Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Seven

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?

A: Leeks!

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

Shiver me Timbers! – NetGalley Rejections – Part Six

24 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Seven

    1. I am so glad someone else likes this feature!
      These posts are so fun to write that I have to space them out to savour. Of course I just had two rejections today so I won’t run out of inspiration anytime soon. Song of the current is definitely worth a read. It has lovely characters and worldbuilding. I really do need to pick up the second book in the duology. Thanks for the lovely comment!
      x The Captain


  1. “It be sparkly and eye-catching.” The combo of girliness and pirate never fails to crack me up! I’m glad you know when to dump a series. I’m more likely to not start a series for fear of hating it than give it a try and quit midway.

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    1. Aye, I have never been into pink but I can’t help but love sparkles. I am like a magpie, everything shiny catches me eye. I used to finish every single series and book that I started. Then I met the First Mate and he convinced me to abandon ship on occasion. As he put it, I already don’t have enough time to read what I what and so why would I waste precious minutes on things I don’t love. I actually have two posts in the works about series. I just have to get around to finishing them. Thansk for the comment matey!
      x The Captain

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    1. Hmmm I don’t get upset. I do get bummed out sometimes. But life is too short to be worried about it for long. Besides I can always borrow or buy it if I want to. It’s why I do these NetGalley posts. They make me laugh. So I still get fun from the rejections. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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    1. I wish the whole world would try that first book! Of course I be biased because it deals with the water and ships. I think it is a good sample of a well-done YA book. Who be the publisher that doesn’t approve ye? Who be the ones who do? I get so curious about such things because there doesn’t seem to be rhyme or season to it. Of course if it be a secret that be cool too!
      x The Captain

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      1. Berkley. Not even all of their divisions! I’m good with St. Martin’s, Random House, Crooked Lane Books, Simon and Schuster, Thomas and Mercer, Severn House and Kensington and Berkley Prime Crime. Just never Berkley. AAAARRGGGHH

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      2. Oh Berkley doesn’t like me at all. Neither does Disney. Those are the two that never approve me. I have three publishers that almost always approve me – Tachyon, Orbit, and Macmillian/Tor. Incidentally, there books tend to be the ones I love the most so I have no complaints. Thanks for sharing!
        x The Captain

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  2. So for most of these, it’s not a bad thing you were rejected, I guess? 😁 I have problems with Disney too. I think they’ve figured out I’m not happy and shiny enough to read their books, lol.

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    1. Too not be sad about 3/5 of the books on retrospective seems like I still be beating the odds. Ye seem happy and shiny enough to me. I am the old salt that spits curses into the winds at pretty much any small inclination! The mouse just doesn’t understand true value!
      x The Captain


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