Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! Part Thirteen

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 104.  Well me scalawags, here be Part Thirteen of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later.  This post be surveying rejections 61 through 65.  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.

The Priory of the Orange Tree61.  the priory of the orange tree (Samantha Shannon)– This has a gorgeous cover and awesome premise with dragons.  I was bummed when I didn’t get this.  I should have loved this one.  I even tried reading it multiple times in multiple formats.  Nope.  I was extraordinarily bored and abandoned ship.  This one gets quarantined forever.  I know other folks loved this.  I just don’t get it.  Arrrr!


The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)62.  the monster baru cormorant (Seth Dickinson) – I adored the first book, the traitor baru cormorant and was so devastated when this rejection rolled in.  I was still planning on reading the second book until I saw this review by Mogsy @ thebibliosanctum.  I didn’t bother to waste me time with a novel that would piss me off.  I choose to think of the first book as a standalone in me noggin.  The second is never coming aboard.

After the Fire63. after the fire (Will Hill) – I forgot all about this book and requesting it.  I reread the blurb and I am certain the cult aspect is what made me request this thriller.  It still sounds intriguing and has good reviews.  However, I currently have a huge list and a lot less time to devote to it.  I need to save time.  Maybe I will quickly forget about it again.  Off the list it goes!


The Girl King (The Girl King, #1)64. the girl king (Mimi Yu) – The cover and title intrigued me.  I liked the idea of the rightful female heir getting the boot for a male cousin and the two sisters going against the cousin and each other in the battle for the throne.  Sucked getting denied until the mixed reviews starting coming in.  Matey Sarah then wrote a review that said rape is used as a pointless plot point.  Nope not for me at all.  Glad to have saved the time and energy.  Arrr!

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)65.  in an absent dream (Seanan McGuire) – This rejection hurt.  Badly.  However, the book was so worth the wait as it is me favorite book in the Wayward Children series so far.  I absolutely loved it and be so excited for when book six comes out in 2021.  I am sure that will be worth the wait as well.  Me review for this one be here.


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

1 port visited and loved
4 ports quarantined forever

This is the first time I have nothing left to read on the list.  Hooray!

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

Q: What’s the difference between a pirate and a detective?

A: One’s a private eye, and the other is a private-ear.


x The Captain

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

  1. Oh, I am reading Traitor Baru Cormorant as a buddy read in July!

    Just checked, 57 rejections since 2012! I took a three year break after joining in 2012, because frankly they didn‘t have a lot of good stuff. And when I came back in 2015, I got rejected a lot, not really having a good grasp on how Netgalley works. I am a lot more selective now about what I request. Not always successfully, but with a better ratio than in the beginning.

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    1. 57 is not so bad. Though the question then becomes which percentage of books have ye been approved for. I just had the First Mate calculate and I be approved for slightly under 2 out of 3. Not so shabby. I am trying to be more selective but it be rough.
      x The Captain

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  2. Priory is one of those odd books that while I was bored out of my mind reading it, I still somehow respect what it was doing so I wound up rating higher than I normally would have. It was so boring for me though LOL

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    1. Just because I don’t get an arc doesn’t mean I can’t get the book. I sometimes feel relief when I be rejected and then later end up hating the book. That said, I still post reviews for them so me negative opinions get out there!
      x The Captain


  3. Hello, I’m Andreas, and I’m a Netgalley addict. I count 35 rejections overall since 2015, so I can feel with you. Each of them hurt, some more, some less. In most cases, I didn’t read the rejected titles (though they are still on my TBR), and thus didn’t review them.

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