Title: Dark Eyes
Author: William Richter
Rating: 3 stars
Summary: 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.
I was so excited for this book, but it was a giant letdown. The idea was quite intriguing and the ending was full of unexpected twists, but getting to the ending was a trial. The book follows four different characters: Wally, Atley Greer, and Klesko and Tiger. These characters’ paths cross many times, but they each have different events leading up those points. The author follows Wally up to the events with the other characters, and then randomly inserts what the other characters did before hand, well after the situation has occurred. Essentially, this book had a really messed up timeline. Also, Jake and Ella are useless characters. They're two members of Wally's gang. They don't do anything, just stay out of the action scenes and get angry at Wally for going to find her mother and putting them in danger. Tevin, the other member, was the only one who went with Wally and actually did something. He was also the love interest, but it seemed that was only for the sake of having romance, not because it's important to the story or the characters work well together. In the end, everything that happened was for nothing; Wally's life is even more messed. This is supposedly a series, though I don't know where the author can possibly take the story from here.