The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott

The City on the Other Side

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 c...

Details The City on the Other Side

TitleThe City on the Other Side
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics

Reviews The City on the Other Side

  • - ̗̀ ash ̖́-
    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 di...
  • Christy
    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?
  • Nori
    This was so cute! I loved the art. The fairies all looked like different kinds of monsters.It’s a good read-a-like for the Amulet books. Though, I feel maybe for a slightly younger audience. Another good one-sitting kinda read.
  • Laura
    I love stories of the Fey folk, and this one was fun because it took place in an alternative version of San Francisco, which is where Isabel ends up, when she gets her hands on a magic necklace that allows her to travel to the land of the Fey.Although I love that this story took place in post 1906 earthquake San Francisco and Carmel, I find it a pity that there wasn't as much used of the actual cities. Plus the mother referring to smog, which was...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog The City On The Other Side is a fairly standard urban fantasy, albeit one with an historical milieu. I had been hoping to find something more original - a spark or reason for the story other than a rather tenuous tie to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The historical aspects are nearly non existent (though there are some middle-grade aimed factoids at the end) and I real...
  • Klaudia
    InhaltNach dem tragischen Erdbeben in San Francisco zur Jahrhundertwende lebt die wohlbehütete Isabel bei ihrer Mutter. Doch im Sommer soll sie einige Wochen bei ihrem Vater verbringen – der ebenso wenig Zeit für sie hat wie die vielbeschäftigte Gesellschaftsdame. Isabels Fluchtweg führt sie ins Reich der Seelie, doch dort tobt ein Krieg mächtigen Ausmaßes. Während die Unseelie das Weltengebilde bedrohen, ist es an Isabel, mit einer gehe...
  • Molly
    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, whi...
  • Derek Royal
    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 boo...
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    This was a fun amalgam of a historical setting and a fantasy world. Scott's story is filled with high stakes and developed characters--particularly on the other side with Isabel's sidekicks like Buttons. The story in the "real" world is decidedly less developed. Most bothersome to me was Isabel's relationship with her mother. Basically every other female character in this comic is capable and vocal. Yet we barely see Isabel's mother. There is no ...
  • Kiri
    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'...
  • Erin
    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 y...
  • Deanna Reads Books
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads BooksThe City on The Other Side is a cute comic about a young girl that doesn't think she belongs anywhere going on an adventure in Faerieland. I am a huge fan of Faerie stories and am pretty well versed in the Seelie/Unseelie courts that I felt I was able to jump right into this one. I really liked that the Faeries in this comic are not just humanoid looking people with wings. Ther...
  • Becky B
    Isabel is a poor little rich girl in San Francisco just after the big earthquake in the early 1900s. She has everything she could want, except her parents’ positive attention and love. She stumbles across the Veil one day into the fairy world and finds herself in the middle of a fairy war between the Seelies and the Unseelies. Isabel suddenly finds herself tasked with taking an important necklace to someone in the city named Miyori for the Seel...
  • Devin
    Mairghread Scott's The City on the Other Side is a fantasy graphic novel set in 1906 San Francisco after the earthquake that destroyed over 80% of the city. After visiting her father for the summer and stumbling upon a dying fairy in the woods, young Isabel finds herself at the center of a war between two sparring fairy groups. The Seelie and the Unseelie are fairies that reside on the other side of the veil in their own world, but both the human...
  • Andrew
    Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson create a charming children's fantasy, set in Northern California in the early years of the 20th century, and in a magical otherworld inhabited by fairies. Isabel, a young San Francisco girl whose parents have separated, anxiously goes to stay with her artist father in Carmel, only to discover a world parallel to hers. The Seelie and Unseelie, clans of fairies, inhabit this world, and Isabel finds herself caught...
  • Michelle
    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. There isn't much that makes me happier than seeing strong female lead characters in a kid's graphic novel. Set after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Isabel is raised to become a proper little lady by her emotionally detached mother. Isabel would like to stay in the city surrounded by familiar sights instead of heading off to the country to stay with her artist father. She...
  • Alyssa
    (I was provided a free digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Netgalley!)When Isabel goes to stay with her father, she discovers a whole other world "beyond the veil" and gets caught up in a war between two fairy kingdoms. Along the way, she makes friends with Button (a mushroom fairy) and Benjie (a human boy/thief in the fairy city). I could see this being a good introductory graphic novel for kids (probably age 5-10?). The story ...
  • Barbara
