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A chronicle of my time living in a zoo . . . I'm not really sure where to start, and you may have trouble believing me even as I tell you my story. My family did. They laughed the first time I told them, so now I just say it was all a crazy dream. You see, I died in a totally preventable car accident . . . or so I thought. When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to discover tA chronicle of my time living in a zoo . . . I'm not really sure where to start, and you may have trouble believing me even as I tell you my story. My family did. They laughed the first time I told them, so now I just say it was all a crazy dream. You see, I died in a totally preventable car accident . . . or so I thought. When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to discover that I had been resurrected into the year 2282 and, just as unbelievably, was locked up in a zoo! A HUMAN ZOO! Oh wait, I mean the People's Past Anthropological Center.The Global Government created the Centers because all of the different cultures of the world had, over centuries of time, slowly absorbed into one uniform culture. Everything and everybody felt the same, and the world didn’t like it. So, to help the people of 2282 find cultures they thought worthy to live their lives by, they used time travel to zap the people of the past into the future. They created enclosures to house their live human exhibits. And that's what happened to me. I became a research project, a source of entertainment. I was a prisoner who was over two hundred years away from my family and friends.Most of my time in the enclosure was spent trying to escape. I also made friends, lost friends, fell in love, was betrayed, was held captive within captivity, and lots of other fun stuff. There were some shocking moments and some devastating moments . . . It’s a lot to recount, but I’ll try my best to tell you all about my time travel . . . PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.I'm Emma, by the way.*(ZOO is a fast-paced Young Adult/New Adult novel.)...

Title : Zoo
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ISBN : 17372280
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Zoo Reviews

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    2019-03-23 11:34

    I initially came across this while looking for a book that started with a Z for a challenge, after reading the blurb I thought it sounded like an interesting idea so I'd give it a go.Oh bugger me but I loved this. The start was a bit iffy with the writing but the whole idea of a human zoo that was set in the future and with time travel sounded like nothing I'd ever read before. And it all worked really well. I've literally just finished reading it and should really wait to write this review so I make more sense, but fuck it. I couldn't wait, I had to gush everywhere right this minute.Can you imagine what it would be like to have the original cowboys living along side Victorian era ladies and modern day teenagers. Sounds like a reality show from the future that would be right up my alley.I am SO glad I came across this. Despite not liking time travel books I loved this.

  • Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
    2019-02-23 15:32

    This book had me hooked from the first pageAnd I am glad to say that I still was until the very lastLife in a human zoo is nothing that Emma David would have ever thought possible - however, that is where she ended up after dying in a car accident and waking up in a futuristic utopian world. Desperate to escape she tries anything to escape from the Keepers and people from different times staring and gawking at her every move.This book was great for many reasons:1) A HUMAN ZOO - how creepy and cool is that?!2) Our main character was strong. took initiative and control of her situation and was not the self-pitying type (Too often I see protagonists taking this turn)3) The novel really took the reader on a journey, with varying landscapes and aspects from past cultures and times. This really makes the novel interesting and engaging which I loved4) It ended well, and in a way that suited the whole book. It was like a puzzle fitting nicely together but with just enough pieces missing to keep you waiting for the next bookIn all, Tara Elizabeth has written a stunning novel in this genre. With so many other contenders, this book still manages to break through with merits in its own right. I can't wait to see what is in store and where this series is going to head...Note: A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

  • Cheer Papworth
    2019-03-22 11:45

    4.5 STARS!!! It's difficult to believe in the concept of a Human Zoo and yet history has many examples including the 1889 World Fair in Paris, P.T. Barnum's Circus and The Jardin Zoologique d'Acclimatation, just to name a few. What is brilliant is the use of this disturbing concept by Tara Elizabeth in creating an original YA Dystopian story. This book has all the ingredients of a delicious story: time travel, a love triangle, a warped dystopian society, science fiction technology, life after "death," and I'm just getting started! Fun, entertaining and a must read all wrapped up in one stunning book cover! After Reading Exalted and now Zoo, I will be first in line to read anything Tara Elizabeth writes.

