Ahoy there me mateys! I love doing this series so much and continue to get so many rejections that at the moment it is going to be a monthly thing. 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 Seven of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later. This post be surveying rejections 31 through 35. Hope ye like it. If not sod off cause I be enjoying meself . . .
Side note: all book titles link to Goodreads.
31. song of the current (Sarah Tolcser) – This here be a book that proves that NetGalley Rejections are not the end of the world. Because I still got me greedy mitts on a copy of this from a local library. So there! This be a wonderful sea yarn that really doesn’t have enough blogger love and it should. First of all the cover is stunning. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It be sparkly and eye-catching. Secondly, the story and world-building are fantastic. Read me review here to find out why. The only major shame is that I have not picked up the second book of the duology. What be wrong with me? A lot. (updated 10/30/19 – review here)
32. royal bastards (Andrew Shvarts) – The dreaded Disney curse strikes again! Another Disney book requested. Another Disney Denial. It is one of me goals to eventually have them agree to give me a NetGalley eArc. Me tactics ye ask? To remain exactly as I am and have them bend to me will by sheer willpower! Arrr! But what about the book ye ask? Well I always forget about this one. And apparently there are now three books total in the series. The crew seems to love this book with all four and five star ratings. I can’t help but still want to read this adventure. And several local libraries have copies. Hopefully I will remember to read this book soon. Arrr!
33. tool of war (Paolo Bacigalupi) – This be the third book in the ship breaker series. I loved books one and two. However I cannot get into this one even though it stars one of me beloved characters. I have no idea why. I tried this one at least four times in both hardback and audiobook format. None of them would stick. I do think this is a case of me and not the author. Cause I love his work and even featured him in me Broadside No. 17. So this is just chalked up to being a miss. I will not be attempting to read it again. Though I am looking forward to seeing what the next Bacigalupi book will be!
34. the core: book five of the demon cycle (Peter V. Brett) – Okay this be the last book in the series and I was bummed when I was rejected. And then time passed and I realized I no longer cared about readin’ this when I had the opportunity to finally get a copy. I don’t know if it be the 781 page length or what. The crew seems to love this one. I loved the first three books. But book four wasn’t me favourite. So for now I think I am abandoning this series . . .
35. invictus (Ryan Graudin) – This was another book that I should have loved but kept abandoning it. I also tried to read this in audiobook and hardback copies multiple times. This had an absolutely awesome premise about time travel and historical artifacts. The world building and characterization had such potential but the plot was lackluster. This was one where the story got bogged down in teenage angst. By the time the gang got to vacation in Vegas, I was done. I wanted more missions to retrieve artifacts. I needed more action. I wanted more in-depth character study and less bad romance. Frankly, I want an adult sci-fi with this premise and no love story. But I am no writer. Arrrr!
So out of the five rejections in this set we have:
1 still on the ports for plunder list, 1 port visited and enjoyed, and 3 ports quarantined and never to be visited again.
Keep a weathered-eye out for more rejections and always remember:
Q: What be a pirate’s least favourite vegetable?
Hardy har har!
x The Captain
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