Series: Flight & Glory #2
Publisher: Embrace on December 8, 2014
Amazon • B&N • The Book Depository • Goodreads
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...
Check out my review of Full Measures (Flight & Glory #1)
I absolutely loved Rebecca Yarros’ debut novel, Full Measures. I actually didn’t know that Eyes Turned Skyward focused on Josh’s best friend Jagger until I was in the thick of it. But that made it all the better.
Eyes Turned Skyward was a more emotionally dramatic book as compared to Full Measures. It didn’t quite tickle my fancy as much as Full Measures, but it was still engaging. There was more emotional turmoil in this novel, with Paisley, the main character, hiding a medical secret that killed her older sister and counting down the days of her life left to live. On the other hand, you had Jagger, who came with a ton of emotional baggage from his family. It was an interesting read that kept me engaged, nonetheless.
Paisley was a bit morbid in my opinion and she was quite the hardheaded character. She was holding on to the past that it got annoying at many points. Regardless, she was a decent main character to read about. She really grew over the course of the novel, and it was fun to watch her evolve as a character, especially in regards to things such as her family and Will.
It was nice to see more of Jagger in this novel. He was hiding some secrets that I would never have guessed from the glimpses of his character that we saw in Full Measures. He was a lot deeper than you would expect. He was caring and actually good-hearted, even with his penchant for causing trouble. He was fierce in his love for Paisley as well as his love for flying. He was a flyboy at Fort Rucker after graduating from UC with Josh. He was seriously a swoon-worthy character and I was totally jealous of Paisley.
There were two romances in this novel—one lackluster and one passionate. Will and Paisley were dating initially. It was totally platonic feeling from the very beginning. For some reason it just rubbed me the wrong way, and I was totally team Jagger from the beginning. In fact, Will just pissed me off with pretty much everything he did. He was a lying and controlling jerk and I just did not like him; I only found one redeeming quality in his during the end of the novel. He just….ugh, he got me going, and not in a good way. On the other hand, Jagger and Paisley together was hot enough to start a fire. They were seriously meant for each other and I loved seeing them together. Jagger didn’t treat her like a delicate flower and Paisley pushed him to be a better person. They were like two peas in a pod.
Eyes Turned Skyward was a fantastic New Adult contemporary read, and I am learning to expect nothing less from Rebecca Yarros. An emotional read, Eyes Turned Skyward was a heartwarming journey about letting go and learning to love.