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Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros ~ Dream Cast + ARC Review

It is our pleasure to have Rebecca Yarros on the blog today with a special guest post! Today is release day for Eyes Turned Skyward, and this is her dream cast! Take it away, Rebecca...

Thank you so much for having me! I have to say that dream casting is one of my favorite things to do. When else can you look at pictures of hot guys and know it’s legitimate work?

Let’s start off with…

Jagger Bateman.
He’s absolutely Alex Pettyfer, and has been since Full Measures. Blonde hair, gorgeous eyes…heck, gorgeous everything, and a smile that kills. Yep, Jagger all the way. Jagger is a new army Lt, determined to graduate top of his class in flight school.

Paisley Donovan.
My Paisley is definitely AnnaSophia Robb. She has Paisley’s golden tresses, petite frame, sweet disposition and spark of fun. Paisley is the daughter of the commanding general, and definitely Jagger’s biggest weakness.

William Carter
Paisley’s uber-perfect, uptight boyfriend is definitely Steven Krueger. Oh, did I mention that he’s Jagger’s biggest rival at flight school? Yeah, that gets awkward really fast.

Morgan Bartley
Paisley’s best friend and roommate. She’s sassy, loyal, and not afraid to tell Paisley, or Will, how it is. She’s Nina Dobrev to me.

Grayson Masters
(Rebecca casts fitness model Mike Thurston) Jagger's quietly intense roommate, who is there when he's needed, but doesn't let anyone or anything in.

And what would Eyes Turned Skyward be if we didn’t have a little of the Full Measures cast to join?

Josh Walker
He’s in flight school with Jagger, rounding out the trio of guys living in the house, and taking every weekend he can with Ember. Josh is Theo James. Always. Those eyes, that smile, that body? Josh. Josh. Josh.

Ember Howard
She’s still in college at Vanderbilt, but spends every minute she can with Josh. My Ember will always be Bonnie Wright.

Samantha Wallace
Ember’s best friend is back, welcoming Paisley into their little group. She’s very Kat Graham to me!

Magnolia and Richard Donovan
Paisley’s parents are still reeling from the loss of her older sister, Peyton, more often than not overstepping their parental boundaries with Paisley. Definitely Mark Harmon and Felicity Huffman for me!

That’s it for Eyes Turned Skyward!

Thank you so much for having me, and giving me an excuse to look at pictures of Alex Pettyfer. ;)

 Thanks! ~Rebecca

What an awesome cast selection! THANK YOU, Rebecca, for stopping by. Congratulations on this new release!!!

Release Date: December 8, 2014


Since her sister's death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan has been treated like delicate glass by her parents. She may share her sister’s heart condition, 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 territoryand one wrong move could make them crash and burn...

Five Stars

An unforgettable, passionate story!

Twenty year-old Paisley Donovan lives with a heart condition, and she’s counting her days. She lives each day trying to check things off her bucket list. To say her parents are overbearing is putting it lightly, but I understand why they’re that way, since they already lost a daughter. The whole situation this family endures just saddens me. Jagger Bateman is a cocky, non-relationship type of guy whose biggest dream is to fly. Jagger just got into flight school, and he realizes he can’t afford any distractions until the day he rescues Paisley.

In an unforgettable story with alternating POV, there is both instant attraction and a beautiful, gradual build up of romance. Paisley and Jagger both have things that they delay telling each other, but neither can resist and ignore the unresolved, unexplored tension sizzling between them. It’s a story that seeks truth and forgiveness and is so very passionate! While reading Eyes Turned Skyward, I wrapped myself around each word and each character until I was utterly consumed by everything that happened. Yes, it’s that type of story…all-consuming.

Although Josh and Ember from Full Measures are part of this book, Eyes Turned Skyward can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I personally haven’t read Full Measures, but I loved Josh and Ember so much that I now need to backtrack and read their story. I know there are many fans! New-to-me author, Rebecca Yarros, is a phenomenal storyteller, and I’m glad I was given the chance to read this story. I adored every bit of Eyes Turned Skyward!

Book links:
Entangled Publishing: http://bit.ly/1s95Zyr

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About the author
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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  1. Oh this sounds so good! I'm terrible at doing dream casts because I always picture the characters my own way. This is a great cast though. ;)

    1. I agree it's a great cast. I thought her choices for Jagger and Paisley were perfect. :)

  2. This sounds so good, but I might need truffles. I am loving the cast of characters too!

    1. Truffles are good. Yeah, she had a great time dream casting. :)