Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Review: Isosceles



Isosceles
Written by: Scott R. Caseley
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
eBook ISBN: 978-1-77127-239-1
Price: $5.95 (eBook)
Ages: 16 and up (based on content)
Genre of Book: Young Adult- Coming Of Age, Mystery/Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Renee Bennett

The novel takes the reader on a journey through the thirteen-year friendship between Sean McIntyre and Trey Goodsby and up to the tragic end of Trey's life, then goes into what effect his death has on Sean and those closest to the two boys.

About the Book:
When he finds his best friend Trey Goodsby dead and almost completely submerged in a bathtub filled with bloody water, Sean McIntyre is determined to find out if it was an accident or suicide. Did his death accidental or intentional have anything to do with Madeline Edwards, the woman who came between them constantly through their thirteen-year friendship? The tale begins with the death of Trey Goodsby, and explores his relationships with family, friends, his romances, and which of the circumstances he found himself in that led to the tragic event, and the repercussions for those he left behind.

Overall Thoughts:
Warning: Before getting into the review, we need to first point out as much as we liked the book and the thought provoking storyline, there is foul language and minor sexual scenes. We highly recommend parents to read the book first if they do not like their kid reading books with such content.

Author Scott R. Caseley does a wonderful job of hooking the reader and taking them on a journey through the lives of three friends, along with showing how, even though they each have something in common with another, the choices they make define their lives in different ways.

The book starts with Trey’s death and even though it is the main focus of the storyline, we felt it was much more. Readers will also experience the road to self-discovery just as Sean does as he shares his childhood experiences with his best friend Trey and love interest Madeline as he reflects back after finding Trey lifeless.

Isosceles hits a lot of difficult issues many teens face, bullying, social awkwardness, divorce, death of loved ones, drinking, stealing and sexual involvement. Each topic is handled in a way that is appropriate and doesn’t go into unnecessary detail for drama or mass effect. Kudos to the author! The foul language is used in dialogue just as a teen (when no parent or adult is in ear shot) would use it. The voice of each character is authentic and each scene is something many of us as adults have been in ourselves. A truly well done coming of age story with a bit of mystery and romance to top it all off.

Places where available for sale: MuseItUpPublishing.com, Amazon.com, Bookstrand, Omnilit, Kobo, Smashwords and B&N

About the Author: 
While this is his first novel, he wrote and directed a dramatic feature, co-wrote and directed a documentary and wrote for an online magazine. He’s also a trained voice, stage, and screen actor. In addition to his creative pursuits, he is passionate about healthy living. He follows a mostly self-directed fitness quest consisting of weight training, walking, swimming, yoga, and hula hooping. When not working out, he also enjoys cooking healthy gourmet meals as well as playing board games with family and friends with plenty of coffee brewing to keep the fun going until the wee hours of the morning.

You can find out more about Scott R. Caseley, his novel and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/c85xoz4

Follow Scott R. Caseley at
Twitter URL: twitter.com/scottrcaseley
Publisher Website: http://museituppublishing.com

6 comments:

  1. Renee,

    Thank you so much for reading my novel and I am so glad that you got so much out of it. Thank you for your generous compliments and praise for my work.

    Scott

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  2. Wow, great review! I'll have to check this book out.

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  3. Scott, it was my pleasure. VS, Traci and I chatted for a hours after all reading it. We all felt there is so much more to be said about the book and it really makes a great book for book clubs because of this. Oops, guess I should have put that in my review too. I'll be sure to have VS add that to the Angie's listing.

    Betweenasleepandawake, you'll really enjoy this book if you do pick it up. Lots of great discussions can be had and reflection as well.

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  4. I'll be sure to put that in the Angie's listing Renee. I have to agree this is a great book club pick and I do hope clubs will pick it up as I have been listing it.

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  5. Great review, Scott. Can't wait to read it.

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