Friday, December 5, 2014

Waking Life - Lori's Review of EYES TURNED SKYWARD by Rebecca Yarros

Title: Eyes Turned Skyward
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled
Publication Date: 12/8/2014
Source: ARC from the publisher through Netgalley

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 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.

I first heard about Rebecca Yarros at the beginning of this year when I read and fell in love with her debut novel Full Measures. (See my review of Full Measures HERE.)

Yarros herself is a military wife.  Her experiences come through strongly in her writing.  Her military pride is fiercely evident in every word she puts on the page.  She creates beautiful stories about broken people who learn how to help each other heal and discover who they are meant to be.

Paisley Donovan is still grieving the loss of her older sister, but the heavier weight is the pressure she feels to be her sister's replacement as daughter, student, girlfriend.  She is determined to live more of a life than her sister was able to do in her few short years.

Jagger is running from a past that he cannot seem to escape.  It's very obvious from the beginning that Jagger is definitely more than what he seems, but fear keeps him from telling Paisley more about himself than is strictly necessary.

When Paisley finds that she can no longer fight her attraction to Jagger, she ends things with her boyfriend.  Despite the disapproval of her family, Paisley can't help the way that she comes alive whenever she is with Jagger.

Yarros incorporates many of the things that I love about the New Adult genre, but always gives something a little extra.  I love the added aspects of her stories, and I think you will too.  

If you are a fan of New Adult Romance, I recommend you grab these books immediately.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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