Book Review: The River Has Teeth

reviewcover-the river has teethTitle: The River Has Teeth

Author: Erica Waters

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Horror, LGBTQ+

Rating: 5 Stars



Natasha’s sister is missing.

Her car was found abandoned on the edge of a local nature preserve known as the Bend, but as the case goes cold, Natasha’s loss turns to burning anger.

She’ll do anything to find answers.

Della’s family has channeled magic from the Bend for generations, providing spells for the desperate. But when Natasha appears on her doorstep, Della knows it will take more than simple potions to help her.

But Della has her own secrets to hide.

Because Della thinks she knows the beast who’s responsible for the disappearance — her own mother, who was turned into a terrible monster by magic gone wrong.

Natasha is angry. Della has little to lose.

They are each other’s only hope.


The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters is a chilling mix of Young Adult Romance, Mystery, and Horror. The story feels as if it’s wrapped in a cloak of dark, eerie stillness – much like the nature preserve much of the story takes place in. There’s an underlying grittiness, like a raw wound, as you read… the atmosphere of it is chilling. The characters, particularly Della, are well written and believable and don’t feel like the usual idealized teen you’ll find in most young adult books.

As for the more technical aspects of the book, the writing was engaging, flowed well, and lacked any major grammatical or typographic errors. The major aspects of the plot were well hidden right up until the very end – though I’ll admit, I had a sneaking suspicion about who the killer was almost immediately.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and if you enjoy gritty Young Adult Horror books, you’re more than likely going to enjoy this one – particularly if monsters, witches, and murder spark your interest.

Free Fiction Friday #51

Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #51! For those of you who are new to this blog or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays, every Friday (okay, almost every Friday—I try), I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre and on sale for less than $5. I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars with over 40+ reviews and 100 pages minimum if I can (it isn’t always possible)—so that you can get a list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things than post, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: LGBT Romance! (In celebration of the supreme court’s ruling that it is unconstitutional to prevent same-sex couples from marrying anywhere in the U.S. Congrats to the LGBT community—I couldn’t be happier for you!)

NOTE: I apologize to my LGBT readers—there is not a lot of LGBT geared romantic fiction, and even less that isn’t pure erotica or novella-length. I’ve picked what I could out of the group I managed to find, but the numbers are definitely underrepresented. If you know of any good LGBT fiction, feel free to leave a comment and let others know what to look for.