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review 2019-01-03 12:24
Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction
Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction - Kieran Healy

In the preface to the Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction author Kieran Healy writes:

My main goal is to introduce you to both the ideas and the methods of data visualization in a sensible, comprehensible, reproducible way. 

Well, mission accomplished. The book is at once enormously readable, and sufficiently technically detailed as to make it easy to implement the principles introduced.

 

The book itself is also beautifully designed. The use of figures and margin notes give you a sense of being guided through the ideas rather than just being told what they are. I've had lots of fun going back to some of my own visualizations made with R and ggplot2 and improving them based on what I learned here.

 

I absolutely recommend this to beginners and experts alike. Healy gives you everything you'd need to know if you're starting from scratch, but in such a way as to not slow things down for the more experienced reader. For that reason, it would also make a great book for a course on applied use of R.

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review 2018-12-29 16:36
Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi

 

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

 

 

I can’t believe this is the end, well it was at the time the book was written now we get more books… YAY.

Being it the last book (again at the time) there is not too much I can say without spoiling it.

Again we get plenty of action, not as many shocking twists as book two but that is okay, it being the last book (at the time) .

What we do get again is character growth, just when you thought they are done they grow more and surprise you even sometimes.

The brewing war is upon is or nearly and the gang preps for it and even recruits some unlikely allies.

Juliette, really surprised me this book. She grew so much and she really became into her own. She became more confident and with that a little less annoying. She stood up and fought for others but most if all for herself. I really enjoyed her much more in this book than the two previous, she was even funny at times.

James, cute little James, the youngest, the most innocent, I think we will see more of him in now future books, I also think he has some kind of power.

Kenji still one of my favorite characters and I never can get enough of him. He makes this story entertaining and fun at times and always makes you smile.

Adam. OMG .Adam wins the most annoying character of the year in this book. I could not stand him and he acted selfish and like a brat at times. Yes, he went through a lot and learned a lot shocking new things but so did everyone else and they didn’t act like him. I just wanted him to stay away.

Warren was also one of the most approved characters in the books, I loved him and his journey that was most defiantly not an easy one.  I loved that he fought for what he thought is right but still listen to others. He was just one of my favorite from book one, bad or not I just adored him.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and series a lot more than I thought and now that there will be more books, I most certainly will read them.

While I really enjoyed this book I thought the ending felt a bit rushed, I think a couple more chapters and less rushing would have made this even better.

I rate it 4 ★, was going to go with 5 ★but like I said the ending felt a bit to rushed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/12/29/1184
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review 2018-12-29 16:14
Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi

The thrilling second installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.

She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

Juliette’s world is packed with high-stakes action and tantalizing romance, perfect for fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and the Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

 

 

 

The last book ended with Juliette having hope and almost being a bit happy(ish), she was excited with all the new opportunities being shown to her.

This book started of two weeks later with her being back to her sad self and throwing a pity party for herself, excluding herself from Omega Point.

BUT, she does bounce back and starts to fight again not only for herself but for everyone else.

I must say this book was sooo much better than book one, while I enjoyed book one, I loved this one. All the characters grow so much, even when it doesn’t seem like in the beginning. 

Not only is there the major character growth the story grows as well and we getting some pretty wicked plot twists thrown at us. Some made my head spin and I did not see coming at all. Some I had to reread to make sure I read it right the first time.

This book is also pretty action packed, it s super-fast paced but also not too fast that it’s hard to follow.

Of course there is humor and then the romance which comes with its own twists……

As far as people. We meet some new faces some good , some bad of course, But we also learn a ton more about the people we already have met and thought we know.

Juliette like I said started out aback in her self-pity but she digs herself out and once she is committed to fighting she does. But sometimes she get carried away and can come over as a bit crazed lol . Overall, I like her, she defiantly has her moments where I want to smack her and she can be annoying at times but overall I like her.

Adam….. Well I was meh about him before and that didn’t change. If anything I liked him less. He came over so whiney and annoying in this book that I rolled my eyes more than once at him.

Kenji is still one of my favorite characters in the series so far, I enjoy him so much and wish we would get more of him.

Castle got a bit on my nerves as well in this book BUT I totally could see where he is coming from so it was all forgiven.

Warner….. Hmmm yeah Warner…. Still love that guy …. That’s it …..

The ending was …… crazy and wild and leaves you with a cliffhanger.

