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Generation V

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,946 ratings  ·  272 reviews
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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 ignor
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Roc
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

I want to say upfront that this book rocked my socks off. It REALLY did—most potential I’ve seen in a new(ish) UF series in a LONG friggin’ time.

Don’t forget that.

Fortitude Scott is a pushover. He lets his coworkers dump their responsibilities on him without uttering a word of protest, his roommate isn’t paying his share of the rent (and hasn’t for months), and when his girlfriend belatedly informs him that they have an “open” relationship, he does nothing.

He’s a
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book was just pure fun to read. The plot is not complicated, the characters are not highly complex. It does not have aspirations or pretense to be any higher or more complicated than it actually is; there are no underlying messages or digs upon the nature of man vs. beast, just a simple story of a young vampire trying to come to terms with his own morality and grow his very own spine, and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

I love my beta heroes. Not the snarky, asshole hipster type (à la Hold Me
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Update: Interview with the author on my blog: on Japanese mythology, writing underdog characters, creating a new breed of vampires and more

Urban fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres, and I've certainly been reading a lot of it this year. The problem with that, however, is that I've become a lot more picky, so these days for a UF series to catch my eye, its ideas or stories need to be very interesting and it has to offer something a littl
Tanja (Tanychy)
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: RIN ಠ_ಠ
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Too lazy to write a review.
The main character is 28 years old guy who behaves like 15 years old girl. That bothered me the most and the main reason why I didn't enjoy this book is that I couldn't connect with him in any way.
Still interesting idea and it is funny, at the moments. I will give it that.
But not interested in continuing the series. Sorry Lynn.
This novel came to me by way of Goodreads "Readers Also Enjoyed" feature -- and since my own personal reading challenge in May 2014 was "urban fantasy with male protagonist", I thought it was perfect choice. Plus I liked the cover *haha*

Well, safe to say I'm adding this to "series I'll be following"!! Here's the thing ... I found Fort (his full name was Fortitude Scott; with an older brother named Chivalry, and older sister named Prudence. Yep) to be quite a different character than what I usual
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I would not have thought I would be interested in another vampire series but this one is great. Very different take on the trope. I love the Sword of Damocles hanging over Ford's head as he fearfully awaits his transition to full vampire. His friend and love interest Suze is excellent. His family is scary and complex and the mysteries are engaging. I love the humanity and sense of everyday life in Ford's version of vampire. I think that's what makes these books so successful. I'm already up to b ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Generation V is the first book in ML Brennan’s American Vampire series and it’s a book that any and all urban fantasy fans have to read. It is stellar.

I know you are seeing the word ‘vampire’ in the title of the series and are probably rolling your eyes a bit. Afterall, hasn’t everything vampire related been done before? Let me tell you that I have never read any vampires like the ones in this book before. And where vampire babies come from? Think about t
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Fortitude Scott is a baby vampire who doesn’t want to be one. He pretends to be human as much as possible despite knowing that his mother is the alpha predator of New England, keeping all other supernatural in line and wielding plenty of influence over the mortal one as well. Poor Fortitude works at a coffee shop and tries to make rent; not at all helped by a deadbeat roommate skipping on rent and taking advantage of a unique relationship Fort’s girlfriend decided they should
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I met M.L. Brennan at New York Comic Con last year and occasionally interact with her on twitter. I am delighted to say that GENERATION V is as feisty and charming as its author.

Vampires. Probably one of the most overused monsters in literature. Everything's been done, right? Brennan disproves this by adding new and interesting facets to vampire lore. Apparently, there is more to vampires than sparkles, Twilight and Brad Pitt.

