Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Nine

Ahoy there me mateys!  I haven’t done one of these in a while because of finishing compiling me Series Shakedown tallying and me Wayfare Wednesdays posts.  It be time.  For those scalawags new to the crew, 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 89.  Well me scalawags, here be Part Nine of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later.  This post be surveying rejections 41 through 45.  Hope ye like it.  If not sod off cause I be enjoying meself . . .

Side note: all book titles link to Goodreads and the cover photos are from there too.

Marabel and the Book of Fate41.  marabel and the book of fate (Tracy Barrett) – I know exactly why I requested this middle grade fantasy.  Unicorn on the cover of course!  Also it helps that this is a story about a realm that has picked the wrong chosen one (the brother) and a girl (the sister) who has to save him.  I adore girl power and twisted tropes.  I adore that the hero is this story has been overlooked because of the prophecy.  This apparently also has fairies, trolls, and giants.  So aye, this definitely stays on the ports for plunder list!  Arrr!

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)42.  aru shah and the end of time (Roshani Chokshi)  – I really wanted to like this one as it be a Rick Riordan Presents book.  The blurb has cool things like this “The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death.”  It didn’t work for me at all and I abandoned it.  I couldn’t get into it.  I didn’t even write a review of this one for the blog.  I have abandoned two series from this author so far so maybe her work is not for me.

Before Mars43.  before mars (Emma Newman) – This be the third book in the Planetfall quartet.  I have read the whole thing and adored all of them.  I will likely reread this series at some point in the future.  I love this author’s work and even though there is no sign of a book five, I certainly want one.  Just know if ye read this series, books one to three can be read as standalones.  However, ye must read all three of those books before reading the last.  For me review of this book click here.

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)44. grey sister (Mark Lawrence) – I loved the first book and was so bummed when I didn’t get book two.  Then I decided that it was fine because I would wait until three came out and read the two books back to back.  I figured that way I wouldn’t forget details.  Turns out the author conveniently gave summaries of the prior books in the beginning to refresh memories.  I wish all authors would do that!  I have finished this series and didn’t end up loving it.  No regrets though.  For the review of this book click here!

The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot, #2)45.  the wild robot escapes (Peter Brown) – This is the second book in the wild robot duology.  I absolutely adore this series.  The story is certainly very cute but the illustrations are amazing.  They claim these books are for middle grade.  I claim they be for everyone.  Cause who doesn’t love robots?  If ye be a robot lover then check out me reviews for books one and two.  Arrrr!

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

1 still on the ports for plunder list, 3 port visited and enjoyed, and 1 port quarantined and never to be visited again.

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

Q: How does a pirate get to the top of the building?

A: By elevate – arrrrrrr!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

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23 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Nine

  1. I do love NG – it’s like being a child in a sweet shop – but the rejections feel so personal don’t they! That being said, every time I’m approved it makes me glow a little and I feel so privileged all over again – the feeling never gets old.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. I don’t really mind most rejections because I figure I will read them one way or another. There are some exceptions though. If I don’t get an arc of the Murderbot novel I might just throw meself overboard due to the tragedy of it.
      x The Captain


      1. The one that I loved best was The Star Touched Queen, Crown of Wishes was a close second. I did like Gilded Wolves but I also felt like it was a bit of a departure for her and she was trying to do too much. Hope you have better luck with her next book!


  2. Yes… I hate getting rejections from Netgalley, too! It doesn’t happen all that often these days – but when it does, it stings… And I completely agree with your comments about the Planetfall series – it’s awesome and I, too, would LOVE a fifth book… My personal favourite is the second one, After Atlas – I cried at the end of that one. I like the look of the Wild Robot series:)

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    1. Wild Robot is wonderful! Just make sure ye get a paper version because the illustrations are truly integral to the story. As for Planetfall, I go back and forth about whether books one or two be the best. I usually lean towards two for the plot but one for the characterization of Ren.
      x The Captain

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      1. Ren is a heartbreak, isn’t she? I think the whole series is awesome and I’m not quite sure why it hasn’t had the same fuss made over it as Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers series…


  3. I have only been rejected by one publisher. I asked finally and was told they have so many long-time reviewers they rarely approve anyone new. Fine. I don’t read their books either. so now we are even. Happy Halloween, Captain! xx P

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    1. Hardy har har!!! That makes me happy and sad all at the same time. Disney is the publisher that hates me. They won’t even approve me for pirate books! I don’t bother to request them anymore and commandeer them in other ways. Ye be lucky to have only one publisher rejection. I have had tons. There be no rhyme or reason to getting approved sometimes and not others. Happy Halloween to ye too matey!
      x The Captain

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      1. Back when me nephew read, I would read anything he liked just to keep encouraging him to read anything. Some of it was special. Of course he is 16 now and be focused on his job and friends. Reading has gone out the window. But I am convinced that it did him some good. I still have the picture he drew me of Percy Jackson when he was 8. Time flies.
        x The Captain


      2. Oh wow, that’s super special! My niece is almost 14, and still reads, but her schoolwork is getting in the way of some pleasure reading. On the other hand, some of her teachers let her pick what books to read for reports, so that’s a good combination. Time does fly, though. I can’t believe she’s a teenager already.

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    1. Aye, there are some times when I am glad I get rejected. Especially for the books that have been waiting in the approval queue for a long time. Out of the 45 books I have looked at in this blog series so far, 12 ended up being books I will never read. I am getting better about requesting less and requested things I think I will actually like. Still have six for next year already though!
      x The Captain

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