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.
"Whenever I read Nyrae Dawn, I am reminded that words are her art, and she wields her paintbrush with all the skill of Rembrandt. The tender romance of Ryder and Virginia is palpable on the page, and the story sings with all the complexities of the interwoven plot. I read late into the night to finish this one, and once again, Nyrae has managed a masterpiece. LOVED." ~ USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Courtney Cole
"The Weight of Destiny unfolds like a storm. It is dark and electric and incredibly romantic. I lost and found myself. The characters are so vivid, so alive, you'll forget anything but them exists." ~ David James author of Between the Stars and Sky
"The Weight of Destiny is YA at its absolute finest. Nyrae Dawn flawlessly brought two seemingly broken characters to life and showed everyone deserves a second chance at love and life. This breathtaking storytelling will blow you away." ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Tiffany King
"The Weight of Destiny is art at its best, Ryder and Virginia canvasses on which the good and bad of life and love unfold in brilliant, true color." ~ Author Jamie Manning
I couldn’t stop reading this book! I finished it within 2 days and absolutely loved it. Part of me wishes there was a second part to get more of the happily ever after feel. To maybe learn that Ryder turned his life around and really made something of himself. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites!
Another Must Read by Nyrae Dawn
One thing that you can always count on Nyrae Dawn to give you are characters that are real and relatable. The Weight of Destiny has that in spades.
We have Ryder, resident bad boy. I mean, he was raised to steal. He's a bad boy but he is so far from a bad guy. The idea he has that the criminal life his father leads is the only one for him made me want to give him a giant hug and talk some sense into him.
Virginia has her own mess to deal with when it comes to family. A mess she tries to overcompensate for by being perfect. But in reality no one is perfect, Virginia is no exception.
Their story is about fighting perceived destinies but there's so much more. Their romance is sweet and heartwarming. Ryder's group of friends are great as well. They're exactly the type of people I'd want to hang out with if I were in high school. And both Virginia and Ryder must step outside their own comfort zone to become the people they really are.
To release the weight of his or her own destiny.
(See what I did there ;) )