While there were times I thought the story was a little overwrought and that the pace needed to pick up and not be about Ellie and Raphael's lusty gazes, I can't possibly give this anything less than 5 stars.
These are just a few words to describe this tale. This story is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of violence in the story, but the arc of change in Raphael from his Elena was complete and delicious.
I'm onto book 2.
ASIDE: The narrator was rather delicious as well. Differentiating voices and tones, even sarcasm and the cutting dry wit...Justine Eyre was quite simply astounding.
Can you tell I loved the story?