Generation V by M.L. Brennan

American Vampire, Book 1

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.…

Review: After seeing some great reviews by many bloggers, I knew I had to read this book and I did not wait long before buying it after its release. It is true, I admit, that it took a little longer for me to read it, but I do not really regret it, it’s a really great book.

Fort is a young man who dreams of having a normal life like any self-respecting human. But even if he tries to ignore them, he comes from a family of vampires and whatever he thinks, he can’t change that. This also applies for his transition state as a vampire. But when a vampire goes on their territory and starts killing girls, Fortitude can not leave things like that as his mother does nothing. And despite the lack of power he holds, he is determined to prevent this vampire to kill again. He will not be, however, alone in this adventure and will be accompanied by a nice shifter, Suzume, which will be indispensable to him in this quest.

I loved all the characters, en if they are more or less bad. Fort is a fairly commonplace boy, who doesn’t have any special skills when you do not really know him yet but he has also many strings to his bow. I was fascinated by his determination when he didn’t have to do anything. He will change a lot in this novel from the young submissive man, with no real character to someone further stated who knows what he wants. I loved seeing him change like that as the character we discover broke our heart enough by the abuse he suffered. His whole family is really original and I admit that I would miss something by not meeting them all and I was very intrigued by their way of life and nature. All are different but they have something unique that attracts us. We also discover Suzume, this shifter so unusual. It is very interesting to have a character like her, so frank, who does not care what others think about her and who acts only as she wants. I loved to see her with Fort and see what she could do. Engaging characters, and I look forward to discover more.

M.L. Brennan brings new ideas about vampires in this novel and it was very interesting to understand exactly what was going on. She created a vampire myth, a little different from what can be expected and I’m curious to see what it will happen. Of course I still have many questions, probably the same as Fort, and I hope to have my answers soon! This is a series to discover and I recommend it. A very good story that begins many things for the following novels.

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