Publisher: Red Adept
Publishing Date: March 2013
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 really wanted to not like this novel, mainly due to the character development or lack thereof. If you were immortal and had lived around 5k years plus, wouldn’t you be really interesting if not totally fookin’ weird? You could speak dozens of languages if not hundreds and perhaps had been around pivotal times in history, either proximal or in the thick of it. You may have plowed the depths of spiritually, hung with Buddha, sailed a Viking ship, plunged a sword into a Norman or sat on the steps of the Alexandrian library. But nooooo, you own a fucking diner, talk like an American girl in constant heat for the angelic host (Gabriel) while traipsing around in hell. Carrie is about as complex as a starfish and in no way evokes the image or mien of an immortal.
BUT, and its a big butt, the writing is pretty damn good and the storyline flows pretty smoothly. The supporting characters are thinly built but provide diversions and comedic relief in the form of Bedlam. I did not put it down and found I enjoyed most of it while ignoring the glaring error that is Carrie.