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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
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Algonquin Books
And the award for the fastest NetGalley approval in history goes to... this one!!! I am here for the cover, the synopsis, and all the feminist retellings.

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*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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
Amy Imogene Reads
AHHHHH ghosts and houses and magical realism and sisters

Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Stacey
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I got this book as an advance reader’s 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 I’ve read this year.
Fanna
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
fantasy + contemporary
ghost story + love story + family drama
magical Little Women for modern times
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Krissy
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks, netgalley
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.
Sacha
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. I'll post a review upon publication in March.
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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Jade  - theelderbooks
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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Kayla Owens
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely devoured this book. I immediately fell in love with the Torres sisters and their unique fierceness.
Gustavo
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Apologies and forgiveness were rare and did not come easy in the Torres house, because rarely did anyone deserve them."


This novel is about the Torres sisters trying to cope their sister Ana's death. They are dealing with their problems plus with her sister's ghost.

"Her window was open—no, not open, broken. Someone must’ve thrown something through it. We watched a piece of glass the size of a hubcap dangle from the frame, then fall. Then, Ana’s sisters appeared in the window. They were

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Gustavo
“Apologies and forgiveness were rare and did not come easy in the Torres house, because rarely did anyone deserve them.”

This novel is about the Torres sisters trying to cope their sister Ana's death. They are dealing with their problems plus with her sister's ghost.

“Her window was open—no, not open, broken. Someone must’ve thrown something through it. We watched a piece of glass the size of a hubcap dangle from the frame, then fall. Then, Ana’s sisters appeared in the window. They were
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Abbey Flentje
Tigers, Not Daughters is the story of the Torres sisters, three young women -- Iridian, Jessica, and Rosa -- grieving the loss of their eldest sister, Ana. Ana, however, is not quite gone, and her sisters find themselves and their home haunted by Ana's spirit. As all three girls navigate isolation, an abusive boyfriend, and an escaped hyena, the ghost of their sister lingers and forces them to come to terms with their grief once and for all. Samantha Mabry writes with a unique voice, lyrical ...more
Cristina
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020ya
GORGEOUS
Lady Fay
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will try to stay Spoiler-free.
I'm COMPLETELY catched by this book and the story of the girls, since receiving it for an honest review I cannot get rid of it and I cannot believe that it will be out in 2020 (so late!).
It's well well (two well is better than one, this is not a typo) written and everything is creepy perfect. I dunno to spoiler but it is about sisterhood bonds and it's inspired by Shakespeare himself but twisted among a latino atmosphere and there is a revenants theme that has
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Lady Fay
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will try to stay Spoiler-free.
I'm COMPLETELY catched by this book and the story of the girls, since receiving it for an honest review I cannot get rid of it and I cannot believe that it will be out in 2020 (so late!).
It's well well (two well is better than one, this is not a typo) written and everything is creepy perfect. I dunno to spoiler but it is about sisterhood bonds and it's inspired by Shakespeare himself but twisted among a latino atmosphere and there is a revenants theme that has
...more
Serena
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I recieved an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I initially asked for this book because I had recently seen the Turkish movie Mustang, about five teenage sisters that lived with their controlling father. It quickly became a favorite coming of age story for me, and I have been looking for similar books, movies and tv shows ever since. This book was it, in the same way.

This book is a contemporary, set in a family of four sisters and a widowed dad. He has a lot of
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Kavanand (Reading for Two)
The Torres girls are a mess since their oldest sister Ana died last year. Jessica is angry at the world and in a bad relationship with Ana's controlling ex. Iridian never leaves the house and loses herself in writing. Rosa has turned to religion and believes she can communicate with animals. Their father is mostly drunk and has abdicated responsibility for his daughters.The sisters are shaken when they start to think that Ana's ghost may be lingering.
I loved this book. Mabry is such a
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Sarah-Hope
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 three—the 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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Ayre Wilson
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not enjoy this story. This is a character driven story and if you, like me, do not like any of the characters its very hard to enjoy the story. There isn't a character in this book that isn't a horrible person in some way with really problematic behavior brushed off as "oh they're a teen its normal". Typically I give books like this 3 stars but I cant support the message this story gives to teens.

This book is targeted to
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Tristan Munoz
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
"If it weren’t for us, things would’ve turned out differently. If it weren’t for us, Ana wouldn't have died two months later and her sisters wouldn’t have been forced to suffer at the hands of her angry ghost.”

This was a moving story about the power of grief and the strength of sisterhood.

Set in San Antonio "Tigers, Not Daughters" shows the gritty and raw side of raising daughters in modern times. The Torres sisters live across the street from teenage boy Hector, whose teenage male friends are
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Siham
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I would like to thank Algonquin Young Readers for sending me a copy via Netgalley!*

Trigger Warnings for: Sibling Death, Physical Abuse and Anxiety.

When I picked this up I had little to no idea what I was really signing up for, but I couldn't be happier that I requested it. It only took reading the prologue for the author's writing to enchantment me with its beauty and suck me in. I really loved the characters that we followed. Each one of the sisters was written so uniquely that I couldn't
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Andrew
Haunting and magical, Tigers, Not Daughters follows the lives of three young women one year after the death of their eldest sister, Ana-- and it seems her presence still lingers. There's Iridian, the writer; Rosa, the quiet observer; and Jessica, who strives to become the embodiment of who Ana once was. Now Ana's leaves ominous signs and messages for her sisters in many bizarre ways, but whether she's warning them or antagonizing them, none can say. Mabry's writing is so lyrical and enrapturing, ...more
Lunireads
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
If you like
* dysfunctional families.
* Ghost stories.
* sisterly love.
* mysteries.
Then I think you’re probably going to like this book because it has all of that and more. Personally I enjoyed the writing and the plot of this novel but since I didn’t connect with any of the characters I couldn’t get fully invested in it so it ended up just being an ok read for me. I definitely think others should give it a try if they like any of the things I mentioned though because it really was quite a good
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Faith Rice-Mills
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende, and really wish you could find a YA novel written in that style, this is the book for you. The background of magical realism is a fantastic setting for the Torres sisters’ struggle of trying to grow up and exist in a world without their oldest sister, their leader. I have heard Mabry’s name, but have not read her other books. Tigers, Not Daughters made me want to read them. Also, typing the title of this novel just now made me realize how ...more
Alma
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The four Torres sisters became three when Ana, their older sister, was found dead after falling out of her second floor window on her way to meet a boyfriend. Their father had given up on being involved in their lives when his wife died years earlier, so the three remaining sisters are forced to figure out how to go on without Ana. To see why I gave it 2 stars, read the rest of the review on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....
GabrielP (Deleboy)
ARC provided by Workman via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry is an emotional typhoon on paper.

I was captivated from the very beginning and it just got better and better. As Courtney Summers said: “You don’t read Samantha Mabry’s books so much as experience them.” I couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t imagine how glorious this book would have been and I am utterly ecstatic.
Kristen Beverly
This was a difficult book to finish and say that I loved it because a lot of the content is difficult. You have the ghost of a sister that passed after falling out the window, an abusive father, an abusive boyfriend, and another one of the sisters being humiliated in school by a bully. It’s beautifully written and the prose flowed like nothing else I’ve ever read, but again, a hard one to finish and say I loved.
Lauren
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A gorgeous, fierce story about four sisters and their fight against their father, abusive boyfriends, and the rest of the world to stay together despite tragedy and heartbreak.

I love good sister stories, having two of my own, and Mabry brought these girls’ emotions and lives to bursting real ness. I could not put this book down!
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samantha was born four days before the death of john lennon. she grew up in dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.

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