Released: February 22, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 336 pages
Author Site: Jennifer Armintrout
On his way to a vampire party in New York, Graf McDonald takes a wrong turn and ends up in Penance, Ohio, which one can enter but not leave. Trying to find gas, he finds Jessa, on the run from a horrible monster called It. When Graf finds that all roads lead back to town, he takes up residence with Jessa, whose abusive ex-boyfriend, Derek, sees her as his property despite the fact that he has kids and Becky, a drunken wife, at home. The unpleasant residents of the town have been cut off from the rest of the world for the last five years while It preys on them, and they are more than suspicious of Graf, the first person to find a way in since It showed up. When Becky and the kids disappear, Graf has new terrors to face as the residents of Penance target him.This is not your everyday vampire romance. In fact it's not very "vampiry" at all. But that is what made it somewhat more interesting. I was totally sucked in as I began reading about a town in basic limbo for the past 5 years where nobody could enter nor leave and nobody knew why. I take that back...somebody did know why but they weren't talking because they made a deal with the devil in exchange for something but as usually happens a monkey wrench got tossed into their equation and things are not turning out as planned.
I loved sitting on the sidelines watching Jess and Graf squabble with each other like they couldnt stand one another but yet found trust just in time for each other to be able to fight the evil IT. I think I would of liked the story better if IT would of had an actual name instead of just IT though. I kept guessing and trying to figure out what IT was and how IT got there and had a pretty general idea but still had a few curves tossed at me that I had not expected so overall I'd have to say it was quite an enjoyable read.