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The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,250 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. Her brother isn't at Ravenhouse. Her best friend isn't who she thought he was. And there's no such thing as the Necrovirus. Her mother didn't go mad from a dormant strain, she's simply allergic to iron. As is Aoife. Because Aoife is no ordinary girl. Like her brother, Conrad, she is half human and half Fae, from ...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
Totally awesome!
Though, it wasn't as good as the first.
Just sayin'.

Before I start this review, I just wanted to clear something first. As excited as I was to finally read this book (I totally loved The Iron Thorn), I sort of had a hard time reading it. But that wasn't the books fault - not entirely. Mostly it was because I've been in a reading slump for the past week. I don't know why. Guess it could be because of all the school work, or I maybe it was because I was having a crappy week. So it r
Jul 07, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it
I listened to the first book after my retina surgery. I’m really glad I did because I know how to correctly pronounce Aoife. :-) Anyway, that was a couple of years ago and I didn’t remember tons from the last book.

Kittredge does an excellent job of summing up the previous book. For a couple of chapters, we read Aoife’s journal which reminds us what has happened. Kittredge did such a good job that you could probably just skip the whole first book, not that I would recommend that.

Like the first
Scott Tracey
Jan 22, 2012 Scott Tracey rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, fantastic sequel to The Iron Thorn. If you like dark YA fantasy, definitely check out this series.
Elizabeth Mock
Dec 10, 2012 Elizabeth Mock rated it it was amazing
I have a mad girl-crush on Aoife. For serious.
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 12, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: An improvement on the first installment, creepy and fast paced, but our heroine is still whiney and I’m still not impressed with anything but the world-building.

Opening Sentence: In my dream, I am alone.

The Review:

If you read the synopsis, you’ve already spoiled yourself for The Iron Codex, but reading this review will make it worse! If you haven’t read book one, you don’t need to read this review yet. SPOILERS AHEAD.

This sequel picks up wh
Dec 20, 2011 Lacey rated it really liked it
First Thoughts:

Now that I’ve taken a few moments to pull myself together I can finally write this review…there was a moment where I had to stop reading and grab a tissue, I seriously couldn’t believe I found myself crying for a fictional character, but there I was blubbering like an idiot crying over something as trivial as a book but I guess some books can do that to you and it’s such a new and interesting experience.

This book was so much different than “The Iron Thorn”, for one it definitely
Vanya D.
I received this book to review from Netgalley. I have not read the first installment, but as it happened, it wasn't really necessary. "The Nightmare Garden" was written in such a way, that a new reader, who has no idea what she's got in her hands - what world she's entering - would have no problem to follow the story. I sure did, you would too if you like a mix of steampunk, paranormal, dystopian kind of thing that has a tinny tiny flavor of romance underneath all the drama.

Well, unfortunately,
Jan 29, 2012 Karissa rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Iron Codex series by Kittredge. This third book is supposed to be titled, The Mirrored Shard, and from what I could find is scheduled for a late 2012/early 2013 release. I absolutely loved the first book and couldn't wait to read the second. In this book we venture into the Mists and get to meet the secret Brotherhood that Aoife's father was part of. I love the world and the characters created in this series; although I was a little disappointed that Aoife kept mak ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
Thank the gods, for the recap moments in Nightmare Garden which caught me up on the details that were fuzzy at best. As much as I loved whole chunks of Part One, the book is simply too long to bother with. The thing that’s stuck this long is how much I liked how different Cal turned out to be.

There be SPOILERS for the first book ahead...
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Jun 01, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Overall, readers who are already familiar with Caitlin Kittredge's work - adult or young adult - will find that it's no real surprise that THE NIGHTMARE GARDEN was a deeply engaging novel and is the perfect addition to the Iron Codex series. And boy, with such a heart-breaking and over-the-top ending that this sequel successfully delivers to us, I have to say the author knows how to really step up the game and I'm really, really looking forward to reading the final installment of this series, wh ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Karissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, library-2014
Okay, two years later, I read it. I reread the first book and it was slightly better than I remembered. It was much better on audio, by the way.
Aoife (so glad I know how to pronounce her name now) has created a shit storm. She continues to try to clean up her messes but screws up at every turn. And then she's getting pulled into so many different directions between Grey Drayson, Tremaine, the winter queen, the Brotherhood, and the dream king.
It started off well enough, grabbed my attention. But
May 17, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
I really love Aoife Grayson. I think she is such a badass and one of the better fantasy female protagonist I have read.

