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Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes

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Blindsided by an attack that destroys her home and blamed for murder, Karolina Dalca, a half-vampire, escapes, only to plunge into the magical societies from which she was sheltered.

Betrayed by those around her, she abandons her dreams of becoming an investigator and flees, trusting only herself. Her police internship would never prove more useful. Hoofing it through the w
Published December 16th 2020 by Wild Rose Press
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M.R. Noble Hopefully winter 2022! the final editing is under way. :)
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Heather Mcilmoyle
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A must read!!!

M.R Noble has re-ignited my passion for all things Magic! Not only is the story fantastic and a breath of fresh air in its genre, I really can’t say (even as an avid reader) that I’ve ever truly felt so taken along on a characters journey! We are truly given the opportunity to experience Karolina’s exciting journey/discovery as if we were right there with her! There’s not ever a dull moment and can be incredibly hard to put down!
Whispering Stories
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Half-vampire, half-gypsy Karolina Dalca (Karo) has been brought up by her human mother in Canada, never knowing her father who was Romanian. Her mother tried to shelter her from the life of her vampire family.

With aspirations to be an investigator, Karo struggles to keep her inner self concealed when dealing with offenders, but when there is an attack on her home and her mother is killed the police suspect Karo as being the murderer and her career looks
Janalyn Prude
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Southern Canada Carolina Dalke is half Romanian vampire and half Canadian. Raised by her mother and never having met her father her life is typical she is studying to be a private investigator at the Academy when her mother and home or attacked and she is blamed and feels alone but then she is confronted by Andre a vampire who says he has been sent to protect her, but being someone who is typically cynical she keeps them at an arms length. He takes her into a world she has never known is Andrea ...more
M.R. Noble
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"This book grabs you by the throat and does not let go! A fast paced, enthralling journey through a hidden underworld of vampires, werewolves, and other beings of the night who wield a fascinating array of powers to devastating effect. Compared to the more stay-at-home-type of vampires and werewolves I know, these protagonists are pushed beyond the human limit. I Highly recommend you acquire this book and hole up somewhere safe for the ride." —Stuart Rutherford, actor from WHAT WE DO IN THE SHAD ...more
Mummy's Naughty Corner
What can I say this was an interesting read. I like the world and the set up. The story was good but it did drag slightly in parts. I like the half vampire part and how she learns all about herself and her family. The pirates were cool. I like the sarcastic banter through out and how Karo's temper sometimes get her into trouble. I would enjoy reading more in the series when it comes. ...more
Jennifer (bunnyreads)

Review request from the author. Thank you to M.R. Noble for the digital copy in exchange for review.


I don’t read a lot in the vampire section of the genre but when M.R. Noble offered a copy of Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyesfor review, I thought why not? This sounds fun, the cover was eye-catching (wink, wink) and I needed the change of pace this story promised.

Karolina Dalca, dreams of being an investigator and is set to finish up her schooling, when all hells breaks loose. While at home visiti
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Karo - a half-vampire - knows little of her supernatural family and heritage. When her mother is murdered and Kro becomes the prime suspect, she flees to her ancestral home in Eastern Europe with the help of one of her vampire brethren. Has she jumped from the frying pan and into the fire, or will she find sanctuary with her vampire family?

I found Karo's journey to clear her name and avenge her health, as well as how she is torn between her dreams of becoming an investigator and her vampire half
Emerson  Rose Craig
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dark Eyes throws the reader into a story of mystery and intrigue. Karolina is a half-vampire living in Canada with her mother training to be an investigator when her life completely falls apart. Accused of murder, she must go on the run and try to solve her family secrets and clear her name. I was captivated by Karo’s story immediately. Her relationship with her mother, Roman, and her grandparents were sweet and the mysteries surrounding her life pulled me in, desperate for more. I loved the jux ...more
Tessa Talks Books
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes is a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy story featuring the supernatural world in a uniquely imaginative and captivating manner.

