Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Six

Ahoy there me mateys!  The last post I did for this series was back in October 2018 and I miss doing these.  Me blog started in January 2016.   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 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 68.  Well me scalawags, here be Part Six of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later.  This post be surveying rejections 26 through 30.  Hope ye like it.  If not sod off cause I be enjoying meself . . .

Side note: all book titles link to Goodreads.

26.  the legion of flame (Anthony Ryan) – Here be dragons.  This is book two of the draconis memoria series.  I read book one and had mixed feelings about it.  I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read the second book at the time.  Well obviously when I saw this on NetGalley I wanted to read the sequel and find out what happened next and requested it.  Of course the publisher said no.  I sort of understand their point of view now that I went back and looked at me review of the first book and its two star rating on Goodreads.  Now that I be reminded of this book, I still kinda want to read it . . . cause dragons and the good bits.  Plus the crew has given this second book four and five stars.  But it also be 592 pages.  So who knows if I will ever get to this.  But dragons . . . (updated 10/30/19 – series officially tossed overboard)

27.  beyond the bright sea (Lauren Wolk) – Aye mateys, with a title like that of course I wanted to read it.  I love me a sea-yarn.  I was very sad when I didn’t get a copy of this.  I still want to read this book and the author’s other book wolf hallow.  The local libraries have copies of both of these titles so there is little reason that I can’t read them this year at some point.  Arrr!  (updated 10/30/19 – review here)

28.  becoming bonnie (Jenni L. Walsh) – I didn’t remember requesting this one but I know why I did.  This is a historical fiction about Bonnie and Clyde that sounds so very fun.  I just discovered that me matey Sara Letourneau gave this book 5 stars and said it be one of her favourite 2017 reads (some great books on that list!).  Sadly the local libraries don’t have this one.  I don’t know if I would purchase this one given that it will likely be read only once.  But I be sorely tempted.

29. welcome to the slipstream (Natalka Burian) – Well this author be someone I knew back before I became a pirate.  I don’t think she would remember me but I wanted to support her book.  This book deals with mental illness from the perspective of the daughter.  It does sound interesting but I am not sure I would want to read it in me current mental state.  That said, I may pick it up in the future.  I do have a crew member who read it and liked it.  Arrr!

30.  warcross (Marie Lu) – Aye, I read this one and did not like it.  I did mostly enjoy the legend series but this be the second series by the author that I began to read and subsequently abandoned.  The other was the young elites series.  I feel that the author has fantastic ideas and a good writing style but her plots are too problematic for me.  So I don’t believe that I will be picking up any more of her work in the future.  For those interested in me review of warcross click here! 

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

2 still on the ports for plunder list, 1 port visited, and 2 ports quarantined never to be visited again. (updated 10/30/19)

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

Q: How do pirates pay for a round o’ rum at the local watering hole?

A: With bar-nickels.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Previous Log Entries for this Series

Shiver me Timbers! – NetGalley Rejections – Part One

Shiver me Timbers! – NetGalley Rejections – Part Two

Shiver me Timbers! – NetGalley Rejections – Part Three

Shiver me Timbers! – NetGalley Rejections – Part Four

Shiver me Timbers! – NetGalley Rejections – Part Five

29 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Six

  1. My fave is when the same publisher/ imprint rejects one book, then approved a book right after. Like literally right after. My profile didn’t change in those few minutes… It makes more sense if the imprints are different. Means a different publicist is dealing with it.

    Ahhahhaa, nice joke. Bar-nickles *snort*

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    1. Glad ye liked me joke. And aye, it does make me laugh when I get approved for a second book after not getting the first. I wish I could track who the publicists were that approve me so I could bribe . . . I mean thank them outright! Thanks for readin’ me post.
      x The Captain

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  2. I always wonder if the publishers look at the reviews/ratings you gave for previous books in a series and go, “Hmm they were kind of harsh on these, so that’s gonna a ‘no’ for this request.” I assume no, but when they don’t give me reasons I end up making a hundred of my own. 😛 Though I guess writing out reasons for every single rejection would be too time-consuming.

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    1. I know some of them read me positive reviews and then offer me NetGalley arcs by the same author so I wouldn’t be surprised if they read me not so nice reviews and rejected those requests. But aye, thinking about the myriad reasons hurts me noggin. Thanks for visiting!
      x The Captain

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    1. I know, right? Dragons and I don’t want to continue either. It be a travesty. And seriously where are all the new dragon books? I would like some grimdark dragon tales. And dragon fairy tales. Hell, I will take some dragon sci-fi too. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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  3. Well, that’s a bummer that you were rejected for Becoming Bonnie. And it’s not available through your local library, either? A travesty! Do they have any way of letting patrons request new books to add to their collection?

    Btw, thanks for linking to my post! 🙂

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  4. I don’t think a publisher would reject your request because you didn’t like the first book in the series. I’m always baffled by what gets approved and what doesn’t, I should do one of these posts!

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    1. I am baffled as well. And aye, ye should do one of these posts! I am just fascinated by what people request and how the requests go. I continue to be entertained by me own results as well. Thanks for reading.
      x The Captain

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  5. I just got dinged on my request for Zen Cho’s new book The True Queen. I looked in my records and, sure enough, I got a review copy of the first book in the series through NetGalley (I even reviewed it in a timely fashion). Getting dinged on a sequel after being approved for the first book always hurts.

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    1. Aye, that does hurt. And makes no sense. Though occasionally I have accidentally requested a later book in a series and been accepted. I review me books on time 99.99% of the time and usually request sequels to books I love and raved about. I am perplexed on how the people made their decisions. But it is a privilege not an assumption to get arcs so there is that. Thanks for the comment!
      x The Captain

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    1. Well matey, I don’t know why. Mehaps they just don’t like us pirates. I currently be getting rejected for all books for middle grade. I wonder if they think I be a bad influence? Whatever the case, I will hopefully read what I want to . . . eventually. Thanks for the comment. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. There are some publishers who tell me that they have reached their limit. I love when they do because that is a great, if sad, reason to get rejected. But I wish people (like Disney) would given me a reason rather then a generic list that could be anything. I am one of those people who would rather know why in all cases. Even if the answer be “we just don’t like ye.” Cause that’s a fair reason too. Thanks for the comment. Arrr!
        x The Captain

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