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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
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Published March 24th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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,
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I both read and listened to this beautiful book, and a big shout out to for the gifted audio. Its a fantastic narration.

The Torres family is complicated. Growing up in San Antonio, these four sisters lose their mother and resent their emotionless father. They experience tragedy again when one of the sisters, Ana, falls from her bedroom window and dies. She was trying to escape the home and her dads rules. As the girls and their father grieve, their lives become even more full of
Lyrical and magical. A compulsively readable tale of grief, growing up, and moving forward. Samantha Mabrys stunning storytelling brought the Torres sisters to life on the pages of this book. This is the story of four sisters and how they cope after one of them dies. Jessica is strong, angry, and has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Iridian its quiet and timid, shed rather be at home with her books then out in the real world. Rosa is sweet and caring with an unusual bond with the ...more
chloe yeung ♡
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

i don't know how to start this review, so i'll get straight to the point - I LOVED TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS.

the book reminded me so much of little women (i am referring to the 2019 film version, because unfortunately i still haven't gotten around to reading the original novel 😞) - the relationship dynamics between the sisters are captured so well, and each of them have well-developed personalities
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
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Mabry has quickly become one of my favorite authors as I loved this haunting atmospheric tale about sisterly love, and their struggles to protect each other as they discover themselves, that is weaved into this paranormal magical story.

The Torres sisters Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa try to escape unsuccessfully from their miserable life in San Antonio, and from their despotic father. One evening, Ana the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. The year following
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
I'm in love with this cover. <3
The Nerd Daily
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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

Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
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
Moony MeowPoff
Jan 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
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.
This book is a moving story of sisterly-love and a powerful demonstration that love can get you through anything, and you'll be stronger at the end. I completely devoured the book in 2 days, and had goosebumps often from everything that happens to the Torres girls.

I find it fascinating to see that there are so many different ways to mourn. Grief is a powerful emotion, and everyone reacts differently to the death of a loved one. It was marvellous too to see the tight bond between the sisters.

Natalie ♡
Mar 10, 2020 marked it as dnf
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
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
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
ARC provided by publisher

2.5 stars I think?

It was an important book that I didn't manage to connect to. I suspect a lot has to do with the fact that they chose a male narrator for the audiobook, when this is a story that's so intrinsically about women. There was a disconnect in what was being said and the male voice that never made me feel anything on an emotional level.

TW: abuse, parental neglect, death
Tigers Not Daughters is a book that took me completely by surprise. This is one of the stranger books I've read recently, but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed it. We follow three sisters grieving their oldest sister Ana in different ways, and how their lives are affected. I enjoyed all of the characters, and for a book so short, Mabry skillfully develops them. This book excellently ties together themes of sisterhood, grief, family relationships and trauma. If you ever find yourself in the mood ...more
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
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Sonali Dabade
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
4.5 stars

I listened to this book on @librofm.

The Torres sisters - Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa - dream of escaping their irresponsible father, who after their mother's passing has turned needy and selfish. But when a group of boys in their neighborhood spot them escaping and follow them, it leads to the girls being forced back into the house they want to escape, and eventually in Ana's death.

Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa are devastated and one year later, are still grieving Ana's death, with
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
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
Marti M
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Thank you so much to Algonquin and Algonquin Young Readers for sending me an advanced copy of this book to review!

This book came out last week and I gave it 4 Stars.

This book is about the Torres sisters. They feel trapped in their house with their widowed and despondent father and all four of them dream of escape. That's exactly what oldest sister, Ana, was trying to do when she fell out of her window one night to her death. She left behind her 3 younger sisters, grieving in their own ways,
I received this advanced listening audiobook from 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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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.

she spends as much time as possible in the west texas desert.

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