What I Liked

I enjoyed the unique twist on vampire and werewolf lore. In this story, vampires are born to vampire parents, not mortals turned by a vampire.
Werewolves are also born to werewolf parents. Though, a mortal or other supernatural can willingly complete a bonding ritual with a pack leader that will turn them into a werewolf after their
Monica Reents
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a vampire book in a while, but this book had an intriguing plot description that made me want to give it a chance. The main character is half vampire and has fire magic. She is forced to turn to the coven she had always been protected from in order to escape being charged with murder. I loved the writing and found the graphic violence to be perfect for the scenes.
I found the characters, plot, and twists to be interesting, and this book does a great job of setting things up for th
Samuel Green
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced and enthralling dark mystery/fantasy that had me from the first page and I urge anyone who loves something dark and gritty to add this to their wish list. The author Mr Noble has an amazing imagination and knows just how to build up the tension and keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next!
I totally enjoyed the plot, although I must warn you that it does contains quite a bit of violence and some pretty graphic scenes. A must read in my opinion.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘The Charmed people of Romania stuck with their own’ – a tasty vampire novel debut

Canadian author M.R. Noble earned her degree in Nursing and has worked in community palliative care and mental heath nursing, and in government claims analysis. KAROLINA DALCA, DARK EYES is her debut novel, and serves as Book One of her proposed The Dark Eyes Series. A member of the Writers Community of York Region, she lives in southern Ontario, Canada.

The author has discovered a fine way to dangle a carrot in fro
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by M.R. Noble is an exhilarating read that explores the nuances of vampires as Karolina, or Karo for short, gets pulled into a world she was protected from. Karolina is a half-vampire and ultimately gets blamed for murder. Her world has been turned upside down, she gives up on her dream of being an investigator and leaves her internship. She runs, encountering the world from which she was sheltered for so long. She also meets up with a full vampire who she is not sure s ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was the first time I've read anything by this author and i have to honestly say that it won't be my last! this was a great novel to read. It’s a fast paced read containing very interesting and unique characters and a great plot line, it does contain some dark and violent scenes which kept me on the edge of my seat but nothing too horrific! if you’re into the vampire/fantasy genre then this is a must read. ...more
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes (The Dark Eyes) by M.R. Noble

I received a copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

Karolina Dalca lives in Northern Ontario, Canada with her mother and the intention of becoming a police officer. All she needs is to complete an internship to pay for university residence. Seems enough for any 19 year old, but Karolina has other issues to contend with, being half-vampire, existing on “ bunnies “, wielding fire magic, to name a few.
Her attractive best friend
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you to the blog tour organiser and the author for letting me take part in this tour and for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Trigger Warnings: death, blood-drinking, gore, decapitation, cutting bodies in half, fire, water, sparks of electricity, dead parents, war, violence, serious injuries, strong language and sexual relationships.

Right from the first page, I could tell this was going
Anca Antoci
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes is an outstanding 5-star debut novel that combines mythological creatures like vampires, werewolves and dryads and adds a thriller vibe in a fantasy setting.

The first thing that got my attention was the dedication:

This book is dedicated to
every down-on-her-luck-woman out there
who needs a reminder that her inner strength
is the sharpest tool she has.

We see the story unfold from Karo’s perspective and get to experience a rollercoaster of emotions along with her. Karolina D
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by M.R. Noble, is an interesting novel of a young woman who grew up knowing her father was a vampire and her mother’s family practiced the magic of gypsies. But when the day came, when her parents’ past caught up with her mother, it devastated Karolina by the fall-out. The only thing left was to find her father’s family, whom she never met in the old country. Lucky for her, a vampire, Andre, was more than willing to be her guide back to meet her uncle. She was fortunate ...more
Mary Brannian
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“A star becomes a sun, under the pressure of darkness,” - Karo

Karolina Dalca is a hybrid; half vampire, half Gypsy. Raised in the arts of Earth magic, Karolina has yearned to know about her father, a man she's never met. Her mother can't or won't tell her, so Karolina is left with shadows and myths....

When her mother is killed by monsters not of this world, Karolina is thrust into a new reality, one of constant danger... And unexpected desire....

“The greatest monsters in the world are the ones w
1st thank you to the author and TheWriteReads for the ARC copy.