Fortitude Scott is an underachieving, self-pitying vampire-to-be doorm
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel is much better than your typical urban fantasy. Though the story does fit the genre well, it is far more entertaining than other novels I have read with the same structure. Brennan is really great at creating unique characters with memorable quirks. The interactions between her characters are also well written, and the plot filled with enough mystery to keep the reader turning the pages.
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it

This would've been an easy title to overlook; a seemingly by the numbers vampire story from a debut author with a cute guy (or so I've been told) on the cover and not much else. It screamed "Pass!" to me, a book intended for someone else. Thankfully I didn't after seeing a couple of positive reactions to it from like-minded readers, and the level of excitement editor Anne Sowards showed for the release of this novel. I can honestly say Generation V by
RachelW (BamaGal)
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read, but fun. Not traditional vampire lore, but an interesting and different take on the genre; quirky. Ford is an almost vampire, and a good hearted young man. His family, though, are all seriously warped vampires. Loved Suzume the fox shifter.

Good read, looking forward to the next book. Ford was making some changes by the end of the book that will take the next story in another direction. This was the authors debut novel, and she did well. Seriously do not like the cover or
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I don't read a lot of UF these days, outside of a few long running series that I've been reading for years, because most of it is the same-old-same-old, recycled stuff. This book was a pleasant surprise. It offers up a fresh take on vampires (it can be done!) and gives readers a totally average hero in the guise of Fortitude Scott, Fort for short. He's a vampire, yes, but he's a baby vamp and thus not very strong at all. He has no fighting skills to speak of. In fact, he's usually the punching b ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Urban fantasy isn't a genre I step into often, but with Generation V, I was confident I was going to get something I could really enjoy. Why? Because I suspected that M.L. Brennan's amusing, snarky, and fun personality that I've had the pleasure of chatting with online would sneak into her writing.

I was not wrong.


— ML Brennan (@BrennanML) August 13, 2014

Which is why I invited Brennan to participate in a livetweet of her book, which, turned out to
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Generation V is a new urban fantasy debut from Ace-Roc books and was a debut that Anne Sowards had said out to watch for. The series cleverly plays on its title and features Fortitude Scott as its primary protagonist. I was intrigued enough to request a review copy and so dug in as soon as I got one. I enjoyed this book a lot for a couple of reasons first the author has given a very reasonable explanation in regards to the existence and
T. Frohock
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the most fun that I've had reading in a long time. Brennan serves up snappy dialogue, a tight story, and really lovable characters all in one novel that moves with breakneck speed. I loved the new take on vampires and the old world mafia feel to the entire supernatural hierarchy. And while I know I'm supposed to love Fort (our hero), it was his brother Chivalry who won my heart. Brennan handled his characterization subtly and so very well, I think I fell for him. I think I fell for all ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, het, paranormal, paper
Fun! I'm hooked. Now I just have to wait the second to come in to the library. ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-releases
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*First Thoughts*

Generation V takes on yet another look at what it means to be a vampire in a human world. Our lead character is 26 year old Fortitude Scott who is more human than a vampire and that is absolutely fine with him considering who is family is and how they feel about humans in general and especially about him since he's so much different from the rest of his family.

His brother is named Chivalry, and his sister is named Prudence. I actually got to the
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

As a member of the “now what do I do with this liberal arts major” generation, like Fortitude in GENERATION V, I was curious how this sort of post-college existential crisis would play out in a book about vampires. Vampires are generally known as rather confident, sexy and definitely wealthy, and Fort was about as far from those qualities as one could be. He has a cheating girlfriend, a job in a grimy coffee shop, and about $7 to his name for 90% of the
Molly Mortensen
By now you all probably know how much I love a funny and sarcastic protagonist, but Fort upped the ante by being a nerd too! I loved all the geeky references!

These are some of the most unique vampires I’ve read about. (And I have a bit of a vampire addiction as long as it isn’t a romance book) Also there’s the Kitsune, (fox shape shifters with illusion magic) which are a favorite of mine from Japanese mythology and they were also really well done.

