ASIN #: B00BYH680O
File Size: 458 KB
Page Count: 222
Copyright: March 20, 2013
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
(Taken from Amazon)
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.
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.
I love the colors on this cover. I know all of the symbols on the cover may not seem to go together, but once you read the novel you realize that they do.
Carrie (not her real name, but names have powers so it's best not to reveal it to people) is thousands of years of old and currently owns a diner in Philadelphia. She dispenses advice to humans, yes, but the majority of the humans seeking advice go through a "fake" Oracle that Carrie has sitting in her restaurant every day. She also has a lot of stories, or memories, to share so there's quite a bit of reminiscing in the novel. It does help to build the characters in a reader's mind so they're a necessary part of the story.
Bedlam is Carrie's best friend. He is one of the many demons that fell from Heaven. Since he's the demon of chaos, he loves to stir up trouble: tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. He can't go back to Hell or he'll be thrown into the Abyss, which is something he fears. It may seem odd to have a demon as a bestie, but he's not really the evil type so it's cool.
Gabriel is who you think he is: one of God's trusted angels ... and Carrie's in love with him. Yes, humans and angels can fall in love (in this series any way). Carrie's unsure whether Gabriel loves her back, though. Towards the end it sort of seems like he does, but maybe that's just his heavenly persona coming out.
Sebastian has such a good spirit that even though he sold his soul to a demon he doesn't deserve to go to hell. His bargain was one of self-sacrifice to save his sister's life. How noble is that? He's down to his last days on earth. Once Carrie sees the goodness of his soul/aura, she hell-bent (pun intended) to have the demon give Sebastian his soul back.
I enjoyed this novel, but I did find the repetitiveness of Carrie venturing into hell a bit much. I think once or twice, maybe three times at most, would have sufficed but I'm not the writer so what do I know. Despite my complaint, I still believe that readers who enjoy the paranormal or anything with angels and demons would enjoy the beginning of this series. I do intend to read the next book as I think it will get better the more a reader gets to know the characters and the spaces they inhabit.
*An ecopy of this book was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this tour and an honest review.