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The City on the Other Side

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  958 ratings  ·  225 reviews
San Francisco.
The great quake of 1906 is still a recent memory.

Sheltered within her high society world, Isabel plays the part of a perfectly proper little girl--she's quiet, well-behaved, and she keeps her dresses spotlessly clean. She's certainly not the kind of girl who goes on adventures.

But that all changes when Isabel breaches an invisible barrier and steps into
Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by First Second
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Katie B
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 ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A story for middle-school aged children about a sheltered, rich girl with absentee parents who crosses over into faerie and is inducted into a mission to stop a war between the seelie and unseelie. The book is big on plot and action but I feel it missed an opportunity with the Great San Francisco Earthquake. If I hadn't read the blurb for the book, I wouldn't have known that was the earthquake referred to. For some reason the author steers around it to the point where I don't even know why it ...more
rachel ☾
Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Isable (mc) is latinx; Benji (sc) is Filipino.

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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
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?

See our picks for natural disasters and the books we think caused:
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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
Rather predictable in terms of plot, and sorely lacking on the historical side. But this graphic novel is gorgeously illustrated and I would love to read more about the (Un)Seelie world and the diverse cast that exists just on the other side of the Veil. Perhaps with a time skip so we can see how our MCs have aged and evolved? They were a bit two-dimensional as plucky heroine and redeemed thief, so I wish more time had been spent getting to know them instead of dashing about the city.

Fun, and I’

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
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 not that common in 1906. Considering how much of
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Opens with a magic-folk battle, slides into a family story (kid doesn't want to spend the summer with her dad), and ultimately has ramifications for historical San Francisco.

I wanted to like this more than I did, but I enjoyed all the different types of beings and creatures.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Very cute, quick read! Loved the art style. Button was my favourite.
A fun modern-ish take on the human and fairy worlds. Good story, fun art and it draws a lot of different mythologies.
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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Seelie Queen in hopes of defeating the Unseelie
Dakota Morgan
The City on the Other Side is colorful, exciting, and cute, and features charming middle-grade protagonists who will directly appeal to the middle-grade audience. For the older reader, there's an unfortunate lack of world-building, particularly with consideration to actual history - the story takes place during the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake without ever exploring that event. Missed history lesson - perhaps cut to keep this speedy story moving? Because it absolutely churns through ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Rating: 4.5 stars
The art is really cool, and the story is short and sweet :)
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the art and the story equally in this one.

Isabel is feeling like her parents don't really see her. They know she's there but she feels like an inconvenience. When she is sent to her father's for the summer, she accidentally stumbles into a war between the Seelie and Unseelie courts. She has to learn to find her voice and make it heard, or not everyone is going to make it out alive.

Pretty art but a predicable story from start to finish. I liked the idea of a 1900's setting but it was so rushed that all the history and world building came in a bonus cartoon at the end-- the jacket and bonus are the only places a time frame is even mentioned-- so unless a kid had learned about the San Francisco earthquake they'd have no idea when or where this takes place.
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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 really wanted to see 1906 San Francisco rather than
The story sets in early twentieth century San Francisco, somewhere between the time of the 1906 earthquake and the San Francisco World Fair. Isabel is a young girl, who lives a sheltered life with her mother. This changes when Isabel goes to spend summer with her father and stumbles through the veil to another city, where a war rages between Seelie and Unseelie courts. The war is also affecting San Francisco, even if humans don't even realize it and Isabel is the only one who can stop it, with a ...more
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 book, after the story proper. It's more than ...more
The artwork in this comic is simply gorgeous. I like the historical setting of San Francisco a couple years after the 1906 earthquake, especially how it plays into the fantasy world. The character design is excellent. Scott clearly had fun with the different fantasy creatures. I wish there was a bit more to the plot, but it would have had to be a longer comic or perhaps a series if there was.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun story with unique character designs meshed together from various mythologies. Action wasn't always drawn well and story jumped often, so the flow was choppy at times, but overall it was a fun read.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unusual setting, but it works well! I love the way the merperson on the cover "swims" through solid mediums to get around. In fact, all the fae designs are super inventive and thoughtful! The afterword explanation is very informative.
Aaliyah Alvarez
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book the city on the other side is a book bey Mairghread Scott is a comic kinda of fansty book and is also a comic.It makes your imagination go wild and just go out of its place.And I recommend this book if you like fake falsity but makes it look real Then read this book.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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