a side note Berls, you are the literal best with commenting! I don't know how you find the time to scroll through all these posts but you do. xxxx