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The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I think I just read the magical realistic, dark, horrific version of Little Women!
    Yes, there are four sisters. Lets meet the creepy, obsessed, isolated, unique Torres sisters one by one. But before that, lets not forget: one of them is already gone!

    Pure hearted, animal lover, wandering around the town in the middle of the night, one of the weirdest sisters Rosa reminded me of little Beth as introverted, couch potato, self-punisher, book-worm and forced writer Iridian carries pieces of Jo and
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    Chelsea Humphrey
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Chelsea by: Algonquin Books
    Sometimes, when a story is particularly weighty due to heavy content, it can take a nosedive into an unreadable territory. Even those readers who enjoy a good sad cry can be turned off by a tale that is oppressive and suffocating. However, as was the case with Tigers, Not Daughters, some authors knows exactly how to create a narrative circling the drain of grief and suffering and turn it into something beautiful and poetic. This is precisely what Samantha Mabry did with this unfortunate family; ...more
    Amy Imogene Reads
    This was lightning in a bottle, a gunshot in progress. I loved it with my entire soul.

    Writing: wrap me in these sentences, I'll sleep in a bed of these words
    Characters: ★★★★★
    The Vibe: ★★★★★

    Tigers, Not Daughters hit me from the side with a punch that I wasn't expecting. Magical realism, grief, ghosts, the unshakable reality of sisters, and use of multiple narrators all collided to bring one unforgettable (and new favorite) read.

    The Torres sisters were always a set of four. Ana, Jessica,
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    Mandi1082
    Tigers, not daughters is told by different perspectives. It deals with loss, grief, alcohol and physical abuse. When one of the Torres sisters dies the family each try to deal with it in their own way. You have a father who did not only lose his wife in child birth but also lost his oldest daughter. You have Jessica who misses her sister so much that she tries to be like her. You have Iridian who is scared to sleep in her own home. Then you have Ana the youngest who is dealing with her emotions ...more
    Erin
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley, kindle, series
    Thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.
    Filths savor but themselves. What have you done?
    Tigers, not daughters, what have you performed?
    A father, and a gracious agèd man,
    Whose reverence even the head-lugged bear would lick,
    Most barbarous, most degenerate, have you madded.

    (William Shakespeare, King Lear Act 4 Scene 2)


    A book that had a dash of scent that felt reminiscent of The Virgin Suicides
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    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    I'm in love with this cover. <3
    The Nerd Daily
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Kibby Robinson

    Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry is the kind of story that digs its claws deep into you. Though just under 300 pages, Mabry crafts a profoundly character driven plot that explores grief, depression, and sisterhood.

    After the death of the eldest Torres sister, Ana, the remaining sisters struggle to continue their lives in their stifling home. Jessica is working at a local pharmacy and dreams of leaving town once she can ensure
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    Fanna
    Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    March 2, 2020: I did receive a digital review copy via Netgalley but seeing this available as an audiobook will push it up my TBR so thank you so much, LibroFm & Recorded Books for the advanced listening copy!

    October 11, 2019:

    ☀fantasy + contemporary
    ☀ghost story + love story + family drama
    ☀magical Little Women for modern times

    ...more
    Moony MeowPoff
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    DNF at 40%
    I wanted to like this so bad. The cover was so beautiful, but the story, the characters - i didn't like it. How the story was 'cut up' in a way focusing on the characters here and there. But i just could'nt connect or like any of the characters or the story that unfolded in the book. This was not my cup of tea.
    alana ♡
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    "She was determined to be the hero for once. She was fed up with men trying to leave their bruises all over her and her sisters."

