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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...more
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2007)
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Tammy Walton Grant
Now this, [image error] this book was cool. Sly, witty, clever, with a bit'o'romance thrown in to keep folks like me happy. And a few dirty, dirty words to keep us on our toes.

This little fairy tale is told in the first person (which, although I usually don't care for, here I didn't mind a bit ). It is Ember's voice that carries the tale. And what a tale it is - a dark, sardonic and twisted version of Cinderella. I loved it! I was hooked from the opening paragraphs:

"I know you think you've hear
...more
♡Karlyn P♡

Loved it! Ember was a wicked, dark, sensual, twisted and enthralling read.

Oh wow! A super entertaining, dark and twisted retelling of Cinderella. The writing was great, and I loved the world building and imagination that went into this story. Very clever.

The heat level is 'hot', and the author does use some crude language a few times normally reserved for erotica. (view spoiler) It worked in the context of keeping the story dark and funny, while also in pus...more
Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams)
Warning: this is erotica. This book is FREE. You may read it here: http://www.bettiesharpe.com/ember/

I don't usually read erotica at all, but the premise of a fairy tale and Prince Charming got me intrigued. My first erotica (bought purely because my innocent 18-year old self just wanted to own a naughty book, if I may be honest) was Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy. It was titillating, and after the first 50 or so pages, it got pretty boring, quite frankly. Anyways, what I learned from readi...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Feb 24, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who don't mind fairy tales turned on their heads to be devious and erotic
One day I joined the crowd on the Avenida Delpalacio to wave and cheer as the Prince rode past. Even before he came in sight, I felt the strength of his charm. It was thick and damp in the air around me, sneaking into my lungs with every breath I took, heating my blood with anticipation. It brushed against my skin like a slimy touch, a leech inching over my wrist, a snake slithering up my leg. I knew then that I faced strength greater than my ability to resist. But it was too late.

Imagine if Hi...more
Rashika (is busy trying to graduate)
An original spin on a age old tale

Ember is easily one of the most unique retellings I've ever had the pleasure to read. It had it's faults but the idea behind it was so refreshingly original.

Out of all the Disney princesses out there, Cinderella is my second least favorite (Snow White will always have first place on that list) because she seemed incredibly docile and her.. prince.. was well boring. For crying out loud his name was Prince Charming. And I am just putting this out there, I didn't...more
Michelle
Oh wow, talk about a twisted fairy tale, no, not twisted in a sick, wrong way, twisted as in its so far and different to the normal fairy tale we're all used to, and in a damn fine good way as well! The synopsis itself drew me to it and since its a free ebook, might as well. Ember held quite a lot of promise and had a whole storyline to overturn (the tale of Cinderella), so imagine my surprise when I found it delivered, all too well. The plot was unique and different in its own way and I have to...more
Steph
Gist of the book:
This dark take on the Cinderella story starts with a red haired-crooked foot girl named Ember who cuts off her finger in order to give her soul to witchcraft and protect herself from the curse of the Prince. With the help of her passed mother’s charmed vial Ember is able to keep the curse at bay for now, but she can feel the pull...the want...the need. When the Prince seeks her out the curse grows stronger but can Ember resist such an irresistible curse from this charming Prince...more
Susana


4,5 stars

A somewhat dark and wickedly hot retelling of Cinderella...

Are you tired of the same fairy tales retellings?

If the answer is YES, then this book is for YOU...that is, if you're an adult. Are you?
Because if not, go away, and come back later...really!!


So.... this has some pretty intense scenes...with some colorful language, lol, but then one also has some pretty laughable moments ( (view spoiler)...more
Soumi
Oh God, What did I read?. I thought this book would be some vulgar version of Cinderella, but this book was way more twisted. Yes there is some unusual description of sexual act, other than that this book is written is a interesting way.

