Tigers Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

Disclaimer: I received an arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.


Book: Tigers, Not Daughters


Author: Samantha Mabry


Book Series: Tigers, Not Daughters Book 1


Rating: 4/5


Publication Date: March 24, 2020


Genre: YA Magical Realism


Recommended Age: 16+ (peeping tom stuff, language, animal death, alcoholism, abuse, violence, gore)


Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers


Pages: 288


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Synopsis: 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 younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.


Review: Overall, I thought this book was well done. The emotions behind the words were moving and the story was well crafted. The characters were well developed and the pacing was very fast and on point. The plot was also good and it kept me intrigued throughout the book.


However, I did feel like there were some unnecessary gross stuff in the book and the ending was really weird and unclear. I reread it and I honestly am still confused by this book. It was great, but I think it’ll stick with me.


Verdict: It was great, but I’m wondering about it still.