I enjoy the writing in this series and the secondary characters (especially Cal).But I have a hard time reading this series. Maybe it just goes above my head or something, but I almost feel like there is TOO much going on sometimes. The first 200 pages or so of this book are non-stop action. Which is really great and moves the story along, but what I was really hoping for was s
Sep 08, 2013 Journey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a really hard time staying engaged with this book. it just didn't get my attention. however, it picked up more towards the end. AND the two seconds we get to see of Nerissa is awesome, I may read the next book just to see more of her. also can we get more of the lesbian pirate captain please?
Mar 25, 2013 Joy rated it it was ok
I'm reducing this to 2 stars because the female protagonist has just gotten on my last nerve. Repetitive mistakes in her choice of actions and too self centered. That she carries the story gives little to the other character development.
Rachel Webb
I actually liked this one better then the first one. Maybe because I was finally use to the world Kittredge created after making it through the first book, but whatever it was I liked Aoife more. Towards the end with the whole Nightmare Clock I got really disgusted with her because she just had to use it for selfish reasons and I'm convinced that's what led to Dean's ending (karma?). Of course since Aoife finally figured out what her actual Weird is, she can now go and save him in another realit ...more
Rachel Friars
Jun 06, 2015 Rachel Friars rated it it was amazing
This is a really good and under-hyped series. This book is better than the first one for sure.
I liked how this book series plays with the ideas of H.P. LOVECRAFT and makes that a foundation for this alternate world but that was were it ended sadly. Also, instead of having Edison the one who is known for the light bulb it is Tesla. Which I thought was cool and wanted more of this line of thought in the story line but I feel that this idea was thicker in the first book an not the second.

So far it is an okay series that at this point in time is not showing any promising prospects for the la
Jennifer Hitchcock
I think it was actually better than the first!
Aug 26, 2015 Shylo rated it it was ok
Didn't want to finish. Had to force myself. For a girl that prides herself on being "clever", Aoife sure does some repetitively stupid things. She NEVER learns from her mistakes. The plot is driven by "how can I prove myself?" and "how can I fix this thing RIGHT NOW?! I'll deal with the fallout later"......except later comes and she repeats the process. I read that fans of the series praise it for the flaws of the main character, and how those flaws make her more relatable. I disagree. If she ma ...more
Jul 06, 2011 AnQi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Soooo excited! Luv the cover.
Much like the first book, its sequel was also fairly interesting. Unfortunately unlike the first book, the things I found only slightly annoying there, became greatly more so in this book.

Kittredge continues to mix steampunk, fantasy, lovecraftian mythos and YA into a very unique and entertaining mix in the second book involving Aoife Grayson's adventures in discovering who she is, and her role in the world around her. Where the first book included a large number of lovecraftian elements, this b
Nicole Pramik
After I read The Iron Thorn, I just knew I had to read its follow up novel, The Nightmare Garden and put it on my to-do reading list. But as much as I couldn't put down the first book, sadly, the second novel failed to hold my interest.

On a positive note, the world-building in both novels is solid and doesn't try too hard to be steampunk (meaning it doesn't just toss in random references to gears and airships). This was my first exposure to American-themed steampunk and I liked it rather well (t
Apr 18, 2012 Cherita rated it liked it
Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars.

This was very much a middling middle book. It felt incredibly looong -- it felt slower to me than the first one (and the long chapters with little to no scene breaks didn't help). I think it's because I was less interested, less invested in what was happening.

I loved The Iron Thorn. I loved learning about this world with the Proctors and the madness and exploring the city of Lovecraft with its dangerous nightjars and shoggoths and the mystery of her brother with h
Apr 22, 2012 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ya-read, sffp, read-2012
The Iron Thorn was a surprise favorite from last year so I was very excited to pick this up. Unfortunately, due to poor planning, I had a huge stack of review books to get through first, meaning that this book has been staring at me for too long before I finally picked it up to read. Of course, it had also been about a year since I read the first one which mean that it took me a while to get back into the groove of the characters and the story.

