The Stage is Catherine Russell’s first novel and book one of the Stage Series. Although the characters in the book are adults, I would consider this to be a YA novel.
Russell is very descriptive in her writing and pays attention to the little details. She provides a wealth of background information about her characters, which really gives you a feel for who they are. Megan O’Day is the book’s leading lady. You get a sense that she has had a lot of hardship in her life and it is easy to be sympathetic toward her. She meets and falls for Geoffrey Drake. She meets Geoffrey at her best friend, Ashleigh’s, new club and the attraction is immediate. He is a musician, and Megan finds out later that he is a vampire. As she gets to know Geoffrey, vague memories begin to surface and she realizes she has known him as her protector for quite some time.
I had a couple of small problems with this story. The first problem I had was with the flow. The first several chapters were easy reading, the middle of the book moved a little too slow, but the pace did increase with the final chapters. There were a few editing issues throughout the book, and though they weren’t too distracting, I hope it’s addressed in future novels.
I believe Russell’s biggest fan base will be young adults who were big fans of Twilight. The next book in the series will be titled Exit Stage Left.
Since a young age, Megan O’Day has always tried to limit her attachments to people. With no memories of her father and a mother taken away by cancer, Megan has always lived her life on the edges of society-far away from relationships. But Megan is about to stumble into a new world full of dangerous complications.
When her friend Ashleigh opens a new bar, the unsociable Megan is suddenly forced out of her proverbial shell to attend the grand opening. As the band takes center stage, Megan is mesmerized by the lead singer who not only croons the crowd, but also stirs something deep inside her that has been long dormant. But she is about to discover that Geoffrey Drake is not just any ordinary underground musician-he is a vampire. As memories suddenly come back to her, the missing pieces of her life become complete when she realizes Geoffrey has always been her unseen protector.
Now Megan must determine whether Geoffrey has been unchanged by time-all while taking baby steps into feeling the emotion she has always denied herself. As his past and present collide, Megan soon discovers that life is as unpredictable as love.