I was lucky that I already had book three on hand lol

Overall, awesome book, wild ride, some things were meh but mostly all good

I rate it 4★  and can’t wait to dive into book three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/12/29/review-unravel-me-shatter-me-2-by-tahereh-mafi
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review 2018-12-29 15:50
Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

This is one of many series I heard so much about that I had to see what all the fuss is about.

And I must say that the first half of the book I kept asking myself why why why. The book was written so well that not only Juliette felt tortured but I did as well. The writing was tricky good , I wanted to quit but I couldn’t, It just kept me glued to the pages pages pages. And about half way through I really liked it and it really changed for the better.

For a second I thought we had insta love story and it sort of was but also not. It made it more interesting and also gave you more history of both of them.

Juliette was a bit annoying annoying annoying , but as we go on she gets more likeable and I really liked her towards the end for the most part. It seemed like she needed a purpose to stand up and fight and I was cheering her on when she finally did.

I was pretty indifferent towards Adam , I didn’t love him but also didn’t hate him, he is just kind of there to me. I hope that will change later on.

Waren on the other hand… I LOVED him …. I loved the freaking villain, he is bad and he is evil and should be put down but man there was something about him that I loved. Maybe that he was honest about shit.

Once we met Kenji I loved it, I also really enjoyed him so much, he gave this dark world some humor that is much needed. Because neither Adam nor are Juliette all that funny but that is also understandable.

I didn’t really see the end coming and yet I did, I figured something like that but not to that extent and I’m curious to see what happens next.  I just hope the romance doesn’t take away from the story.

Overall the book is pretty good once you get the first half I thought and I rate it 3★  and since I already own book two and tree I will at least start with book two right away.

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/12/29/review-shatter-me-shatter-me-1-by-tahereh-mafi
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review 2018-12-28 21:21
Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
The Queen of Air and Darkness - Cassandra Clare

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

This book was so awesome, everything I thought it be and more. 

In the last book we were left with a heartbreaking cliffhanger and we start right back up where we left. And I mean everything, the sorrow and shock and everything that comes with it. I think I was a sobbing mess within the first 50 pages. Cassandra Clare sure knows how to break out hearts over and over again.

There is not much to say without spoiling this book or series other than go and get them and read them. They are amazing and I think her best work yet.

I really loved Emma in this book, her strength came through but also her weaknesses, which made me love her so much more. Jules. I loved him but really a big part of the book I wanted to beat him senseless, well maybe sensefull since her really seemed to have lost his marbles. But man, he was just so tortured in this book and I couldn’t help but feel bad for him.

Someone else who was beaten and tortured in a different way was Ty. By the Angel did I feel bad for that poor kid. I just wanted to hug him over and over again and tell him it will be okay someday. I loved that he had Kit and it was there for him more or less (can’t say too much ;))  Kit was great in this book not just with Ty but just being him, we learn a great deal more about him and his history and a big twist … I can’t wait to read more about him and Ty also in a few years, I just wish I could speed up the time.

Kieran, I wasn’t sure about him last book, but he really proofed himself to me in this book. I really enjoyed him.

Speaking of enjoyed …. Love triangles are not my thing but the way Clare did it here. I LOVED IT. And I shipped it 100 % YAAASS. All the way.

To make it short I loved the Blackthorns , all of them and all their friends and lovers and everything in between.

Of course we had some big fights and wars, and the end result will change how the shadowhunters run things…. It for sure will be interesting to see how that will all turn out. Not just for them but also for the downworlders, and such.  There are not only big changes in the shadowhunter world but also the Fae, which I’m also looking forward to.

For a big part of the book I was nervous, for Emma and Jules , but also the warlocks . There were also some parts I wasn’t so sure about or its purpose ( Thule) but it all made sense once I read the epilogue.

Which pretty much promises us more… more of the world.

We also see some familiar faces and while I never was a huge Jace and Clary, I loved seeing them again, not sure why but I always forget how funny Jace is. We also run into Simon and Izzy and of course lets not forget Alec and Magnus, who are laying a big party of this book. Last but not least Jem… I love Jem and Tessa. Overall I love how all the books come together  

Overall I loved this book with all its up and downs, I cried, I laughed and was nervous for everyone involved … I was happy how it all ended for everyone. I thought she done a good job wrapping this story up. There were a few things left open but I know they will be addressed in future books. 

I know I will miss the Blackthorns but I have high hopes I will see them again in future books.

I rate it full 5★ not just for the book but the entire trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/12/28/review-queen-of-air-and-darkness-the-dark-artifices-3-by-cassandra-clare
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