December 29, 2014

ERIN REVIEWS: Eyes Turned Skyward by @RebeccaYarros

Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros
NA Contemporary Romance
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Since her sister's death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.

Jagger is enrolled in the country's toughest flight school. He's wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general's daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger's biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.

They're flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn...

Rebecca Yarros blew me away with her debut novel Full Measures, and I was thrilled to get my hands on Eyes Turned Skyward! Yarros once again packs a punch to the heart with this moving and captivating story about a girl trying to make every day count, and the boy who makes her wish for tomorrow. Paisley’s heart was a ticking time bomb, and she was tired of being treated like she was going to break. Jagger was more than happy to bring a smile to the beautiful face of the woman who’d captured his attention, taking risks and pushing limits. Little did he know that they were pushing her towards the last beat of her heart.

This story starts out heart-wrenching, and that feeling of waiting for the axe to fall stays with you pretty much through the whole story. I couldn’t stop wondering, “when’s she going to push things too far?” so every moment Paisley had with Jagger was that much more thrilling. She’d lost her sister to the same disease she was suffering from, and she was just counting down her days until she would have to make a huge decision about her future-a bandaid fix, or major surgery. I love that she was determined to not sit around dwelling on her situation, because honestly I can’t imagine how crippling it would be to KNOW that your heart was just waiting to give out on you. For a young woman ready to start her life, it would be maddening. Paisley didn’t waste time feeling sorry for herself, though, instead trying to experience the things that would make her feel alive, and live for the sister she’d lost. Jagger was the perfect catalyst for it all, the wild rebel who loved adventure. They met in a chilling twist of fate, and Paisley stirred something in him that moment that he just couldn’t shake. I loved that scene, it was so poignant and meaningful to how their journey unfolded. I was hopelessly lost in this story from that point on!

Every moment that Jagger shared with Paisley left my heart racing, and the fact that she was in a relationship with her deceased sister’s best friend didn’t even register on my radar! Sure, Will was a sweet guy, but he acted more like a big brother than a boyfriend (which was fine by me!). It was like Jagger brought the sunlight into her dark and depressing life, and I was grinning like an idiot when they finally stopped pretending that they weren’t meant to be together!! Of course, the backlash of Paisley choosing the bad boy was significant, both with her family and his position at the flight school what with Paisley’s father being the commanding officer at the base. Drama or no drama, though, these two had an intense and fiery chemistry together that was well worth the bumpy road!

That doesn’t mean things were smooth sailing once they got through her parents’ disapproval. Jagger and Paisley both had secrets; hers was the obvious issue of her health, and his was a rather hazy reference to a bad childhood. We don’t know the full extent of either right away, but as Paisley counts down her time with Jagger and he tries desperately to be a better person than his past, it was clear that things were going to blow up in their faces. I had so much respect for Jagger after seeing what choices he had made and why he made them, he was just a beautiful man inside and out. He and Paisley earned their happily ever after and then some, and their story was so worth the burn on my heart!

“If it’s between being numb the rest of my life or burning exquisitely for even a moment, I’ll take the burn. The best things in life are worth the burn, the risk.” ~Loc 686

There’s never been a day where I didn’t crave it from you—approval. But now, I could give a flying fuck what you think of me. ~Loc 721

Oh, God. It was me. Yes, those were my hands at his back, fisted in his T-shirt, pulling him closer. That was my body arched into his, and the friction felt so good. He consumed me, owned me, and I loved it because in that second, I owned him, too. ~Loc 1470

I was good at two things: fucking and flying. I’d wipe away the memory of that asshat one orgasm at a time, or two. Sex was easy. I’d been doing it since I was fifteen. But with Paisley? That was in a different realm, a different dimension. ~Loc 2020

Jaggar made me want things I’d long since given up on for my future. There was no alarm on my wrist, no one telling me exactly what I had to be doing for my own good. He was living, breathing freedom. ~Loc 2204

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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.


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