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Dark Eyes (Dark Eyes #1)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,075 Ratings  ·  217 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
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
Nov 17, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
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
Marg K.
Jun 04, 2015 Marg K. rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star-rating
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
Xime García
: Pérdida de tiempo/dinero.

Empecé la novela con la expectativa de encontrar a una protagonista inteligente, en búsqueda de sus orígenes, un relato para reflexionar sobre las identidades de las personas y sobre la cultura rusa, pero me encontré con:




WARNING: Este libro fue escrito por un guionista de cine que creyó que poner cosas pochoclos de cine en un libro iba a quedar bien. Bueno, ERROR.

El "golpe sorpresivo", totalmente predecible. Las relaciones de los personajes, totalmente falsas y for

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

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
Tanya Nekrasova
Sep 09, 2015 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing
Очень динамичная и увлекательная история. Кажется, что посмотрела блокбастер, а не прочитала книгу. Тайны, расследования, убийства, русские бандиты, взрывы, погони, стрельба... Понравилось мне, что главная героиня на редкость была девахой смышленой, смелой, не ныла, не было типичной тупой "американщины" в поведение и засилья не нужной романтики. Читала и отдыхала.

Жаль, у нас не издали продолжение. Я бы почитала.
Jun 25, 2015 Beverley rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2012 Dani rated it really liked it
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)
Mar 09, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
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
Apr 22, 2012 Mitch rated it it was ok
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
Katherine Butrum
Sep 11, 2014 Katherine Butrum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
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
Heather Juengel
Oct 06, 2014 Heather Juengel rated it it was ok
Wallis (Wally) Stoneman was born in Russia and was adopted by a wealthy family who lived in New York City. When Wally found out she was getting adopted, she didn't know what to do. Her whole life she lived in an orphanage and thought of the other children in the orphanage as her family. Her whole world was turned upside down in an instant second. The only thing she knows about herself is that she is Russian. When Wally turns sixteen she stumbles across a secret that will change her life forever ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Carmel rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 19, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, razorbill
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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
Apr 21, 2012 Britta rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2012 tarawrawr rated it liked it
Review originally posted

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
Oct 03, 2012 Elle! rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers, ya, boring
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
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
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
Cayla Sade
Dec 05, 2014 Cayla Sade rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very well-written. I did enjoy this book even though I don't usually read mystery and stuff like that. The author did a good job developing the characters, except for Tiger. I feel like Tiger could have been a bit more developed. I know he came in within the last part of the book, but i don't think the author developed him enough so that i can have a mental image of his features.
Aug 04, 2014 Aayisha rated it really liked it
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
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
Tellulah Darling
Sep 08, 2012 Tellulah Darling rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2016 Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I first heard of this book from a booktuber, singing praises for this book and saying that the ending was mindblowing. I'm glad to say that the book did not disappoint, it was very well done and the story was fast paced.

I wasn't able relate to Wally at first. I thought of her as this stupid, ungrateful girl who was given all the chance in the world to be good and successful, only to throw it all away because she wanted to rebel and find herself. Because what, she was adopted!? Oh please.

If I wa
Katia González
Es un libro bastante entretenido, que me tuvo enganchada todo el tiempo. La trama me pareció original, y tiene sus giros de lo más rebuscado. Pero el autor decayó con los personajes, ya que debió contarnos más sobre ellos, porque no llegas a conocerlos del todo. Y en la parte de romance, debió eliminarlo o hacer que se sientiera más natural. Estuvo bastante forzado e innecesario.
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Kim Kelly
Jun 04, 2015 Kim Kelly rated it really liked it
This was a hard book to put down. It was fast paced, exciting, intense, and emotionally gripping. The only let down was a few unrealistic and predictable elements of the book. It started out as a realistic, unsugercoated story about life on the streets of New York for a young teenage girl. It was a little convenient how well she survived, but overall, a really good beginning. Then as the action started to pick up it became really unrealistic which was kind of dissapointing, but it made for a goo ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Sydney rated it it was ok
Dark Eyes was different from other books. Suspenseful and mysterious, the book kept me on the edge of my seat. However, not unlike other books targeted for teens and young adults, the book lacked in philosophical insight and symbolism. Then again, there is not much to be expected from books such as these. But worry not! I mean this with good nature. Instead of offering fresh insights or ground-breaking ideas, the book was simply a page turner. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly.
Oct 28, 2015 Fiona rated it it was amazing
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Huge thanks to Claire Weller for making me read this! This book was absolutely fantastic. So action packed and emotional at the same time, this book had me gasping and shedding tears and feeling all the feels. Going into this book I did not expect it to deal with such dark issues. It totally caught me by surprise, it deeply affected me. Also the plot twists!!! So well done, so unexpected. Overall this book was AMAZING.
Jun 11, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
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
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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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