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Dark Eyes (Dark Eyes #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  816 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy New York City family. At fifteen, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets.

Now the sixteen-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and she's just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She'll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko - her d...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Razorbill
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
From the second I first saw Dark Eyes, I knew we were going to be great friends. Everyone in the world liked the Millennium trilogy, so labeling this book as YA version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a smart move indeed… but fortunately, it’s not just a marketing trick, it has a grain of truth to it.

In her short sixteen years, Valentina Mayakova has lived three very different lives. Shortly after birth, she was abandoned at a Russian orphanage, where she spent her first few years, with...more
When I see a book being compared to another, especially a well loved one such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I'm always skeptical on how it can actually live up to such a claim. Fast paced and filled with conspiratorial twists, Dark Eyes reminded me of Dragon Tattoo before I actually remembered that it said as much on the blurb.

A rebel roughing it on the street, Wally is trying to locate her biological mother after getting a mysterious envelope containing strange messages as well as an exp...more
Marg K.
First off, I must say that Dark Eyes is definitely not a light, fluffy read. The story is gritty with bloody violence & angsty drama, and the characters are deeply damaged & flawed. There are references to and/or instances of drug use, child abuse, rape, underage sex, and all sorts of illegal activities. There is also some bilingual cussing. Come to think of it, I believe this is a book more suitable for older/mature teens.

Secondly, I have to admit that I had a lot of mixed feelings abou...more

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2.5 stars

Dark Eyes had some pretty shocking moments. Things I did not see coming, especially in the last couple of chapters. But that doesn't mean I was happy with those surprises. In fact, I can't wrap my head around why some secrets were secrets in the first place. It made no sense. I felt like most of the death and sorrow in this book could have been avoided if a certain character was truthful YEARS ago about the identity of Wally's biologica...more
Beverley (A Reading Daydreamer)
I wasn't entirely sure what I'd make of Dark Eyes to begin with as it's not the type of book that I'd usually go straight for. The fact that it was written by a Hollywood screenwriter and the intriguing synopsis won me over and I'm glad I didn't turn down the chance to read it.

What I loved most about this book was Wally. She's so tough and kick-ass and the way she doesn't go down without a fight left me with so much admiration for her. We need more strong female protagonists like her! Although I...more
Wally, long unsure of who she is and where she comes from, has abandoned the luxury of her adoptive mother’s Upper East Side lifestyle for a life of her own making. Living on the street, squatting in abandoned buildings, Wally and her street crew of other homeless teens spend their days scavenging for valuable items to sell just so they can get a bite to eat and a warm place to sleep. It’s not a glamorous life, or a life with a lot of guarantees and security, but what Wally’s found with her crew...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
When I started reading this book I had no idea what to expect. I can tell you that once I started the book I liked it. It totally blew me away with a mystery that makes you run for your life!

What I liked most about this book is the great on the run from your life plot. I totally thought this was a paranormal book, I was wrong. I loved the aspect of searching for clues, jewels and long lost person thought to be dead. The mafia twist to the book rocked. I never saw that coming. The way this theme...more
This book was just frustrating; I almost gave up a third of the way through because the plot seemed to be written intentionally vaguely, a conspiracy just for the sake of having an elaborate conspiracy. Finally finished it, and while I did get into it for one or two stretches, for something billed as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, everything falls into place a little too neatly. In fact, everything about this book is too neat, too methodical, too clean.

What do I mean? The first third is...more
Katherine Butrum
So this is really a 4.5 rating. It was an amazing book but a little too dark for me to call it perfect. This book was amazing! So intriguing that in the end when all of the 'mysteries' are unveiled you feel that 'mind just blown' feeling. Even if you could guess some of what will happen in the end, there is no way you can solve all of the mysteries before the last page of the book! I love it when I don't know what will happen next. But it was all very tastefully done. My only reservation about t...more
Carmel Kelly
It is funny to see a book that revolves around a sixteen year old girl being compared to such a dark book such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I am not going to lie, I saw little comparison but the main comparison for me? Both books are great reads full of thrills, mystery and action.

