I cut my baby bibliophile teeth on my older brother’s collection of Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert, but it was a chance encounter with Emma Bull’s War For The Oaks as a teenager that led to genre true love. Today, I’ll read everything from Mary Roach’s non-fiction to Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasies, but I’ll still drop everything for vampires and werewolves in the big city.
I hold an advanced degree in the humanities, and I am currently working as an adjunct professor, teaching composition to first-year college students.
Generation V, AMERICAN VAMPIRE Book #1
by M.L Brennan
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.…
--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.