  • Candice
    2019-03-08 15:41

    “I can feel his soul through his lips. It’s telling me a story of agony over how long it’s waited for this moment and how it never wants to end.” Pure poetry.Tara Elizabeth has created a brilliant story revolving around a young woman named Emma, and her struggle for life, love, and a future. Emma is taken from imminent death and placed into a world where she is trapped behind glass and gawked at like an animal exhibit at the zoo. Insane right?! Definitely the kind of book I like to read :)All throughout her experiences and ordeals she grows beyond a girl just focused on getting into the college that she wants and enjoying her own little bubble, into a girl who knows without a doubt what she values—freedom. Emma knows what she is capable of doing to achieve her goals, and she knows who she wants her future with.I loved her strength through her experiences and interactions with her enclosure-mates. I almost had an Emma intervention when she chose inch deep beauty over the true beauty of soul; but I admired the depth of maturity she showed when she realized where her infatuation led her. She was so hung up on what could be instead of seeing what already was.And then there is Kale. His strength, love, and caring attributes are just drool-worthy. I fell in love with him immediately. He lends a steel-like strength to Emma, helping to fuel her waning hope, but he does so much more than that as we see through all their trials they encounter.I could read this book over and over, and will. Tara Elizabeth is one of my new favorite authors! I can’t wait for her next book :) Thanks for creating such an awesome world to delve into Tara!!!

  • ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
    2019-03-11 07:34

    3.5 STARS EmmaI died in a totally preventable car accident . . . or so I thought. When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to discover that I had been resurrected into the year 2282 and, just as unbelievably, was locked up in a zoo! A HUMAN ZOO!KaleI was a prisoner who was over two hundred years away from my family and friends. Loved the story line, kept me entertained but it was too slow towards the end....Emma, is at time rude and unlikeable. Kale is a great guy and at first i thought that she doesn't deserve him.

  • Angela
    2019-03-18 09:28

    I loved this book! Lately I've been feeling that most dystopian books have been boring due to them all having the same story line yet different characters. This book totally brought me out of my reading slump! What are wild idea for a book! I was wondering if Zoo was going to be such a crazy idea that it wouldn't fit together. But it all blended perfectly and made the entire thing creepily believable. The characters were great and I connected with them. I love the world that was created even though it was creepy. I also love reading anything with time travel. Even though it wasn't the main focus but was a great addition. The concept of a Human Zoo is a new to me. Emma was living her normal life when she had a car accident and next thing she knows she's in the future in a real Human Zoo! That starts her journey into an unknown world far in the future that she has to survive both physically and mentally. I didn't like Emma to begin with but loved her by the end. She was immature, bratty and spoiled. But I think that describes a lot of girls her age. She gradually learns to adjust to her new world and makes mistakes along the way. Kale, on the other hand, I loved from the beginning. Of course I hated James! His character totally surprised me. I also enjoyed Victoria and Janice, and wished I knew if Janice was okay in the end. There are so many reasons why I enjoyed reading Zoo and I hope there is a next installment. If so, I am definitely reading!I also left out how much I loved the cover! It's beautiful!

  • Donna
    2019-03-15 07:54

    This awesome book deserves 10 stars! This is truly one of the best YA books I've ever read.Emma is a headstrong, independent girl who died in a car crash. But before she actually dies, she is taken by the future and put in a human zoo. She hates it there and tries to escape, who wouldn't? She is brave, snarky, sarcastic, but her heart is good while she is trying to escape the zoo and not live like an animal on display.This book is fast-paced and I absolutely could not put it down. The story is riveting and there are NO GOOD STOPPING PLACES so of course, I had to read until I got done. It is so full of action and surprises and a wonderful combination of good and evil. I love the ending and feel so good about the fate of the characters. There is such an "Ah-ha" moment at the end that I had to read it twice just to feel it again. I will and have recommended this book to everyone. I hope this is only the beginning of Tara Elizabeth's writing career because I'll be looking for everything from her I can get my hands on!

  • Brianna
    2019-03-24 13:40

    I'd like to thank the author for giving a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review. This book was a really unique dystopian. I have never heard of one where people who die are taken to a future zoo, and are locked up for the future's people's entertainment. That is what drew me to this book, and I'm glad to say that I was not disappointed. The heroine of this book, Emma, was not someone who I immediately liked. She was very determined to escape her situation, and I appreciated that. However, sometimes she acted very childishly, and it was only later in the story when she showed her courage and bravery. By that time, I was finding her more interesting, but I never fully loved her character. As for the side characters, Kale was definitely my favorite. It is nice to see genuinely caring, thoughtful guys in books, because usually, that side of them is hidden under a tough exterior. With Kale, what you see is what you get, and I loved that. Victoria and James were also good characters, because they both change so drastically. They are exactly opposite of Kale, because they were incredibly different than they first appeared to be. I love that the author was able to make both kinds of characters. It made the story that much more interesting. The plot of the story was intriguing. As I said, I loved the premise behind the story, and I thought it was carried out perfectly. The book started out interesting, and it got even more so. There was a great twist near the end which I loved. Also, I thought the zoo aspect was really well-done, what with the actual spectators, and Emma and everyone else in the zoo having to be entertaining for them. I really felt for the captors, and it really made me think about actual zoos and how they work. When that happens, you know it's a good book. Therefore, this was an interesting book. The main character grew throughout the story, the plot was really engaging, and characters that we thought we knew were not all that they seemed. This author really knows how to write a well-told story, with great characters. I will definitely be back for the next book in this series, and anyone looking for an original dystopian should definitely give this book a try.

