Tigers, Not Daughters Review
Title: Tigers, Not Daughters
Author: Samantha Mabry
Series: Tigers, Not Daughters #1
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: 24 March 2020
Source: Algonquin Young Readers
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
I really love the synopsis of this book and the paranormal twist that it seems to allude to. I am a big fan of the paranormal inclusion in contemporaries simply because I think it adds a little something extra to the book!
Thank you so much to Algonquin Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this book! Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions. All thoughts are my own.
Overall, I found myself unable to put this book down. It compelled me to finish it as soon as I started reading. This book is best going in not knowing much and I honestly stand by that. The writing was well-paced allowing the story to progress with ease. The transition between the point of views was done well and flawlessly. The plot felt like a glimpse in someones live. It felt as if I was a spectre watching everything happen. The characters were well rounded and tangible. They felt as if they could people who I knew. My only critique is that it felt like too much of a glimpse. I would have loved for there to be more. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a contemporary that is more on the darker side of things and that borderlines magic realism/ paranormal. Thank you so much to Algonquin Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.
Yours in Reading,