19 February 2012

The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex #2) by Caitlin Kittredge

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Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn't going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn't human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.

When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she's ravaged on the world that's about to poison her.


The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex, #2)The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read The Iron Thorn a few days ago and I was glued. This is a series with a bit of everything - romance, steampunk, dystopia, paranormal and even a little bit of darkness. How on earth Kittredge managed to create such a world and still make it likable, I'll never know. It's like having every genre I like blended into one, which I'll admit sounds weird but it seriously wasn't! I cannot emphasize enough on the absolute awesomeness of the world created by Caitlin Kittredge! It's undoubtedly one of the most imaginative settings I've read about. I mean, come on! Faeries, monsters, machines and magic! Do they sound like they go together?

While I loved the world created in The Iron Thorn, I wasn't a fan of Aoife - the protagonist in The Iron Codex series -, I just couldn't decide if I loved her or hated her, she really frustrated me. Although there was nothing specifically wrong with Aoife, I just could't connect to her. However, despite the lack of character development with Aoife, I still couldn't put the book down.Um, I guess the fact that I was crushing on Cal helped a little.

Having said that, the previous book had a few flaws but The Nightmare Garden was fantastic on so many levels! Well, I'm still not a fan of Aoife but the story got much more interesting. If you recall, the first book ended with quite a few plot holes which made me feel unsettled but some of them get cleared up in this book. Cal isn't around much in this one, in fact, we barely see him which was highly disappointing! But we do learn more about Dean, who was a bit of a question mark to me in book one but had me lusting after him in this one! The story played out smooth, exciting and interesting. It was a huge improvement from The Iron Thorn, which got a little draggy in between. Aoife's brother Conrad was really annoying but Kittredge managed to work the broken/dysfunctional family pretty well.

Finally, Caitlin Kittredge is certainly an impressive writer. I can vouch for the awesomeness of The Nightmare Garden - this one definitely kicks its predecessor's ass.

The ending was a shock and left me speechless! I mean, where did that twist come from? I HATE cliffhangers because they have me going crazy and wanting more and this book did exactly that. I have so many questions and thoughts going on in my head that it's driving me insane! *sigh* This is why I shouldn't get attached to fictional guys.

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1 comment:

  1. That's funny! Aoife is exactly why I stopped reading The Iron Thorn! I was intrigued by the the world the author was building too, but I found Aoife impossible to like. I can't put my finger on why and I rarely stop a book and don't finish. Thank you, as always, for the great review and maybe at some point I will try to revisit this series with an open mind!