Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Eleven

Ahoy there me mateys!  With more NetGalley rejections piling up, I had a hankering to do another one of these posts.  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 95.  Well me scalawags, here be Part Eleven of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later.  This post be surveying rejections 51 through 55.  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.

Empress of All Seasons51.  empress of all seasons (Emiko Jean) – This be one of the books where the blurb sounds so good.  It deals with a competition where ye have to “Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.”  Cool right?  Sadly the crew gave this lots of three stars on Goodreads.  Me list is already unwieldy so off the list it goes.

 

Dragon Pearl52.  dragon pearl (Yoon Ha Lee)  – I was so very sad not to get this one because it be a young adult sci-fi fantasy.  But I did manage to get a hold of it later and I absolutely adored it.  So wonderful and I gave it five stars.  Check out me review here.  As a side note, I recently read ninefox gambit by this author and totally get the love.  This is one of my new favorite authors.

 

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1)53. the storm runner (J.C. Cervantes) – This must have been the “request all the Rick Riordan Presents” books.  I was rejected for them all.  Dragon pearl was from that publisher too.  This has rather low ratings on Goodreads for me taste.  So off it goes!  Other than dragon pearl, I have not been impressed by other titles in this imprint.  Though turns out Disney owns it.  As Disney hates me, I now understand why I was rejected for all these books.  They reject me on principal.

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)54. the empire of sand (Tasha Suri) – I was interested in this one because it is a Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.  This has lots of mixed reviews.  Most people agree that the writing is beautiful but the plot is slow and partially uninspired.  With 79 active series right now, I don’t think this one is worth starting.  Off the list it goes!

 

Priest of Bones55.  priest of bones (Peter McLean) – I remember this book.  The hype was crazy and the premise sounds good.  I love me some underground criminal enterprises.  However, two trusted crew members gave this only three stars on Goodreads.  Plus gangster-influenced tales are very hit and miss for me.  I think I be okay skipping this series.

 

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

1 port visited and loved
4 ports quarantined never to be visited

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

Q: Why don’t pirates go to strip clubs?

A: Because they already have all the booty!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Previous Log Entries for this Series

Check out the new Tally – NetGalley Rejections page!

31 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Eleven

  1. I really enjoyed Priest of Bones (not put the review up for the sequel yet but enjoyed that too. But, as you say, if gangster is a sun-genre that isn’t always beneath the X on your treasure map, then fair play.

    Is there a page on netgalley that tracks refusals? Or do you just take note? Half the time I forget if I request things til I get an acceptance.

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    1. If ye go to the “not active” tab on the shelf, there be a section for “declined requests.” The other things to track on this page are pending requests, archived but not downloaded, and will not review. I tend to forget what I request too.
      x The Captain

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  2. I have Empire of Sand on my TBR, I have a ton of series and I’m not looking forward to adding to that number, but I still really want to read that one lol.
    I remember also being initially excited for Empress of All Seasons too, but then I saw so many mixed reviews…

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  3. I was one of those who gave Empress of All Seasons 3 stars in 2018… and less than two years later, I don’t remember one thing that happened in that book. The setting was nice, but the rest was really forgettable. It was just ok.
    And I’m glad Yoon Ha Lee is one of your favorite authors too!

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  4. HOLD UP. You have 79 active series right now?! Like, 79 series you’re in the middle of?! Help me understand this! You crazy, crazy, Captain.

    I’m glad to hear that The Dragon Pearl is a keeper! All the Rick Riordan Presents books are on my TBR, but mostly due to those covers. They are gorgeous! I’ll keep a wary eye out when I pick them up, though. Thanks for the pro-tip.

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    1. Aye, 79. There be 36 series to finish, 34 where I be waiting on the author, and 9 that I have to catch up on but the author is still writing books. And there be lots of other series I haven’t started yet. But at least it’s all organized now!

      I love the covers for the Presents books. I thought the imprint was created to do diverse children’s literature. But the actual blurb I saw today from Riordan’s website was “Rick Riordan Presents is one small branch of the Disney-Hyperion Publishing family. We aim to publish about four books a year. All these will be books that my editor Stephanie Lurie and I feel will appeal to kids who like my books.” It is supposed to feature unrepresented cultures and folklore but I just haven’t been impressed. But their two new ones coming out soon do sound good!
      x The Captain

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      1. Yeah, see, this is why I don’t like reading series which aren’t finished. You have 34 in progress series where you are waiting for the author to finish writing the series?! Yikes. My brain doesn’t hold onto details, so I’d probably have to re-read every book each time a new book in the series comes out. How do you organize all this?!

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      2. I worked on the project for a major part of last year and now have pages on me blog keeping track. I keep telling meself to stop reading series until they are finished but I keep reading book ones thinking they be standalones. And aye, sometimes I have to reread before finishing a series.
        x The Captain

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      3. I can relate soooo hard to that. I get so frustrated when I read a book, thinking it’s a stand alone, and when I get to the end it obviously isn’t. Or, when a book *is* a stand alone and becomes a series– like Binti. Suddenly I have an incomplete series on my list. Wah wah.

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      4. Oh Binti be a good example. I loved the first book but have to admit that I was super glad that I got more. I do get annoyed when the sequels feel just like money grabs. Luckily I loved the Binti books and do wish there were more. But the author did say she doesn’t currently feel there is for her to tell there.
        x The Captain

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      5. I finished two series this week and I am soooo excited. It is a rough quest for sure. The more I finish, the sooner I get to start a new series. Though I am taking me time cause I don’t want reading to feel like a chore.
        x The Captain

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    1. I honestly think there be no rhyme nor reason for rejections. I always find it funny when I get denied on one site and the other then approves me! Why, who knows. I love Tor too. Just keep yer head up and keep swimming along. Don’t give up. Tor can change its mind. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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  5. I was approved for Empire of Sand, and I enjoyed it. It was a well-developed world with a smart female protagonist, and dealt well with issues of consent, and delved into the nature of relationships and obligations between mothers and daughters. I am interested in reading the second book, too.

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  6. I have 122 rejections on NG, not sure how many on Edelweiss, because they track differently. Now you have me curious as to how many of those rejected books I read. I often read reviews for my rejected books, and sometimes I feel like I dodged a bullet, when I see the low ratings. I love that you do these posts and simultaneously cull your TBR.

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    1. I wish I could track the rejections in Edleweiss in the same fashion. Though I have a lot more rejections on that site for some reason. I think I have only been approved for 10 or 15 books. Whereas on NG, I get approved for somewhere around 2 out of 3. Depends on the publisher of course. Disney hates me. Taychon is very good to me. And aye, I feel like I have dodged a bullet sometimes when reading reviews as well. These posts are kinda me guilty (not really) pleasure and I have to actually make meself space them out. Thanks for the lovely comment.
      x The Captain

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      1. Disney hates me too! I don’t think they have ever approved me for a book, but because I am a glutton for punishment, I keep asking. And, from what I have heard, EW is a lot tougher with approvals for bloggers.

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