The City on the Other Sideby Mairghread Scott, Robin Robinson Published 24 Apr 2018
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When a wealthy and sheltered young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance!
The first decade of the twentieth century is coming to a close, and San Francisco is still recovering from the great earthquake of 1906. Isabel watched the destruction safely from her window, sheltered within her high-society world.
Isabel isn't the kind of girl who goes on adventures. But that all changes when she stumbles through the invisible barrier that separates the human world from the fairy world. She quickly finds herself caught up in an age-old war and fighting on the side of the Seelie — the good fairies.
"The City on the Other Side" Reviews
The City on the Other Side was such a complete delight to read. I was pretty excited to hear about the premise, as the idea of both a real world and a fantasy world co-existing is one I have always enjoyed, and early 20th century San Francisco isn't something I have seen much of in other stories. That said, this exceeded my expectations.
Mairghread Scott's story worked really well for me. The characters were endearing, the dialogue was fun and funny, the story was interesting, the setting was interesting, and the ending was satisfying. It was great to see the Latinx and Filipino main characters considering the diverse history of San Francisco. The characters were interesting, and many were particularly adorable. Button was completely necessary to my life. Robin Robinson's art was fantastic and suited the story perfectly. I liked that they were willing to address that just because the bad guy is defeated doesn't mean that is the end for either those who sided with or against him. I do wish the story had been a bit lengthier, but I can't have it all.
I definitely recommend this for the target middle grade audience, but I also enjoyed it a ton as an adult, and won't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is interested.
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
THE CITY ON THE OTHER SIDE is an excellent middle grade graphic novel. With an interesting historical setting, a fun adventure story, and amazing artwork, this book is sure to charm younger readers.
Obviously in a graphic novel the art is responsible for telling a lot of the story. I thought that THE CITY ON THE OTHER SIDE was well done in that regard. The fairies were unique and the colors super vibrant and wonderful. One aspect I really liked was the creative take on the fairy world being a mirror of the human world and each world affecting the other. The way this was shown through the artwork was lovely and I really enjoyed the scenes where we saw what the fairy version of a human landmark looked like.
The story was fun, and I thought it was well paced. Isabel's adventure starts pretty early on in the book, no slow starts here. Then, the action keeps up through the whole book. While I've seen some reviews that say it's a bit predictable, I didn't feel it was predictable as much as there weren't a lot of plot twists and turns, but that seems appropriate for the intended readership. I certainly didn't guess anything that was going to happen! But nothing really surprised me completely, either.
A well done story with diverse characters and amazing artwork, THE CITY ON THE OTHER SIDE is definitely worth picking up for the middle grade reader in your life.
Sexual content: N/A
3.5/5 – super quick & cute gahhhh
City on the Other Side begins with a young girl named Isabel living in San Francisco just after a devastating earthquake in 1906. Isabel comes from a wealthy family and largely absentee parents and when she finds a way into the world of the fae, she encounters an adventure she never expected. When a message is left in her hands, it’ll be up to Isabel to deliver it before the wars between the fae break out into her own world. Despite not being the adventurous type, Isabel will find both friends and foes aplenty on her mission to save the worlds.
City on the Other Side is a relatively gentle adventure with a young girl whose life has been very restrictive and who feels lost even among her own family. Her interactions with the fae lead to several friendships that will be tested by her role in the wars between the fae and the story plays with the concept of friendship and duty in a compelling way that will be appealing to kids. It’s also a gentler introduction to the nastier fae than most others I’ve seen and the art really makes the story come to life.
City on the Other Side won’t be as exciting as experience fantasy readers might be expecting but it’s a good introduction to the nuanced view of the fae and the lovely artwork will entrance younger readers.
I now choose to believe that all natural disasters are caused due to concerns on the other side of the veil. Let's all keep the other dimensions happy, ok?
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Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
The City on the Other Side is a cute story about a young girl, Isabel, living in San Francisco after the earthquake in 1906. She is on a quest to help restore balance to the world of the Fey by delivering a magical necklace to a person in the Seelie court. This novel has a cast of endearing and interesting characters. You don't see much of San Francisco, but you do get to see a lot of the Fey world. I enjoy stories about magic and the Fey and this book was no exception.