Arc review – Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

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April 17, 2020 by ceresbooksworld


Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

Book one in Tigers, Not Daughters series

Publisher : Algonquin Young Readers

Publication date : March 24th, 2020

Source : eArc from the publisher

Rating : 2 hearts




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.

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.


The Torres family is composed of 4 sisters, unfortunately Ana, the eldest died. So we follow the three remaining sisters, Jessica, Iridian and Rosa. Their father Rafe is not a good person, they all have different personalities.

Jessica gets carried away easily, she has a job, a boyfriend (who is a big jerk) and she takes care of her family financially.

Iridian spends her days locked up in her room writing stories.

Rosa spends her days wandering around and going to church.

In all honesty I’m not going to lie down and give you a long chronicle since I didn’t like this book. I’m not saying it’s badly written because it’s not, but the story is sold as Ana’s ghost who comes back haunting her sisters and I’m pretty disappointed because for me Ana, is not really present.

The story is more about the life of the Torres sisters after Ana’s death. In goodreads it is marked #1 so I guess there will be a volume 2, I won’t read it.

I didn’t get hooked on the characters at all, whether it’s Jessica, Iridian, Rosa or even Peter.

The story could have attracted me much more but the fact that I didn’t care about the characters kept me away from everything.

Quick Word: I’ll skip the rest.


La famille Torres est composée de 4 sœurs, malheureusement Ana, l’ainé est morte. On suit donc les trois sœurs restantes, Jessica, Iridian et Rosa. Leur père Rafe n’est pas quelqu’un de bien, elles ont toutes des personnalités différentes.

Jessica s’emporte facilement, elle a un boulot, un petit ami (qui est un gros con) et elle prends soin financièrement de sa famille.

Iridian passe ses journées enfermées dans sa chambre à écrire des histoires.

Rosa passe ses journées à vagabonder et à l’Eglise.

En toute honnêteté je ne vais pas m’étendre et vous faire une longue chronique puisque je n’ai pas aimé ce livre. Je ne dis pas que c’est mal écrit parce que ce n’est pas le cas, mais l’histoire est vendu comme le fantôme d’Ana qui revient hantée ses sœurs et je suis assez déçue parce que pour moi Ana, n’est pas vraiment présente.

L’histoire c’est plutôt la vie des sœurs Torres après la mort d’Ana. Dans goodreads il est marqué #1 donc je suppose qu’il y aura un tome 2, je ne lirais pas.

Je n’ai pas du tout accroché aux personnages, que ce soit Jessica, Iridian, Rosa ou même Peter.

L’histoire aurait pu m’attirer beaucoup plus mais le fait que les personnages m’indiffère m’a éloigné de tout.

En bref : Je passe mon tour pour la suite.

About the author

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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