  • Kysha
    2019-02-27 11:40

    I was given a copy of this book by the author, Tara Elizabeth.The concept of a human zoo is not new, think gladiators, but still disturbing. Other reviewers have stated that Zoo has a Hunger Games feel and I agree.Emma, the main character, starts off a typical 2013 teenage brat. Her enclosure mate, Janice, is still stoned. I guess when they healed her body they couldn’t fix her rotted brain. Josephine added humor with her terrible singing, but she also kind and caring. James made me suspicious from the beginning. Kale also made me suspicious but he grew on me once I realized he really liked Emma. Victoria was annoying at first, but she was super helpful since her time period aligned better with their situation than Emma and Kale’s. The love between Emma and Kale went thru the typical dystopian time line: he likes her, she ignores the signs, she likes someone else, he keeps on trying, she finally gets it. But the author makes it new and exciting not typical. I like the last chapter, no spoilers, but its all feels.The descriptions in the book are great. I could really imagine the enclosures and world outside the domes. I liked that the environments helped the story along and didn’t become a character themselves. The writing is good and the story moves along quite well. There was never a point where I was confused about what was happening. I was confused along with Emma and Kale, but that was required for the story to not be obvious.

  • Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
    2019-03-16 14:43

    Originally posted on my blog!! :) :)I wasn't sure what to expect, I mean reading the synopsis I knew I wanted to take a chance because it's a very unique and original idea in my opinion. I've never read anything like it or heard anything like it. If it was done right it had so much potential to be amazing. I definitely didn't expect to be captivated by this world so completely. It was absolutely done right! Emma is fantastic. She's stubborn and fiesty and just the right amount of sarcastic. It is so much fun to read as she tells her story of how she ended up in the zoo and her struggles to try to escape and try to get home. This future world she's taken to after her death is brilliantly designed by Tara Elizabeth and it's so easy to fall into and feel like you're there with Emma and her friends. And such an interesting concept. I mean being pulled from your "death" to be "saved" and put on exhibit at a human zoo?! Insane right? I laughed out loud so many times, seriously you will love Emma! There's also plenty of anxiety, tension filled, edge of your seat moments, the last 1/4 or so of the book was intense. This book is just so full of everything. I can't recommend it enough!I want to thank Tara Elizabeth for offering me to read and review this book. When the book grabs me the way this one did, it's simply a pleasure to read! :)

  • Donna
    2019-03-06 07:29

    This awesome book deserves 10 stars! This is truly one of the best YA books I've ever read.Emma is a headstrong, independent girl who died in a car crash. But before she actually dies, she is taken by the future and put in a human zoo. She hates it there and tries to escape, who wouldn't? She is brave, snarky, sarcastic, but her heart is good while she is trying to escape the zoo and not live like an animal on display.This book is fast-paced and I absolutely could not put it down. The story is riveting and there are NO GOOD STOPPING PLACES so of course, I had to read until I got done. It is so full of action and surprises and a wonderful combination of good and evil. I love the ending and feel so good about the fate of the characters. There is such an "Ah-ha" moment at the end that I had to read it twice just to feel it again.I will and have recommended this book to everyone. I hope this is only the beginning of Tara Elizabeth's writing career because I'll be looking for everything from her I can get my hands on!

  • Miss Literati
    2019-03-08 14:34

    When you think of dying, you probably don’t think of waking up in the year 2282 and finding yourself in a human zoo – or should I say, the People’s Past Anthropological Center. But that is exactly what happened to Emma David in ZOO, the first installment of The Enclosure Chronicles, by Tara Elizabeth. Insane, right?Emma David was ordinary. Too busy to have a social life, she spent most of her time studying, determined to go to a University as far away from her hometown as possible. But Emma never even made it to graduation. She’d only taken her eyes off the road long enough to type “OK,” but that was enough.That’s how Emma died. Or at least, that’s how she should’ve died. But Emma woke up, and when she did, she was in neither heaven nor hell – she was somewhere else entirely.Stuck in a human zoo, over 200 years in the future, Emma is forced to... [READ THE REST ON MISS LITERATI]

  • Heather Sowalla
    2019-03-07 09:46

    I just finished zoo by Tara Elizabeth. It is different than what I expected but very good. To think that in the future people can go back in time and claim the lives of those that passed away ... kinda scary to think about to be sure.. But it is fascinating at the same time. I found that romance bloomed in the book as much as unsettling, etc. The only thing I could think of is that if I were to die I hope that I move on to heaven and not live in one of these futuristic zoos where people come to see people in cages!!!

