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Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven PDF, ePub eBook For the first time, Lauren Oliver's short stories about characters in the Delirium world appear in print. Originally published as digital novellas, Hana, Annabel, and Raven each center around a fascinating and complex character who adds important information to the series and gives it greater depth. This collection also includes an excerpt from Requiem, the final novel in For the first time, Lauren Oliver's short stories about characters in the Delirium world appear in print. Originally published as digital novellas, Hana, Annabel, and Raven each center around a fascinating and complex character who adds important information to the series and gives it greater depth. This collection also includes an excerpt from Requiem, the final novel in Oliver's New York Times bestselling series. Hana is told through the perspective of Lena's best friend, Hana Tate. Set during the tumultuous summer before Lena and Hana are supposed to be cured, this story is a poignant and revealing look at a moment when the girls' paths diverge and their futures are altered forever. Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery--a ghost from Lena's past--until now. Her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state is a taut, gripping narrative that expands the Delirium world and illuminates events--and Lena--through a new point of view. And as the passionate, fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven plays an integral role in the resistance effort and comes into Lena's life at a crucial time. Crackling with intensity, Raven is a brilliant story told in the voice of one of the strongest and most tenacious characters in the Delirium world.

30 review for Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven

  1. 4 out of 5

    RIN ಠ_ಠ

    It's nice of them to release a print collection of the novellas. :) Though I did wish they used the flowers on the novella covers of Hana, Annabel and Raven instead of Delirum/Pandemonium/Requiem. EDIT; I made one for fun (because I especially like the flowers on Raven <3)

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    As most everything she writes - this book by Lauren Oliver - is well written and easy to read. I am able to get lost in her books and not notice the passage of time. This is a book that has the 3 off shoots in the Delirium trilogy. It is the short stories about 3 of the main characters in this series ~~ Hana, Annabel and Raven. It has been some time since I have read Delirium and I used this short book as a reminder of the story and to hopefully bring me up to speed allowing me to read the last As most everything she writes - this book by Lauren Oliver - is well written and easy to read. I am able to get lost in her books and not notice the passage of time. This is a book that has the 3 off shoots in the Delirium trilogy. It is the short stories about 3 of the main characters in this series ~~ Hana, Annabel and Raven. It has been some time since I have read Delirium and I used this short book as a reminder of the story and to hopefully bring me up to speed allowing me to read the last two books of the trilogy. This trilogy is an older grouping, dystopian, the world as we know it collapsing, people being put thorough the cure to eradicate love, then being paired with a mate to spend the rest of their life. Or as a number of these characters are doing - escaping the wall and going into "The Wild" to make a new life and civilization.

  3. 4 out of 5

    kari

    Half a star. Yes, you read that right. One half and I give her that simply because I like her writing style. BUT, there is no need for these stories. I have trouble with this series as I feel the world-building is so slight that I still have no idea why the world works as it does or why the government outlawed love. I could understand outlawing hate or envy, but why do away with love? Kindly explain this. So, since this world is, for me anyway, so nebulous and murky, I thought to be fair that I sh Half a star. Yes, you read that right. One half and I give her that simply because I like her writing style. BUT, there is no need for these stories. I have trouble with this series as I feel the world-building is so slight that I still have no idea why the world works as it does or why the government outlawed love. I could understand outlawing hate or envy, but why do away with love? Kindly explain this. So, since this world is, for me anyway, so nebulous and murky, I thought to be fair that I should leave no stone unturned, or, in this instance, no story unread, that might lift the mists over this world, making it more understandable. Instead, what I feel I got is the author reaching her fingers into my pocket, grabbing a wad of cash, yelling 'ha!' right in my face and making a run for it. Not one of these stories add to the overall mythology of this world. None of them add to the information or move the story along in any way. Going in reverse order, Raven's story is her side of the rescue from the second book with one additional bit on info that will become apparent (literally) in the next book. (view spoiler)[Raven is pregnant (hide spoiler)] Annabel's story is her prison escape which we also already know with some included memories that she loved her husband and children. Shocking! (and we already knew this also) Hana's is truly the worst of the lot because it shows her to be nothing more than a self-centered, jealous teenage girl (view spoiler)[ who betrays her best friend, Lena, by reporting her to the authorities(possibly for a reward?) (hide spoiler)] Disappointing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    4.5/5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    Like most novellas, I didn't dislike this, but I did feel as though it's existence was entirely unnecessary. I found Annabel's story the most interesting of the three, and I thought that Hana's was the most boring one. I really didn't learn anything new about her character. I really like Raven as a character, and though her story gave more insight into her character, it was just pointless. I feel like for me to love a novella, I have to be really REALLY invested in a ship involved, or I need sign Like most novellas, I didn't dislike this, but I did feel as though it's existence was entirely unnecessary. I found Annabel's story the most interesting of the three, and I thought that Hana's was the most boring one. I really didn't learn anything new about her character. I really like Raven as a character, and though her story gave more insight into her character, it was just pointless. I feel like for me to love a novella, I have to be really REALLY invested in a ship involved, or I need significant information into world-building or character backstory. This means learning something I could not have guessed otherwise. This did none of those things for me. I didn't hate these stories and I wasn't really bored when I read them, but novellas are just not for me. (Yet I still read them every time. I will never learn!)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I feel like these books left more to be desired. They answered few questions if any. But the stories were surprisingly good, and I feel like any of them could have been much longer without being boring.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Line Bookaholic

