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Dark Eyes: First Edition Hardcover – March 15, 2012
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After reading it, I can see why Dark Eyes has been tagged to Dragon Tattoo, and I was so pleased to see that it captured many of the elements I loved about Dragon Tattoo, but ended up being a book I enjoyed far more than the latter (I was one of those few people who didn't really enjoy TGwtDT all that much)! And throw in a little bit of Bourne Identity in there too maybe ;)
Reasons to Read:
One of the things I really think is great about Dark Eyes is that it's going to be a great read for so many groups that are typically missing out when it comes to YA; even though it features a female protaganist I think this is definitely a book that guys are going to like reading as well since it features so much action and excitement, but still plays with your mind a bit. And for the same reasons I think Dark Eyes could really be enjoyed by people who don't read as much or are kind of disillusioned with many of the YA trends out there because this one isn't a cookie cutter book at all.
A real detective mystery:
I loved that this was a book with a real mystery; not only is Wally trying to find out more about her actual past, but there's a detective character who's trying to solve a murder as well. There are so many deeply buried secrets and everyone is just racing to find out first what's going on. But it's dangerous- really dangerous.Read more ›
Wally was adopted into an affluent New York family at a young age from a Russian orphanage. She has virtually no memory of her life in Russia, or of who she really was before. When she turned fifteen, Wally took to life on the streets away from her comfortable New York home. A year later, she stumbles across the opportunity to find out who she really is. Having discovered the identity of her birth moth, she sets out to find her -with her father, a Russian mob boss, close on her heels. He doesn't want Wally to know the truth, even if it means killing her.
Honestly, I'm not really sure why they even tried to call Dark Eyes the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens. There's virtually no connection other than the fact that they are mystery/thrillers and Wally is a harder female lead (though, certainly, no Lisbeth Salander). Wally, though, is still a fascinating main character with plenty of great wit and intelligence to keep readers fascinated with her. Author William Richter does an excellent job of weaving a fascinating tale of intrigue, action, secrets and unexpected twists. Most importantly, Dark Eyes is one of the most well-written and pulse-pounding teen thrillers I've ever read.
A different breed of teen novel, but in a good way.
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 an American couple when she was five years old. She doesn't remember much from her life in Russia, having forgotten most of it only a few months after moving to the states. But when Wally loses her fake ID and goes to a recommended shop for a replacement, her life completely changes. The man at the shop hands her documents from her mother, causing Wally to take off in search of her. But her journey to find her mother will be dangerous.
There are so many twists in this story. It definitely helped to keep my interest because I didn't know what would happen next. I like to be left surprised, and well, Richter managed to surprise me quite a bit. And then there is the awesome heroine...I love Wally. She's tough, and she's determined, and she doesn't give up. She's an incredibly strong, and stubborn, heroine. It's hard not to like her.
"Dark Eyes" is a fast paced, thrilling novel that I enjoyed immensely. Would I recommend this book to everyone? In all honesty, no. But that is only because this isn't a book that everyone will enjoy. It is action packed. It is gritty. It's just an incredibly awesome novel.
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I really enjoyed this book. I work in a high school library and am reading through Missouri's Gateway nominees so that I can know what our kids are reading. I loved this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dawn M. Thomas
Excellent! My 11-year old daughter read Dark Eyes and its sequel Tiger and loved them both. "I can't wait til the next one comes out! Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Cycling Critic
What a great action adventure quest! Haven't read a good reality fiction quest in ages and this one fit the bill.Published on February 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I actually would give it 4.5 stars. It had twists and turns, interesting characters, and good pacing. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by reader78
Enoyed it and thought it was well written- was written by a very distant relative so thought it would be fun to buy,Published on August 31, 2013 by jere lee gunderson
Wallis has few memories of the life she left in Russia as a small child but she's determined to follow the trail to find the mother who left her in the orphanage so many years ago. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by LAS Reviewer
Sixteen-year-old Wallace "Wally" Stoneman was adopted by a wealthy family in NYC when she was younger. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by ODell @ Book Twirps
Dark Eyes had some pretty shocking moments. Things I did not see coming, especially in the last couple of chapters. Read more
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this book. I feel like a broken record when I say this but I was interested in this novel because of its Eastern European roots. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by famouslyso