It's a retelling of Cinderella with some dark twist. Ember, the main protagonist is a red haired witch who has freckles all over her face and neck and a twisted led. She's not perfect at all by her looks but smart and wicked girl (which i like about her). She cu...more
Jenny
This is going into my favorite bookshelf. i loved this version of Cinderella. it comes to show how tales can be twisted from their reality by rumors and over time, but that's not why i loved it so much. Ember is independent, smart, and the only thing wicked about her is her sense of humor (which i enjoyed). she protects her family and is not a doormat for people to use (i would not want to be on Embers bad side). unlike other stories she and the prince have a personality there's more to them the...more
Ridley
This is more like a 4.5. It's a novella available for free on the author's website, and everyone should go and grab it. I opened it by accident last night, planning to read something else, and couldn't put it down for the life of me.

Ms. Sharpe spins the Cinderella tale here, and it's delicious. She gives each player surprising and clever depth and creates something dark and satisfying out of a worn out and fluffy fairy tale.
Marilina
This book actually scared me a lot!
It was too raw, too dark, too ugly.
But in a very sick way it made sense..
And althought i would give it 2 stars i had to acknowledge that this story carried something new and original.
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Hands down the best retelling of Cinderella I've ever read.

Ember is an adult retelling of Cinderella that turns the classic tropes on its head, adds saucy smut, deepens absolutely everything and is all-round fucking amazing.

I absolutely loved loved loved this book. I can’t believe Bettie gives it away for free! My friend ThreeRs recommended it to me when we were talking about awesome self-published novels. I read the first chapter for free on Bettie’s website, fell head-over-heels in love, and p...more
Jeanne
Ember is a fantastic re-imagining of the Cinderella story. It is one of the best books I've read this year, and amazingly enough I read it for Free (online). Though, I would have gladly paid for an enthralling, imaginative and beautifully written story like Ember.

I love Ember's sassy voice, and the narrative style that Bettie Sharpe chose for this unconventional retelling of a classica fairy tale that we all (think we) know. Ember feels like a very relatable modern heroine without feeling out of...more
Kari
i really liked this book! ember is retelling of the classic fairytale cinderella. we all know how stories get passed on from person to person and become distorted the more it is told. so i like how the author took the main points of the classic and gave us the "real" version.

the curse on the prince was my favorite twist. i loved that there was a reason that every woman in the kingdom wanted to marry the prince. and then learning that the curse/blessing on the prince also served a greater purpos...more
Maree  ♫ Light's Shadow ♪
So some people have marked this book as YA, and I'm going to have to disagree with that. This book was a lot more graphic than I expected, and I would expect most parents wouldn't be okay with the sexual themes (it's got whores and Prince Charming, who can charm the pants off of any woman in a second).

But I love how truthful this book is. Maybe it's because it's more of an adult book and doesn't hide behind the little lies that kids tell. This book is about a full grown woman who knows what she'...more
Felicia (Ferishia)
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Elisandra Franzmann
Charmingly wicked

This book tales in a fun and spice way the old tale of Cinderella.
Ember is vengeful and has a wonderful dark sense of humor. The book is fast reading ( I started in the night of the 30 and finished by daybreak of the 31 ,,, yep there is no way you can stop :P) and tales with little but wonderful jokes about other fairy tales like John and Mary and Snow Withe.
Charm is a curse,love is a fire. Nothing summed up the book better than this sentence.


****

Encantadoramente malvada


Esse liv...more
Maria M. Elmvang
Enjoyable read - I was just going to read the first few chapters before bed last night, and ended up finishing the entire thing. It's a quick read though, so only took me about an hour. Ember is an amusing retelling of the Cinderella story, and in many ways reminded me of M.M. Kaye's The Ordinary Princess, although it's definitely not as innocent. It's a fun idea, and in some ways I may even have enjoyed parts of this story more than the original (but then I've never liked the idea of an evil st...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
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Miranda Davis
Jan 23, 2014 Miranda Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fantasy of manners & romance fans
Recommended to Miranda by: Tammy Walton's review
"Words weave a spell, sometimes." Damn straight.

What a magnificent retelling, or rather reconceiving, of the Cinderella fairy tale. It's turned on its head, in the way "Wicked" redresses all the bad press L. Frank Baum gave the Witch of the West...