    Nice small addition to the series. I would probably have enjoyed it more if I had re read the series first as I read it a long time ago. But it was a pleasent read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Auni

    3.5 stars i am reviewing this book by parts! Hana if i were to rate it as only one short story, i'll give it a star out of five. why? hana's story was entirely unnecessary. why again? because in her short story, there was nothing new that i could discover. its just that the story is just some snippets of delirium in her POV. #boring Annabel 5 stars Annabel Halloway is a bad ass girl when she was in her adolescence. a rebel to be precise. she has this spirit where she never loses hope eventhough the wo 3.5 stars i am reviewing this book by parts! Hana if i were to rate it as only one short story, i'll give it a star out of five. why? hana's story was entirely unnecessary. why again? because in her short story, there was nothing new that i could discover. its just that the story is just some snippets of delirium in her POV. #boring Annabel 5 stars Annabel Halloway is a bad ass girl when she was in her adolescence. a rebel to be precise. she has this spirit where she never loses hope eventhough the world is continously trying to bring her down. she also taught me that; sometimes love doesnt need too much affection. its fine as long they are by your side, willingly. SO MUCH FEELS! Raven 3 stars RAVEN. sigh. i was about to rate this 4 or more stars but the ending, i feel very furious towards her. damn. why raven? eventhough i despise raven's behaviour towards the end, i love to see tack and raven's relationship. shipping them so hard! #TaVen i cant deny she is very sincere in relationships in the beginning but what happened in the end made me changed my mind.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kate

