Duels & Disappointment - DNF Discussions: The Football Girl + Done Dirt Cheap + Duels & Deception

Monday, August 14, 2017
The Football Girl + Done Dirt Cheap + Duels & Deception DNF Discussions

It's been such a long time since I've done one of these, and I DNF books left and right these days, so I really don't have a good excuse.... This time I'm using twitter polls, which is honestly a bit odd and inconvenient, but I just couldn't find a good alternative. All the other poll makers were either paid, just plain ugly, or for Wordpress only... (argh I kinda really want to move to Wordpress after all that, but *sigh* I can't afford self-hosting at the moment... lol one day...). Anyway, enough with the lamenting, let us commence....

What is DNF Discussions?


I've always been terrible at deciding whether or not to DNF books, even when it's apparent that I'm not enjoying them. This bothersome quality of mine often causes me to waste way too much time reading books I couldn't care less about, but alas, my fear of missing out on something good refuses to be assuaged, so I've decided to turn to you guys to help me determine whether or not a book is worth reading on.

The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring

(DNFed at 10% / Amazon & Goodreads & Book Depository)


The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring Cover

Synopsis & Details: The summer before Caleb and Tessa enter high school, friendship has blossomed into a relationship…and their playful sports days are coming to an end. Caleb is getting ready to try out for the football team, and Tessa is training for cross-country. But all read more... their structured plans derail in the final flag game when they lose. Tessa doesn’t want to end her career as a loser.

She really enjoys playing, and if she’s being honest, she likes it even more than running. So what if she decided to play football instead? What would happen between her and Caleb? Or between Tessa and her two best friends, who are counting on her to try out for cross-country with them? And will her parents be upset that she’s decided to take her hobby to the next level?

This summer, Caleb and Tessa figure out just what it means to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, teammate, best friend, and someone worth cheering for.

Title: The Football Girl
Series: N/A
Author: Thatcher Heldring
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Delacorte!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

I was really, really excited for The Football Girl, cause, hello, girls playing football!


Haha, anyone who knows me in real life is probably scratching their heads right now and thinking: since when is Kai a fan of football??? Well, I'm not, football's just not my thing (same goes for pretty much every other sport though *glares at my terrible, can't-do-physical-activity genes*). However, I read Catherine Murdock's Dairy Queen a loonnngg while back, and have some pretty fond memories of it, so I was eager to find something similar.

When I first found out about The Football Girl, I immediately added it to my stalking shelf on Goodreads*, and when it appeared on Netgalley, I:
  • Took a minute to shriek in delight
  • Requested the book immediately
  • *If you don't feel like your tbr is sufficiently overwhelming, then take a look through my stalking shelf, and I promise you will come back with a hulking tbr and many regrets.

    Alas, it appears I was destined to be disappointed (why hello over-dramatic Kai).

    The writing was just much too plain for my tastes, and subsequently, The Football Girl never managed to capture my elusive attention.


    I gave it till my customary 10% mark and was so bored and disinterested with both the characters and the plot that I pretty much DNFed without a second thought, and the cover was so pretty too *disappointed sniffles*.

    What are your thoughts on this matter?



    Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

    (DNFed at 65% / Amazon & Goodreads & Book Depository)


    Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon Cover

    Synopsis & Details: Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club read more... known as the Wardens.

    Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of a local lawyer: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.

    Title: Done Dirt Cheap
    Series: N/A
    Author: Sarah Nicole Lemon
    Publication Date: March 7th 2017
    Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
    Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Amulet!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

    Here I am again, DNFing a book at 65%....


    Done Dirt Cheap started out well, I liked the characters a lot, though the bike gang thing did take some adjusting to (I'm rather clueless when it comes to that stuff), and I was intrigued by the premise. The story really started picking up around the 30% mark, and things were looking good, but then, around the 60% mark, I found myself losing interest.

    I've seen so much praise for this book and heard so many good things from both authors and bloggers alike,


    which is why I wanted to love it so badly, but I just couldn't get into it. This is definitely a case of "it's me not you," Done Dirt Cheap is beautifully written and has two well-developed, kickass narrators, but I don't think it's for me. Argh, this is one of those cases where I just can't decide whether to indefinitely DNF or not....

    What are your thoughts on this matter?



    Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

    (DNFed at 30% / Amazon & Goodreads & Book Depository)


    Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey Cover

    Synopsis & Details: Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those read more... arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

    Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

    Title: Duels & Deception
    Series: N/A
    Author: Cindy Anstey
    Publication Date: April 11th 2017
    Genres: Historical, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
    Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Swoon Reads!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

    When I picked up Duels & Deception I'd just finished Jane Austen's famed Pride and Prejudice and was looking for more books set in the Regency period, so I went into it with pretty high hopes.

    Generally I try to give some leniency to books that start off slow, sometimes it takes awhile for a story to really get rolling,


    but when I reached the 30% mark and Duels and Deception still hadn't managed to capture my attention I figured it more than about time to go ahead and DNF.

    I stopped reading right after Lydia got kidnapped, which kind of speaks for how uninterested I was in the characters and by extension, the plot.


    If you're looking for that Austen vibe, then this book certainly has that, but the slow start just wasn't working for me. Honestly I think this was another case of "wrong book at the wrong time", maybe I'll give it another try someday in the future.

    What are your thoughts on this matter?



    Have you read any of these books? What books have you DNFed lately?