Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ember

I've just finished reading Ember by Bettie Sharpe and I liked it... a lot. ;)

Everyone loves Prince Charming. They have to—he’s cursed. Every man must respect him. Every woman must desire him. One look, and all is lost.

Ember would rather carve out a piece of her soul than be enslaved by passions not her own. She turns to the dark arts to save her heart and becomes the one woman in the kingdom able to resist the Prince’s Charm.

Poor girl. If Ember had spent less time studying magic and more time studying human nature, she might have guessed that a man who gets everything and everyone he wants will come to want the one woman he cannot have.

Charm is a curse. Love is a fire. This story is no fairytale.

Told from the perspective of a young witch, Ember is a witty anti fairytale. I'm not usually one for first person story's but this one was fast paced and clever and truth be told I completely forgot that I was reading in first person.

Ember, the heroine(?), is a young witch. Her main goal is to steer clear of the enthralling Prince (Charming), Adrian Juste. All of the men respect him and the women at his feet. After an embarrassing disaster occurs as a result of Ember seeing the Prince for the first time, Ember just wants Adrian to stay the heck away from her! She does not want to be enraptured by him against her will and takes precautions to ensure that it will never happen.

Ember is filled with memorable characters from Sylvia, Dulcie, and Minette (the "evil" stepsisters), to Adrian and with out a doubt, Ember. At about 10 chapters long Ember is an engrossing story that I recommend to anyone who wants a different take on the saccharine sweet, Disney type of fairytale.

It's available in ebook form, for the small price of nada! That's right, Ember is free. Read it directly from Bettie's site or download it at no price to you. Ember. Enjoy!

Grade A

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