    I liked Hana's POV a lot. I have always loved her character! But I was also LOVING Annabel's POV. I would love to get some more information from her perspective, about her marriage to Conrad, about how she got involved with the resistance... She is an awesome character that gets way more developed in this novella, which was wonderful. Raven was okay. I honestly never really cared for her as a character. But the other two were great! And I've also read the novella "Alex" which was also very good. I liked Hana's POV a lot. I have always loved her character! But I was also LOVING Annabel's POV. I would love to get some more information from her perspective, about her marriage to Conrad, about how she got involved with the resistance... She is an awesome character that gets way more developed in this novella, which was wonderful. Raven was okay. I honestly never really cared for her as a character. But the other two were great! And I've also read the novella "Alex" which was also very good. I actually liked this little collection better than the entire book of Requiem. It was reminiscent of the easy way that Delirium read, and Delirium was my favorite out of the three. If Lauren Oliver decides she wants to write more of these little treasures, I will jump at the chance to read them!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    I enjoyed Anabel's POV the most, and found her voice to be the most authentic and accurate to what had been depicted about her character in Delirium and Pandemonium. I didn't expect the twist in Hana's story but I like the way in which the author dealt with it, as well as the poetic and beautiful writing. The let down of this novella, (as many seem to agree), is Raven's part. It was confusing and her story seemed all over the place. Hence, it brought down this entire novella as it was the last c I enjoyed Anabel's POV the most, and found her voice to be the most authentic and accurate to what had been depicted about her character in Delirium and Pandemonium. I didn't expect the twist in Hana's story but I like the way in which the author dealt with it, as well as the poetic and beautiful writing. The let down of this novella, (as many seem to agree), is Raven's part. It was confusing and her story seemed all over the place. Hence, it brought down this entire novella as it was the last chapter and thus caused the book to leave a less than fantastic impression on readers despite Hana's and Anabel's chapters being well written.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    4 stars. Three pivotal characters, three unique novellas. Like I do with these novella anthologies, I will compile all my Delirium novella reviews into this review to save virtual shelf space and keep things organised. Hana This is told in Hana’s POV and covers the summer before she is cured, before Lena escapes to the Wilds. Hana is one of those girls who is carefree and wild, wanting to live life to the fullest before it is taken away from her. I really love her voice. It’s fun and bubbly but al 4 stars. Three pivotal characters, three unique novellas. Like I do with these novella anthologies, I will compile all my Delirium novella reviews into this review to save virtual shelf space and keep things organised. Hana This is told in Hana’s POV and covers the summer before she is cured, before Lena escapes to the Wilds. Hana is one of those girls who is carefree and wild, wanting to live life to the fullest before it is taken away from her. I really love her voice. It’s fun and bubbly but almost bittersweet, weighted down with jealousy and a pressure to be perfect. I can relate to Hana almost as much as I can Lena. Having read this shortly after Requiem, I can now compare the voice of an uncured Hana to a cured one. I loved that contrast, that irony; how Hana was the one who dared for freedom but Lena was the one who fell in love and escaped, while Hana ended up cured. It’s like their paths were switched. I love the conclusion her jealousy amounted to but, though she pays for it later, I can’t help but feel sorry for her. It’s what I would have done, were I in her shoes. Annabel Told in alternating chapters of ‘now’ and ‘then’ Annabel tells the story of Lena’s mother, how she met her father and what led her to those years in the Crypts. Annabel’s voice drips with emotion, love and a yearning for freedom. It was good to see what happened to her in the Crypts, to see why she acted that way in Requiem. We got to see a bit more of how Lena was like as a child through Annabel’s memories. One story I found particularly cute was where Lena picked up spiders from the pavement to prevent them from getting stepped on. This would have been more emotional for me if I had read it either before or after reading Delirium. Since I read it such a long time ago, I can’t really remember what Lena thought of her mother’s story and what she was like while Lena was growing up. I also could not connect or relate to her and that’s where it really didn’t work for me as relation is the main reason why this series is such a hit with me. Raven Raven tells her story jumping from past to present: when she escaped to the Wilds with Blue to when she helped Lena rescue Julian Fineman. This was my most anticipated novella in this book. Raven is one of my favourite characters in the Delirium series and I could not wait to learn more about her. Her voice was strong but poignant and heartbreaking, like Raven herself. We are given insight on her past and how she came to be this strong and independent woman she is when we meet her. We see how she was treated by her father, how strongly she felt for Blue, and how she first met Tack. I would have liked to learn what her name was before and who named her Raven in the Wilds (I hope it was Tack) but neither of these questions were answered. Speaking of Tack, the romance between him and Raven suits them so well. It’s mature, sweet, and understanding. I love them. One thing that ticks me off though, is Lena’s turquoise and silver necklace. It was mentioned in both Alex (short story in Requiem) and Raven but never in Delirium or Pandemonium. It’s almost like Lauren Oliver threw it in at the last minute. It’s just a tiny detail but it bugs me all the same. I had suspected the ending since reading Alex, but having it confirmed and knowing the outcome of Requiem made it that much more emotional. Reading it before Requiem, not after, would have helped though. In conclusion, Raven is probably my favourite though I wish it was longer. A character's voice is often hard for an author to capture. But Lauren Oliver masters it. You can really see the contrast between Hana, Annabel and Raven's voices. Though these novellas are all beautifully and uniquely written, they don’t captivate me like the main books do and that’s understandable. Like Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Legends, they are simply quick fixes that expand on characters and the overall world. You do not have to read them for the story to make sense but some events in the main books will be clearer if you have the knowledge from the novellas. I highly recommend them so you can get the most out of this world Lauren Oliver was built for us. Also, at the very end of the book, after the unnecessary Requiem excerpt, there is a section called (Un) Approved Entertainment. It quotes books and poetry that are forbidden in the Delirium world. I didn’t get anything out of this and felt it was rather limited in its choices. There is also a quiz on what kind of fighter you are but I found it rather pointless. Now I must acknowledge that this series is well and truly over. *sniff*

