The Tally – NetGalley Rejections!

Ahoy there me mateys!  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 101 (as of 3/25/2020).  Well me scalawags, so far I have done twelve parts of explorin’ the rejections and seeing what me thoughts be all these days later.  This be surveying rejections 1 through 60 so far.  Hope ye like it.  If not sod off cause I be enjoying meself . . .

15 ports visited and loved
9 ports visited and unloved
16 ports to still plunder
20 ports quarantined never to be visited

Side note: all book titles link to Goodreads.  The titles in bold be ones I still want to read.

LOVED

1. a green and ancient light (Frederic S. Durbin) review here – atmospheric and lovely

QUARANTINED

2. roses and rot (Kat Howard) – Great reviews from me crew but about the fae.  No.

UNLOVED

3. like a boss (Adam Rakunas) – Book #2 was disappointing.  Sad story here.

TO PLUNDER

4. company town (Madeline Ashby) – I still like the sound of it – murder mysteries, bio-engineered enhancements, possible other timelines.

QUARANTINED

5. the stars at oktober bend (Glenda Millard) – Might be a contemporary romance.  Oops!

QUARANTINED

6. a shadow bright and burning (Jessica Cluess) – Negative crew reviews. No.

QUARANTINED

7.  wolf by wolf (Ryan Graudin) – Never in the mood.  Finally admitted never will be.

QUARANTINED

8.  fool’s gold – the dragon lords book 1 (Jon Hollins) – Described as “Guardians of the Galaxy planning a heist on Smaug’s gold.”  Only one bad crew review.  No.

LOVED

9.  zoo city (Lauren Beukes)review here“Zinzi has a Sloth on her back 

TO PLUNDER

10.  the wildings (Nilanjana Roy) – Like watership down with cats instead of rabbits and is set in India.  This is not a high priority but still on list.

QUARANTINED

11.  nevernight (Jay Kristoff) – I adore assassins.  And mehaps a talking cat?  But then I read Amial @ bookshelvesandpaperback’s review. So, no.

QUARANTINED

12.  splinter (Sarah Fine) – I read book one and apparently wrote a spoiler rant about it.  And then requested book two?  What was I thinking?

TO PLUNDER

13.  butter: a rich history (Elaine Khosrova) – Aye, butter.  Arrrr!

TO PLUNDER

14. cannibalism: a perfectly natural history (Bill Schutt) Aye, I still wants to read it!

QUARANTINED

15.  the echo of twilight (Judith Kinghorn) – Forgotten about it twice now.  No.

LOVED

16.  unquiet land (Sharon Shinn) review here – Book #4 of #4

TO PLUNDER

17.  confluence (S.K. Dunstall) – It is the third in the Linesmen series. I now own it and must finish this!  I will get to it . . . eventually.

TO PLUNDER

18.  daughter of the pirate king (Tricia Levenseller) – Can ye mateys believe that this pirate captain was denied this book?  I shall be gettin’ to this one and its mate in due course.

TO PLUNDER

19. spindle (E.K. Johnston) – This be the second book in the A Thousand Nights series.  To read me review of the first five stars book click here!

LOVED

20.  red sister (Mark Lawrence)review here – Killer nuns’ school

QUARANTINED

21.  flame in the mist (Renee Ahdieh) –  Mixed crew reviews and I forgot about it.  No.

UNLOVED

22.  the space between the stars (Ann Corlett)review here – walked the plank!

TO PLUNDER

23.  skullsworn (Brian Staveley) – Prequel book.  Goal be reread trilogy then this.

UNLOVED

24. empress of a thousand skies (Rhoda Belleza)review here – tossed series overboard.

LOVED

25.  the ship beyond time (Heidi Heilig)review here – fun sea yarn

QUARANTINED

26.  the legion of flame (Anthony Ryan) – Read book one but then tossed series overboard.

LOVED

27.  beyond the bright sea (Lauren Wolk)review here – lovely sea-yarn

TO PLUNDER?

28.  becoming bonnie (Jenni L. Walsh) – Historical fiction of Bonnie and Clyde. Tempted.

TO PLUNDER

29. welcome to the slipstream (Natalka Burian) – I knew the author before I became a pirate.  She wouldn’t remember me but I wanted to support her.

