Apr 19, 2013

Annabel by Lauren Oliver Review

Annabel by Lauren Oliver
(Delirium #0.5)
Release Date: December 26, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins; 50 pages

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.



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.





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