  12. 5 out of 5

    usagi ☆ミ

    Guys, I can't tell you how happy I am that Harper decided to collect all three novellas for this trilogy and put them into one print omnibus. As much as I love e-books and the web, there's just no substitute for having the hardcopy in your hand. These three stories are integral to the "Delirium" trilogy, and in order to understand each book better, everyone should read them between each book. While I wish they'd included the Alex short story that comes with the first print of "Requiem", otherwis Guys, I can't tell you how happy I am that Harper decided to collect all three novellas for this trilogy and put them into one print omnibus. As much as I love e-books and the web, there's just no substitute for having the hardcopy in your hand. These three stories are integral to the "Delirium" trilogy, and in order to understand each book better, everyone should read them between each book. While I wish they'd included the Alex short story that comes with the first print of "Requiem", otherwise? I'm one happy camper with the release of "Delirium Stories". If you like this series and haven't read these yet, these are definitely a must-read. For me, it'd been so long since I'd read "Hana" and "Annabel", this was a great reminder of all of the meaty bits of the greater "Delirium" universe as a whole that aren't necessarily in the books themselves. Just like I asserted in my review of "Requiem" regarding the love triangle, I believe that these three women are the paths that Lena might have taken (and the results thereof) throughout the book, or are her possible futures (depending on where you are in reading these books). Hana was her past, pre-and-during "Delirium". "Annabel" is the possible future Lena might have if she ever gets caught by society - turning out just like her mother. And in "Raven", we get to see a hardened leader of the Resistance - possibly in Lena's future around "Requiem". In "Hana", we get information that leads to the bombshell Big Reveal in "Requiem". In "Annabel", we start to get a timeline in terms of how long the closed-off United States has been in existence, as well as when the "cure" was invented and recognized to be safe by the FDA. There's a lot of information in these novellas, and it never fails to amaze me how much punch Oliver can pack into such short stories. However, this was my first time reading "Raven", since its release date synchronized with both "Requiem" and "Delirium Stories". I really enjoyed it, to say the very least we get a lot more insight into why Raven is the way she is, as well as more on the baby Blue. This is a great lead-in for "Requiem", and I kind of wish the release date had been sooner, but if you can read "Raven" before "Requiem", try to do that instead of afterward. You may be a bit confused first, but it'll make a lot more sense. Otherwise, rereading all of these novellas makes me all the more sad that this series has come to an end, and all the more angry at the attempted changes that are planned for the TV series. Aside from my angry fangirl attitude, this is a great end release to the series, and with HarperTeen's new Impulse line (just for e-novellas), I hope that "Delirium" stories sets a precedence, where for a series with more than one novella attached, it'll get put into a print omnibus like this one. Here's hoping. Final verdict? If you haven't read these novellas yet and you're a fan of the books, what are you waiting for? And even if you're only getting started on "Delirium" itself, definitely check out the first novella in this book, "Hana", to prepare yourself for what comes next. Either way, for fans and newcomers to the series alike, this is a must-read. "Delirium Stories" is out now from HarperTeen in North America, so definitely be sure to check it out when you get the chance! (posted to goodreads, shelfari, librarything, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Euna Punzalan

