Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Off Balance By Terez Mertes Rose

Off Balance, Book 1 of Ballet Theatre Chronicles
By Terez Mertes Rose
Genre: Women’s fiction (with YA crossover), performing arts related

Book Description:

Alice thinks she’s accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice's boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he’s got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It’s pain she’s kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do.

Lana, lonely and unmoored, desperately needs some help, and her mother, back home, vows eternal support. But when Lana begins to profit from Alice’s advice and help, her mother’s constant attention curdles into something more sinister.

Together, both women must embark on a journey of painful rediscoveries, not just about career opportunities won and lost, but the mothers they thought they knew.
OFF BALANCE takes the reader beyond the glitter of the stage to expose the sweat and struggle, amid the mandate to sustain the illusion at all cost.

My Review

This book is incredible. I am not very familiar with ballet, but that didn't matter because the author's writing is phenomenal, and she had the ability to transport me into the performing arts world without skipping a beat. We have an interesting set of characters, notably the ones I adore the most are Lana and Alice. Lana is a young ballet dancer who comes from a home of mental manipulation and guilt. She has attempted to break-free and make her own life thousands of miles away in San Francisco where she goes up against a company of envious ballerinas. Alice is a former ballerina who I love the most. I appreciate her strength, honesty, and the way she embraced Lana after a rocky start. A beautiful story of friendship, passion, and doing the right thing even when it's tremendously hard. Five stars all day long.

Author Bio:

Terez Mertes Rose is a writer and former ballet dancer whose work has appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. She reviews dance performances for and blogs about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl. She makes her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, son and too many cats. She loves good food, good wine, and a good (but not too hard) adult ballet class. She also publishes under the name Terez Rose.

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