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Annabel (Delirium) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Oliver
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 into the man she knew she was destined to marry. The world was different then—the regulations not as stringent, the cure only a decade old. Fast forward to the present, and Annabel is consigned to a dirty prison cell, where she nurtures her hope of escape and scratches one word over and over into the walls: Love.

But Annabel, like Lena, is a fighter. Through chapters that alternate between her past and present, Annabel reveals the story behind her failed cures, her marriage, the births of her children, her imprisonment, and, ultimately, her daring escape.


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  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (December 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOHAG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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, there aren't that many surprises, we know a lot of these events or can imagine easily that this is what happened. The one thing we gain is Annabel's perspective, which seems completely self absorbed. I wonder that's the education we are supposed to get out of this novella-- that love is completely selfish.

The writing is again beautiful, but seems to be a bit more clumsy than Oliver's usual work. This novella ends abruptly, and suddenly (possibly unfortunately for this novella), we get just as long as a section of the final installment of the Delirium series, Requiem. The beginning chapters are much more polished than we get in Annabel and the stark difference is immediately noticeable. I can't help but think that this short story (it really isn't long enough to be considered a true novella), is merely a vehicle for giving us a sneak peak into Requiem.

Overall, again, I believe that the short story/novella is not Oliver's forte. That said, she still remains one of my favorite YA authors for her elegant writing style and her terrific books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like mother, like daughter... January 23, 2013
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With this novella, you don't really get any new information, just a different view of what we already know from reading the previous books in the series. But that doesn't mean it's any less pertinent to the story.

Reading from Annabel's point-of-view was very much like reading from Lena's...at least Lena's voice from the beginning of Pandemonium. It is disheartening and depressing, with just the slightest hint of hopefulness. As she alternates between the past and present -- the past being the time before she was paired and the present being the days leading up to her escape from the Crypt -- it is easy to see where Lena's strength and determination come from.

In addition to viewing Annabel's misery through her own eyes, we also get a glimpse of the lengths she was willing to go to for freedom...and the lengths others were willing to go to in order to aide in her escape. I, myself, never made the connection as to who her accomplice was, but I shouldn't have been all that surprised.

Like I said, nothing new here, really, but you do get a peek at the first two chapters of Requiem, and if you're already having a difficult time making it until March for the final installment of this series, that in itself my whet your appetite for a bit. Or it could make the wait pure torture. Who am I to say? *insert wicked laugh*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Number of pages misleading August 11, 2013
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It is WONDERFUL to read more about Annabel and get some 'behind the scenes' extra information on the whole. But, taking into consideration that (a) just more than half (61%) of the 'book' is actually Annabel's story (the rest is a "an exclusive preview of Requiem") and (b) the price for it; I would NOT RECOMMEND getting it. In this case,unfortunately my disappointment outweighs the excitement of knowing more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wished this were a little longer May 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Annabel is the 3rd ebook in the Delirium series. It was released between Pandemonium and Requiem. It also reads like Pandemonium. There are parts from the "then" time period and the "now" time period. The "then" chapters consist of numerous times in Annabel's past. Such as meeting Lena's father for the first time, and the first time she received the cure. The "now" chapters deal with Annabel's life in prison and how she escaped.

The thing that I don't like about novellas is that they are just too short. I always find myself wanting to read more. And this was definitely the case with Annabel. I was so intrigued by the little of Annabel's story we got to read from Lena's point of view in the books. The little glimpse that we got from this just wasn't enough for me. Don't get me wrong, I loved reading about Annabel's escape from the prison and how her love for her children were what really kept her going. But once I got to the final chapter I just wanted her story to continue.

As with the other ebooks that are a part of this series, I read this one after the release of the next book in the series. And for me, this really is the end of the Delirium series. I purposely put off reading both Raven and Annabel before I read Requiem, so I could have just a bit more to read before I said goodbye to this series. I loved this series. I loved how with the ebooks we got to read from numerous character's point of views.

Reviewed by Sana @ Step Into Fiction
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way to Short to Be Worth $2.99! December 29, 2012
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I love Delirium. I really do. I haven't read the sequel yet but its in my TBR pile, waiting patiently. I also really love these add-on stories that author's have taken to releasng digitally. I love seeing the worlds expand, or getting behind the scenes sneak peeks, or views from other characters. However this story was super short. The story also tells how Lena's mother escaped her prison from Annabel's own perspective. The story alternates chapters based on what is happening currently (the break out plan) and the past (how Annabel met Conrad, Lean's father). There isn't a ton of detail and the plot doesn't add much of anything new. I am glad to have read it; it was entertaining and well written. My gripe is more with the price they are asking. $2.99 for a story this short is pretty insane, especially since you can easily enjoy the regular series without reading this. This book should have been .99. I wouldn't have gripped at $1.99 but you can get full legnth novels for $2.99 on Amazon quite frequently.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Short Story For Fans Of Delirium
I enjoyed this installment very much.This short story is about Lena's mother Annabel. It tells about her life before and after the cure. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Allison Janezic
4.0 out of 5 stars Annabel is so strong!
It was nice to see Annabel's point of view. And I have to say that I like her very much as a character. She's very strong and reminds me of Lena I'm some ways. Read more
Published 6 months ago by breanna
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting look into the life of Anabel
I decided To read and review this Novella because I am WAY behind and just recently discovered the Delirium series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by abibliophobictendencies
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I loved the whole Delirium series and wish there were more books to read. I thought it clever that the author, Lauren Oliver, did these little spinoffs of the original series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fran P.
2.0 out of 5 stars Annabel
This novella is better than "Hana" but is still lacking. It doesn't go into enough detail about Annabel' s life in the Crypts. It also ends too soon. How did she make it out? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marsha B. Haselden
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but great
Love this insight into Lena's mother. Just a deeper understanding of the character. A very quick read. Really have a further understanding of the entire world.
Published 8 months ago by A. Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
Ordered this for my daughter for Christmas. It was on her list and she was excited when she opened it Christmas morning.
Published 9 months ago by Becky Balliew
4.0 out of 5 stars spin off explanation
this is a must read for delirium fans as it is an elaborate explanation to the gaps you feel are missing surrounding annabel.
Published 11 months ago by erin
4.0 out of 5 stars To Love or Not To Love Annabel
There was so much about Annabel that I did not like and yet there were equal reasons on why I did like her. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SevenSwansASwimming
5.0 out of 5 stars Annabel
You don't find out much about Lena's mother until the last book of the trilogy. Even though you find out a little bit about her, her life is not extensively talked about. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marti
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More About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestselling YA novels Before I Fall, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. Lauren's first adult novel, Rooms, will be published in September 2014. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com

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