While I remembered the uniquely named Aoife, I could
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 24, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
THE NIGHTMARE GARDEN is an absolutely gorgeous book with captivating mythology and elegant phrasing. I found myself pausing as I read to roll phrases over my tongue and read them aloud to savor. Kittredge’s world is a dark delight that blends shades of otherworldly magic with the mechanical enthusiasm of steampunk to create something I’ve never encountered before.

Despite this being my first book in the series (and having no prior knowledge of Lovecraft), Kittredge provided a solid sense of place
Mar 14, 2012 Justine rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Iron Codex series about Aoife Grayson the half human half fae girl.

They have escaped Lovecraftand are now traveling through Windhaven, the flying city run by Erlkin. The are captured and are being held for trespassing. They know that Aoife and Conrad are halfbreeds. Aoife just wants to save their mother. So they escape from Windhaven and Aoife uses her weird to open the gate back to Lovecraft.

Lovecraft is in ruins. The buildings are crumbles, there i
Jul 05, 2012 Latoya rated it liked it
Thoughts: This was an okay read. There seems to be a theme for taking the fairy world and adding an iron twist. As I was reading, I was reminded of Kagawa's Iron Fey series. However, Kittredge has taken it to another level by implementing a dystopian, steam punk feel to this work. In the previous book, Aoife has destroyed the home that she once knew and now is on the run from those that want to use her for personal gain. Aoife is a frustrating, stubborn and strong-willed character, who is easily ...more

Slipping back into this utterly captivating world has been long – much too long – overdue. Kittredge’s otherworldly yet familiar Steampunk creation is tragic, broken, dark and sinister, while it is also bewitching, complex, and mysterious. Equally captivating is Aoife’s character and her growth since first meeting her in The Iron Thorn. She’s always balked a little at the repressive, submissive role her society has forced her into, but Tremaine’s manipulation of her which results in the destruct
Apr 13, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
The Nightmare Garden, hmmm what can I say but it drove me CRAZY! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book but this one stole my imagination and refuses give it back. I truly enjoyed it. Its fast paced and captivating, probably because she doesn't have to explain as much. You should already know most of it based on The Iron Thorn. Now, Aoife is the main reason for my insanity. I want to love her but she is that annoying little sister that can't quite see past her own needs to know what she should or s ...more
THE NIGHTMARE GARDEN, book 2 of the Iron Codex trilogy was better than the first, no doubt about that, but honestly I still can’t declare my love for this over complicated and painfully drawn out steampunk, dystopian fairy tale. I am ever so thankful to Kittredge for the slightly better pacing with this installment, but must state that even with the continued originality in the storyline; she failed to really grab me with the characters themselves. I still liked our heroin Aoife, but that was pr ...more
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Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the i ...more
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“My eye was caught by movement from behind the automaton. Just a flicker, but my heart clenched with surprise and fear, and I tapped Dean on the arm, pointing. “Something’s over there.”
He followed my finger, and we both saw the flicker of red on the unbroken gray brick of the foundry walls.
“Son of a bitch,” Dean growled, jamming his hand in his pocket and pulling out his switchblade. “Hey!” he bellowed at the moving shadow. “Hey, you!”
“Dean …,” I started, thinking that perhaps shouting at the figure wasn’t the best idea.
“I see you!” Dean shouted. “No point in hiding.”
“Dean, we don’t know what it is,” I whispered, worried that if he made a move, whoever or whatever lurked beyond the automaton would take it badly. Dean shook his head.
“Relax, princess. It’s a kid.” He advanced on the shadow. “Aren’t you?”
“Up yours, mister!” the shadow shouted back. I pressed a hand over my mouth, both to stifle a laugh and from relief. To find another person in this wasteland was ten times more unexpected than finding a creature like the nightjars and ghouls that populated Lovecraft’s underground.
“Say,” Dean drawled, brows drawing together. “I know you, kid.”
“I know your mother!” the kid retorted. “And she has some disappointing things to say about you.”
“Regardless of the shape he took, Cal had a nearly endless capacity for worrywarting.” 3 likes
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