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Dark Eyes

(Dark Eyes #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Get ready for the vigilante girl detective of the next generation.

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 shes just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She’l
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Penguin
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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
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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
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 f

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
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, boring, ya
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
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
Eliana Castillo
en la historia nos relata la historia de Wally, una joven Rusa que es llevada a New York gracias a que fue adoptada a los 5 años, ya con 16 años nos muestran a una joven con serios problemas de socialización que prefiere estar con una pandilla que con su madre adoptiva.

El problema llega con la muerte de una joven de su misma edad, ella es confundida por Wally y Wally a perder su documentación falsa llega a un sitio comandado por Rusos quien además de suministrar documentos falsos le suministran
usagi ☆ミ
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
Anna (Literary Exploration)
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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
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather Juengel
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
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Tellulah Darling
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cayla Sade
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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!
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un 4,5 en realidad.

Una lectura llena de acción y giros argumentales que me ha sorprendido gratamente.
Claire Weller
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two words describe my final thoughts on this book, mind fuck. Definitely will have to pick the second one up sometime. If you're after a badass female character READ THIS!!!!. I just can't right now
Caitlyn Hamilton
Goddamnit William Richter, you crazy jerk, you did it. You made me finish this damned book, and you made me cry in the process. Against all odds, you've even got me considering picking up Tiger: A Dark Eyes Novel.

Throwing the concept of formal reviewing out the window, I have to tell you I almost threw this book out the window. I started out curious, got really really bored when I figured out the main mystery halfway through, and almost DNF'd this book three times before we reached the end. But,
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite some of the bad reviews, I enjoyed this book.
Perhaps looking at it from the tired perch of my 73 years, 70 of which I have been reading mysteries, gave me a feeling for Wally.
Perhaps the fact that I had one of those rebel children helped.
Whatever the reason, this book reached out and grabbed me, and I read it in just a few hours.
Being touted as a Young Adult novel probably limits the readers, and I think the older readers would appreciate it more.
Give it a try, it will surprise you, sadd
Meliha Onal
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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