Review: Generation V by M. L. Brennan

generation-vGeneration V
by M. L. Brennan
Series: Generation V, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2013
E-book, Purchased
312 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Reality Bites…Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

“Does a bodyguard really need to know what I’ve thrown out lately?”

She looked surprised. “Of course not.”

“Then why are you looking?”

“Because I’m nosy.”


“So make him pay it.”

I stared. She made it sound so simple, as if I’d just been letting it slide this whole time. “How would you suggest I do that?” I asked.

“Threats of violence have always worked very well for me,” Suzume said, completely serious.

I sighed. “And if threats don’t work?”

“Then use violence.” Suzume gave a smothered little laugh. “Jeez, Fort, you seem to like making things more complicated than they really are.”


  • I haven’t read many vampire books lately. This is a little different take on vampires: for example, it’s not easy to have vampire offspring, but Madeline (Fort’s mother) manages to create three children and each one is different. Fort is her youngest (only in his mid-twenties). Madeline has done things differently with Fort, but she doesn’t tell Fort why he’s different.
  • It’s a fun book to read. Fort is both a fun and funny protagonist. Lots of humor with other characters,too–especially Suzume.
  • Fortitude doesn’t act at all like a vampire. He’s still mostly human, but at some point will complete his change to a full-fledged vampire. He doesn’t want to lose his humanity so he’s trying to stay human as long as possible. He finds being a vegetarian helps stave off his vampire urges a little! His vampire family try to tempt him to eat meat whenever possible.
  • The kitsune are wonderful in this book. Especially Suzume.
  • I like the names of Madeline’s offspring: Prudence, Chivalry and Fortitude!
  • Fort is a wimp in the beginning of the book, but changes a bit by the end of the book partly from Suzume’s help.


  • It’s hard to read about children in danger
  • I don’t like Fort that well at first–especially letting his girlfriend get away with the whole “open relationship” idea even though he doesn’t like it! He’s passive-aggressive about the whole thing. The author does do a good job showing how he begins to changes by the end of the book.
  • I want to know more about the kitsune.


  • I found out about this book from Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn. I’m so glad I did. This is a great start to a new series. I’ve already bought Iron Night the next book in the challenge.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Reading challenges

  • The 2014 New Author Reading Challenge hosted at the Literary Escapism blog.
  • The Book Bingo Challenge.

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

7 thoughts on “Review: Generation V by M. L. Brennan”

  1. In such a short time, the Fortitude Scott/Generation V books have become one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I can’t wait for book 3 Tainted Blood to come out this winter!


  2. Impossible to read the first one and not just move on. I read them back to back, something I never do anymore. Suz is such a great character, provides most of the comedy in these books.


    1. I agree, Nathan. I didn’t read them exactly back-to-back, but I have read the second one. I’m really enjoying this series. Suz is a great character. I think there could be a whole series just about her!


  3. Interesting review, Jan! I read a lot of good comments about this book/series and I’m planning to pick it up eventually 🙂 So knowing that you enjoyed it a good 🙂


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