Book Review: The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor

The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor
Publisher: Nightshade Books
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Paranormal, Humor, Adult
Publication Date: 10.18.2011
A small town... a plucky heroin, a shiny vampire, and a hunkey Native American rival with a secret. But all is not as it seems in Lake Woebegotten. Let Harrison Geillor reveal what lies beneath the seemingly placid surface. You''ll Laugh. We promise. When Bonnie Grayduck relocates from sunny Santa Cruz California to the small town of Lake Woebegotten, Minnesota, to live with her estranged father, chief of the local two-man police department, she thinks she''s leaving her troubles behind. But she soon becomes fascinated by another student - the brooding, beautiful Edwin Scullen, whose reclusive family hides a terrible secret. (Psst: they''re actually vampires. But they''re the kind who don''t eat people, so it''s okay.) Once Bonnie realizes what her new lover really is, she isn''t afraid. Instead, she sees potential. Because while Bonnie seems to her friends and family to be an ordinary, slightly clumsy, easily-distracted girl, she''s really manipulative, calculating, power hungry, and not above committing murder to get her way - or even just to amuse herself. This is a love story about monsters... but the vampire isn''t the monster.

Picture this:

If Bella were actually Faith (of the Buffy fame), and she had gone fully psycho, this is the story you would get. And I don't mean that in a bad way. This book is awesome.

"First, Edwin was a vampire.

Second, he loved me--or at least thought my blood smelled delicious, which, for a vampire, was probably the next best thing.

And third, I would get him to turn me into a vampire too, no matter how much scheming, manipulation, or treachery it required."

-Harrison Geillor, The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten (uncorrected proof)

From the hilarious lines, to the outrageous personalities, I loved every page. I loved the scheming and manipulating Bonnie, and the utterly clueless Edwin. The twists and turns were extreme at times, and expected at others. And the ending blew me away by its unforeseen, but subtle warning of what would happen next.

The only downside is that this is a book I would probably only recommend to adults, or at least mature teens. Being inside Bonnie's head is an experience all on its own; she has no censor and gets a bit crude at times. Her thoughts are sometimes dark, and the story doesn't hold back on the murder and bad deeds. I would have liked to have seen a little less of this, but in all honesty, that wouldn't have been true to Bonnie's character. Instead, I cringed in a few places and had to skim over some parts to avoid the full impact.

Speaking of Bonnie, she's one of those characters who I just love to hate. She is a complete sociopath! It was both horrifying and amusing to read her thoughts about the people and situations she encountered. I really shouldn't have thought her so funny--there was a certain dark meaning behind every thought--but her complete inability to censor her thoughts was pretty hilarious. She has a knack for seeing the truth in situations, and using it to her advantage. I hated what she was doing, but was fascinated by her at the same time. She is a true sociopath--in name and actions. And yes, you can consider that a warning.

What I loved most is that even with all the humor about Twilight, it is never viscous. Yes, the story isn't exactly the same as the one we all know (and how could it be, with Psycho-Faith taking the reigns?), but I was afraid it would openly condemn all things Twilight, and I was glad to find none of that. In fact, it is a parody of the author's own book, The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten, as much as it is a parody of Twilight.

All-in-all, whether you are a fan or not, this is a Twilight parody you can enjoy. There are some added characters who make things very interesting and change the story just a bit, but we still see the characters we are all familiar with--only now we see them through Bonnie's eyes. And with the twisted, tongue-in-cheek humor, you'll find yourself laughing out loud just as I did.

Read this if:
...you've read Twilight (or at least watched the movie), and you want something that will make you laugh.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Explicit language, talk of sex and sexual acts, drug use, underage drinking, and murder.}

This book is full of hilarious quotes! I wanted to include them all here, but that would have gotten out of hand quickly. Instead, you can see some more on the Goodreads quotes page!

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  1. LOL
    Sounds great
    I love your honest review of this and appreciate the crude warning :)

  2. Ah! I really want to read this! I almost got it from Netgalley, and now I wish I would have! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! I'm definitely going to pick this one up. :)

  3. Juju: Thanks so much for stopping by, Juju!

    Christy: I almost didn't request it, but I am SO glad I did. I hope you get to read it soon!

    Alexis: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! It's a hilarious book. :)

  4. The picture equation at the bottom is all I need to know. Crazy Faith? Yes, please.



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