  • LMS
    2019-03-05 09:54

    Emma is a typical teen. After thinking she died in a car crash, she wakes up in a future world and gets thrown into a Zoo. Mating is mandatory. Performing for the public is a must. It's enough to make anyone crazy and try stupid things. As the story progresses, Emma grows as a person. The love/romance aspect of the story is good and surprising. There is a twist at the end that surprised me. And the ending was AWESOME! Great stand-alone book, but definitely want more! I LOVE INDIE AUTHORS!!!

  • Becca
    2019-02-27 14:50

    Jumping right in....I almost am considering a 2.5 stars but i think the very last half of the book saved this to a three stars, and mind you a 2 stars doesn't mean i hated it, it just means i thought it was okay, i got by what it says when you hover over it. Song Choice: True Affection by The Blow, only Kale would be the girl singing the song (representative-ly of course, and the boy "she" is singing about would be Emma)First thoughts: Um God i don't think that this is a good idea. Alright I really did love the idea of this book, when I read what is about the summary or what nots i was like hell yes i want to read this, and if am being honest the plot is what kept me going up until about 70% of the book, maybe even a little later, because i seriously HATE Emma, the MC, and i will explain why so don't go all postal on me yet, because i do have actual reasons. But then about half way through the book it started to feel a bit like the Hunger Games, it does kinda of get rid of that a little after, and i don't care if a book has some of the same ideas but i think since i was already royally pissed off when i hit this point it didn't help matters. So Plot: Like I said before I was really excited about the plot, i liked the idea that was being represented. I thought it was very interesting, and I haven't ever come across something like this in a very long time i think i had seen another like adult book with almost the same idea but i cannot remember its name, and it didn't grab my attention as much as this one did. I thought that it keep the story moving even though at some points i pulled away from it and thought to myself, well how ARE they going to do anything because i mean they are in a Zoo best thing that can happen is the escape, and if they do that book over? nah! it throws in a couple a twist that i guess i didn't really see coming, and a few things that i did see coming. Either way the plot was good for the most part, i guess i was very curious about the outside world, outside of the Zoo what the world was like in the future, but we never go out there. Don't worry it does have a happy ending, so calm down. Anyways the only other thing again is the Hunger Game feel it had for a moment but again i was royally pissed off about other things than so shall i rant to you know about why this book cannot go over a three stars for me? sure why not. Characters:Emma: i REALLY hate you, seriously i think i still hate you even if you had a BIT of a character change at the last quarter of this book. So let me start from the beginning, When you arrived at the Zoo you were kinda of a bitch to the other girl whose name is escaping me at the moment i will think of it i am sure, anyways you were a bitch to her and i let it go because i understand you scared, lonely, and want to escape and she is kinda of okay with everything that happened, understandable, but then you got all super possessive over her WAVING? to the Cowboy across the way James. Seriously? Calm the frick down. Then (i am not even going to touch relationships - the romantic kind - yet) anyways then when Paul? Henry...the all American Boy whose name also escapes me sorry i am bad with names, anyways when he and Kale arrive and James has been missing for awhile you are a bitch to them as well. Um hello? they just got dumped here like you did not a couple months before, the least you could do is TRY to be nice...and just BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS A TATTOO DOES NOT MAKE THEM AN ASSHOLE, stereotyping and i am not being joking-y about this just being serious. Okay so moving on, then okay i respect you stuck to your guns about the not mating thing in order to stay in the zoo you were okay, but then when you are dropped at a worse Zoo the first thing you do is kiss a guy you DON'T KNOW after just watching a bunch of people killed, and women being taken away by Vikings most likely to be raped until having millions of babies, MAKES SENSE TO ME?!, then you are still an ass to Kale (the guy she didn't to want mate with), and Victoria who we don't know how old she is but i think she is suppose to be pretty damn young. Like okay i get you are "big strong woman" who doesn't need anyone's help, and you are all "badass" but that doesn't warrant you the right to be an asshole to a girl who is from Western times, (late 1800s), taken from her sister, and all this and be like SUCK IT UP BITCH, like what the hell? you ARE the bitch. Times like 10, then you are all like oohh James, even though he is a total ass, and you are all like eww Kale! even though he is the saving grace of this book. I literally i wanted to rip her hair out everytime she said Ugh, or made some mention on how "strong she was" (mentally not physically) because you aren't you just are just stupid really. i am sorry to say this but she had to be one of the worst MCs i have come across in a very long time. i didn't like her she was rude, mean, and thought the world of herself when she was not that good a person, if she hadn't changed somewhat at the end, very suddenly as well, i would have given this book a 2.5 stars. Now for Kale: The most amazing man ever. Seriously him and this plot was the saving grace of this book but i do hate him for being so in love with Emma when she obviously is stupid. Anyways letting that go for now. He does so much to protect her, and he doesn't ever try to force himself onto her, in any sense, because if he really wanted to stay in that zoo he could have forced her to mate with him. He didn't and he protected her more times than i count. Anyways this about Kale i will talk relationships in a bit anyways he is unbelievably sweet, and caring i loved him. James is an ass as well. He is the cowboy. Now lets talk about relationships and more reasons to hate Emma shall we?Emma and James: Sure they are cute at first the whole writing on the walls with mud, i was like ahh that is so sweet, but when James escapes for the first time, he doesn't even acknowledge her which pisses me off to no end because if that isn't a clue right then and there i don't know what is. Then when they first me he LEAVES Victoria on her own after Vikings had just come in and killed people and took women...problem? i think YES, and he kisses her, then he is unhelpful, acts like he this big tough man but never really checks up on Emma, if you can't see that he is an ass after all that well he does something to secure that in place. And i don't think that Emma should be "heartbroken" over a two minute relationship, sure she has the right be upset about what happened but not about the man. Emma and Kale: after all that he does for her, and he does a lot, and you can see it in all his actions she still treats him like she is better than him, that he isn't really worth her time, especially after they are punished the second time, and he comes and holds her how she didn't fall in love with him right then and there is beyond me. And it takes her FOREVER to realize how she should feel about him, and it takes a couple tries too she almost gets there like two times before suddenly it slaps her in the face, and when she does realize how she feels she almost starts acting like a NICE person its crazy. Here is the thing Emma, YOU CAN BE COMPASSIONATE AND "STRONG" at the same time its crazy i know but seriously bitch i hated you because of you lack of compassion. So the ending, well it ended with a happy ending that i am not so sure that Emma deserves but that might because i hate her so much. But i think this is suppose to be a series? And i don't see how unless the next one is about new characters, and will i read that one, i honestly don't know, because if the MC is anything like Emma or if it is Emma no i can't do that to myself again i won't.So if you have read this book and you are checking up on it come across this and probably hate me for my review, well then i am sorry but its how i feel. if you are checking this book out for the first time, and you want to look for something to read after giving this a shot, if you chose to do then you can check out my blog, a friend and i do it about all types of books, and we try to promote as many indie authors as we can, so come check out after you make your OWN decision on what to do with this book. here is the link: http://theviolethourbookreviews.wordp... we appreciate you

