Nostalgia Saturday: Updated Arc Review (at the time of original posting: July 2018) of Wicked King by Holly Black

Updates or commentary to make fun of myself are from today, February 23rd. The original was one of my first ever posts from July 2018,
July 2018: I'm going to keep this as spoiler free (details added February 23rd but still pretty spoiler free) as possible because:
  1. I was not given an embargo date for the review and it doesn't come out until January and it is July. Can I just jest at myself that I didn't ask like I do now and general rule of thumb is a month, but probably two weeks? Ok, fine. I just learned that a week ago, but STILL.
  2. How I even ended up with the honor of receiving this ARC through Edelweiss and Little, Brown and Company in return for an honest review is still beyond my understanding-- Thank you! Still true, yet I hyperlinked NOTHING - Rectified now with my apologies.

Five Star Review: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

I really wanted to write a review of A Blade so Black. Mainly because I'm a huge Slayer fan (Angel before Buffy but that's neither here nor there) but not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. Needless curiosity got me. 

Verdict? 

ARC Five Star Review: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Warnings (mentioned by author in book): Mental illness (bipolar), blood use in magic, gun violence, war, colonialism, racism, descriptions of dead bodies, mention of reproductive coercion, mentions of torture, mention of suicide

Heidi Heilig  has created a piece of art that is multi-faceted in characters, writing structures and plot points. Within this she has interwoven an own voice struggle as a bipolar woman through the main character, Jetta, who simply refers to it as her malheur, the french word for misfortune. Heilig discusses writing a bipolar heroine at the end of the book. She balances writing Jetta's manic highs driving her family's successful shadow plays, her ability to defend herself and control spirits through necromancy. However, it also causes rash decisions and leads to actions that harms herself and those she cares the most about. This comes with the depressive lows where she withdraws, panics and sleeps due to the exhaustion of fighting it all because of a driving resilience, intelligence and need to not have her malheur define who she is nor her life.