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Book 20 : Lord of Shadows(The Dark Artifices #2)

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Title : Lord of Shahows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Author :   Cassandra Clare

My Rating : 5 / 5 stars

Synopsis:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Review:

Cassandra has once again weaved an absolutely brilliant book with this 2nd installment in the “dark artifices” series. Her capability of holding together the huge amount of characters and plots has always amazed me and with this book she has made it clear that her talent is no joke. Surprising us all with an intensely complicated plot but nonetheless written in a charmingly sinkable way, she has done a wonderful job.

Cassandra in this book has delved deeper into the character of Julian, who I thought would never get any better than he was.  She has made sure that he gets the focus of the plot, completely transferring the main protagonist’s credit from Emma to him effortlessly. The plot in this book not only revolves around Julian, Emma and Mark but also to a large extent involves the smaller kids Ty, Livvy, Kit and Drusilla.

I believe to make an excellent book, it should be written in such a way that it should not only have a well-planned out plot, but also lively characters who are able to evoke emotions in us. This book caters both the needs beautifully as Cassandra further explores Julian and Emma’s intense love story along with Mark, Kieren and Cristina’s triangular love story. The book gives us an absolutely adventurous plot along with heart-tugging love stories which are able to capture the flaming tension, burning desire and deep passion in each of the characters.

Cassandra has very thoughtfully ended the book in an absolutely unexpected way which leaves us with a pang, looking forward to the third installment in the series very eagerly. I am sure you would love this book. I am rating it 5 out of 5 stars. 

Happy Reading 🙂

 

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Free Adult Coloring Page

Do you love coloring? or Are you like me who colors the intricate patterns to relax and wear away your days tiredness? Then you are at the right place to get a free handdrawn coloring page to color away.

On account of promoting my ETSY Shop, I am giving away the shown high-quality handdrawn fairy adult coloring page. You can claim your coloring page in an instant by just visiting my etsy shop and retweeting a tweet from the below mentioned link. The giveaway ends on 1st Jan 2017, so HURRY UP!!!

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Enjoy coloring!!!!!!! Hope you love it.

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DIY Gift: How to make a DIY Quotes Gift Jar gift for your loved ones

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When I am usually depressed I go through different quotes in Pinterest to make my heart lighter. This gave me the idea for the DIY Quotes Jar. Yes! I know you must be wandering, “We have heard about Memory Jars but what is a Quotes Jar?” Well, a quotes jar is nothing but a jar/box filled with handwritten or printed quotes. I feel the handwritten quotes make a great gift for your loved ones as it adds a personal touch.

So for this, the materials needed are:

  1. Colored chart papers
  2. Marker
  3. A box or a mason jar
  4. Golden thread
  5. Plenty of lovely inspirational quotes.

Step 1: Get all the colored chart papers and cut them into strips (as shown) and stack them together. This will make it very easy for you to write the quotes whenever you feel like it.

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Step 2: Write the quotes on the paper strips with a black marker.

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Step 3: Roll the paper strips and tie it with a golden thread.

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Step 4: TaDa! And you are done with a great gift of your friends, family and loved ones.

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Hope you liked it.

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DIY Fairy on Wall : Fairyland Wall Art 3

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Drawing & coloring is relaxation for some and so is it for me and I am back with a new fairy-land wall art this time again. I know you must be thinking, “Where does she get the walls to paint her heart out”? Well! This time it’s my Uncle’s home. My Uncle got very impressed with my wall art and offered me his room wall for another fairyland adventure.

The room walls where covered in two different colors, one a light pink & the other a light green. So, we took a darker shade of the background wall color to unleash our art on both the walls. Taking up of the darker shade gave the wall art an self-design kind of look.

The fairyland includes a big gate which we drew in the form of a dome over a window and four fairies each connected with pixie dust. The idea of the pixie dust with rhinestones make it a fabulous piece of work and you should definitely use it in your wall arts.

