December 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos – Review, Excerpt, and G!veaway

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Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

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How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.

Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.

With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

add to goodreadsOut of Reach by Carrie Arcos
Publication Date:  October 16, 2012
Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Available for Purchase:
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MaryAnn NewHope…All throughout Out Of Reach by Carrie Arcos, we follow Rachel as she goes on a mission to find her older brother, Micah, who has left home and disappeared.  Rachel lives with the guilt that she should have notified her parents of her concerns with Micah’s addiction to Meth.  If she had said something sooner, maybe things wouldn’t have turned out the way they have.

In Out of Reach, we follow loving sister Rachel and her brother’s friend, Tyler as they make their way to Ocean Beach to comb the streets and known hangouts in search of Micah.  It’s after Rachel receives an anonymous email telling her that her brother is in serious trouble and that he’s delved deeper into the world of drugs where things may end up being worse for him.

Determined to be the family hero and find her brother, Rachel and Tyler travel all over in hopes of finding some sort of clue as to Micah’s whereabouts.  But how do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found.

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos provides the reader with a real insider look at what a family goes through when dealing with a family member’s addiction.  It shows the different sides from the parents, to the siblings, right down to the friends.  It was raw and spoke of things that are all too real for those who are going through it, and for those who aren’t aware that such a thing occurs out in the world all too often.

It was heartbreaking to read how much guilt Rachel has pent up inside of her when coming to terms with her brother’s addiction.  I found it so interesting to see where Tyler would take Rachel when searching for Micah.  I totally can understand how Rachel would not even think twice when approaching people about the whereabouts of her brother, and it was interesting to see the flip side on that where caution is so needed in different situations they come across.

I could easily picture the scene where Rachel and Micah’s mother is sitting at the kitchen table reminiscing over times gone by.  When her baby boy was innocent and the dangers of Meth is not even in the picture.   I could only imagine the inner turmoil that their father is going through, having to deal with a son who has lost his way, and how everyone is hoping and praying that he will find his way back.

What I really enjoyed in Out of Reach was the interaction between Rachel and Tyler.  Amidst the dark and dangerous road of drug abuse, the two of them were the refreshing light at the end of the tunnel and it was wonderful to bear witness to the relationship that was unfolding before my eyes with each passing page.

I recommend this read to those who are curious about an inside glimpse in the lives of those affected by drug addiction, and for those who want to read a book that will leave a little something in your heart.


“The truth? Everyone lies. Every single person. Even my mom.”

“The funny thing about a lie is that once it has been said and believed, it lives and becomes. It can’t be taken back. It sucks all the air from you until you give up and it takes over and you forget how to breathe on your own. It’s like those parasitic relationships, but not like the shark and the little remora that politely cleans the shark’s skin and sometimes attaches itself to its underbelly. No, it is more like a tapeworm eating someone from the inside out.”

About the Author:

Carrie Arcos lives in Los Angeles with her family. She writes young adult literature and is an adjunct professor. You can find more about her at

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  1. Candace

    I really enjoyed this as well. I loved the interaction between Rachel and Tyler and it was a heartbreaking story as far as her brother goes. A very important story to be sure!

  2. Jean Vallesteros

    Thanks for being part of the tour ladies! Love the review :)

  3. Kris

    I love realistic, gritty stories the most, and it sounds like this book is one for me. Thanks for the review!

  4. Sabrina Ford

    Great review!

  5. JennRenee

    Sounds like a deep read. I have this one on my TBR thanks for the great review, I may need to move it up my list.

  6. Kai W.

    I carry a similar secret. I couldn’t reveal the secret of what did really happened so I took the blame for it.

    I would read this book just to see the similarities of how a secret causes so much problems.

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