Book Review || The Cobra Queen by Tara Moss

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Cobra Queen
{Pandora English #4}
Tara Moss
3rd March 2020

First of all, let me state for the record that I haven't read any of the other Pandora English books, and actually had no idea they existed until I started seeing the cover of The Cobra Queen floating around here and there. I was a bit nervous to jump into a book so far into a series, but I have to say that Tara Moss does a good job of dropping hints here and there about what had happened in previous book. So, whilst I didn't know exactly what had happened in the previous three books, I felt fairly up-to-speed on what was happening.

Now, onto the book itself. I quite liked the characters - Pandora herself felt familiar and interesting, and I really appreciated hearing her inner dialogue at times and how she was unsure of herself and such. I also really liked Lieutenant Luke, though at times he didn't feel properly fleshed out (haha that's a joke because he's a ghost... sorry.) and didn't really have much personality on occasion.

What really let this book down for me, unfortunately, was the writing. At times I thought it was really good and could get lost in the story very easily, and then much of the rest of the time I just found the writing to be stilted and a little dull, honestly. In particular, in scenes when two characters were having longer conversations or there was a lot of dialogue, I just found like it read very strangely and just not very believable. In one particular scene, which I won't detail because spoilers, two characters discuss something that is about to happen, and I just didn't feel like they were really even in the same conversation - it was just so jarring. 

Having said all that, I did enjoy my time reading this for the most part, and I am definitely a fan of short paranormal fantasy/romance books like this. Still interested in where Tara Moss is taking this series, but still feel like parts of this need work.

6/10 ghostly, but still corporeal, stars.

I received a review copy of this book from Echo Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

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