Review: DARK EYES by William Richter

Dark Eyes 
William Richter
383 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: March 15th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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’ll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko—her darkeyed father—finds her. Because Klesko will stop at nothing to reclaim the fortune Wally’s mother stole from him long ago. Even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wallys had her own killer training, and she’s hungry for justice.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, this debut thriller introduces our next big series heroine!

   William Richter bursts onto the YA scene with a thriller that will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat. The plot you think you know will be twisting in ways you never expect, and the non-stop action is fierce.

   Dark Eyes, out now, starts with a bang – with a homicide of a girl we first think is Wally, our protagonist. This first bit is just a sample of all the grittiness to come. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend Dark Eyes to everyone – there are some moments of violence that might turn out to be disturbing for a few. But I like my action full of weapons and horrible bad guys – which was what originally had me excited for Richter’s debut.

   Wally isn’t your average main character. Not everyone will be able to connect with her, particularly her mindset for living life on the streets when she has a protective parent (her adopted mother) and a home to go to every night. But that’s just how Wally is. And she finds out her birth mother might just be closer than she thinks, her life on the streets takes a more dangerous turn. Before she knows it, her life, and the life of her crew, is in danger – she could have a bullet through her head any minute. Because she isn’t the only one looking for her mother…

   The big reveal in the end was big. I can’t say I saw it coming – and I’m one who usually figures out twists like that. That being said, that major plot twist was a bit… ironic, in a way. But still. Dark Eyes was an incredible read. I was hooked from page one, and I didn’t expect any of the things that happened throughout your novel. It isn’t your average read, that’s for sure.

  So while Dark Eyes might not be for everyone, it might definitely be for you. Thrilling, heart-pounding action, an adventurous search for family, and a girl who might just find out who she is – Dark Eyes is a must read. And guess what? There’s a sequel planned for 2013. I. Am. Stoked.

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    March 17, 2012

    This books sounds like it's just the book for me! I love action and grittiness. I love good twists and mystery too. I grew up reading thrillers, so it's nice to see more of them working their way into YA. Thanks for the fantastic review!!

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    Addie R.

    March 17, 2012

    Great review! This might just be the book for me. I'm gonna give it a try!

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    Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!

    March 17, 2012

    Great review! “Weapons and horrible bad guys”? Sign me up! I love action-packed, gritty novels! I'm definitely going to have to go out and buy this ASAP.

    All the best ♥
    Mackenzie Oh, For the Love of Books!

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    Jasmine Rose

    March 19, 2012

    I think I might give this one a try. Sometimes I just need a little excitement in my life, and it sounds like Dark Eyes could deliver that!

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    April 16, 2012

    I literally JUST finished reading this. I am still pumped, if that is the right word. Meaning it is after midnight and I am definitely not going to bed now. I am looking forward to a sequel, but I don't think it is really needed.

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    October 26, 2012

    I need to read this one. I haven't read too many good reviews for it, but yours sealed it for me!!

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    October 28, 2012

    I am always very tentative to books that compare themselves to huge hits (like Kiss Crush Collide did to Perfect Chemistry – not anything like each other). I've only read a few other reviews on this book but all were positive. Maybe I need to read outside of my box a bit :)

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    The Writer in the Background

    February 23, 2013

    Ooh, a thriller, huh? I like thrillers! I have to find this for myself now!