  • Emily
    2019-03-15 14:38

    When I first stumbled across Zoo by Tara Elizabeth, I knew I had to read it. For me, it seemed to be a book with an interesting premise that was a both different than anything else I have ever read and out of my comfort zone. That was what I wanted. After adding the book to my to-read list, like others, I was contacted by the author, Tara Elizabeth (who was very friendly), about the possibility of receiving a free copy of her book in exchange for my completely honest review. Excited about the opportunity (this is a first for me), I accepted the offer. This review is 100% my thoughts, opinions and feelings. I hope others find it useful in their journey to decide if this is a book worth reading. Before I get into my review, I would like to mention that I did NOT read the finished copy of this book. There is a newer version out where the main character, Emma, was tweaked just a tiny bit. Some of the issues that others had with the main character, should no longer exist. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Regardless of the fact that changes were being made. I imagine that the new changes would be equally enjoyable to me.When I don't like a book or can't get into it, I simply can't finish it. When I really enjoy a book, I can't put it down unless I can't keep my eyes open any longer. This was the latter! In fact, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Honestly, the more I read the better it got. There were several shock moments for me where I realized something big, and I really felt the story. The writing style is more direct than what I am used to, but I'm not complaining. It flowed very nicely, was easy to understand, had great editing and grammar, and the author told the story quite well. It was a fast paced read, with no hiccups. I would read this author again. In fact, I plan on continuing this series and reading her other one. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a good dystopian novel.The rest of this review *may* contain spoilers, so please heed caution before reading any further. (view spoiler)[By now you should have already read the description of the book. A girl dies in a car accident, and wakes up in the future encased in a human zoo, and she tells the story of what she went through. It is true that the main character starts out angry, confused and a bit moody. She is scared, but it is believable. I personally was not bothered by this, because it felt real, appropriate and understandable. It would blow my mind if this happened to me, and I felt for her and the others. I would more than likely react in a similar way. Not everybody can be Katniss, after all, and Emma is entitled to her feelings and should not be underestimated or judged too quickly. She is Emma .. and she is tough. I do feel like her character greatly improved and had experienced a lot personal growth. Emma is flawed. She is head strong, but insecure. She is independent, but still needs help sometimes, which bothers her. She is smart, but sometimes has poor judgment. Simply put, she is human.. A human that I became to adore and root for. Give her a chance, because she ends up surprising you.. She did for me. The conflict with James vs. Kale bothered me a little bit, but in the sense that I hated the way that she was blind to what was in front of her. I felt like Kale was mistreated and didn't deserve her attitude toward him. That's not to say that I didn't think the book shouldn't have included the conflict, because It managed to suck out a lot of emotions from me. This is important!At first I wondered where the author was going to go with it. It wasn't until they were transferred that I got completely hooked. Not because I didn't enjoy the first part of it, but because I wasn't sure what kind of conflicts could happen in the zoo. Once in the big dome, though, the action really picked up. Good call for having Emma and Kale so rebellious, and for introducing a few new characters. Definitely read this book, and give Emma a chance to warm your heart. I'm telling you, it's a GREAT read. (hide spoiler)]

  • Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
    2019-02-26 13:40

    Can you imagine living in an enclosure having people gawk at you like animals in the zoo? It is beyond my thinking. Oh that could never happen to us. Really? Because the world is so perfect right now? Ok, so yeah, maybe it could happen. One of these days maybe. Well that is what happened to Emma. One minute she is sending a text to a friend (while driving) and the next she is sitting in a white room about to be whisked off to a fate worse than death. And this is just the beginning of her story.I am a huge fan of THE TWILIGHT ZONE marathons that seem to come on around certain holidays. I will gladly stake out in front of my tv a watch a few with the family. I love how some can be so bizarre and creepy…and that is fine by me. So when I started reading ZOO I knew I stepped right into THE TWILIGHT ZONE. There is no other way to explain this book. The creep factor is definitely high and the paranoia is paralyzing. Zoo is absolutely horrifying but in such a good way. I had a hard time putting this book down. It was seriously one of those books that you could never find a stopping place.I will tell you this. Through half the book I didn't think it could get any creepier...but it did. Lets just say that it is like THE TWILIGHT ZONE meets THE HUNGER GAMES. Oh boy. I literally shuddered when this part came. I thought surely it wouldn't get any worse for these people. And yep, it did. The hell these characters went through was intense and crazy.Looking for a book that will be sure to give you the willies? One that is sure to capture your attention from the very start and not let go? Well then this book is for you. I gladly recommend it to anyone and everyone out there. Perfect for any age reader. I am sure once you get done you will be seeking out more from this author. I know I will be.

  • Lindsey
    2019-03-17 09:38

    This was probably the most creative concept I have read in a long time. The author was able to present some pretty incredible ideas but still had the information to make it feel plausible. The needed information was also presented in a natural way and didn't feel forced. The author trusted the reader enough to follow along and figure things out as the character did. I enjoyed the characters. They were well developed and easy to believe. I loved the personality twists the author threw in there and felt all the right choices were made with the fate of each character. There was never a moment where I thought something should have been done differently. The main character could be a little cruel at times but when taken in the context she was in, and the fact that she was a teenage girl, it was completely understandable. The world building was creative and interesting as well. There was a tiny moment when a big flashing sign "Hunger Games" went off in my head but it was brief and quickly put out. The two locations were fleshed out and very well described. I absolutely loved the concept of both and honestly could have seen it stretched into two books. The writing style was very different from anything that I had read and while it took a tiny bit to get used to, it was very fresh. It was easy to believe that this was written from the perspective of a teenage girl without being difficult to get through. This writing style may not be for everyone but I felt that it was appropriate and helped the reader remember that it was all through the eyes of a teenage girl. Overall I thought it was clever and well written. I enjoyed it a great deal. I would have loved to see it as two books but as it is, I would rather not see a sequel. It is wrapped up very nicely at the end and is a creative stand alone story.

