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Chasing Forever Down (Drenaline Surf Series Book 1) by [Godwin, Nikki]
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When seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan is dragged to a corporate party with her parents, she's searching for one thing - the nearest exit. Instead, she finds a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules and chases his own dreams, and he's definitely cute enough to disappear with for the night. Convinced that he can help her escape the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her, Haley agrees to meet him the next day. However, Mr. Mysterious is a no show.

Determined to track him down, Haley enlists her best friend Linzi to help, but according to the local newspapers, the guy she met has been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley and Linzi follow clues on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California, where her mystery guy is no mystery at all. He's living as Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.

But talking to the surf star again is nearly impossible when he's guarded by a hierarchy of beach bums who are determined to send Haley back to the east coast. Haley is up for the challenge of submerging herself in their world, from wild summer nights and beach parties to ocean air and secret kisses in the dark, but when the lines blur between the ocean and the shore, she isn't so sure she's here for Colby anymore. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of these California boys might just be worse.

(This is book #1 of the Drenaline Surf series but can be read as a stand-alone novel.)​

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I really loved this book. I had put off reading it. I loved a certain 'rainbow' book by this author. I'm honestly not into surfing, so I didn't expect to like it. I adore all of the lovely people in this book! I didn't sleep much in the last 24 hours. It was really well written. Now for book two!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has given me a serious case of wanderlust 5 June 2016
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Haley meets this mysterious guy, and they seem to have some sort of understanding of each other, but the next morning he doesn't show up where they were supposed to meet. She never even got his name, but through some digging she found out that he was the supposedly dead son of a local couple. She gets a few leads and she, along with her best friend, decides to track him down. Her best friend, Linzi, is that slutty best friend that is just a perfect amount of bad influence to get you to have fun, but I'm not so sure if I like her, slutty friends usually end up stabbing you in the back.
I LOVE the whole "mysterious guy that gets me" thing. I thought "oh how sweet she is gonna track him down and they are gonna love each other (swoon)" That DOES NOT happen, but that's OK. I also love a good road trip and they were tracking down those clues, it was like one of those Geo Caching hunts. They do find him though in California, only he is like some local celebrity named Colby Taylor and everyone treats them like stupid little fan girls. Colby has these body guards that they have to get past if they want to see him. My favorite character is AJ. Everyone sees AJ as this bad boy, trouble maker, but he is actually a really sweet and amazing person. I won't say WHO Haley ended up with, you will just have to read for yourself, but it was NOT who I expected. And I kind of think Colby Taylor might be bat s*** crazy; I don't know we’ll see. Luckily the next two books are already out and after you love this one you don't have to wait for the next two.
This book has awakened my gypsy soul and given me a serious case of wanderlust. I sometimes find myself shaking my leg and wanting to run when I am sitting around not doing anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best read for me this year 13 July 2015
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Chasing Forever Down is hands down one of my favorite reads this year. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into—I decided to read it because I enjoyed another one of Nikki’s novels—and I’m really glad I did. Who doesn’t love a fun, summer read about self-discovery and chasing down an idea that could ultimately change the path of your life? I know I do.

The novel follows Haley Sullivan cross country from North Carolina to California in search of a boy she discovers faked his death and changed his identity to become the West Coast’s most famous surfer. When she reaches California, home of the untouchable Colby Taylor, she meets the guys who protect him and keep his secrets safe. What she discovers will change her path and lead her to go after her own dreams.

Being from Southern California, and living most of my adult life near the beach in San Diego, I found Nikki Godwin’s California setting of Crescent Cove to be believable. It reminded me of the times I used to hang out around fire pits, listening to the roar of the ocean, while hanging with friends. It reminded me of Santa Monica mixed with Venice Beach and even hints of La Jolla. Besides the setting, the characters really came off the page. The connection Haley felt with Stricks, A.J., Alston, and Vin(who spoke like Vin Diesel in my head the whole time, haha) was well-crafted, and it felt like they were my friends, too.