Wallis a.k.a Wally is a adopted Russian orphan to a wealthy American family in New York. Wally, who has always been a bit of a wild child leaves homes at fifteen to live on the streets. With her crew, Tevin, Ell...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Wally (Valentina) was born in Russia and lived in an orphanage for the first five years of her life. Then she was adopted by a rich American couple and grew up in comfort, but with huge attitude problems that led her to live on the streets when she turned fifteen and her parents divorced. Wally has been on the streets for almost three years and has a group of friends that she crashes with, who have each other's backs. But she stumbles onto something big when one of her former friends is killed w...more
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When the synopsis says this book is similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo it isn't lying! Dark Eyes is filled with action, mystery, some romance, and MURDER! I didn't know too much about this book going into it, since the synopsis is short and I haven't read many reviews, but I'm so glad I got the chance to read it!! I know a lot of people aren't interested in it too much, but here is where I'm going to attempt to persuade you...more
I am very confused by why this book has not gotten more attention, because it definitely deserves it. The action never lets up for a second, the plot spreads its tendrils until points overlap and intersect and become this huge mess of chaos that somehow the characters are able to untangle. Some people tell me that is what one would call a "mystery/thriller" plot, and I can't speak for adult, but for YA, Dark Eyes really is something different.

I don't even know where to begin with plot, so I will...more
Review originally posted http://hobbitsies.net/wordpress/2012/...

Dark Eyes by William Richter is a seriously intese book. The whole thing was full of wackadoodle craziness, basically. And I totally mean this in a good way.

However, Dark Eyes did start off a little slow for me, because I had a lot of trouble understanding why Wally living on the streets instead of at home with her mother that loved her. I couldn’t comprehend it. I totally know every home environment is different, so I kind of just...more
I couldn't get into this book though I really really really wanted to. I couldn't get it. I couldn't read it. I couldn't sympathize it. Maybe it was because I didn't feel the characters. Maybe it was because they were flat as the my mother's back side (I love you mother) - or the novels plot as dry as the Mohave Desert (pardon my cliche.It felt like I was reading a screen play to be honest. :/ This book is just eh...meh, "all-ight". So, I read this novel and I'm thinking, "this book was basical...more
Nicole Sobon
My actual rating: 4.5 Stars

While reading "Dark Eyes", which I really enjoyed, I kept thinking back to Criminal Minds. If you watch Criminal Minds, you know about Emily Prentiss and Ian Doyle, and how she does everything she can to remain hidden from him. The way that Wally's mother takes off to protect her, it reminds me of Prentiss and Doyle; which isn't a bad thing, as I'm a huge Criminal Minds fan.

The story is about a sixteen year old girl named Wally. She was born in Russia, and adopted by a...more
the golden witch.
Okay, I can see where people would compare the “Millennium/Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy to this book, and to be fair, for the YA market, that’s a pretty good match. I absolutely loved “Dark Eyes” because it has all of the elements I could ever want in a YA book – thrills, chills, and spills (with a teeny dash of romance mixed in). Richter makes Wally so alive that I felt as if I were really there, with her, running with her as the clock ticked down. If you like your YA heroines fierce an...more
4¾ Out of 5
"This is a most dangerous man," Wally read the note aloud, a chill passing through her as the words crossed her lips. "He has driven us apart. If you see him, you must run…"
Before Wally became Wallis Stoneman, she was the orphan Valentina Mayakova in a Russian orphanage. At the age of five, she was adopted by a rich American couple.
Eleven years later, Wally is living on the streets. Her parents are divorced: she never felt at home in her adopted world anyway, so she left it all beh...more
Originally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.

Touted as the YA version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I had many expectations going in to Dark Eyes. While the novel met them, it was a little tougher to suspend disbelief with Wally, our heroine. She’s a runaway, plagued with anger issues since she was a child, and apparently running away from a mother who loves her unconditionally makes sense? Wally stumbles into a plot that leads her on a chase for her birth mother, while trying to avoid dange...more
William Richter is an absolutely amazing author who can create a net of clues and confusion which end and resolve in the end.
Personally Dark eyes is a book which I would have never picked myself, but thought of giving it a go. Did it match my expectations? No, it raised them to a whole new level. Wally lives a tough life even when shelter is available easily for her. She has a loving ‘adopted’ mother yet still prefers to live on the street. She has a crew of three and together her, Tevin, Ella a...more
Nina Higson-Sweeney
As soon as I read the synopsis for Dark Eyes, I knew I would love it. Russians, badass heroine and a big fat mystery? Um, yes please! Many have said this is a younger version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - I can't compare, because although it's sat on the shelf next to me, I have yet to read it (oops!) But if that is anything as good as this read, then I'd better pick it up soon.

