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 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.
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.
3.5/5 – super quick & cute gahhhh
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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
Isabel isn't having the greatest time at either of her homes -- her mother doesn't seem interested in her and her father appears to be more comfortable working with his sculptures than interacting with her. When Isabel stumbles upon a dying fairy who bequeaths her a necklace and a mission, she doesn't hesitate to enter the world of fairies, where a battle between the Seelie and Unseelie is raging. The Unseelie wish to destroy the human world, while the Seelie understand that the human world provides a counterbalance to their own. Isabel, with the help of an adorable mushroom-like imp, Button, and an unlikely interloper, sets out to fulfill her found fairy's dying wish . . . and learns many valuable lessons along the way. Gorgeous art and a delightful story.