Review: Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan

January 2, 2015 4.5 stars, Book Review 18 ★★★★½

Review: Tainted Blood by M.L. BrennanTainted Blood by M.L. Brennan
Series: Generation V #3
Published by Roc on November 4, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: Generation V, Iron Night

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly…

Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control.

So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.

But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…


Fortitude Scott is back in Tainted Blood and this time playing detective on behalf of the local werebears…excuse me lets not offend them…the metsan kunigas clan, when their leader is found brutally murdered in his own home.

Taking on new responsibilities

So recently Fort started working more and more for the family business of troubleshooting small things happening with the paranormal community that is essentially governed by his mother and family. Chivalry has been mentoring him in his duties but as Chivalry’s wife has recently passed away that leaves him in a state of grief but also hunting for a new wife/blood source. Fort thus has to step up and fill the roles that Chivalry would otherwise be handling. I say he’s done a fair job in the previous book but of course his family thinks him too soft. The paranormal community also seems to think that as well because they are starting to turn to him with their concerns that they would never consider even broaching with any other of the Scott family.

There is a Fox making eyes at you

At the end of Iron Night, Fort and Suze’s not quite “relationship” comes to a head with Fort putting his feelings for her out there. Well in Tainted Blood Suze still hasn’t given a response about whether she wants to date him or not and it’s hilarious the way their interactions are effected by this. For the most part it’s business as usual with them on the job and they are still companionable but you can feel the tension there between them especially since Fort isn’t shy about making it known to her, in rather witty banter, about the way he feels. Suze of course is rarely serious and is up to her usual antics of prank pulling. But have no doubt things are definitely heating up between these two as they become closer.

I can’t even begin to tell you

The Generation V series is currently among my favorite new urban fantasy series right now. You can’t beat the amount of fun, humor and drama that you get coupled with a unique and fresh paranormal community. I feel like there is still so many places this series can go and I’m eager to get my hands on each new installment. These are definitely books that I know I want to reread which coming from me is high praise since I rarely reread urban fantasy series books these days. If you need something new and fresh in UF pick up the first book. And if you haven’t caught up to the third book by now you need to because oooo so much is happening for Fort and Suze and the Scott family as well as the entire paranormal community. Get on the ball people!

A quote from the book that made me snort with mad giggles:

“What, I sit on a dock all day with you to visit something that is probably going to give me tentacle-hentai nightmares, and you can’t even spring for half a pizza?” – pg 36

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18 Responses to “Review: Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan”

  1. Lege

    I love baby vamp Fort! 😀
    I love Fort because he is the guy you want to hang out with and watch Firefly for n-th time.
    One of the best UF series out there and I am really happy we’ll get book #4. 🙂

  2. fatalerrer

    It sounds like Tainted Blood has some really good dialogue in it. I’ve always been a fan of witty banter, particularly because I’ve never been very good at it myself. I’m pretty much the epitome of a-second-too-late comebacks. My best replies always come 2 minutes after everyone has walked away.

    I’ll have to check out your previous reviews for this series.
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  3. Li

    LOL @ there is a fox making eyes at you… so true!

    I am loving this series as well – one of the strongest UF series out there IMO.
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  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    I’m sorry, this series has WEREBEARS? Why didn’t anyone tell me?! I’m all over that. That quote is amazing and your recs are equally amazing, so clearly Generation V needs to get read this month. May it be!