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Required Materials:

  1. Chalk pieces for outlining you art on the walls ( Don’t use pencils as make the walls dirtier and increases you difficulties)
  2. Water-based Maroon & Green Paints (The background paint of the wall is also water-based).
  3. Brushes
  4. Rhinestones
  5. White Gum
  6. A brilliant idea and some patience as always.

First, I should apologize because I couldn’t provide the step by step tutorial of the wall art again but the final fairyland wall art is available.

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Hope you got some inspiration and ideas from the fairyland. You can check out my previous fairyland wall ventures here and here,

Enjoy!!

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Free Adult Coloring Page

HERE’S A CHANCE TO GET A FREE ADULT COLORING PAGE

In celebration of opening up my Adult Coloring Page Store @ETSY, I am giving away the below sample free adult fairy coloring page from my collection.

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To avail the sample coloring page, you have to just enter this giveaway.

Mega Sample Adult Coloring Page Giveaway

For a chance to win a set of this amazing 4 fairy coloring pages, all you have to do is:

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  1. Color the sample coloring page that you got from the giveaway
  2.  send it @FacebookPage or tweet to me @Twitter or Instagram with #MessedUpImaG and #ColoringForAdults. Also add this ETSY Link: http://buff.ly/2bvtKjQ

The best colored page will be selected as the winner and the winner will be contacted through mail.

Grab this offer this instant. The giveaway expires on 14th Sept. 2016

For any Query contact me at messingwithimagination@gmail.com

Happy Coloring!!!

 

 

 

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Coloring intricately can help relax, reduce stress and boost mental clarity. Keeping this in mind this hand drawn coloring page is endowed with detailed fine lines for adults as well as children. This coloring page can be downloaded and printed instantly. The drawings are digitized on the computer for crisp clean lines.

This item is made especially for coloring in, you can use color pencils, pens, fineliners, watercolors, crayons etc. to color the page beautifully. It would be great for making gift cards, craft projects, gifting, wall art frames and home decor.

Size is A4 size (Standard Print Size)
21.00 x 29.00 cm
8.27 x 11.69 Inches

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Book 19 : Merjella

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Title : Merjella

Author :   Yuvaraja Dhayanithi

My Rating : 4 / 5 stars

Synopsis:

Jella, an octopus, is the rightful ruler of Zypher, a kingdom in the sea. But her father was killed and the kingdom was taken over by the evil Chiro. She has no one left but her two little friends, Qwerty and Bingo. Now the task of winning back Zypher and freeing the people is up to her. 

Marina is an eminent scientist who has no clue about her contributions to the world. Her inventions are placed in the wrong hands, posing a huge threat to everybody.

Jella finds Marina stabbed and left to die in her sea. In a magical intervention, together they discover each other’s life experiences – but will they be able to reclaim their destiny?

Review:

Merjella makes a great children’s book. I loved the whole concept behind the book, interweaving the human and marine world the author has made a great effort in bringing out and presenting a beautifully created imaginative world. The author has done a great deal of research related to marine life and has created a unique storyline based on it. The author’s writing style is very crisp & clean and also very easy to understand.

The story of Jella and Marina are two very different ones which captivates our interest. Jella’s story makes us imagine an Ariel-like or a Nemo-like colorful underwater world easily where Jella needs to win her kingdom back while Marina’s story makes us think what the future technology may lead us to if placed in wrong hands. I especially liked the author’s idea input in Marina’s innovations of Pro-dog & Bird mails and how they were wrongly used.

The story builds up beautifully in the start but as the story goes by I felt the book was a bit rushed up in the end. I would have loved it more if the author could have tried integrating more feelings between the lines.

I believe the book would make a brilliant story for the young minds and also give them something important to think about. The author’s creativity in penning down a moral & engrossing story for the children is immense. The storyline runs along friendship, empathy, strategy, planning & the prevailing of the good.

It’s a thumps up for all the children out there and it’s definitely a lovely read for all other age groups as it would take you back to your imaginative childhood days.

I rate it a 4 stars out of 5 stars in the fantasy/fiction category for children.

Happy Reading!!! 🙂