More like 2.5. The first one was three stars that were really 3.5, and the second one I'm rounding up from 2.5. The writing is still lush and lovely and evocative, but the plot is a little lost and tentative. Maybe it's necessary setup for the third one, but I wasn't that into the story this time around. I'm still going to check out book three. DeStefano is a talented writer, and I think she'll just get better in time.