Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ARC Review: The City on the Other Side By Mairghread Scott

The City On The Other Side By Mairghread Scott
Publisher: First Second Books
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Format: Egalley, 224 pages
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 

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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 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. There were lots of different and diverse looking creatures and beings in Faeire. Like, Button the Seelie Faerie that helps Isabel on her quest. Button is very much a mushroom-person?? I guess you could call it. There are other faerie that are personifications of flowers, and the Unseelie leader is a humanoid looking man with antlers. I loved that we so many different types of Faerie in this story. I found myself trying to pick them out in all the different panels. 

I also liked that even though this book isn't in modern times, it's set in San Francisco after the great Earthquake, we actually see people of color! Because San Francisco has always been a pretty diverse city. So I was glad to see that in Isabel and Benjie, who even mentions he is Filipino. It actually took me awhile to figure out that this wasn't set in modern times, but that was because the story take place mostly on the other side of "the veil" in Faerieland. 

I really liked the art in this one. It was very vibrant and I got a really good feel for the magical allure of Faerie. On the copy I had it looked a little blurry, but I partly wonder if the file I was given off netgalley downloaded as low-res. I checked one of the other comics in the app I use on my tablet, and that was also slightly blurry so I think this is an issue with where I read these ARC comics, and nothing to do with the artwork in this comic. I am 100% sure the printed copy will not look as low-res as I viewed it. So I am really interested to see how the finished product is different. 

This was a quick read, but I found it really enjoyable. Not sure if there will be anymore books after this one, because it does feel like a complete story. I would love to read more about Isabel and Benjie going on adventures together. If you like a good Faerie story, I recommend this one. 

*I received a free egalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Happy Reads Everyone!