27 December 2012

Annabel (A Delirium Novella) by Lauren Oliver

Annabel (Delirium, #0.5)

book:  Annabel
Author: Lauren Oliver
File type: ebook. 


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.

review: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's mother was never cured. We had a brief brush with her in Pandemonium and we know how she escaped and held onto freedom with that one thought clear in her mind , that she will not be suppressed.

This being a novella from Annabel's POV is an absolute treat. 
It is so easy to simply like her character. While I had minor issues with Hana , another delirium novella , this one seemed to be almost perfect. I could see the world from the eyes of a mother who just wanted her daughters to be loved. I could see the world from the eyes of a seventeen year old who ran away because all she wanted was freedom. And I loved it.

This series is one of my many favourite series and with this powerful addition in the delirium world , I can barely wait to find out what happens in the final book.

There's also an excerpt from Requiem provided and let me just say, I am so not happy with what I read. I'm almost scared to pick it up now.

Damn need that book now. Like right now."I love you. Remember. And someday , I will find you again." -Annabel.

Can't wait for March. I don't usually mind Love triangles. I know I'm weird but it's the truth. But this is one , I so don't want to see and read about. It's already making me so nervous. Now that I'm thinking about it , I can't even decide which guy I like more and who I want Lena to end up with! Alex ? or Julian?  WHO?
Some may think that there is no room for confusion in this case. For many , Alex is a sure shot choice. Some also vouch for Julian. But after reading that excerpt , I'm so confused. And also a little bit angry.

Who would you choose?


  1. So excited to read this! I told myself I would wait until the new year to do a complete re-read and completion read of the series. Excited!!1 :)

    1. I've been planning a re-read too! This series is in a way really close to my heart :D
      I won't sit still until I have Requiem in my hand. If you know what I mean :P

  2. I would go for Julian. He make me swoon in Pandemonium.

    I know how you feel about the name Alex. :D

    1. He made me swoon toooo! And you know me...Alex *sigh*
      I'm SO DAMN TORN!
      Although after reading the excerpt , I have to say ..I think I'm leaning towards Julian. BUT WHAT DO YOU KNOW?
      Oliver always messes with my brain and heart.

  3. I don't usually read novellas, but I was thinking I might check out this one because I love the series so much. I'm not sure who she should end with it either, but I'm kind of leaning towards Julian.

    1. Oh you should definitely give it a try whenever you're free! :)
      Maybe she should just die in a bomb blast or just go gay and save us all from all this pain.

      But I have to say...Julian is leading in my race for Lena's heart.