    Tigers, Like Daughters is a hard hitting story of three sisters who are torn apart after the death of their oldest sister, Ana. The story is told from the three sisters POV as well as a group of neighborhood boys who lived next door to the Torres sisters and often watched them from afar. It does tackle heavier topics such as physical and emotional abuse from a lover
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    Natalie ♡
    Mar 10, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs
    DNF @25% 😬
    Ive decided to dnf this book... Ive read some of the negative reviews and turns out that they had the similar issues with this book as I did, so Im pretty sure I wouldnt have enjoyed the other 3/4 of it either...
    One of the issues I had are the many perspectives. I dont usually mind a few perspectives, but with this book it always took me a little to get used to the perspective and then it switched again to a different character, which was obviously annoying... Thats also one point of
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    Romie
    this is the kind of story you don't really know how to process because it's so deeply good. you know sometimes with books dealing with hard topics (here death of a sister, physical and emotional abuse from a parent and a partner, living with grief) you feel like you can't read it unless you're in a specific mood. the right mood. but I did not feel like this for Tigers, Not Daughters. for this one, I felt like I needed to keep reading, I needed to read more and more about these three sisters and ...more
    Kelly
    A clever twist on King Lear and Little Women, this story about four Latina sisters in San Antonio desperate to escape their home -- one of patriarchal standards, oppression, and pain -- is laced with a story of what it means to grieve tremendous loss. Lush and evocative, Mabry writes three achingly beautiful sisters, each dealing with the loss of their oldest sister Ana in a different way. Jessica, by trying to become Ana; Iridian, reading her sister's books and attempting to write those ...more
    Stacey
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wow! I got this book as an advance readers copy from the publisher. She said to read it and I would not be disappointed. Man! Was she right! Loved the stories of these sisters. Easily one of the best Ive read this year. ...more
    Lili
    Mar 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Wow! Tigers, Not Daughters is such a fast paced and gripping story! I honestly finished this in one day. And lets not forget about the beautiful cover!!

    The story focuses on the four Torres girls and a neglecting father. When one of the daughters died, the house for the other sisters turns into claustrophobic hell. Each one deals with their sisters death in a different way. The oldest becomes the bread winner of the household and caretaker of her alcoholic, grieving father. The second one is a
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    ikram
    ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review


    💌 full review can also be found on my blog!

    Tigers, Not Daughters is a powerful story that revolves around grief and sisterhood. Its a tale about three sisters who struggle to survive after their sisters death; in dealing with their alcoholic widowed father to strange events that happened in their house. Each sisters have their own way to deal with their grief. Meet the Torres sisters; Ana, Iridian, Jessica and Rosa. They long for a
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    Lori Harris
    TW: Death of a loved one, death of a sibling, death, blood, depression, grief, vomiting, absentee parent, death of a parent, death of an animal
    Rep: Hearing Impaired Side character, latinx cast

    I received an ARC via Netgalley for this blog tour hosted by Algonquin Young Readers

    "Human hearts are very complicated. They can pull a person this way, then that. They can convince someone easy thingas are hard, or cloudy things are clear."

    I've had this ARC for a while and I knew it was a March ARC. I keep
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    Sarah-Hope
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
    First there are four Torres sisters. We see the four of them together, sneaking out of an upstairs window hoping to run away to live with an aunt and to escape their hot-tempered, lethargic father. A year later, the Torres sisters are only threethe eldest, Anna, has fallen from that same upstairs window and died. None or the three sisters, nor their father, will ever be the same.

    The Torres sisters are surrounded by troubles: isolation, repressed dreams, unkindness from peers, and constant
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    Permanently_Booked
    Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: giveaways-arcs
    I received this advanced listening audiobook from Libro.fm in exchange for an honest review.

    This was an interesting story. Told from the multiple POVs of the sisters and the boys who spy on them across the street. There are many different things going on in this novel and I recommend going slow so you don't lose your place. Each sister is grieving and dealing with the loss of their eldest sister in different ways. The best way I could describe this is a ghost story about loss with not much
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    kayla
    Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, read-2020
    3.5 stars. first of all - gorgeous cover (like half the reason i requested this lol)

    content warnings for death of a family member and physical abuse.

