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
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.
I really liked this graphic novel! The art is amazing, and I love all the diversity in both the Fae and the humans. Set in San Francisco (and it's Fairy equivalent on the other side of the Veil) just after the Earthquake and subsequent fire of 1906, it tells a tale of a neglected girl who wants to have adventures and gets more than she bargained for! The story wrapped up so perfectly - it made me very happy!! (Check out the last few pages for more information on the basis for the story, super cute!)
The setting is San Francisco soon after the earthquake in the early 1900s. Isabel is a little girl who lives with her mother in a fancy house with servants attending to her every need. But what Isabel wants is to feel like her mother and father, who lives in Carmel, actually do love and care about her. Isabel is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she steps into a whole new world and discover two factions of faeries at war with one another. In possession of a magical necklace, Isabel just might have to power to stop the fighting but she will probably need the help of a few friends. This is a graphic novel geared towards middle grade readers.
This was a cute story about a little girl who just wants to feel loved. There are some good lessons along the way including learning how to get along with those who are different than you. I can't say I was particularly interested in the fairy potions of the story although I did enjoy how that part of the plot was wrapped up. Although I wish the book would have explored more of the historical aspect of 1900s San Francisco within the story, I was pleased to read the added bonus type chapter that goes into a little more detail. Overall, the book had colorful illustrations but parts of the story prevented it from being a really great read.
I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
An interesting fantasy that could possibly turn into a series. In some ways a period piece, set in early 20th-century San Francisco, it presents an intermingling of worlds between the human and fairykind. That's nothing special, but the unique twist to this premise is that there are conflicting factions of fairies, and these tensions eventually find their ways into the human world. I'm particularly keen on the material at the very end of this book, after the story proper. It's more than sketches; it's a self-conscious behind-the-scenes supplement that adds context to the text.
The strongest part of The City on the Other Side is the artwork. It is a really lovely book. Unfortunately the story is just okay. It is a pretty standard middle grades portal fantasy with a young protagonist living a sheltered life who is often overlooked and neglected by the adults around her. She discovers the barrier between our world and the world of fairies and unsurprisingly finds adventure there. It is enjoyable but predictable. I think young readers just starting out with fantasy would enjoy it though and the art really is great.
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The City on the Other Side is a graphic novel set in 20th century San Francisco, after the events of the great earthquake of 1906. The story follows young Isabel, finding herself on a quest to return a magical necklace.
The City on the Other Side's story is one of urban fantasy. There is a war between the Seelie and the Unseelie, and alas, it is Isabel's job to save the day.
I found The City on the Other Side to be quite predictable. The story didn't impress me too much, the writing felt like it was rushed, and the plot could've honestly been better. I also wished that the novel included more historical background of the surroundings of San Francisco, and was disappointed to find there wasn't a lot of it there.
But something that I LOVED LOVED LOVED about this book was the art. I mean, in a graphic novel, the art is 1/2 the book, and I have to say that I had no problems with it whatsoever. It was incredibly vivid, vibrant, and colorful, and it made the world so much more real. Although my digital copy was a bit blurred, obviously when this book will be published, the art in the physical form will be magnificent. Honestly, I couldn't get enough of the art. I'd read this book only for the art if I had to.
Although this book wasn't personally for me, this book would be a magical read for younger readers, especially those just diving into reading. The novel has a lot of elements that appeal to younger readers looking for adventure and magic in a story, and the brilliant artwork in this book will only help its case to excel.
* I was provided an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.