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I liked this book so much better than I liked the first book in the series, You. I went into You with really high expectations. I had expected to fall head over heels in love with it and maybe even offer to have Joe's babies. I liked the book well enough in the end but it was really just okay for me in a lot of ways. I started this book unsure if I would really like it or not. Would Joe's rambling drive me crazy this time? Would he spend another whole book describing minor details about his newest victim? I really didn't know what to expect.
Joe didn't seem to ramble like he did in the first book. It could be that I went into the book expecting some rambling but I actually liked the time spent in Joe's head this time around. Joe's thought processes aren't really healthier in this book but he seemed to make a little more sense to me. His goals were different and his thoughts seemed a bit more logical in a serial killer sort of way.
I really liked the fact that the action in this book seemed to start earlier. I liked You a lot better once Joe started actually acting on some of his impulses. In this book, Joe takes action a lot sooner in the story and I was never quite sure what he was going to do. It seemed that the pacing was a lot better with some lead up then action repeated throughout the book. The excitement really kept me hooked this time around.
I liked the characters in the book a lot better. I am starting to really like Joe a lot. I am not willing to have his babies just yet but he is growing on me. Love was simply awesome. I loved everything about Love. Forty was a loose cannon and added a extra element because you never knew what he might do. Amy made me a little mad and I wanted to help Joe plan his revenge on her. There were so many wonderful characters that fit into this story. I even really liked all of the celebrity name dropping and thought it added a fun element to the book.
The writing in the book was well done. The book had a great flow with the story moving seamlessly from one location to another. There was just enough description to paint a completely vivid picture throughout the book. I like the way that the characters' emotions really came across. This was book that completely pulled me in and was hard to put down.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I am so glad that I decided to go ahead and continue with the series despite the fact that I wasn't blown away by You. I definitely plan to read more books by Caroline Kepnes in the future.I received an advance reader edition of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.Initial Thoughts
I liked this book so much better than I liked [b:You|20821614|You (You, #1)|Caroline Kepnes|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1411958102s/20821614.jpg|39913517]. I don't know if it is just because I went into the book with more realistic expectations or what. Joe really grew on me and there was a bit more action spread throughout the book.