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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
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Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins
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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 -_-



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
Clau R.
I was going to give it 4 stars, but I loved Conrad (?).
"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
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

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
No me desagrado, pero tampoco me encanto. Sentí que agregó poco a la historia. La sentí como si estuviera inconclusa también, definitivamente me hubiera gustado que continúe.
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
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
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
"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
C. Maria
Love obeys no laws other than its own.

I like this short story about Annabel, Lena's mother. It was full of life and love. Love for her husband, daughters, Portland and apparently stars.( stars - because almost every page this word appears in some context or phrase)
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
Abigail (Read. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.)
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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.
I like to read things in chronological rather than publication order, so I'm likely reading this series in a different order than most of the fans of the series have read it. This is the first book I've read, so I don't know anything about the world that Oliver has created...because of that I was a little lost as to what was going on. Since this book was obviously published after the first book, perhaps if I'd read it in that order I'd know more what was happening. I wish that the author had con ...more

A very well-written and interesting prequel to the Delirium trilogy.
Annabel is an amazing character. She makes you like her and worry with her and feel sorry for what she is going through.

Favorite quotes:

"Amazingly, how hope lives. Without air or water, with hardly anything at all to nurture it."

"Love obeys no laws other than its own. That's what has always made it frightening."

"That's what time does: We stand stubornly like rocks while it flows all around us, believing that we are immutable-
Annabel, Lena’s mother, is a character that has always fascinated me, since the beginning of the series.
In Delirium we know so little about her, she is a mistery.
In this short story we can finally get a glimpse of her life, of her years as a young girl and her time in the Crypts. She is so similar to her daughter: they have the same spirit, the same craving for freedom, the same untamable strength and fortitude.

I loved reading about the time when she was young and already against the cure; how
That 's the easy thing about falling. There's only one choice after that.

Damn. Why are these novellas so heartbreaking? Raven made me tear up, Hana made me tear up and Annabel just about had me flat out bawling. You have to hand it to Lauren Oliver to be able to make you fall in love with characters and have your heart broken all over again in a story that's about 18 pages long. The thing about Lena's mom is that we didn't really know her, and now reading from her point of view is an incredible
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
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
Michelle LasKny
Acabo de terminarlo y me duele el corazón ahora, tanto como me dolía mientras leía Annabel.

"Pero ese es el problema con el amor, actúa en ti, trabaja mediante ti, resiste tus intentos de controlarlo. Por eso se volvió tan aterrador para los legisladores: el amor no obedece reglas más que las suyas.

Eso es lo que siempre lo ha hecho aterrador."

Es una narración tan dolorosa, tan melancólica, que dan ganas de simplemente no seguir leyendo. Toda la narración es tristeza. La vida de Annabel es tri
Erster Satz
Als ich ein Mädchen war, schneite es einen ganzen Sommer lang.

Lenas Mutter Annabel hatte nie ein leichtes Leben. Ihre Flucht von zu Hause als junges Mädchen glückt nicht – sie wird gegen ihren Willen geheilt, um nicht mehr lieben zu müssen. Und doch liebt sie, selbst dann noch, als man sie in die Grüfte wirft und von ihrer Tochter Lena trennt. Doch Annabel war schon immer eine Kämpferin. Und sie wird niemals aufgeben.

Meine Meinung
Die Geschichte wird abwechselnd aus der Ve
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
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
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
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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Delirium (3 books)
  • Delirium (Delirium, #1)
  • Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
  • Requiem (Delirium, #3)
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