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Tigers, Not Daughters

(Tigers, Not Daughters #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,278 ratings  ·  449 reviews
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 you ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
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. Let’s meet the creepy, obsessed, isolated, unique Torres sisters one by one. But before that, let’s 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
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Tigers, Not Daughters is the story of the Torres sisters, currently living in San Antonio, Texas. Their mother died after the youngest daughter's birth, and now they live with their father. This tragedy is something their father has never been able to move on from. He complicates his daughters' lives even more, and life is challenging for each one of them. One night, the oldest sister (Ana) sneaks out and accidentally falls from her bedroom window. The three remaining Torres sisters are left to ...more
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, Iridian
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I both read and listened to this beautiful book, and a big shout out to for the gifted audio. It’s 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 dad’s rules. As the girls and their father grieve, their lives become even more full of rese
Lyrical and magical. A compulsively readable tale of grief, growing up, and moving forward. Samantha Mabry’s 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 it’s quiet and timid, she’d rather be at home with her books then out in the real world. Rosa is sweet and caring with an unusual bond with the ani ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, ya-books
4 Dark, Magical and Haunting Stars

This story was full of grief and struggles. It is a character driven plot that I was easily swept up in. It explores grief, depression, love and ultimately - sisterhood. The Torres sisters do not have an easy life. I was moved by their complicated lives and their grief over the loss of their sister. The love they had for each other and the bond they shared, transcended even death. It was powerful and very well written by Samantha Mabry. I found myself rooting fo
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry is the first book of a new young adult series that felt mostly contemporary while following the lives of a group of sister but also has a touch of fantasy involved. The story changes the point of view between the characters as it goes on to tell of their lives after a tragedy.

A year before there where actually four Torres sisters in the family living with a not so kind father when Ana, the oldest of the daughters, tried to climb out of her window and fell
chloe ♡
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
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 An
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 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, 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 wit
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I'm in love with this cover. <3 ...more
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
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
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.
Stay Fetters
"Human hearts are very complicated. They can pull a person this way, then that. They can convince someone easy things are hard, or cloudy things are clear."

Do you believe in ghosts or spiritual beings? I do and my husband and I lived through some insane hauntings. At a young age, a fortune teller told me that I was born with my third eye open and that my third eye lead directly into my soul which would make me more susceptible to ghosts making themselves known around me. It was a heavy situation
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads, arcs
“maybe she was still, in a way, alive to these people ─ like she was for us.”

this book has an absolutely STUNNING cover, which is what had drawn me to it in the first place so i could only hope that the inside matches the outside! the first half of the novel was honestly exquisite and super quick to read. i loved the author’s poetic, almost prose like, writing. it is so incredibly beautiful that i sometimes had to slow down my reading just to go over the lines again, taking in every single wor
I was sent this book as an advance listening copy via for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

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 and their experiences. 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,
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

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 love
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.

nati ♡
Mar 10, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arcs
DNF @25% 😬
I’ve decided to dnf this book... I’ve read some of the negative reviews and turns out that they had the similar issues with this book as I did, so I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have enjoyed the other 3/4 of it either...
One of the issues I had are the many perspectives. I don’t 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... That’s also one poi
Gary Anderson
Samantha Mabry’s third novel Tigers, Not Daughters is a ghost story that begins with four Latina sisters running away from their irresponsible father’s San Antonio home. They don’t get far, but the episode introduces the sisters: Ana, the beautiful and doomed oldest sister; Jessica, the angry, not-quite-good-enough sister; Rosa, the gentle, spiritual sister; and Iridian, the youngest, a writer whose words on paper cause problems for her in the physical world.

By the second chapter, Ana has been d
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Thank you, Algonquin Young Readers, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I write about the things of which I'm afraid—it's my way of fighting my fears. — Samantha Mabry

Are you fond of ghost stories? If you're looking for something mildly creepy to read during this very long quarantine, you're in the right place. I finished this book in three days, even though my Nintendo Switch kept on distracting me. Haha. But from the get-go, you should know that novels with magic
Gerardine  Betancourt
Tigers, not daughters is one of the best books I have read this year. This is the story of four latina sisters and how they live after their big sister Ana dies.
One year after Ana's death, mysterious things begin to happen which make the Torres sisters think Ana is trying to send them a message.
Overall the book writing is beautiful and unique, i love the hints of magical realism that were included in the story. i couldn't put it down.
Trigger warnings: death, abusive relationship, abusive family
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Ahhh, I think I wasn't in the right headspace when reading this. So it's absolutely a me thing and not the book, and that's why I've omitted a rating.

Reading it, I know it's an incisive story about sisterhood and grief, and people have likened it to Little Women but with a dark and twisty turn. Perfect for readers who love a story about complex familial relationships, the different ways we grapple with grief, and those that like the idea of a story with paranormal elements that work as an analog
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. It’s a tale about three sisters who struggle to survive after their sister’s 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 f
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 stories ...more
Haunting and lyrical, Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry is an experience that everyone needs to have.

Tigers, Not Daughters is dark, gritty, and full of grief. I loved the sisters and the author really brought them to life for me. She wrote them raw and real, and even though there is magical realism the book will also be relatable. There is so much hurt and pain in this book, but it also leaves you with hope and reinforces sisterly bonds.

I listened to the audio and I thought the narrator,
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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.

A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON (Algonquin Young Readers, spring 2016) is her first novel

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