    Although Isabelle has been reared in a protected environment in San Francisco and enjoys the privileges of great wealth, she never feels as though she matters. Even when she visits her father, he seems too preoccupied by his art to pay much attention to her. But when a fairy from the other side dies on her father's property and begs her for help, the young girl is thrust into a battle being waged between the Seelie and Unseelie Court. It is her t...
  • Ashley
    Isabel has lived a very sheltered life - she's expected to be there, but not there, to be a proper little lady. Isabel's mother is distant and her sculptor father doesn't seem to have much time for her. But everything changes when Isabel inadvertently steps through the veil separating the human world from the world of the Fae, and right into the middle of a war between the Seelie and the Unseelie. Isabel must return a magical necklace to the Seel...
  • Andrea
    I was provided this graphic novel through NetGalley for an honest review.This book was enjoyable, diverse, and action-packed and will be an awesome addition to many kid's libraries.The story follows Isabel who lives in early 20th century San Francisco (following the Great Earthquake and Fire) who ends up finding on accident a secret fairy world that mimics the human world. There is a great war going on and Isabel must help rescue the Queen. Throu...
  • Monica
    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 City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott is a graphic novel that tells the story of a war between the fae -- the Seelie and the Unseelie -- and the human girl pulled into their world. It's an interesting premise, but I just couldn't get into it. It was all very pedestrian. There weren't any s...
  • Kimberlee
    I was provided a free digital copy of this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.Isabel is a young girl with estranged parents living in San Francisco. When she goes to visit her father for the summer, she unexpectedly crosses the veil into the land of faeries. This land's peoples, the Seelie and Unseelie, are currently at war, causing terrible geological events in the human world. Given an amulet in trust, Isabel must travel throug...
  • Jill Jemmett
    I really enjoyed this middle grade fantasy graphic novel!Isabel crossed the barrier between the human world and the fairy world. There are two types of fairies, the Seelies and the Unseelies. It was hard to distinguish between the Seelie and Unseelie because each fairy was a different creature and they didn’t have any defining characteristics.Isabel was a great character. She gained a lot of strength while in the fairy world. She had to problem...
  • Sarah
    The City on the Other Side is a cutesy story of a young girl in post 1906-Earthquake San Francisco. Her distant mother ships her off to spend the summer with her artist father who seems to be too busy to pay much attention to her. Lonely, she takes to wandering and accidentally finds herself in the middle of a fairy war. When she is handed a magical necklace by a dying Seelie fae, she finds herself in the fairy realm on a mission to help find the...
  • Sam
    Huge thank you to First Second for this ARC!City on the Other Side was a graphic novel I knew nothing about that happened to show up on my door step. It tells the story of a girl named Isabel who is very sheltered, but after a large scale earthquake, decides she may in fact be ready for adventure.Isabel is a character I think many readers will easily be able to relate to. She's shy and nervous, but she grows through the course of the story. Stepp...
  • Brianna
    Like many other reviewers, I felt as though this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel fell very flat when it came to the plot. It tried to squeeze this expansive world and history into a very small package and I had a hard time connecting to the emotional weight that the story was trying to show. I was also perplexed by the main character's relationship to her parents. We're introduced to the cold mother and then the artistic, free spirited fathe...
  • Bridgette
    I received a DRC in exchange for an honest review. This book wasn't great for me, but it's not anything the book did wrong. It's just not something I often read as I'm not a big fairy person. As a main character, Isabel is fun and likeable, and I was rooting for her. The colors were bold and vibrant in both the real world and the fairy world. The plot was a little predictable, but I'm okay with that since that art was so great. I really adore the...
  • Becky
    Isabel feels like she has no home as she is often ignored by both her parents who are separated. So when she discovers an injured Seelie who bids her to finish a quest that she is now unable to, how can Isabel resist? Here Isabel meets danger, makes new friends, and finds an inner determination that she never knew she had.I really enjoyed this story and the spirit of Isabel's independence. There were a few spots where the action seemed a bit conf...
  • Ryan
    The city on the other side is the land of the Seelie, and the Unseelie. Types of Fae. A magic messenger accidentally crosses over to the human world, leaving a necklace that must get to the Seelie Queen to defeat the Unseelie and bring peace to their world. The story is nice, but it has holes. It moves too quickly. Plus, as a galley copy, my view was blurred. I know it’s done on purpose, but from the cover you can tell the illustrations will be...
  • Marion Dodson
    What a great book! It started out a little slow but quickly turned into a magical adventure that encompassed both historical San Francisco (some time between 1906 and 1915) and the fairy world of Seelies and Unseelies. Isabel is a lonely girl who feels unloved and ignored by both of her parents. Her main purpose in life (according to her) is stay clean. She is sent to spend the summer with her father, a stone sculptor, but feel unwanted there, al...