PUBLISHER: Bettie Sharpe
DATE PUBLISHED: 01st November 2007
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.
In this dark, twisted, adult retelling of Cinderella the protagonist is not a sweet virginal blonde young girl overrun in her own home and made into a slave. Instead, she is a powerful and maybe a little wicked red-hairs witch who fights the Prince’s curse by giving herself to the darkness. “This story is no fairytale”
The stepsisters are not wicked, but instead making ends meet as prostitutes and all four of these women love each other and would do anything to protect each other. Even cut off their own toes. I loved the representation of female friendship in this alternate take on Cinderella. Ember herself decides to take to the Cinders and act somewhat a servant to avoid the Prince and protect her family.
The Prince has a much bigger role in this novel than in the Disney movie and even the classic tale. He is cursed so that everyone will love him and no-one can deny him. However, there is one that finds the power to turn away and that has sparked his interest in the girl Ember. I saw the plot twist with the Prince coming and I thought it was probably a very good one to have in this story on the morals of not having to work for anything and the beauty within.
I love the relationship between Ember and Rian. These two flawed characters come together and must overcome hurdles for their passion in each other. There is no insta-love and their affection grows over the course of months. Ember does not lose herself in the relationship and her character is still very much present throughout the entire store.
This first person novella swept me away. It is an entirely new take on the tale of Cinderella. This story is not for the light at heart. But, if you love dark and gritty fairytales with adult themes and morals mixed in this is absolutely one I would recommend.
Keep Calm and Read On,