UNLOVED

30.  warcross (Marie Lu)review here – tossed series overboard

Song of the Current (Song of the Current, #1)
LOVED

31.  song of the current (Sarah Tolcser)review here – stunning sea yarn

TO PLUNDER

32.  royal bastards (Andrew Shvarts) – 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.

Tool of War (Ship Breaker, #3)
UNLOVED

33.  tool of war (Paolo Bacigalupi) – I tried book three at least four times in both hardback and audiobook format.  So this is just chalked up to being a miss.

QUARANTINED

34. the core: book five of the demon cycle (Peter V. Brett) – Why would I not read the last book?  I read Matey Mogsy’s review of the last book and just couldn’t bear reading it.

UNLOVED

35.  invictus (Ryan Graudin) – I tried to read this in audiobook and hardback copies multiple times.  Frankly, I want an adult sci-fi with this premise and no love story.  Arrrr!

Last Star Burning (Last Star Burning #1)
QUARANTINED

36.  last star burning (Caitlin Sangster) – Reread the synopsis & no interest anymore.

The Notations of Cooper Cameron
TO PLUNDER

37.  the notations of cooper cameron (Jane O’Reilly) – Obviously a child on a pirate raft is what captured me attention.  He has a pet frog and a rock collection.  So did I when I was little.  Must read.

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)
LOVED

38.  akata witch (Nnedi Okorafor) review here – lovely world building

The Forgotten Book
UNLOVED

39. the forgotten book (Mechthild Gläserreview here – Cool premise but execution fails.

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1; Tortall, #8)
TO PLUNDER

40.  tempests and slaughter (Tamora Pierce) – Once whole series be finished will read.

Marabel and the Book of Fate
TO PLUNDER

41.  marabel and the book of fate (Tracy Barrett) – Unicorn on the cover!  I adore girl power and twisted tropes.

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)
UNLOVED

42.  aru shah and the end of time (Roshani Chokshi) – A Rick Riordan Presents book.  I have abandoned two series from this author so maybe her work is not for me.

Before Mars
LOVED

43. before mars (Emma Newman)review here – fantastic sci-fi

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)
UNLOVED

44. grey sister (Mark Lawrence)review here – killer nuns two

The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot, #2)
LOVED

45. the wild robot escapes (Peter Brown)review here – robots with cool pics!

Spinning Silver
LOVED

46. spinning silver (Naomi Novik) –  review here – Five stars & in top 5 books of 2018.

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)
LOVED

47. rogue protocol (Martha Wells)review here – I LOVE MURDERBOT!!!  Book #3.

Stars Uncharted
TO PLUNDER

48. stars uncharted (S.K. Dunstall) – Aye, another rejection for this author.  See #17.  Still want to try this series one day.

84K
TO PLUNDER

49. 84K (Claire North) – Okay so I have only read one book by this author called touch but I liked the concept of that book so much that I proceeded to break me own rule and put all of her other standalones on me ports for plunder list at once.

The Forest Queen
QUARANTINED

50. the forest queen (Betsy Cornwell) – Robin Hood retelling.  Negative crew reviews. No.

Empress of All Seasons
QUARANTINED

51.  empress of all seasons (Emiko Jean) – crew gave this lots of 3 stars – nope

Dragon Pearl
LOVED

52.  dragon pearl (Yoon Ha Lee)review here – awesome sci-fi and fantasy!

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1)
QUARANTINED

53. the storm runner (J.C. Cervantes) – “Rick Riordan Presents” – don’t seem to like them

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)
QUARANTINED

54. the empire of sand (Tasha Suri) – mixed reviews say writing is beautiful but slow plot

Priest of Bones
QUARANTINED

55.  priest of bones (Peter McLean) – crazy hype but gangster tales are hit or miss

Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction
TO PLUNDER

56.  worlds seen in passing: ten years of tor.com short fiction (Irene Gallo et al.) – want to own everything that tor.com has published because their work be interesting even if I don’t love it all

The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne, #2)
LOVED

57.  the queen of crows (Myke Cole) review here – book two – favourite of trilogy!

Strange Grace
QUARANTINED

58. strange grace (Tessa Gratton) – forgot about this book and doesn’t appeal to me now

Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love, #1)
QUARANTINED

59. give the dark my love (Beth Revis) – first book in a duology and I forgot all about it

The Subjugate (Salvi Brentt, #1)
QUARANTINED

60.  the subjugate (Amanda Bridgeman) – reviews say that more who-dunnit / less sci-fi and not thrilled with that