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Annabel (Delirium 0.5)

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Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena's past. Until now.

Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver's brilliant original digital story set in the world of New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium.

Lena Halloway's mother, Annabel, supposedly committed suicide when Lena was only six years old. That's the lie that Lena grew up believing, but th...more
ebook, 35 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Lauren ~hella~
Dec 25, 2012 Lauren ~hella~ marked it as to-read
Edit - 26th December: Sometimes, I really hate being in Australia time. I'm a day ahead of everyone in the US, so I actually get the book on the 27th -_-



The Annabel novella is told by the first person narration of Annabel and each chapter alternates between THEN and NOW, like that in Pandemonium.
The NOW chapters showed us when Annabel was still in the Crypts and planning her escape while in the THEN chapters, Annabel tells us how she fell in love and stayed in love even after the cure.

Annabel is waaaaay better than the Hana novella. I like Annabel's voice, she's like the more vulnerable Lena. The hardships she'd been through in the...more
You have got to be trying to kill me Laurent Oliver!!!
I want to hug you and scream into the night: "ANNABEL! LAUREN OLIVER HAS NOT ONLY MADE REQUIEM BUT NOW SHE'S GOT ANNABEL! ANNABEL!!" You know, just for something to do while I wait.
Edit: I just finished reading the whole thing and I am so, so, so, so, glad that I picked this up. I loved Annabel, though a little out there as she thinks, I love her story. The wild, the constant silent revolting of the people who lock her up... it is very admire...more
"I love you. Remember. And someday , I will find you again."

After reading Delirium and Pandemonium, we are well acquainted with Lena Haloway's character. We know what she's like. We know how she came to be. We've practically been a tag along all this while. We know that Lena lost her mother when she was six. We know the way Lena describes her mother. We also know how Annabel , Lena's mother tucked Lena in lovingly , danced around with her and made them delicious pancakes. We also know how Lena'...more

Ya. Voy a usar este coso para decir algo que he estado dandole muchas vueltas.
Lo descargué y venia con Adelanto de Requiem. No queria leerlo, no queria:c. Queria esperar a tener Requiem completo. He esperado por ese libro practicamente de la misma manera que cuando esperé por Pandemonium. AMO delirium. AMO Pandemonium.

Estaba hablando con alguien sobre cuando lloré demasiado por Delirium. Soy tan llorona. Y le decía que con Requiem estaba segura que lloraría de la misma forma, y me decía que como...more
Oct 24, 2012 Nicole marked it as to-read
OMG! it's lena'a mother!! Holy(excuse my swearing)shit! i have wanted to read about lena's mother Annabel since i finished delirium, like seriously. i was always curious about annabel plus her life before delirium and just her prespective on everything that's happening in the series. i really wanna read this ebook, i think it will be an exciting read. :)

This was just meh. I thought they'd be some good insight into Annabel (Lena's mum) but there wasn't, it was all stuff I wasn't interested in. There was some history and background about Annabel's 'prison break', her younger years and her marriage — unfortunately, I didn't really care about any of that, I would have preferred to read about her joining the Resistance and the work she did/does for them but most of all I would have liked to have read her POV when she met Lena again. Sadly, o...more
I was a bit disappointed after reading this story. I was like, "That's it?" because truly I was kind of expecting for something more. Since I finished Pandemonium, Lauren made me hungrier than ever day by day for Requiem. Then, here goes Annabel, attempting to quench our thirst somehow. But it is like offering a tear drop when she should've given us a cup of water.

On the contrary, it is commendable that Oliver added more dimension on the government that she is trying to portray. Here are quack d...more
Amanda Inkenbrandt
Sep 14, 2012 Amanda Inkenbrandt marked it as to-read
Description from Harper Teen:

Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena's past. Until now.

Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver's brilliant original digital story set in the world of New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium.

