Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Two

Ahoy there me mateys!  Me blog turned two years old as of January 2018.   It originally took several months for me to learn about NetGalley and then attempt to use it. In fact, my first review was submitted to NetGalley on April 3, 2016.  Weirdly, I didn’t post a review of that book on me blog at the time.  Now, of course, I am a NetGalley junkie and am continuously perusing the loot and raising a celebratory glass whenever I get approved.  It hasn’t gotten old.  But even this pirate Captain has been declined at times.  While recently trying to plan me eArc readin’, I was curious about how often I had been rejected so of course a tally was needed.  When I originally tallied that number was 44 but has since increased to 45.  Well me scalawags, here be Part Two of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later.  This post be surveying rejections 6 through 10.  Hope ye like it.  If not sod off cause I be enjoying meself . . .

Side note: all book titles link to Goodreads.

6. a shadow bright and burning (Jessica Cluess) – Well mateys, I know why this book be on me radar.  The tagline was “I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I ?”  Ambivalent female savior of the world?  Awesome looking cover.  Yes?  Unfortunately, looking at the reviews of me crew, it seems to be not well loved.  So, no.  Off the ports for plunder list!


7.  wolf by wolf (Ryan Graudin) – Ummm, another awesome cover and an WWII alternate history with a female protagonist.  Yes, this was a sad rejection.  However in retrospect, it was okay not to be approved.  The duology is complete and I haven’t been in the mood to read this yet.  But it has good reviews from the crew and I still want to read it at some point.  (update 10/30/19 – I have to admit that I will never read this series)


8.  fool’s gold – the dragon lords book 1 (Jon Hollins) – Okay so there be dragons and it was described as “Guardians of the Galaxy planning a heist on Smaug’s gold.”  Obviously I wanted to read this at the time.  But there is only one review from me crew member and she wasn’t thrilled with it.  Plus it is currently a three book series.  I don’t need to start any new series.  Off me list!


9.  zoo city (Lauren Beukes) – I haven’t read this one yet but the blurb says “Zinzi has a Sloth on her back . . .”  Arrrr!!  I think I will be reading this is month as part of The BookBum Club theme. (updated 10/30/19 – review here)




10.  the wildings (Nilanjana Roy) – okay so this reminded me of watership down with cats instead of rabbits and is set in India.  This is not a high priority but it is short and still might be fun.  So it stays on me list.



So out of the five rejections in this set we have:

1 still on the ports for plunder list, 1 port visited, and 3 ports quarantined and never to be visited again. (updated 10/30/19)

Keep a weathered-eye out for more rejections and always remember:

Q: Why did the pirate not learn to bowl?
A: Because he had a severe hook.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Previous Log Entries for this Series

Shiver me Timbers! – NetGalley Rejections – Part One

38 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Two

  1. Oh man. I need to know: Do you have a list of pirate jokes somewhere? Or are you just absolutely brilliant? I love these jokes.

    I totally want to read Wolf by Wolf. I never would have picked it up without amazing reviews from my fellow bloggers, however. Like you, I also want to just read some completed series. If the series isn’t done, I’ll forget everything I’ve read and perhaps even forget the next book is coming out. O_o

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    1. I take those secrets to the watery grave matey!! I have been having problems with not finishing series recently. Either too much time has past and I be bored or I get tired of the plot or something. I didn’t finish the last book of the skitter spider books because I was tired of the writing style and where he took the story. And that is one I didn’t review because I didn’t want to spend more time on it.
      x The Captain

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      1. It’s like Brian Staveley’s series. I read one and two and then waiting a long while before I got three. By the time I picked it up, the plot of the previous book had fallen out of me head. I need to reread or at least skim book two. But I keep going with other titles instead. And I adored those first two books. It’s kind of a mess.
        x The Captain


      1. Wolf by wolf is first and then blood for blood comes next. Her other book not in a series is the walled city. I hadn’t heard of that one. I have to check it out.
        x The Captain


  2. I’ve never used NG, but what I hear makes it seem like the rejections and acceptances are almost random. But I like that you point out that being rejected did give you time to reevaluate whether you were still interested in reading the book.

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  3. I love how you turned those rejections into positive content for your blog! Such a neat idea that I may steal someday. I’m currently awaiting to hear back on like 7 books I just requested and I’m all anxious, and hopeful that they’ll come back approved.

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    1. Steal if ye like matey! I am waiting back to hear about 3 meself. Two of them have been pending forever. I am hesitant to look for new titles as I have 13 on the NG list to read. But I may crack and look anyways. It’s an addiction.
      x The Captain

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  4. Sounds like some of these rejections were a positive thing, in retrospect! I don’t know about you, but I have too many books on my TBR list, so some pruning is necessary. 🙂 I look forward to hearing your reviews of the ones you’re keeping! The one with the sloth is particularly intriguing.

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  5. From what I can tell, publishers/authors can see how many titles you’ve been approved for and rejected. I wish we could too. But you’ll have to review each publishers’ approval guidelines vs your profile, or check your feedback sent shelf vs declined requests. Not to mention expanding your blog’s reach and numbers.

    I hope you and your crew get approved for more gold treasures soon! 🙂

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    1. Disney doesn’t like me and I am never approved by them. Doesn’t stop me from trying though! And I just finishing Zoo City. I rather liked it. That review will go up later this week. I just have to write it first!
      x The Captain


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