    The Delirium Stories is a peak into Hana, Annabel and Raven's lives. It's a offers Delirium fans of a new perspective on the delirium world. Okay. Well, when this first came out I was so excited to get my hands on it. And when I did, I tore through the book. Mainly because I haven't read any of the three novella's before. I was never really too fond of ebooks so... Anyway,I was pleased to hear from a different mind, other than Lena's. But I do love Lena. And this review is free of spoiler... Depe The Delirium Stories is a peak into Hana, Annabel and Raven's lives. It's a offers Delirium fans of a new perspective on the delirium world. Okay. Well, when this first came out I was so excited to get my hands on it. And when I did, I tore through the book. Mainly because I haven't read any of the three novella's before. I was never really too fond of ebooks so... Anyway,I was pleased to hear from a different mind, other than Lena's. But I do love Lena. And this review is free of spoiler... Depending on who's reading, of course. Hana: This. I really loved this. Sometimes, I relate to her. Other times, I can feel with her. It's so... I don't know... refreshing? Of course I got a bit angry about what she did. But it's because of that, that little slip that she seemed so real to me. And couple that with Oliver's beautiful writing, well, I fell in love with Hana's character despite what she did. Annabel: I had a hard time picturing Annabel as a teenager, but, I managed. This book really spoke to me. It alternated between hope and hopelessness. And we all go through that. It was nice to get to know a little more about Lena's mom. I even felt respect towards her, like anyone who'd hear that story. Her spirit. Her courage. It was awe-inspiring. It really was. And the it alternated between her past and the time she served in the Crypts, it was a really good contrast. Raven: *Sigh* I love Raven and reading about what goes on in her head just made me love her even more. Though it was very short, it was a completely new side of Raven. What she had to go through, even as a kid, made me realize why she acted the way she did. I was also pleasantly suprised as I read about her and Tack. Their relationship is... different. Different, but it works. It alternated between her past and present- which was somewhere near the ending of Pandemonium. I loved all three. It was a refreshing break from Lena's thoughts. Lauren Oliver writes so exquisitely, I get sucked in by her words. And that is the mark of a talented writer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I feel as though I should review this book as 3 separate parts. Its been two days and I can finally put my thoughts and emotions into words. Hana: 4 stars I wasn't to thrilled with this section. I felt there wasn't much to be learned from her part. I did enjoy her perspective though of that last summer. I could feel her jealousy rising, bubbling to the surface and than... finally breaking. (view spoiler)[ betraying her very best friend in the end. And ultimately breaking her own heart by doing so. I feel as though I should review this book as 3 separate parts. Its been two days and I can finally put my thoughts and emotions into words. Hana: 4 stars I wasn't to thrilled with this section. I felt there wasn't much to be learned from her part. I did enjoy her perspective though of that last summer. I could feel her jealousy rising, bubbling to the surface and than... finally breaking. (view spoiler)[ betraying her very best friend in the end. And ultimately breaking her own heart by doing so. (hide spoiler)] Always sneaking, being careful, and wondering if she'd be okay with the disease. The boy she was around was a class A jerk. Wondering what became of her other friend... Annabel: 5 Stars I felt raw emotion. I gained the knowledge of her first escape from home. How she came to meet and be paired with the man she falls in love with. How his life tragically stopped. The insight of her escape from the crypts and how her love held her together was very touching. Raven: 5 Stars times 20 Was I the only one shocked? I loved this one. I learned so much about Raven and about Tack and also about little blue. It was heart breaking. Her past where she came from... I cant begin to comprehend it. (view spoiler)[ I am so proud that she managed to escape that place and horrible man of a father. (hide spoiler)] Near the end I was becoming suspicious. Something was off *(view spoiler)[ I CANT BELIVE SHE WAS PREGNANT. (hide spoiler)] * I mean well I know how it happened but still... wow! **Super Spoiler**(view spoiler)[ I am not sure how this was not mentioned in REQUIEM... And then she died.... (hide spoiler)] Like really!? how does hat work out?? Well now one 4 stars and two 5 stars... The fives have it. I recommend the delirium lovers read these Novellas. They provide great insight to each characters emotions. Also insight to their private lives from the past. Some of it is quite emotional.

  15. 5 out of 5

    J.N.