Wally has never known who her real mother and father were. Adopted at the age of five and brought to America to...more
Tellulah Darling
Great, compelling read. I loved that it was like she had powers but in a real way. Just having been taught firearms and martial arts, combined with her time on the streets had honed her survival skills to a new level. I always enjoy a good gangster story and thought there was a wonderful level of detail and originality with the Russians. The world was interesting with fully realized characters that I was concerned about. A bit obvious what the big reveal is but that didn't really detract from th...more
Gdy zaczynałam czytać książkę ,,Podwójna tożsamość" za bardzo nie wiedziałam czego mogę się po niej spodziewać. Jednakże jakaś siła ciągnęła mnie do niej oraz podpowiadała, że spodoba mi się i żebym nie marudziła tylko zajęła się czytaniem. Skoro tajemna siła mi to podpowiadała to nie miałam innego wyjścia, jak pochłonąć tę pozycję. Czy zawiodłam się na tej książce? A może jednak mi się spodobała?

Nie potrzebowałam przeczytania wielu stron, aby odkryć, że książka ,,Podwójna tożsamość" mi się podo...more
Rating: 2.5 stars
At first I thought that I would enjoy reading this book, but after finishing I knew that my assumption was partially incorrect. One issue that I had was that Jake and Ella, who had been so important at the beginning of the story, were completely useless at the end. Also, I found the build-up with Nick anti-climactic because after one scene with him, he isn't mentioned in the story again. I also found the real explanation of how Wally got the papers at the beginning of the story...more
'Dark Eyes', William Richter, Razorbill Penguin (2012)

Wallis Stoneman is a street-smart teenager in contemporary New York City, although she has come from a wealthy family and before that was smuggled out of Russia as a child. Her attitude is typical snarky teenager in the beginning, living on the streets because her mother 'doesn't understand her'. She is hanging with a group of other runaways and each one is described enough to justify them being included in this thriller, even though they don...more
Dark Eyes by William Richter was one of those books that sits in the bargain section of a book store, and looks at you until you feel guilty for leaving it there, and ultimately buy it. Plus, having a quote in the corner from Patticus Lore calling the main character the Lisbeth Salander of YA novels makes it rather intriguing.

Dark Eyes follows a girl name Wally who was adopted into an American family from Russia. She moved out of her home and lives on the street with some friends, and together t...more
Anasheh Satoorian
"Daughter, tell your American friends: never fight a Russian in the snow. You see? How many empires of the world must learn this hard lesson?"

I loved this book! Good mystery! Hope there's a sequel!
Fast paced and full of action, Dark Eyes is a book that reads like a Hollywood movie. That shouldn't be a surprise, when one learns that William Richter is, in fact, a Hollywood screenwriter. The 300+ pages deliver plenty of murder and mayhem. There are teen runaways, escaped convicts, break ins, shoot outs, and plenty of dark secrets.

Dark Eyes really isn't like any other young adult novel that I've read. It reads more like an adult story with a teen character swapped in for the lead. In fact,...more
Mar 12, 2012 Kereesa marked it as to-read
Recommended to Kereesa by: Giselle
Because Giselle reads interesting things, and then I have to read them :D
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at yAdult Review.

Valentina, renamed Wallis, or Wally, was adopted from Russia (something Americans are no longer allowed to do) at age five. Her removal from the orphanage was a sad scene, and the one that follows it is the same. Wally is, appaently, selling ecstasy and ketamine to college kids. And when the narrative switches from Wally to Detective Greer, it’s a bit of a cold open, so to speak. I loved it. I never mind having things I don’t understand thrown at me in the b...more
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William Harlan Richter is a Hollywood screenwriter. He was nominated for an Emmy Award as Producer of “We Stand Alone Together”, the documentary episode of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. William was born and raised in California.
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