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Once Upon a Darkness

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.

Clint's only skill is war, but he's weary of killin
Paperback, Print, 141 pages
Published June 17th 2013 by Createspace (first published May 20th 2013)
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Barbie Pomales
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book but the reason i m giving it 4 stars is because I want a sequel and additional books . I want to read more from this series and I dont like there is only one book in the series. I m surprised that I like this book because its far out of my comfort zone but I m glad that I did read it .
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Ok so if you know me you are not shocked to see me reading a zombie novel right? Yes i love zombies. *raises my hand * I am an addict. I watch the Walking Dead and read other zombie novels with romance and action. SOOOOO when this review came through I jumped and said YES PLEASE!!!

Alrighty here goes....I really enjoyed the action and
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
It was wonderful, fun and not long enough. I hope she writes more. Paced just right for a novella and written without it feeling rushed. I am a sucker for a good zombie book but this was more than just a zombie book. Hopefully it is just the first exposure and introduction to a group of great characters and survivalist.

Her background as a romance author shines through with her intimate scenes with Clint and Gretchen. However it is not overwhelming, it is used as a necessary story device. For me
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sexy, romantic, action-packed, teeming-with-danger apocalyptic story.

"What are you, Zombie Slayer Barbie?" Clint knew the words were a mistake before they left his lips.
She crossed her arms across her chest. He tried to keep his eyes from following them.
The big man in the back barked a laugh. "You'll pay for that one."

ONCE UPON A DARKNESS by Aria Kane is an emotional and gripping zombie apocalyptic survivalist tale interspersed with perfectly timed witty humor. AND it includes a sweet, hea
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, zombies, novella
Posted on What I'm Reading

All right, most of you know I'm not a fan of zombies. My least favorite show is The Walking Dead and here is a tidbit: it took me three days to watch Zombieland. My husband makes fun me, because he tells me it's not that scary. Hey, I don't like zombies, but I will try a zombie story every now and again. Todays zombie selection is Once Upon A Darkness by Aria Kane.

First off, I actually liked the story. I know, this is huge deal. Anyways, we have this group who do search
Miranda Jae
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, I'd like to thank both Aria Kane and Goodreads First Reads for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book!!

This was a very quick read, but it was pretty good. The author managed to fit this incredible story into a short 138 pages without making it feel rushed.
I loved that the lead female character was just as tough as (if not more than) all the lead male characters. You don't really see too many hardcore, kick-ass, "I can handle myself" kinds of chicks in books - usually t
Seriously a fast paced pull you into the action book. I sat down and read it in one sitting and wished there was more. The relationship between Gretchen and her twin brother Hank is very strong as it has been them against the world (zombie and human) after being abandoned by their parents. Add Erik who may not be blood related but life has made him more than just a friend to these two and you can tell they would do anything for one another. I love the banter between the three. The relationship b ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane

A group of four trained zombie fighters get caught in a net that may mean the end of their lives.

Fast moving, short and not terribly complex but a good zombie story. Gretchen is the clear leader of the group and it's nice to read a strong character without having to have a male dominate.
A bit unbelievable in the execution of their escape but I liked that their team made it out intact. I can definitely see this book as the start of a series.
Three syringes or four?
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
Zombie Fighters

An interesting tale that I wished was more developed. With the description I expected much more action then what was in there. I'm a little disappointed but I would gladly read the second book if there's ever one. I'm curious as to what's going to happen next. I usually don't bother to point out grammar errors but it really separates a good book from a great book. There wasn't a lot but there were some easily fixed errors like her should've been here. A read through would've fixed
I loved this book! I loved the post-apocalyptic world. I loved the initial set-up of the story/series. I loved the characters and their dynamics. I even liked how an unexpected couple at the (spoiler :-) ) added an unexpected complication to an already dire situation. The pace was fast, and because it's a short story/novella, it was over was too soon. My only complaint is that there is not already a sequel. ...more
Crystal Pinson
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. It was unique (to me) in that it took place many many years after the zombie apocalypse. There is a lot about the current state of the world that isn’t explained, but it isn’t necessary. I could see more being explained in future books in the series. This leads me to the question of why there isn’t already a sequel! It didn’t leave on a cliffhanger per se, but I am interested in seeing where the author takes things.
Kayelee Rock
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How you make a zombie story romantic, witty, and charming, I don't know... but Aria has done so! This story includes characters that by far are not your typical characters; a kick-ass female lead, and a Hottie McHottie who actually has more than hotness going for him. Not to mention the cute nerdy twin brother. Gotta love those! I read it in one sitting and wanted more! Sequel? Let's hope! ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting story with fun characters in an intriguing world. Aria's writing is fluid and easy to get lost in. My only complaint is that it's a novella rather than a novel. I wanted more! ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
Great book! Ms. Kane's work is fun and exciting. A page turner from beginning to end and great for satisfying your need for a zombie-read this summer. Do yourself a favor and check it out. ...more
Marianne Torrez
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's Hansel and Gretel and zombies! ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cmc20
This book gripped me from the start. Contained within this book were zombies - and I don't usually like books with zombies. I was surprised and glad that I chose to read this book. There was so much pain and drama in each of the characters. We all do what we have to do to survive. The inclusion of plenty of twists in the book guaranteed this author a 5 star rating from me. This was a great world created by this author and I sincerely hope that she writes more about it. ...more
Deborah Canaday
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Great World Building. The characters drew me into their world. I want to know more about them and what happens to their world. Great mix of humor and drama. The horror elements were descriptive without being too graphic. I usually don't like anything to do with zombies but this book is different. I will definitely read the other books in the series. ...more
Romancing the Book
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, ya, romance
Reviewed by Effie
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Loved, loved, loved this book! Seriously. I loved it. The first few pages were a little hard for me to get into, I felt like I was being dropped into the middle of something without adequate preparation, but that’s exactly all it took me. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. I was so disappointed it was a short read, but it was really good and that more than made up for it.

We’re in the f
Brandy Dorsch
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
So, I am a paranormal fan but not really into zombies. That being said, I took a chance on this novella and I was not disappointed! It is a short story but I feel that you get a good understanding of the characters and plot development.
It takes place in a post apocolyptic world that is full of zombies. Yuck. Something about zombies has always freaked me out. I don’t watch any of the shows on television either.
I didn’ t understand why Gretchen and Hank were abandoned but they manage to make a l
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a great easy read. I love post apocalyptic stories and I really really wanted more. The things I didn't like: I didn't realize it was a romance. I skipped most of the ooey gooey scenes. The other thing I wasn't a fan of (I think this is again the nature of a romance genre) is that the main female character went from a strong leader to a teary girl who needed the big strong man to come fix everything so she could continue on.
I would read more of this world presented in the book bec
Sarah (The Book Life)
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome! I wouldn't mind reading more stories about this crew :0) ...more
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Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a chihuahua. She's the author of ONCE UPON A DARKNESS and A TITAN FOR CHRISTMAS. You can learn more about her at ...more

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