    Since this is a short story collection, I will rate the short stories themselves before giving an overall rating. These short stories go with the Delirium trilogy. I read Hana a long time ago but forgot most of it. Hana: It was interesting seeing things from Hana's POV, especially since she is the one who you expect to rebel against society. I've never really been a fan of her character in general and while I did somewhat feel for her, I hated her actions toward the end. 2.5 Stars Anabel: I liked A Since this is a short story collection, I will rate the short stories themselves before giving an overall rating. These short stories go with the Delirium trilogy. I read Hana a long time ago but forgot most of it. Hana: It was interesting seeing things from Hana's POV, especially since she is the one who you expect to rebel against society. I've never really been a fan of her character in general and while I did somewhat feel for her, I hated her actions toward the end. 2.5 Stars Anabel: I liked Anabel's story the best. It was interesting seeing how her world became the one it is now and also how Lena's mother became imprisoned. I only wish it had been longer because it felt like it weny by really fast. 3 Stars Raven: It's been a while since I've read the trilogy so I don't remember a lot about Raven's character but she was easy to sympathize with in this one. It was neat seeing things from her POV though I wish it had included her finding Blue because it would have made more of an impact. 3 Stars Overall: Overall I like that there are different POVs for this trilogy and I found them interesting though not nearly as good as the first two books in the series. 2.5 Stars . Might re-read again when I read the trilogy again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mikala

    Novellas always seem to leave me disappointed. I usually will only read novellas if they are printed in a physical, bind-up form because they just never feel worth the time or money to read separately, especially when they are usually pretty boring and uneventful. I have only ever read one novella that actually added something new and useful to the series it was born from. Delirium Stories wasn't horrible by any means, but it was definitely dull and kind of pointless. I absolutely adore the Deli Novellas always seem to leave me disappointed. I usually will only read novellas if they are printed in a physical, bind-up form because they just never feel worth the time or money to read separately, especially when they are usually pretty boring and uneventful. I have only ever read one novella that actually added something new and useful to the series it was born from. Delirium Stories wasn't horrible by any means, but it was definitely dull and kind of pointless. I absolutely adore the Delirium series so me not totally loving this is not a knock on that series at all. I just kind of feel like this was made in an effort to squeeze out money from that already very successful series; but that's not just exclusive to Delirium Stories, it's pretty much novella's in general. Overall, I would only recommend these novella's if you are a big Delirium fan and can't rest until you have read every branch off story from the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beatriz

    Loved Annabel and Raven. Had previously read Hana, so didn't bother to re-read it. Hana was my least favorite story. Sure it sheds some light on a few things, but it didn't make me like her. Mostly because of what she did to Lena and Alex. I really liked Annabel's story. It answered some of the questions I had about her. Also, her story was very well-written. I wish it would have been a little longer. Raven's story made me so sad! I had no idea what she'd gone through, even at the end. It was rea Loved Annabel and Raven. Had previously read Hana, so didn't bother to re-read it. Hana was my least favorite story. Sure it sheds some light on a few things, but it didn't make me like her. Mostly because of what she did to Lena and Alex. I really liked Annabel's story. It answered some of the questions I had about her. Also, her story was very well-written. I wish it would have been a little longer. Raven's story made me so sad! I had no idea what she'd gone through, even at the end. It was really cute how she met Tack, too. Her revelation made me so sad though, since I already know what happens in Requiem. If you love the series but haven't read these short stories and are curious, I recommend the book. Or if you just want to own them in print format. If you're not that curious or don't care much for these characters, I would say to borrow it from a library or friend. You wouldn't be missing out on much by not reading them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I love this series so much, and this pretty much excelled my love for the series. 4.5 stars, rather than 5, as obviously, it was without Lena and Alex, who is really the main point of the books, and my favourite characters. BUT, I absolutely adore Hana, and to hear her story from her POV before the events of Delirium was wonderful, and I still love her, regardless of the events that followed afterwards. It turns out that Hana was just as misunderstood as Lena. And wow, Annabel's chapter was perfect I love this series so much, and this pretty much excelled my love for the series. 4.5 stars, rather than 5, as obviously, it was without Lena and Alex, who is really the main point of the books, and my favourite characters. BUT, I absolutely adore Hana, and to hear her story from her POV before the events of Delirium was wonderful, and I still love her, regardless of the events that followed afterwards. It turns out that Hana was just as misunderstood as Lena. And wow, Annabel's chapter was perfect. I could see so much of Lena in her, which is obvious as of course, she's her mother, but. Her chapter was breath taking, and really, the deliria that effected Annabel was not necessarily the sort from Conrad, but in fact, her two daughters. Very short review, but definitely one of my favourite series. Absolutely stunning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    I really loved the additional stories in this book. They helped develop the characters in the Delirium series and they made the characters more meaningful and worth paying attention to and/or grieving when they die. Each short story is written in the perspective of the character herself. My favorite one is definitely Annabel, Lena's long-lost, believed-to-be-dead mother. (She aged so much, but that is not saying much because she got taken away when Lena was 6 years old and found and reintroduced I really loved the additional stories in this book. They helped develop the characters in the Delirium series and they made the characters more meaningful and worth paying attention to and/or grieving when they die. Each short story is written in the perspective of the character herself. My favorite one is definitely Annabel, Lena's long-lost, believed-to-be-dead mother. (She aged so much, but that is not saying much because she got taken away when Lena was 6 years old and found and reintroduced when Lena was 19 or so. The reader knows more about the flat character and her back story. I would recommend this book to Vani, who has read this book before I believe... :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I'm finally able to read this- after a very long wait- and I'm disappointed. It doesn't really fill in any of the "holes" in Requiem, and I don't feel that it enhances the trilogy at all. Maybe it even detracts from the other books. I don't feel that I found or gained any insight by reading this. It didn't make me love certain characters or parts of the story any more or less, and perhaps only contributed to more confusion. I guess if these are the "outtakes" from Requiem that would make sense. I'm finally able to read this- after a very long wait- and I'm disappointed. It doesn't really fill in any of the "holes" in Requiem, and I don't feel that it enhances the trilogy at all. Maybe it even detracts from the other books. I don't feel that I found or gained any insight by reading this. It didn't make me love certain characters or parts of the story any more or less, and perhaps only contributed to more confusion. I guess if these are the "outtakes" from Requiem that would make sense. I'm just not feeling it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jean Claudia (Bookish Poetess)