What I enjoyed most was how the romance was unexpected, and it slowly grew throughout the novel until the ending. The majority of the novel revolved around friendship and how it morphs and changes, fades and grows. Chasing Forever Down has lingered with me for days, and I look forward to reading the next novel in the series.

I recommend this novel to those who love young adult contemporary, beach reads, stories of self discovery and friendship, and also to those who need a feel-good novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars Blazed through it in one night-midnight-morning #eyebags 18 June 2016
By Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again - Published on
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So it comes to no surprise that I love Nikki Godwin and her novel AMERICAN GIRL ON SATURN. But honestly, I have been so afraid to read CHASING FOREVER DOWN resulting to me putting off reading it as long as I could. It's one thing to love AGoS because I generally love anything with a close-proximity trope. Or anything with celebrities. I guess being a fangirl makes my ultimate fantasy to be stuck somewhere with a star. But like what Nikki said and is afraid of, Chasing Forever Down is different from American Girl on Saturn. As much as she's afraid that people who loved AGoS won't like CFD, I'm also frightened that I won't love or gasp! even like CFD and I badly want to like/love it. Then I was reading this sci-fi book and I just couldn't get into it and decided that I should brave it and read CFD. I was so glad I did because all my fears were unfounded and I blazed through CFD in one night-midnight-morning. #eyebags

I know nothing about surfing and that's one of the reasons why I'm wary of reading CFD. But fear not everyone who's like me because there will be no surfing jargon. Our heroine, Haley, knows nothing about surfing as well. In fact, she only went to Crescent Cove, the home of surfer star Colby Taylor, not because she's a fan but because she wants to know how he escaped it all. Haley learns that the stranger he met on an epically boring social party was actually dead. Not the vampire or zombie type but that he vanished and was considered dead for three years. But she knows she didn't see a ghost so she goes on a roadtrip with no known location, trying to find this mystery guy who she thinks can be her mentor in escaping the future her parents planned for her. Like seriously goes on a clue-picking Nancy-Drew-esque roadtrip with her best friend. When she reaches Crescent Cove, she learns that simply meeting Colby Taylor is an almost impossible endeavor, what with his four bodyguards who are so different from each other. From here on, she sets out on winning these four guys to ultimately talk to Colby Taylor and ask him "How did you escape it all?".

Chasing Forever Down is a low-key novel but it is sometimes the low-key ones, those who are not making much noise, that just grabs you tight. I didn't realize how much time passed until I finished the book. You just get invested in the characters even more than you'll get at the story. CFD reads like a slice-of-life novel with no grand conflict. Haley has a goal and the mini-missions or obstacles just come to her when it's there. And surprisingly, you just read on. From the get go, there was no romance between Colby and Haley. She just wants to ask him how she can chase her dreams. And I love that. I love how Haley isn't in this insane mission just for a guy but because she truly believes he can teach her. I was even doubtful if there will be romance in this story because for the most part, there seems to be none. And I still dug it because this is not a romance novel. Not primarily that is. It's a coming-of-age story, learning the ropes, finding yourself and all that. So when an inkling of romance popped out, I admit to being excited. Coming-of-age with a love interest? I'm greedy for those. Then when Nikki surprised me with who the love interest is, I felt like she snatched my chair out from under me. But even though I was surprised at first, the pairing ultimately made sense and I was so into shipping them right away.

But seriously, it isn't really the romance that grabbed me. It's the characters. All of them. Even the smallest of the characters made an impact in me. I know nothing about the "surfer bum" life and until now, I don't actually understand it. But when Miles, one of the surfers, told Haley about getting surfing, understanding surfing, I was floored. I didn't know that's why some surfers surf. That it's a spiritual thing. To be with this formidable wave and just letting it all go, trusting the wave not to eat you up. Wow. In a way, Haley and I are the same in that we know nothing and CFD totally opened my eyes. I thought surfers were just a bunch of adrenaline junkies and nothing more and now, I know better.

