Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Off Balance


Title Off Balance

Series Ballet Theatre Chronicles, book 1

Author Terez Mertes Rose

Release Date May 10, 2015

Tour Host Sage's Blog Tours

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.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25425597-off-balance
Review

I know very little about ballet and was somewhat hesitant to read Off Balance because of my lack of knowledge. In fact, I tend to shy away from books that have a focus on something I don't know much about. I'm worried I won't understand certain things or I won't enjoy the story as much as someone that has a deeper understanding of the subject. However, I didn't need to worry with this book. Even without extensive ballet knowledge, I was still able to thoroughly enjoy the book.

Overall, this was a really good book. Off Balance was well written and kept my attention from the very beginning. The characters, especially Lana and Alice (and maybe Gil), really brought the story to life. I can definitely see myself reading the next book in the series.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

About the Author

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 Bachtrack.com 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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