Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros

Blurb:
23706735Life’s too short to play it safe…

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…
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My Review:
Another reread getting ready to read the final 2 books in this series, and I can honestly say that I felt the exact same way the second time through!  So here’s my original review…

4.5 stars — Yup, Jagger’s story was even more than I was expecting!!  Wasn’t always impressed with keeping who Anna was a secret from the reader, felt like sensationalizing or something.  But then again, since I managed to guess who she was pretty early on, perhaps that was what the author was expecting….

And now that that’s TINY niggle is out of the way — LOVED the way this book played out.  You could really feel the chemistry between Paisley and Jagger, right from the moment he saved her.  I enjoyed that Jagger wasn’t some perfect book boy too — he had a horrendous temper that made me cringe in embarrassment at times.  I felt for Paisley.  It was nice to see her really get to him though, give him a reason to try to better himself.  I was truly surprised with how the Will stuff went…  I expected a different kind of drama there, but got something else entirely.  I always appreciate it when an author can surprise me in a good way.  He just ended up being a character that was more important than I was expecting, and not just to Paisley, but to Jagger as well.

Even Paisley was a character that made you cringe sometimes with her recklessness and her adamant belief that she wasn’t going to make it.  Sometimes I wish we could have seen her grow more, and maybe be shown her *wanting* to live to be with Jagger instead of always being resigned to die.  So in the end I guess she gave me a little niggle too…

All in all, LOVING this “series”.  I see there’s a 3rd book coming out….will it be Masters book?  I hope so, I’m intrigued by him!  Then again, Ms Yarros writes such compelling secondary characters that I want to know what happens with so many of them — Sam, Morgan and Will, and now definitely Masters.

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