Haven't read a vampire novel in a long time i was very pleased with this book, it had a really fast pace to the point that i didn't realize that i had read half of it in about 2 hrs.
however even with the fast pace i wished it was longer so that i can explore more, the story felt rushed due to it being short, and i kept craving more, hopefully the sequel will be a bit longer with more exploration of Karo's personality and development
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
*****Spoiler Alert*****
Classic story of good and evil. Karolina- a half-vampire with fire magic, escapes Canada after her mother's death, hoping to seek revenge. Instead, she is pulled between two men, Roman-a werewolf, and Andre-a full vampire. While in Romania, she discovers information about her parents, both now dead. She is forced to spy for Russia in order to get her father's inheritance.
Karo is torn about her feelings and what she should do.
I am not into vampire stories, but this one seem
Nicky Skene
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Karolina Dalca - half vampire, half gypsy who possesses fire magic - her world falls apart when her home along with her mother goes up in flames. Knowing she would be blamed for the death of her mother, Karo decides to run! She travels along with her best friend Roman to discover the truth behind her fathers family and her Vampire side, why she has fire magic?
I loved the strong character of Karo with her good versus evil nature.
If you enjoy a supernatural story with vampires, werewolves and mag
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it


Initially, when I started reading the story, I did not know how to feel. There are many things to get the hang of, like “Dyads” and “Forged” and the various “Charms.” Moreover, the author dwells right into the action before we even know to get to know the characters correctly.

However, once I got past the first two chapters, I could not put this book down. It has been a while since I read a gripping supernatural tale of werewo
Hina Tabassum Khatri
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
A 3.75 for me.

Review to follow.


Originally published on Hina Loves To Read

To begin with, I will say the book was interesting and I was invested in the story as I really wanted to know what will happen to the main character Karolina Dalca. I have read a ton of vampire stories, werewolf stories and stories revolving around magic but this I think is the first one where there is so much all put together. But vampires with magic? That’s a first and points for creativity for Ms Noble on
Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by M. R. Noble
The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 2020
Cover art: Kristian Norris
201 pages
Fiction. Fantasy, vampires

Karolina Dalca, "half vampire" Romanian Princess living in Canada, heir to the magic of the earth by maternal teaching and the magic of fire by paternal bloodline, is forced to flee to Rania, Romania, with Andre, a complete vampire that he has contacted her after the lethal attack by a group of monstrous creatures who, under her un
Lili  Marcus
Fast-paced plot, interesting themes, badass protagonist, and gripping twists…This book just kept giving and at the same time proving me wrong all throughout the book and I love it.

I should be honest and say that I was hesitant about this book. I love vampire stories but when I learned that this one has both wolves and vampires, I worried because twilight and I wasn’t a fan of that series. But thankfully, I didn’t let that stop me from joining the blog tour for this book because it proved me wro
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Karolina Dalca (Karo) is a half vampire who has dreams of becoming an investigator, however life has a different path mapped out for her. When her mother is murdered Karolina becomes the main suspect, then has no option but to go on the run and use her training as an investigator to clear her name. I found this to be a wonderfully fast-paced supernatural fantasy that had many twists and turns keeping me enthralled from the start right until the brilliant ending. Highly recommended by me for fans ...more
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have a huge weakness when it comes to vampire books. I consider them my guilty pleasure. This book truly satisfied me. It had vampires and other supernatural beings. I wasn't expecting the book to be this fast-paced honestly, but I loved every single second of it. I loved the male characters, Roman and Andre, and how different their relationship with the main character was. I am not sure who I would root for when it comes to romance as I feel I need to know more about them.

This is a start to
Sam Harper
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Karo is half vampire and half gypsy but has been sheltered by her mother from her father’s (who she has not met) vampire history. Karo becomes a suspect when her mother is murdered and she finds herself on the run, this is where the adventure and danger begins! A brilliantly written, fast-paced, action-packed fantasy novel. There is a great variation on vampire / werewolf plots that I found refreshing and captivating. Highly recommended by me.
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Where to start? There’s so much I loved about this book! Page 4 is when I knew this book had me hooked. In these pages there’s edge of your seat thrilling action, a little mystery, and a healthy dose of snark. The unique heritage Karo has, was a great twist on both magic users and vampires. I couldn’t help but love Karo and her strength and how she refuses to cower even in the face of extreme circumstances. Following a strong vampire who claims to be working for an uncle she’s never met out of t ...more
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M. R. Noble has played a tug of war between science and art her whole life, but the rope broke when she wrote the first line of The Dark Eyes Series. Immersed up to her keyboard in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she enjoys blending the real with the surreal. The only drawback is she misplaces her mug while dreaming up her next scene, and soon finds herself six cups overpoured.

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