The characters and their friendships, it totally got me reeled in. They didn't feel like friends, they were family. Truth be told though, I didn't relate much to Haley. I guess I just don't see myself going after a "dead" guy to ask him how to escape. And going on a roadtrip and doing all of the things she did. But maybe that's just because I'm not that free-spirited or maybe because I don't have the pressure that she experiences. I guess I really didn't buy how their parents just allowed them to go. And maybe that's a culture thing or I don't know. The logistics and how realistic the set-up is are what's keeping me from fully diving in to Haley's character and story. But even with that, I still loved the characters, even the smallest ones. They were such diverse people but surfing glued them tight. For the record, Topher is my favorite Hooligan and AJ is my favorite bodyguard.

This review has been so hard to write because I couldn't quite explain what made me into Chasing Forever Down. It is just great. It is what it is and it just is. And I love it. My review feels somber because that's how I felt while reading Chasing Forever Down. No, it's not sad but there's this sense of calm that I felt while reading it. As if somehow I'm reading about someone's spiritual journey. And it kinda is a spiritual journey. Haley learns and realizes a lot of things in this summer journey of hers with so many interesting people. I can't wait for Haley to come back in Crescent Cove and to read about everyone again. I am sure it will be another somber read that will bring out the side of me I don't usually see, the calm, thinking one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Read of 2013! 17 January 2014
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I don't really know where to even start with this review. To anyone that knows me it's no secret that I have been saying for months this is my favorite book of 2013. I read more books last year than I have ever read in a year in my life and many of them were very good, but Chasing Forever Down touched me in a way that is almost hard to explain. I love it so much and for so many different reasons. I am going to try and capture for you the reasons it means so much to me and hopefully it will leave you wanting to read it and see for yourself.

First a little history. When I find an author I love I want to read ALL the books they have written. Back in September I was on the American Girl on Saturn tour and loved the book. Couldn't quit talking about it and couldn't quit thinking about it. So of course I had to go get more Nikki Godwin, immediately, and found Chasing Forever Down. I read the description and immediately downloaded it and started reading......and reading.......and reading. Addicted. Crack addict level addicted. I had to keep reading to find out where it was going. Needless to say I LOVED the book and almost started it over immediately. I have never had a book make me want to do that. At that point I felt like I needed to email Nikki and tell her how much I loved the book. Because I never empty my sent email boxes on a regular basis (like ever) I actually still have the original email I sent to Nikki and I wanted to post just a bit of it (I had to take out some spoiler stuff that was in there) but this tells you a little bit of what I was feeling and loving about the book just after I read it for the first time.

"I really wanted to tell you how much I loved Chasing Forever Down. Sincerely, I think it was one of the best YA books in this genre I have read in a while. I need to read it again so that I can really absorb it better. I just know that I loved how Haley was looking for one thing and found another that was better. I love how everything unfolded a little at a time. I loved the relationship between her and AJ. Talk about unlikely friendships! It was fantastic! I loved the beach setting and I love the feel of a less populated more hometown feel of a small beach. I really could see the setting in my mind while reading. It was just awesome."

Nikki knows how to tell a story and make you feel like you are there with the characters. I love how you expect the characters to be one way and then they end up being so different than what you initially thought. There are so many fun and interesting elements and characters to the story like Emily and her Enchanters, paper stars, The West Coast Hooligans (who will be your favorite?) this book kept me hooked from page to page. This is probably one of my favorite elements to her writing. My favorite character in the book is AJ. I was surprised how much he grew on me throughout the story and he actually brought me to tears at the end. He is a fantastic character and someone I would want for a best friend even though I know Haley as already taken that role on. Here is an excerpt from the book that will give you a glimpse of Haley and AJ's first meeting:
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE - must read 19 March 2016
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Ugh! So I just wrote this fantastic review and managed to navigate myself from the page and lost it! Boo!

Let's try this again...

I don't usually write reviews. I'm a reader, not a writer. I'm making an exception. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. This is a fantastic read that really draws you in and makes you want to root for the underdog and cheer on the hopes and dreams of Haley and her rag tag crew of surf besties. Some writers use sex and expletives to keep the reader engaged and Nikki manages to draw you in with good clean fun and great writing. I'm looking forward to many more books from this writer. Just started book #2 and it hasn't disappointed.