All the elements of the well-known fairy tale are not what you think and the story unfolds with the first person narrator, Ember herself, struggling to resist a curse/spell that has made the local prince irresistibly charming. He is bound and determine...more
The Literary Bystander (nxlee)
A very creative and interesting take on the Cinderella story (because really, how many more flipping generic/uninspired 'retelling' do we really need of this story?) with relatively prickly but compelling protagonist, likable supporting cast (I love how they explained how everyone else interpreted the 'stepmothers/stepsisters' behaviour that is familiar to how we know them in like 3489572398% of other Cinderella tales), interesting worldbuilding and I was genuinely surprised at how short it was...more
Emily (Book Jems)
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3.5 Stars

This was pretty good. Very original concept. An adult, original and creative twist on a beloved fairytale. It kept my interest for the entire story and I read it in one sitting. And I love, love, love the cover. It is what drew me in in the first place. It's gorgeous and works with the content inside of the novel. It is one of my favorite covers ever. The design is so intriguing and beautiful.

It's a fast read. It has some angst, which I enjoyed. And the ch...more
Debbie
A gift/curse from Gaetane making Prince Adrian Juste so very charming, loved and admired left everyone who was around him helpless to do anything other than everything he said. Wanting to escape the curse, Ember took drastic measures by making an offer to the flames, she not only gave herself protection from the prince’s curse but declared herself a witch instead of a Wise Woman. When her father remarried and returned with a new step-mama (Minnette) and new “step-sisters” (Sylvie & Dulcie) E...more
S.A. Hunter
Ember is a retelling of the Cinderella fairytale with Cinderella, renamed Ember, as a witch and with Prince Charming living under a curse that makes everyone adore him. Every aspect of the classic story has been twisted and reinvented. Ember is the exact opposite of the Disney-fied Cinderella that we have all come to imagine. She’s hard, cruel, and unrepentant, though she acknowledges her shortcomings and fully owns them. The stepmother and stepsisters are not the cruel harridans that we’ve come...more
Marie Erving
I definitely enjoyed seeing Cinderella portrayed as an anti-hero.

I should probably warn that despite the story being based on a fairy tale, it isn’t really for children.

I love how this story weaves in details of the Cinderella story, but puts them in a completely different context. The Prince was cursed to be charming. Rumors went around the neighborhood of how Ember (Cinderella) was treated as a servant. The Cinder Girl persona existed. There was a ball, and there was a shoe. It even managed to...more
Angela
This book was incredible. I remember grabbing it because someone did an excellent job of talking it up.

I'm so glad I did.

Ember is a great character. I can't even do her justice. She's strong, knows her mind, works for what she wants, isn't afraid to sacrifice to get what she needs, loves fiercely, and she's got this awesome dark sense of humor.

The book takes on this story being told to us, in a conspiratorial whisper. Ember tells it as it happened, setting the record straight of the classic tal...more
Jan
Originally read in 2008.
Reread Dec. 17th 2011

This is my favorite retelling of Cinderella. It's darker and more fun than the original (or at least the version of the story I'm familiar with) and the twists and reimaginings are so original, I remember being totally amazed the first time I read it. I had never thought there was so much you could do with a fairy-tale.

I don't really want to say anything about the contents, because the surprises are a lot of it's charm. So I'll only say that I think i...more
Arielle
One of the best books I've ever read. It wasn't contrived, it wasn't forced, and everyone was real. It wasn't really a fairy tale.

It...reminds me of the band group Garbage. Slightly feminist, in that sex is treated normally, not some social pariah that's put on a pedestal. Ember is a person, her voice is strong, sardonic without too much edge, has a life and then that life is intertwined with another's.

Prince Charming...was charming. And slightly frightening. From a woman's standpoint, being c...more
Kate Copeseeley
I'm usually resentful of Novellas. I may give them a good rating, if I like the author well enough, but most of the time, a novella is too short. I like a meaty book I can sink my teeth into.

Ember, on the other hand is the perfect length. I don't know if I'd call it a retelling of Cinderella, but it is definitely a REINVENTION of the tale.

It's just so hard to describe why I liked this book so much. The main character wasn't all that likeable, to be honest. But the writing style and the world Em...more
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poets sing—the love that forms or fades with kindness or cruelty.
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vengeful and benign. It is as constant as the sea. And as beautiful.

As dangerous. As mysterious.

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