    i don't really read a lot of magical realism, and i'll admit its not my favorite genre to read, but i did enjoy this one. i really liked the writing style, which was very atmospheric and set the tone correctly for the novel. i didn't necessarily connect with any of the characters a ton, but i really enjoyed jessica's POV and seeing how she handled
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    Allison (SPELLBOUND READER)
    Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: cover-lust, arcs
    Happy Publication Day!!
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    Thank you @netgalley and Algonquin Young Readers for giving me an arc in exchange for a honest review. Publication date March 24th 2020.
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ four stars
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    If you are ever in the mood for a short tale about sisterhood, love, loss, grief and perseverance - look no further. I cried so many times reading this, it was ridiculous! Tigers, Not Daughters might be the first hard-hitting contemporary that I would actually recommend to people. Mabry tackled the subject of grief with
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    Carrie
    Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I always enjoy a good sister story and this is no exception. I love the way the sisters ultimately support each other through their grief after the death of the oldest, Ana. The writing has a lyrical quality, the characters are complex, and it delves into the chains that can weigh down young women.

    Sonali Dabade
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020-reads
    4.5 stars

    Review soon!
    Crystal Zavala
    I enjoyed Tigers, Not Daughters but I think my expectations were a bit off. This book is written for readers ages 14+ and placed in the YA category. The book reads more simply than the YA books I enjoy. Tigers, Not Daughters reads more like a middle reader, but with more mature topics. I am seeking deeper character development and a more fleshed out story line for a YA novel. I'll bet girls who are actually in high school would really enjoy this book.

    The cover is gorgeous! Thanks to Algonquin
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    Sacha
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. I'll post a review upon publication in March.

    UPDATED 3/26/20:

    Three stars

    When I started this novel, I kept thinking of _The Virgin Suicides_. The often mysterious relationships between siblings (sisters, in particular), the looming death, and the myth building around them - especially as developed by the neighborhood kids as narrators - really pulled me in to this one at the start, too.

    Unfortunately, I had a hard time staying interested after
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    Krissy
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley, ebooks
    This was a really great read. It was about 3 sisters dealing with the loss of the fourth. They each cope in their own ways and each chapter is from a different point of view. Their father is mostly absent with his own grief and each of the girls are basically on their own. It follows them a year after the loss and shows exactly how they've been affected. Each one eventually overcomes and grows stronger. It was a good read for me. I would certainly read more by this author.
    Alyson Stone
    Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: teen-fic, fantasy, arc
    Book: Tigers, Not Daughters
    Author: Samantha Mabry
    Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

    I would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for sending me an ARC.

    So, those of you who know my taste know that I have a lot of issues with magical realism. Im not a fan, but the way it was presented in this book, made me keep going. Yes, it had a lot of the elements of the unknown and was kind of presented in an unclear way, but the writing just sucked me in. The magical realism elements of this book
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    Bethany Nichols (beth_and_books)
    Trigger warnings: human and animal death (view spoiler), abuse in a romantic relationship

    Synopsis: We follow the perspectives of sisters Jessica, Rosa and Iridian as they live life whilst being haunted by their recently deceased sister, Ana. Oh, and we get the perspective from a nosy neighbour and his friends too. As the girls try to decipher why Ana is haunting them they each navigate their own life obstacles and grief in the 9 days that the majority of
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    Wendi Lee
    The Torres sisters have been through a lot. Their mother died years ago, and their father, Rafe, is less than a perfect parent. So when the oldest Torres sister, Ana, dies in an accident, their lives divide and implode. Jessica starts dating an abusive jerk. A series of events forces Iridian to be house-bound. Rosa has a supernatural affinity to animals. And Ana has become an angry ghost, forcing the sisters to an inevitable conclusion.

    I loved the magical realism in this YA, and the
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    Jade  - theelderbooks
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I must admit the writing here was amazing ! I truly didn't see where the book was going until it was over, which is a huge green light for me in a book. Now, here is why I loved it, and why you probably will too !

    The biggest selling point of this book is 100% its characters. The sisters are just so real, somewhat relatable, dealing with issues way above them, and their bond is so strong, yet so raw and difficult. The way they deal with Ana's death is realistic, and I love how they come together
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