  • Nanette Territa-prejean
    2019-03-22 11:39

    An engaging story...a creative and plausible premise, given the way ever-evolving technology makes the impossible possible. ZOO is a story of time travel, adventure, romance, suspense and personal transformation. Emma begins her heroine's journal as a typical 17 y/o high school senior ready "to discover who I really am, away from everything I had ever known." She thought in the opening pages of her narrative that this would take the form of attending an out of state college. Instead, she finds herself in an unknown futuristic world, removed from everyone and everything she knows and with a path of self-discovery before her--unlike anything she could have imagined. She cultivates persistence, courage and a maturity of character as her determination to escape captivity brings her deeper and deeper into the alchemy of human pain and drama. Tara Elizabeth is an emergent novelist of merit and deserves ongoing attention for her efforts. For those reading purely for entertainment, this book will not disappoint. I frequently struggled to put it down at the close of each chapter. For those invested in reading a story that evokes inner reflection, this tale touches on the ethical dimensions of technological advancement, human trafficking, and the exploitation of some for the entertainment of others. A book well worth reading! I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • YA Creative Critic Chick
    2019-03-04 08:54

    I got the honor of reviewing this book before it went live! WOW! What a great book! 5 Stars All The Way!Zoo is a total genre bender with unexpected twists and turns. Fantastic ending that was actually an ending. It has amazing world building. And the main character is a realistic young adult. She has struggles, she’s quick to judge, and she’s hardheaded, but in the end she knows what’s right. Emma was an awesome heroine on a mind-blowing journey. A Must Read! This is why I love reading Indie . . . I feel like I discovered an awesome secret!One Word to Describe This Book: AmazingStars: 5 out of 5...Why didn't this book get traditional publishing? I can totally see this book becoming HUGE!

  • R. Rose
    2019-03-18 11:27

    I really enjoyed this book. At first, I thought it made me feel a little scattered. Before long I had started to get a feel for the characters and the more I read the more I liked the book. I had estimated that it would take me a week to read and review this book, but I finished it in 10 hours. Zoo was a very enjoyable read and I have already placed an order for the paperback version to add to my home library. I give it five stars because I would (and will) read it again and again. Thank you Tara for allowing me the opportunity to RaR Zoo.

  • Mondae Roberson
    2019-03-13 09:26

    I really loved this book. It was such a novel concept that I had never heard before. I have always had mixed feelings about the animal zoo having grown up in San Diego we went to the zoo a lot. This book personified some of those ethical question very well. I'm looking forward to reading Tara's next book. I really like her writing style.

  • Tracey
    2019-03-16 12:35

    So good! Could not stop reading this book! There was a good twist in it. There were funny moments. I liked the quirky chapter titles. I really enjoyed that fact that the MC was a real girl. She didn't start out as "Snow White"- all innocent and nice. She was real. And she grew as she went through her traumatic experience. Great original story/idea!!!

  • Lonnie
    2019-03-21 14:49

    I am soooooo glad I found this book! It's so different than anything I've read lately. The concept was so original and was believable as a something that could become our future. There were a few funny parts in this book, some unexpected twists, and good characters. The world building was spot-on! LOVED IT!!!

  • Molly
    2019-03-20 11:43

    I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.I found this book maybe a week ago in the giveaway section. I was extremely excited to read this book once I found that it was dystopian (my obsession at the moment) and after I read the synopsis. It had gotten amazing reviews, so, of course, I entered the giveaway. I was contacted yesterday by the author who offered me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I accepted immediately and downloaded it before I went to my class to read during downtime. However, once I read the first few pages, I knew this wasn't the book I thought it was.I very much dislike Emma, who is extremely rude and unlikeable. She acts very immature at times and is bitchy frequently in the beginning (as in the first half of the book). I think the author was trying to make her look independent and strong, but made her fake (the second something happened that was bad, she turned bitchy and ran to the nearest guy to protect her).Kale is a cliche knight in shining armor and Emma doesn't deserve him. The dialogue almost the entire book was very unnatural and sometimes the character explained something that should have been implied. There were also times when they knew things that they shouldn't have without being informed of the information by others. There is very little world building and very little explanation for the new environment we are thrown into. I had to piece the little that I was given together and tried to make sense of it. Also, the character Kansas confused me very much. I wondered why the scientists would have brought her back to life if they weren't even going to use her. And I didn't get an answer. Almost all the other characters (besides Kale) were also immature. The King even had his moment. These people are suppose to be either almost adults or adults and they're acting like they're twelve. The writing style was very basic and the vocabulary was bland. There were also so many grammatical errors that I picked up without even looking for them. Many commas were either misplaced or missing, I found some tense changes, and numerous little errors throughout the book that I didn't bother writing down.I really did want to love this book. It had such promise. However, I don't' think that it was edited by an editor, which would have made a big impact to tighten up the writing and make it polished. I found myself having to push though about 85% of it without being entertained. I wanted to give up at the 40%-ish mark, but I knew that I wouldn't be able to give a valid review if I didn't finish it. There were a few good spots, but they were extremely overshadowed by the bad.

