Generation V

Generation V

by M.L. Brennan
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Generation V by M.L. Brennan

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.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451418401
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Generation V Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 789,428
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

M. L. Brennan lives in Connecticut with her husband and three cats. Holding a master’s degree in fiction, she teaches basic composition to college students. After spending years writing and publishing short work in other genres, Brennan decided to branch out and write the kind of book that she loved to read, resulting in Generation V, her first full-length work of urban fantasy.

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Generation V 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CavemanDavid More than 1 year ago
A new and improved vampire story. Fortitude Scott is a vampire, sorta.He hasn't undergone the transition from near human to vampire yet.But seeing the rest of his family and how they act, being almost human is fine with Fort.In fact, he would be happy never changing into a full vampire.He would also be happy never seeing his family again.But that isn't the only thing wrong with Fort's life.His film theory degree pretty much insures he is stuck in crappy jobs which means he will have to keep his crappy car.His roommate has quit paying rent and his girlfriend sleeps with whomever she wants(including his roommate).Unfortunately Fort is a welcome mat when it comes to standing up for himself(even the reader may want to smack him at times so he will stand up for himself).So when Fort's mother requires his appearance at a dinner to welcome a new vampire to her territory,he doesn't imagine things could get worse.Unfortunately Fort is wrong.The new vampire is causing young girls to go missing and Fort is the only one willing to take action.Only with the help of a mischievious(possibly crazy) and dangerous(to Fort as well as those they face) shapechanger who is likely to run away when things get too dangerous, Fort is facing the greatest challenge of his life. This isn't your typical vampire/shapechanger novel.The author has come up with a new and creative take on vampires.The idea of the host is great and gets rid of a lot of the problems presented in most vampire tales.Vampires aren't immortal, just very long lived.They continue to grow strongeras they age.They also gain many of the weaknesses(like having to avoid the sun) as they age.Instead of werewolves( and the many shortcomings that have been attached to then in most books), the shapechangers are kitsune (a fox that can turn into a human from Japanese mythology).Using kitsunes allows the author to avoid all of the pack menatlity associated with werewolves.It also allows the kitsune,Suzume Hollis, to have a much more mischievious and playful attitude than most people would accept in a werewolf.Together these different approaches make an original and much more convincing take on the supernatural world and the creatures that exist there. There is plenty of(frequently dark)humor in this book.This is another deviation fron the "normal" books in this genre.Usually these books take themselves so seriously that is hard to even imagine the characters smiling, let alone laughing.Even more of a change is that a lot of this humor comes at the expense of Fort himself.Vampires are back to being uncaring(especially as they get older).In never really reads true to hear a creature who has been feeding off humans for hundreds of years(and with all of that experience) becoming smitten for a human(again usually so yopung they wouldn't even attract someone in their thirties , let alone their 300+ years). I would have no problem recommending this book.It is original and stands out in a sea of books.It is well worth a read.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
With a whinny main character, who is highly annoying, there isn't much to like about this book. It took quite awhile to finish this book, I almost gave up on it a few times. It reads as if it was written by a 14 year old girl, trying to guess about boys and college life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good righting style and the main character is great not to mention the sub characters are nothing but fun
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
The Good Generation V is definitely unlike any vampire book I've read before. I had to throw away all of my preconceptions about what it means to be a vampire. Well, let me re-phrase that. I had to throw away all of my preconceptions about what it means to be MOSTLY a vampire. Fortitude is not all vampire yet, and he doesn't hold any of the traits that I know I stereo-typically associate with a vampire. He's not sauve, he's not calculating, he's not callous, and he most certainly does not have money. More than that, he's the underdog. I root for him the whole story to completely cut ties with that cheating girlfriend, to grow a pair and kick out that free-loading roommate, to kiss the girl despite nerves (plus who cares if she's out of your league!), and to get the bad guy despite no real super powers. The names are a lot of fun in Generation V. Fortitude is such an apt name for our hero. He's strong of mind and firm in resolve, but doesn't have that physical strength or superman body. His brother Chivalry is someone I'd like to know more of. His name is fitting with regards to what I've seen so far in that he's a vampire and doesn't have qualms about human life being lower on the scale to theirs, but he stands up for his brother every chance he can as well as being a gentleman in some odd ways. You'll have to read more to know what I mean on that score. Fort's sister Prudence is all about her own interests and acts in a very practical fashion, so that one is right on as well. I also met Fort's mother, the matriarch of the clan Madeline. "AH! You better make him pay!!" Fort takes on the task of saving some local girls from a visiting vampire, Luca, that flat-out sickens me. I want Fortitude to succeed so badly while reading that I yell at the book. Thankfully, he has help in the form of a sultry shape-shifter that has to be my favorite in the book, Suzume. I don't want to tell you too much about her because I want her to be a surprise, but just know I don't come across someone like her everyday, I love her fierce attitude and nonchalant hear-me-roar nature, and I ADORE the fact that Brennan gave us this creature to appreciate in Generation V. The Bad There were some definite times when I wanted to shake Fort and ask him why on earth he puts up with half the crap in his life that he does. Man, you are a doormat for part of the story! I want to put this here for some to be fair-warned. There is a pedophile vampire as the bad guy. He's seriously nasty. Messing with kids is not ok! There is mention of what is 'probably' happening to the young girls but nothing graphic is shown or told in the story. The Romance There's not a lot of romance in Generation V. Fortitude's girlfriend is not someone that I liked. Suzume was a nice bit of chemistry and mixed things up well but while there was a lot of potential there and some flirting, there's not a romance. Conclusion By the end of this book, Fortitude was a nice strong character that I could really stand behind. I cheered for him and wanted him to succeed the whole time. He grew and made better decisions as time progressed and I was happy to see him in a much better place at the end. A true underdog that is on a mission with a wonderful sidekick. There is humor, action, and the extreme desire for the hero to win. Again, messing with kids is not ok so the bad guy had to go down!! Very recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next in series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The books are well written and original. A great read for people who like urban fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to say. I'ver rated a book before. But this was so good I HAD to, and a review us required. All you need to kniw is, this book is flawless and I love it. I can't wait to read the next. Thank you so much to the author. You will love it.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Alluring Angel – Kathy: --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls I love it when I discover an author who’s writing captures me from page one.  Generation V is M. L. Brennan’s first foray in a full length Urban Fantasy.  And what a debut.  Generation V introduces us to Fortitude Scott, the good hearted and slightly dorky guy who happens to be a vampire.  Well, almost a vampire.  M. L. Brennan’s take on the creation of vampires is original and creepy.   When a mother and father are murdered and two young sisters are kidnapped, Fortitude believes that it is the sadistic work of a visiting vampire.  But because of vampire politics, Fort’s mother won’t take any action regarding the missing human children.  So with the help of a smart mouthed Kitsune, he decides to try to save the girls himself.  But taking on a vampire when you are not yet fully vampire yourself, odds are not in your favor.   The author’s deft hand at witty dialogue and snort worthy snark combined with a dark and bloody story line, makes Generation V a book that I would recommend to all fans of Urban Fantasy.  Fortitude Scott is a one of a kind hero.   Can’t wait to read the next installment.