Release Day Launch - The Weight of Destiny (Misfits #1) by Nyrae Dawn ~ Read an Excerpt and Ava's Review!
Advanced praise for The Weight of Destiny. . .
"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
“Do you ever feel like you’re destined for something no matter how hard you try to be?”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Oh, how I love the magic of first love, of discovery, of choices and of finding your way in the world; this is The Weight of Destiny in a nutshell. Both Virginia and Ryder believed they had certain roles to fill, their paths had already been mapped out and they couldn’t deviate from them. It took a chance meeting at a deserted beach to find each other and for them to discover that you can decide your own destiny.
The Misfits is a fresh and exciting, young adult series from Nyrae Dawn and I fell in love with each and every one of her characters. Their lives weren’t perfect nor were their behaviour, and it was due to this, I related to them. We’ve all been 17 or 18 ourselves, we made bad choices, we took risks and we did things we shouldn’t have but it’s part of this thing called life and I think Nyrae Dawn encapsulated it beautifully.
“She couldn’t concentrate before, I remind myself. Somehow, I’m doing something for her. Me. Ryder, the guy who has two strikes, is good at stealing, and whose brother hates him. But for her, I do something.”
I loved Virginia’s character, she struggled with her home life so in turn she focused on school and believed if she strived for perfection she would survive. It took her meeting Ryder Blackstock, a boy from the wrong side of town to show her that being free wasn’t about falling, it was about flying. I loved Viginia’s stories and the way they were intertwined with the story; Virginia had to learn about herself and the many labels she wore as well as her family. I thought this was executed very well and added another dimension to the story.
“There once was a girl named Destiny. She was the fastest runner in the world. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t outrun who she was. Then she met a boy. He said his name was also Destiny, and for the first time in her life, she didn’t feel like she was running alone.”
Ryder was never told he could be more, therefore he didn’t believe it. When Virginia came along, she didn’t want to change him, she just wanted him to realise the person he could be. I loved the close relationship Ryder had with his friends, proving you can choose your own family; blood isn’t always thicker than water. It was great to see the change in Ryder as well as the change in his relationship with his brother. Ryder didn’t change who he was as a person, but he believed in himself and wanted more out of life than what he was told he deserved.
“Why are you crying?”
“Because you’re better than you realize, Ryder Blackstock. It scares me as much as it sets me free.”
“It doesn’t feel like she’s telling me to choose –who I am or being with her –it feels like she’s letting me decide who I am. Like she’s giving me a chance to be that person. Like maybe she sees more in me than I ever have.”
Nyrae Dawn proves once again why she is one of my favourite authors, the writing was beautiful, the characters were multifaceted and I didn’t want to put this book down. I can’t wait to visit Virginia and Ryder again as their friends get a story, I feel almost protective of them and want to check in on them from time to time.
The Weight of Destiny is about growing up, experiencing life and finding love, in you other half as well as yourself.
“Write a story with me, Virginia.”
Finally, I breathe. “What?”
“I don’t know shit about writing, but write a story with me. Our story. Your story. Mine. Whatever. Let’s not be afraid to write our own. To decide who we want to be, who we already are.”
“You’re strong and beautiful.”
She chuckles softly and shakes her head.
“It’s just a different kind of strength. You are who you are, and you don’t care what people think. You don’t care that you’re sober at a party where everyone is drinking. You don’t give a shit if you’re the girl who leaves to do her homework, because it’s important to you.”
“Is it still strength if the reason behind it is fear?” She sounds like she’s drifting away, her voice getting softer and softer. I need to reel her back in, keep her close, so I roll to my side, lean my head into my hand and let my elbow prop me up. With my other hand, I brush her cheek with my thumb.
“I don’t know. You’re the smart one. Regardless, I know you’re strong.” Because I know she’s dealing with more than I’ve seen; I just don’t have a clear picture of what it is.
“We’re still different, though, so why me?”
Words get trapped in my throat. I can tell her it’s because of what I said—she’s beautiful and strong. I can tell her it’s because sometimes the loneliness in her eyes mirrors mine, only I didn’t know it was there before her. Maybe it’s to prove I won’t screw up with a girl like her the way Luke thinks I will. There are a million possibilities, not all of them good. The only thing that manages to come out is, “Because the weight isn’t as heavy when I’m with you.”
Her breath hitches. I let my fingers gently glide against her neck, her throat. When she speaks, I feel the words vibrate through my fingertips. It’s a crazy-wild feeling, and I want it to keep going, want to touch all her words.
“The weight of what?” she asks.
I don’t know… I shrug. “Of everything.”
But it’s not my words that settle into my chest. It’s hers. Virginia shakes her head and answers her own question. “Of destiny.”
Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. Even when she was too busy chasing kids or working, writing stories was never far from her mind.
She feels a special pull to characters in their teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she adores exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing. Luckily for her, he doesn’t either.
Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feelssomething, but is able to laugh, too. She’s also a proud romantic at heart who has a soft spot for flawed characters. She loves people who aren’t perfect, who make mistakes but also have a big heart.
Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.
When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.
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