The Drenaline Surf series is one of those series you can’t put down and will want to read straight through. Always Summer follows Haley in the aftermath of some events that threaten her new beginning in Crescent Cove with Drenaline Surf, and it’s quite the crazy ride full of mystery and mayhem as secrets are revealed to the world and everyone struggles with soiled reputations while trying to stay afloat in the surf world.
I didn’t stay long out of the Drenaline Surf Series and started reading Always Summer a few days after I finished Rough Waters because I couldn’t wait. I just love Haley, her roommates, and the Hooligans so much that I miss them now that I’m through. Always Summer stepped up a notch in the mystery and drama, and I had so many feelings. I was literally angry that someone was trying to mess with my friends/peeps/squad/surf family. Nikki always manages to send me on a rollercoaster ride when it comes to the characters I love. One minute I love a love interest, and then the next, I want to slap some sense into them.
My favorite scenes took place between Haley and Colby, the surfer she originally chased across the country. They’re two outsiders in a world where everyone sticks together, and I loved that about them. I loved that they stuck together when everything was falling apart. The dynamic friendships of the Drenaline Surf Series are what I love most and keeps me reading. Nikki’s Always Summer gives me major friendship goals.
If you love young adult contemporary with mystery and drama, stories of friendship, summer reads, and hot surfers, Always Summer is perfect for you.
1. You always have some great crossover features between your novels. At the end of Always Summer, we get a tiny glance at Caleb, from your novel Breaking Saint Jude. Did you always know he’d be involved in the Drenaline Surf series?
I honestly had no intention of crossing over with Breaking Saint Jude. But it’s sort of fitting. In 2011, I was writing CFD and I took a break during November for NaNoWriMo. Breaking Saint Jude was my project that year (even though I didn’t finish it at that time). When Officer Pittman needed a shady connection, I decided to just use the hacker I already had instead of creating another one. It all worked out because I needed to share a little tidbit about Pittman’s life, and the connection worked well.
2. How would Haley describe Colby Taylor, Topher Brooks, and Vin Brooks each in three words?
Colby – Dreamer. Broken. Inspiring.
Topher – Hyper. Charismatic. Impulsive.
Vin – Serious. Smart. Brooding.
3. What’s your favorite quote from the book?
“He is winter meets warmth, sort of like biting into a gooey chocolate bar but realizing there are shards of glass inside.” Oddly, that line about Officer Pittman was my favorite in the entire book lol.
“It’s that feeling – that last summer, forever-chasing, there’s hope for the world after all feeling,” is a close second.
4. Who’s your favorite Hooligan?
Theo is my favorite. It’s so random to a lot of people, but I love broken characters. His back story in Rough Waters is what sealed the deal for my favoritism. Also, he has a pretty big moment in the final book that stole my heart. He’s just special.
5. I loved the ending of Always Summer. It broke my heart but also pieced it back together as some characters redeemed themselves and roles reversed in Haley’s relationships. Without spoiling too much, what can we expect from the next and final book in the series?
Everything will be answered/revealed in the final book. The who, the why, the everything. I really love this book because it unveils everyone’s mistakes, everyone’s secrets, and everyone’s pasts. You’ll learn a lot of things about a lot of characters that you may not have expected. But in the end, there’s a good solid ending that I think will satisfy readers, even if their ships go down. 😉 (I think we’re 50/50 on Team Vin and Team Topher, so hopefully I won’t receive hate mail! lol!)
I (Ginna) will always be #TeamColby. Halby forever. Though out of the Brooks brothers, #TeamVin, Vinley love over here. You hear me, Nikki? Hahaha 😉
#TEAMCOLBY FOREVER, HALBY FOR ALWAYS. –Ginna
6. Can you share anything about what’s next for future publications?
Let’s see… We have Falling From the Sky’s sequel, Crash Landing, pending. I also have a YA M/M romance that I’m dying to write. And I’m plotting a five-book New Adult surf series (Sienna Bay Series) that’s about five siblings who are all a part of the surf world, which was actually inspired by a family who has two surfers on the world tour and one that will probably qualify for it soon. 🙂
Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she’ll never shut up. You’ve been warned.
Thanks so much to Nikki for taking the time to answer a few questions about Always Summer! I hope you enjoyed the insight as much as I did. If you haven’t read any of Nikki’s books yet, do so! Especially if you love young adult contemporary and summer reads!