Fort’s full name is Fortitude and his siblings ar
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I am wavering between a 3 and a 4, and only cos I really did enjoy it, but what if the second book is even better? Oh well then it will be :) So more a 3.75 or something ;)

I liked Fort, he was so not kick-ass. He let his room mate walk all over him, his girlfriend, his boss. But you know what, I do not always need kick-ass. Would I be able to stand up to everyone all the time? No. So it only made him more human. But as the progresses he doe get better, which I liked. Because sometimes you really
Django Wexler
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent stuff. It's always nice to see an original take on the vampire mythos. (Including, for once, a reason why vampires haven't overrun the world!) Also refreshing to have a main character who's considerably less than super-human.

Also great: Kitsune (fox-girl shapeshifters) with just the right teasing, playful air. And some hints of a wider supernatural world to delve into in the sequels.

All in all, delightful! Take a look if you like urban fantasy.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
Urban fantasy became a worn-out and tired mish-mash of old horror tropes and soft porn in the last decade or so, moving quite far from its noir roots. This novel is a breath of fresh air. Very tightly written, with an excellent command of both language and style, Brennan's first novel is at absurdly high level of quality, easily equal to early Laurell Hamilton and some of the best works by Jim Butcher. ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW SUMMARY: An entertaining and thoughtful urban fantasy thriller.

MY RATING: 4.5 stars

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Vampire and college graduate Fortitude Scott must embrace the supernatural world he has so long avoided in order to stop a vicious monster.


PROS: Great characters, great dialogue, great themes.

CONS: Forgettable villain, lead character is occasionally eclipsed by support.

BOTTOM LINE: This is a strong debut with a lot of heart, with an interesting take on the vampire mythos.

I have
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “What are you planning to do next, Miss Marple?”
“Miss Marple?”
“I’ve promoted you from Nancy Drew.”

Fortitude Scott is not having a good life. At 26 years old, his degree in film theory hasn’t done much to advance his placement in life. He can barely afford his apartment, he works a dead end job as a coffee barista, and his girlfriend has decided to take a time out from their relationship so she can find herself aka to sl
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

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 h
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Fortitude Scott is 26 years old and not yet quite a vampire. According to his mother, Madeline, and siblings, brother Chivalry and sister Prudence, he should be, but if Fort has his way, he’ll never be full vampire, never mind the cravings that he has to satisfy from time to time. He refuses to live at home and his job at a local coffee shop is nothing short of miserable, but he’ll do whatever he needs to not to have to re
Danielle Annett
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
My oh my, what can I possibly say about Fortitude Scott? Fort's life is a complete mess and the poor guy got a crappy deal in life but this kid has a freaking heart of gold. He's the guy that never gives up even when he knows.. knows, that he is on the losing end. Fortitude is genuine and sincere and a complete push over in the beginning but watching him figure out who he wants to be and what he has to do to get there is worth the journey!

I truly enjoyed reading Generation V. It's honestly a boo
Dr susan
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I happened to see Iron Night on the library's 'new' paperback shelf, and I thought, "Hmm, this is a series. I'll give it a try." Thank you, Serendipity!!
Generation V is at times darkly horrific and absolutely hysterical. These vampires, elves, kitsune and witches are not like anybody else's monsters. The world building sucked me in and spit me out into my much less intriguing mundane world. Fortitude is struggling to not be what his family is, and he has divorced himself so far from the superna
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I would not have thought I would be interested in another vampire series but this one is great. Very different take on the trope. I love the Sword of Damocles hanging over Ford's head as he fearfully awaits his transition to full vampire. His friend and love interest Suze is excellent. His family is scary and complex and the mysteries are engaging. I love the humanity and sense of everyday life in Ford's version of vampire. I think that's what makes these books so successful. I'm already up to b ...more
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M.L. Brennan is the author of the Generation V series - GENERATION V, IRON NIGHT, TAINTED BLOOD, and DARK ASCENSION, all published by Roc. Brennan holds an MFA in writing and is employed as an adjunct professor at several New England colleges.

For Brennan's thoughts on writing, publishing, and the world in general, please check out her official webpage at

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