Nyrae Dawn

When “crazy” runs in your family and your namesake is known for walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie, and underneath the perfection…Virginia is lost.

Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren’t exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.

When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn’t be more different. Soon they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. Like the rocks in Virginia Woolf’s pockets, the weight of their destinies will pull them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn’t know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies…if it’s not too late.


★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★

Virginia Nichols is a good girl. She has a plan and she likes to work hard at everything. A senior in high school, she appears perfect but what she is hiding is causing her sadness and pent up anger.

Ryder Blackstock comes from a shady background, groomed from a young age to become a thief and a criminal his destiny has been set from birth. He feels he has only ever been loved for what he could do best – steal.

This is well worn storyline but one that I enjoy a lot, and I found in this case it really worked. The interactions between the two teenagers were really sweet. This is a YA book so no steam, but plenty of emotional scenes to make you smile.

This is the first in the ‘Misfits’ series, the following books will feature Ryder’s friends.

About the Author

I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction.

I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me.
I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.

21st November 2014

Weight of Destiny by Nyrae Dawn – REVIEW