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(Delirium #0.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  15,959 ratings  ·  975 reviews
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
ebook, 35 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Ashley NO, absolutely not. While it does take place before Delirium chronologically, this novella spoils something that is revealed near the end of Delirium.…moreNO, absolutely not. While it does take place before Delirium chronologically, this novella spoils something that is revealed near the end of Delirium. I suggest reading it after you finish Delirium.(less)
Preslyn please i really dont know what to push to read the book.

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Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I hope that once Lauren Oliver will write something from the point of view of somebody who was really cured. That might be Real interesting.
Oct 26, 2012 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 -_-


Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Claudia Ramírez
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I was going to give it 4 stars, but I loved Conrad (?).
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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 Le
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, books-2017
wow I’m so glad I gave Lauren another chance. The writing is like butter. Is so slow but so beautiful at the same time. I’m so mad at myself I read Delirium in Russian because the translation is so bad comparing to the original text. Like why interpreters don’t care about saving the beauty of the sentence nowadays?
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story-ya
A short novella in the Delirium series. This story takes place before the first book in the series, and is about Lena's mother, Annabel. We never learn much about Annabel in Delirium, so it was great to get a peak into her life. A quick read. Good for fans of this series, but best read after reading Delirium. ...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
The story of Lena's mother gave us a little more insight into the original story as well as into how Lena's parents fell in love - or rather how her mother fell in love, considering her father was "cured". I really appreciated that it wasn't too long and overdone.

I recommend this one to everyone who's read Delirium and liked it.

→3 stars
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this short little window into Annabel, Lena's Mother's, life. It switches back and forth between then and now. It tells of her life before she married Lena's father and back to the present leading up to her escape from prison. In Delirium, we only get information about her from Lena's own knowledge. One thing about Annabel is that she loved Lena so much. ...more
Erika Custodio
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really like how Oliver circled around Annabel's back story and present-day life by using a "then" and "now" scenario. This indeed is a propelling story that will probably push and drive you forward to reading the next one. ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 STARS!
I wish this was longer! I loved Annabel's back story!
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Annabel Review on K-Books

Annabel is a novella that I have had on my kindle for what feels like forever. I remember reading Delirium years ago and loving it so much so I bought the novellas as soon as they released but for some reason I just never read them. I am so glad I finally decided to read them as I enjoyed reading this prequel novella.

Annabel tells the story of Lena's mother. I am really glad that I didn't read this before Delirium as I feel it would have spoilt the book for me but I did
So I got this as soon as I finished Hana because Lauren Oliver has that affect on me. This was just so heart-breakingly sad, even though I knew what was going to happen, that I was desperate for more. This was way too short. I need more! I'm going to try to get my hands on Raven, which is good because I have Requiem on hold at the library.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I've already finished this series but I thought this was a nice little addition from the point of view of Lena's mother. I will probably read all of the novellas. I don't think that they are totally necessary for this series but if you are a big fan, I would recommend! ...more
Sad, isn't it, how these 35 pages were better than the entire trilogy. ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Don't read this book before Delirium! Unless you've gotten to Chapter 21. Other than that, it's a good short story. ...more
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Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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-
"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
♥ Marlene♥
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
First of all, I read this book before I read Requiem, meaning I did not have to wait before I was able to read the last book of the series.

This book was short but sweet but after I've read Requiem I realized there were so may things she (Lauren Oliver) touched upon in Annabel but made me have even more questions.

For one. Beware Spoiler!!

We learn that she ends up with the man she fancied. The man who she met only for a few seconds. In Requiem we discovered this man was cured.
I would have loved to
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
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has read the Delirium series.
Recommended to SANDRA by: Shiran
The only thing I can say about this is that it was too damn short and I wanted it to be longer., I want to know so much more about Annabel and everything she went through. It was nice to see where Lena's mom has come from. What she went through, even though it was just a teeny tiny glimpse. I am so happy for it. It has made my obsession so much more potent. I can not wait til March for Requiem to come out. I want to know how this series will end. What will happen to Lena now that Alex is back, a ...more
Angela Auten
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Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Yonnela Montiel
This short story was much much better than the whole Delirium book.
The novel presents the mother of Lena, from the her present and her past.

Annabel is such a great female lead.
so I would like to see a Lena. Strong, determined and rebellious
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica ...more

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