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The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex) Library Binding – February 14, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Iron Codex Series

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About the Author

CAITLIN KITTREDGE is the author of the Nocturne City series, the Black London adventures for St. Martin's Press. She lives and writes in Massachusetts. You can visit her at

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Iron Codex (Book 2)
  • Library Binding: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385907214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385907217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,918,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caitlin Kittredge is the author of the Nocturne City series, as well as several short stories. She is the proud owner of an English degree, two cats, a morbid imagination, a taste for black clothing, punk rock, and comic books. She's lucky enough to write full time and watches far too many trashy horror movies. Visit her website at to learn more.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paige VINE VOICE on February 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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The Engine is destroyed, monsters and Fae can freely travel through the Gates to the Iron Land, and Aoife is on the run after a series of revelations about who she is. As she runs with her friends from both the Proctors, led by the monstrous Grey Draven, and Tremaine, who doesn't appear to be finished with her yet, the iron that drove her mother and brother insane starts to take its toll on her mind. Aoife sees only one way to fix everything she has done wrong: finding the nightmare clock and setting back time to keep it all from happening. But getting to the clock will be difficult and more than a few people will do whatever they can to keep her from it.

Aoife spent most of the book frustrating me and making me wish I could kick her. This appears to be a Kittredge specialty; I read all five of her Nocturne City books and rare were moments I didn't want to throw a barefoot Luna into an endless sea of Legos. She spends most of the book going "I can fix this! We just have to turn back time" and it strikes me as inconsistent characterization for her to be so naive and cling to that idea considering the life she has lived and what she has been through. She remains difficult to like, though it is understandable in certain ways, and the way her creeping insanity wormed its way into the narrative occasionally was perfect.

Cal and Dean, both central characters in the first book, fade into the background this time around, Cal moreso than Dean. As much as I would have liked to see Bethina developed beyond her role as Cal's love interest and Archie's maid, we learned nothing more about her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CRISTY on April 8, 2012
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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 pretty much it; I liked most of the characters, equally and not really beyond that. I didn't care about them, even in the life and death situations I wasn't... I don't know, how do I put this?...I guess I wasn't "moved" by anyone or really anything. THE NIGHTMARE GARDEN, (both of the Iron Codex books really) are kinda creepy and cool and definitely unique stories...but that therein lies my issue with them, they are just that, dark stories, nothing more, nothing less. And after 900+ pages between the two books, I suppose I just expected more. More love for the characters, more emotion, more excitement, more explanations, just well... more. But with THE NIGHTMARE GARDEN you do get, yes a bit more action and a few answers, but mostly you just get more questions; which is not the kind of more I was hoping for. In the end I was once again left torn and slightly frustrated. There is so much potential in the bones of this series, that it pains me not to like it, well...for lack of a better word, more. I'm crossing my fingers hat Kittredge will pull it all together and make it all worth it in the final book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nori (Nori's Closet) on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So, I recently reviewed the first book in the Iron Codex Series: The Iron Thorn, and I really loved the world Caitlin Kittredge created. I got this one (the sequel) courtesy of Random House Children's Books on NetGalley. And I was so excited to continue with this story.

If you haven't read the first book yet, be warned that I am about to spoil things. This book begins with Aoife, Dean, Cal, Conrad, Aoife's father and the father's girlfriend holed up in the girlfriend's family home. Everyone in Aoife's life is determined to keep Aoife safe for the time being, to train her on how to use her weird better, and to better prepare her for some tough times ahead. Aoife can't stop thinking about what she did with the gates and how now all the creatures from one land are entering another land.

She also can't stop blaming herself for leaving her mad mother behind. And despite the warnings of everyone she has ever cared about, she decides to go back toward Lovecraft, where she is famous for being the destroyer. She did destroy the engine, and practically decimate a whole city. Proctors know what she looks like and are searching for her. But, she decides to go any way. She fights monsters, meets new friends, gets captured (several times by different bad guys), gets put on various missions (one per bad guy), and learns a lot about the creation of her world and how the universe works, and even how time works.

The explanations for her universe and for time, and their connection to one man/creature was a little vague and confusing, yet so, so fascinating! I loved the whole concept of the old ones, and how the one gate was connected with dreams. And I liked that a lot was left for the reader to figure out about this.
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