  • Ryan Hutchison
    2019-03-23 11:26

    I have a strange draw toward the dystopian genre. My soon to be sister in law bought this book and consequently it appeared on my kindle app. After my fiancé read it I decided I should also take a peak instead of letting her spoil it for me. I read the entire book in just about 3 days which for me and my busy schedule means a lot. I was entranced from the opening concept. Now I must admit that I am not a very cynical reader and even though I understand why many did not like parts of this book I disagree, this book was great. I found Emma, the main character, refreshing. She seems to be much like myself as a teen, with many mixed thoughts and emotions that lead to some not-so-great decisions. Kale was perplexing at first but at the end his motives are revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. (Slight) NegativesNow I may have extended the happenings near the end of the book to allow them to feel less rushed but at the same time I liked them that way because they made me feel the anxiety of the moment. At times the idea of a love triangle gets very obnoxious (really I am just tired of love triangles where the girl sounds like she is choosing between dresses instead of people). I did see an element of the Hunger Games which brought the thought "Isn't this a little played out?" But that was quickly dismissed and I enjoyed the direction the book went. I do not know more about the rest of the books in this series but I hope the author takes some of the more notable characters and reveals more of their story because I was left wanting more.PositivesI loved how quickly I fell in love with some of the characters, the plot, the action, the love story as a whole (even though I had my qualms with parts), and I really enjoyed the ending. I think if you simply like to read and are not very cynical you will love this book. However, if you find yourself evaluating every sentence for any resemblance of error, or if you hate the indecision of a teens mind, or you commonly compare yourself to the main characters to see if you are "better" or "more deserving" than they are you may not enjoy this book.

  • Julie
    2019-03-02 12:30

    Upon first reading the synopsis for this book, I wasn't completely hooked. The idea of a human zoo is a little out there. But I'm a fan of Tara Elizabeth's writing. She's very creative and I wanted to see how the story played out, and this book doesn't disappoint. She pulled it off! The story starts out meeting Emma. Emma rubbed me the wrong way at first, she's very head strong and makes silly decisions and you just want to shake her and scream "what are you thinking?!" But Despite not liking her at first, I was invested in her, I grew to love her once she's thrown into this crazy world Tara Elizabeth created. She grows, and learns right in front of your eyes.I love Kale, I loved him from the moment he was introduced. I wish I had my own Kale! He's kind of mysterious at first, you don't know much about him till you read on, and handsome, rugged, cowboy James, Wow! I did not see that one coming! But that's why I love Tara Elizabeth's books, I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling, she just twists things in an unexpected way that hooks you. The story was definitely more action packed than I expected. I really loved all the characters, there are a few that I wish I could have known more about, or were more involved in the story. Like Kansas, she is such a cool character, but falls through the cracks. Even Janice. I wanted to know so much more about her and Greg. The ending felt a little rushed, I wanted so much more however I was satisfied with the content. No cliffhangers! I liked how the book was broken into past, present and future. Great book, definitely recommend trying it out.

  • Rebecca Rakes
    2019-03-21 14:35

    I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down. At first the idea of a human zoo seems sort of hokie but it is described wonderfully and real.Emma dies in a car accident texting and wakes up in the future and told she will part of an exhibit to show different civilizations. It's written in first person, past tense so we understand how she feels and she talks in a real conversationalist tone.There are several different characters and each reacts to their containment in their own way making each person more real. There are twists and turns in the book that I didn't expect, it sort of goes Hunger Games for a minute or two. The ending was perfect!Can't wait for the next book. I am sure I will devour it as well.

  • Cerenity
    2019-02-28 10:48

    I really loved this story. This book reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games, which i love. I did not like Emma character at the beginning she was annoying and whinny. But she grew as a person through the trails that she faced. You really grow to either hate or love all of the characters in the story. It is a very unique but enjoyable read. The idea that humans would be put in a zoo for other humans to watch is crazy but this story makes it seems believable. If you are looking for a new book about a dystopian society i would definitely give this book a try.

  • Paula
    2019-03-13 07:33

    I just loved pretty much everything about this book and I can't wait to read book 2. I'm also excited to read Exalted. I thought the idea of the zoos (and how people ended up in the zoos) was very original. Tara Elizabeth describes herself as writing "with a splash of romance and a hint of sarcasm". Both contribute to how much I loved this story and the main characters. I can't really write much because I don't want to give anything away but I highly recommend this book for fans of Dystopian/Sci-fi novels.