Lena Halloway's mother, Annabel, supposedly committed suicide when Lena was only six years old. That's the lie that Lena grew up believing, but the truth is very different. As a rebellious teenager, Annabel ran away from home and straight int...more
"Amazing, how hope lives. Without air or water, with hardly anything at all to nurture it."

I decided, for better or worse, to read Annabel, the first Delirium novella, before I began Delirium in a buddy read. I thought perhaps it would give me some background info on the heroine, Lena.

This e-book alternates between past and present, filling in plot holes as it goes. In the past, Annabel lives with Conrad her husband, who was already Cured, and her two young daughters Rachel and Lena. In the pre...more
Yes, this book gave me insight into Annabel, but I think I liked her before I read the novella. I knew she had her secrets and meant well, but this book made her weak in my eyes. And, a mother is supposed to love her children unconditionally, and I didn't like how she always favored Lena. Anyway, it gave us good background on what she's been through, but I would have assumed the same without reading the novella.
This was totally amazing. Annabel is such an interesting character! Her life in the Crypts and her life before were both so interesting-- it made her more than just a ghost of Lena's past in the Delirium trilogy.
what is this?! another delirium book?!




yess i do realize it's just a novella...don't judge :/
Lena is just like her mother. She has the same spirit Annabel has. I loved hearing her story knowing how she first met Lena's father and how she never believed in the cure. Hearing this , well reading it, made me feel like there was hope for LEna. It made me sad that Annabel never got the chance to see who Lena became. I love that her spirit never broke while she was in the horrible place. It was nice to see where Lena got her will to survive and go on. Once again Lauren Oliver has awed me with...more
Jessie Potts
What it's about: Annabel is a sort of prequel to Lauren Oliver's fantastic series, Delirium. Annabel is Lena's mother, who was trapped in a horrid prison while her family was fed the lie of her suicide. In Delirium, Lena's mother is a background presence. We don't get to see her, and her "ghost" is always haunting Lena. In Annabel, we get to see Lena's mother in the past and the present and see how hard she fought her fate.

Why you should read it: Delirium was ridiculously good, and I loved Pande...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Annabel is another installment in the Delirium series. The last novella in the series was Hana, looking at Delirium from Hana's point of view. I will say that Annabel is better than that novella, but Oliver's strength lies in the full length novel, not the short story.

Annabel takes place before Delirium, and focuses on Lena's mother and what happened before, how she was imprisoned. We get to see how she met her husband, how she dealt with other people's cures, how she broke away. Like Hana, ther...more
Even though I’d only had glimpses into the kind of person Annabel was through Lena’s memories of her mother... I loved her. I couldn’t wait to read something from Annabel’s point of view. We don’t get as much of her as I would have preferred, but I definitely reveled in what I read -- even if Lauren Oliver does what she does best: leaving me wanting so much more!

It’s not surprising to realize that Lena’s beautiful ponderings and reflective thoughts are inherited from her mother. This novella is...more
WARRING: This review contains spoilers from Delirium and Pandemonium

From the moment you pick up Delirium you get sucked into a world that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let you go. I really love every book in this series and this short was no different.

Annabel is a brief glimpse into the life of Lena's mother. The chapters jump between Now, Annabel in the crypts, and Then, how Annabel was cured. I loved finding out how and why Annabel was special, we know that the cure never worked on her and...more
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

I was so excited to hear that Annabel was having a short story of her own, that we would get to meet this woman, this mother that was so full of love in a world that forbids it. And now I've read it, I got a lot more from the story than I expected.

Because it's Lauren Oliver, and because it's set in the Delirium world, I didn't bother reading the synopsis before I bought it. I bought it on the trust that I would love it - and I did, so much! But I didn't...more
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This 50-page novella made my heart ache, so much. I don't know how Lauren Oliver did it, but I felt every single emotion of Annabel's longing, her struggles and ultimately, her love for Lena and Rachel. And it's not surprising that it moved me to tears.

“Is it possible to tell the truth in a society of lies?
Or must you always, of necessity, become a liar?”

