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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
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Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Lauren
Dec 25, 2012 Lauren 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 -_-


LENA'S MOTHER.
IT'S A STORY ABOUT LENA'S MOTHER.

GOOD GRAVY HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL!!!!!!
Darlalala


AFTER READING:
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
Ripple
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
Catalina.

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
Devyani
"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
Nicole
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. :)
Ferdy
Spoilers

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
Janel
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
★RavenclawReader★
"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
Sharon Mariampillai
It is the longest ebook I've read that's part of a series and it's a short novella. I love how it's from Lena's mom's POV! The way the book was laid out, the story shows her feeling in the present and her feelings in the past. It makes the whole novella way more interesting. Overall, it is a great read and very enjoyable. The way Oliver made Annabel describe the Crypts, kind of freaked me out because I was like OMG...I would probably die if I lived in a place like that. I thought the way she tal...more
Katy
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.
Olivia McCloskey
After the rather disappointing ending to Requiem, I was relieved to stumble across the set of novellas associated with the series, hoping they would provide further closure. While this was not the case with Annabel, I was glad I took the time to read it.

Annabel provides further insight into the character of Lena's mother, particularly during her imprisonment in the Crypts. The heart-wrenching tale of her time there served as an eye opener as to how much she truly suffered, hanging onto every sm...more
Liana
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.
Alice
what is this?! another delirium book?!

...


HOORAYYYYY!!!!

...

yess i do realize it's just a novella...don't judge :/
Jess
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
Chelesbells
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
Shiran
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
Joanne
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
Erleen (Books For YA!)
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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
Tessa
“Is it possible to tell the truth in a society of lies? Or must you always, of necessity, become a liar?”

One of the things that I loved about Delirium was its society, the rules established, people's behavior, what was wrong and what was right in their eyes. That's why every piece of information about it felt like sweet, cold tea in a torrid day of summer. For me at least. And that is why I loved this novella so much.

Annabel tells the story of the days before and right after the cure became man...more
Jessica
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
Emma
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
Arvy
then

Never thought the Delirium series could hook me up. Love knows no laws other than its own. The thought of which becomes the root of the totalitarian defiance. The plot of which hooked me from amor deliria nevosa to putrid bolshitzo defota.

now

WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST READ? I've read short novellas and they sure gave me the same feels. But this one is bigtime stupid. This book better fly to Ward Six or else, my iBooks library will get bloody infected.
Helena
Well, I'm not usually attached with companion novels or short stories, so I had to give it three stars. I mean, it was good but it isn't my thing. Besides, I'm not a huge Annabel fan, so that also doesn't help.
We got a good look at Annabel's life, but I think it could've been more developed. It felt a bit rushed at some points, and - in my opinion - there was unnecesary information there.
This read is totally optional.
Elektragedia
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
Monserrat
"Te amo.
Recuerda.
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.
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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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