    Hana has been a good bestfriend until jealousy ate her. I mean, why would you do that to your bestfriend? That's so much selfishness and I hate her for that. Annabel is such a strong and patient woman. I wanted to be like her. I want to know I can wait for the things I want to achieve and have the strength to pursue it. Oh Raven! You're such a good friend. Thank you for standing up for Lena til the end. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I like these stories, because they give you a little bit more insight in how the world of these other characters is. But I think Lauren Oliver could've picked more important pieces of the lives of these people, more why they are who they are now. If you don't want the Delirium series to end just yet, this book of novellas is a fun thing to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    Ratings (And reviews): Hana (3/5 stars) (Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) Annabel (5/5 stars) (Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) Raven (4/5 stars) (Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) Overall rating: 4/5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I really liked all of the novellas, but my favorite out of the three are Annabel and Raven. I didn't really enjoyed Hana's story. I didn't like how Hana turn on Lena at the end of her story.I liked how you got to know what Annabel and Raven were like before Delirium. I also really like Lauren Oliver's writing style. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loved Delirium.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dalu

    Love them!after reading all the books i think this one particularly helped me know the characters a little bit closer and not only around Lena's life and POV. i cant pick a favourite because i loved them all but if i had to i'd pick Hana.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susie Wang

    I don't know why I didn't have this in my read shelf. Even though Alex was my favorite novella from Delirium series, these three were also beautifully written. I just love the way Lauren Oliver writes, it doesn't even matter if she writes a boring story, they'll always be beautiful for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Hanna's story was my least favorite because it gave the least amount of insight into the trilogy. Annabell was my 2nd favorite -- liked getting to know more about her past that Lena didn't know. Raven was by far the best story. Makes the ending of Requiem even more heartbreaking.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was very enjoyable. It was so great to be back in the world of Delirium. It really helped me to understand the characters more. I really was surprised by Raven's story, that may have been my favorite. A must read before you read Requiem.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    Nice nice nice. Always fun to get more backstory about characters although it was a bit short and it left more questions than it gave answers. I want moreee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerstin

    I enjoyed the novellas, although I could do without the silly multiple-choice questions at the very end of this collection. What was that...some kind of beauty magazine quiz? Blah.

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