Annabel's story was written from the now and then perspective just like in Pandemonium. It showe...more
I’ve been extremely excited about the release of this novella. I always wanted to know more about Lena’s parents. I wish we could have heard more about Conrad, Lena’s dad though. Overall I really loved this short story. It’s really great when authors give you pieces of the back story and it helps readers understand the world and the characters more. If you are debating on getting this, I suggest you should. The writing was phenomenal (it’s so descriptive and heartfelt) and even though I knew wha...more
Wow, once again beautiful writing from Lauren Oliver.

This novella was great and gives us more insight into the life of Lena's mother, Annabel. It was set in the same format as Pandemonium with Then and Now alternate chapters.
I was really pleased when I heard about this novella because Lena's mother has always intrigued me as a character and I liked the way she wasn't afraid to rebel against the system. We get to see more of this in the novella and now I see where Lena gets her determined streak...more
le doy un 4.75
Me gusta la historia de Annabel una madre que ama, es algo curioso porque entre el pasado y el presente me perdí un poco hay de todo pero una lucha interior por no dejar de ser lo que en realidad es aprender a mirar, comprender y saber todo lo que hay en el mundo así sea que las cuatro paredes en blanco no son, eso son un lienzo para pensar y mucho que pensó, escapar de ahí salir sin las ataduras.
Me gusto la historia de amor con su marido alguien no tan comprensivo como ella deseab...more
"Te amo.
Y algún día, te encontraré de nuevo."
Simplemente lo amo, me encanta Delirium en general y me encanta Lauren Oliver.
Siempre he admirado que Lauren tenga una historia personal para cada uno de sus personajes así como lo que piensan y sienten, me hace conocerlos a fondo y encariñarme con ellos.
Una de mis inquietudes al leer Pandemonium era la madre de Lena y cómo había escapado de las Criptas hasta llegar a la Tierra Salvaje. Tener esta historia corta me ha dado otra perspect...more
Amy Hamman
YAY for Annabel A.K.A Bee. It gives me hope that if there was a 4th book to Delirium, she would find a level of happiness that she would be able live out her life in. These books give me the ending I wanted to read in the last book and didn’t get.
This was interesting, as I don't think we've had enough of Annabel, and I really hope she appears in Requiem.
I liked seeing how Annabel thought and felt and it was so sweet that she was always thinking about Lena. Although I would have liked to have seen more about Conrad, and how he died and more about the cure not working. I'd always thought Annabel had used her fingernails to claw her way out of the Crypt, and I completely forgot that she always carried around that silver dagger pin-makes sen...more
Annabel (Delirium 0.5)

Una historia que nos permite conocer un poco más en profundidad la vida de la madre de Lena. Intercalado entre el pasado y el presente, conocemos de qué manera llegó Annabel, una adolescente rebelde, a conocer al amor de su vida. y cómo laambición de un gobierno con la cura la llevó a su presente.

Con un ritmo que atrapa y el formato característico de Lauren Oliver, ayuda a entender por qué Lena quiere ser libre. Quizás sea los genes de su madre llamándol...more
Andrea Ika
Book Review: Delirium Trilogy : Annabel

Lauren Oliver #review2014

Original Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins
Country: US
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
Page Count: 44
My rating : 4 stars

Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena's past. Until now.
Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver's brilliant original digital story set in the world of New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium.
Lena Halloway's mother, Annabel, supposedly committed suicide when Lena...more
Lauren Oliver could have made it longer.
Extend Conrad's parts (Rachel and Lena's father, I wish we could have more of him) or write more about how the cure didn't work for Annabel, and how many times she had the procedure make, etc.

Thomas! Rachel's former love interest, is the one that helped her to escape the Crypts! That was so sweet, even though he was caught at the end (explained in Delirium).

The descriptions of her time imprisoned were very sad, but it lack a lot.
So that actually didn't make a lot of sense. What is this cure and why is she locked up? Maybe I shouldve waited to read this.
She does seem to care more about Lena than Rachel.
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Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After colleg...more
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