Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Marby

Title: Tigers, Not Daughters (Tigers, Not Daughters #1)

Author: Samantha Marby

Date of publication: March 24th, 2020

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Print length: Hardcover, 288 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Contemporary, Fiction

Edition: ebook

You can buy this book from Amazon

signature-fonts ★★☆☆☆

Writing Quality 2.5/5, Character Development 3/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 1.5/5, Intellectual Depth 2/5, Originality 3/5, Overall 2.4/5.


I never got the chance to read ‘Little Women’ by L. M. Alcott, and when I saw that ‘Tigers, not Daughters’ is beloved among Little Women readers, I was over the moon to give it a try. I’ve been waiting to read the novel since it was published, but last month I finally got the chance to try it. To my disappointment, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, and it pains me to write this review.

She was used to her dad throwing out all kinds of insults: little ones that barely pricked and big ones that were meant to crack the bone. The best ones were the ones Iridian could snatch out of the air and then save for later, when she’d make them her own. If she could take Rafe’s words -no matter how hard or hurtful they were- and write them in her own hand, it transferred their power and made her feel less insignificant. Iridian needed that, to feel less insignificant.

There were some things that I loved and some things that made me pull my eyes off my head. Sadly, there were more things that I disliked, then the things that I liked. First off, the characters. Their stories were well developed, and their portraits were well contoured. I especially liked Iridian’s story because I found myself in it. She didn’t have the happiest relationship with her father and created her world by writing stories. She was scared of sharing her thoughts with the people around her, and she was an introvert. Rosa was also a remarkable character. Her way of thinking and behaving gave me the hope that I can do better in life. The way she sees the word and the ways she acts in it and unique. I will not easily forget about her. I wasn’t quite fond of Jessica and Ana. Everybody seemed to love Ana, but I didn’t understand why.

She had to be patient and let the answers come to her. Patience was key. (Rosa)

Now let’s talk about the things that I didn’t like as much. The storyline was kinda boring and a bit superficial. When I read the synopsis, I was eager to read the book because it all seemed action-packed and mysterious, but as soon as I dove deeper into the novel, everything seemed dull. Many things were going on at once, and not everything was clear enough for me to enjoy. The ending seemed to be on the bright side, and everything came together. Honestly, I can’t see what turn will the sequel take.

It was impossible to force the rain to stop falling. It was just as impossible to force the turth out of her sister when she was determined to keep it loked up tight.

There is a slight chance I didn’t quite like this book because I had such high expectations for it. I expected something deeper and a bit more magical, but all of these are just my opinions. Many people seemed to like Tigers, Not Daughters, and it seems like I am part of the minority.

She knew what it felt like to have a part of her snapped off, leaving her with a big, raw hole that might heal but would never heal right.

Overall, even if I wasn’t quite fond of the action and the story itself, that does not mean you will not like this book either. Give it a try and tell me what you think. I might come back for the next book in the series.


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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