Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review: Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver. (Hana, Annabel, and Raven.) (ALEX, as well.)

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven (Delirium, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5) Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver: Hana, Annabel, & Raven.
Book Summary: 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.

Rate(1-10): 10

Hana: I've read this before, already. So check out my review! http://bookaholic-ness.blogspot.com/2012/07/book-review-hana-by-lauren-oliver.html

Annabel: Lena's mom, Annabel. Throughout the whole entire trilogy I was wondering about her. Since we never really got to know her. At most, she was just a ghost of Lena's past, although still alive. But in this book, it told her story. Her whole story. She's has such a background and it was a comforting thought knowing her escape plan, and how Thomas helped her too. How she never forgot about her daughters, how she stayed sane the whole time.

Raven: I've always liked Raven. She was always a leader. In the trilogy, I got to know her well enough but not too well. I knew there was more to her, and her novella totally proved it. She's amazing!
Alex: He wasn't part of the Delirium Stories paperback collection. His story was a limited one, only in the backs of the preordered copies of Requiem. And, I was one of the lucky ones who decided to preorder. Surprise for me! (; Alex is a wonderful character, and I'm so glad that I got to see into his past. It makes him that much more understandable and interesting. Alex has always been the mystery boy that didn't like to reveal too much of himself. But we all got to know how kind and caring he was. It was nice reading from his PoV.

It's really cool how these got put together. What I like about the Delirium world is that every character has a background, a story. (: Fab. It's sad that I there's no more of the Delirium books to read, but they'll always be stored in my memory. Good enough?

What did y'all think of this review?(;


  1. I love your review about this book ! Now I just want to read it.
    I have Requiem with the short story about Alex and I love it so much :3 Alex is just perfect and the way he loves Lena...beautiful *o* (sorry for my english, I'm french ^^')

    1. Thanks so much!
      omg I love Lauren Oliver too! Haha, I'm taking French in school right now! Maybe you could teach me some more. (;

  2. You're welcome :)
    Me too ! She's one of my favourite writers, obviously. I've seen her in Paris, she's so cute :3
    Seriously ? You are courageous ! It's not easy unfortunately .. If you want, it can be interesting :D (I think there is a mistake or a lot of mistakes in my comment, sorry ^^')
    Contente de t'avoir rencontré, j'aime beaucoup ton blog, on lit pratiquement les mêmes livres, je pense surtout à The Mortal Instruments :D Do you see the new trailer of the movie ? I can't wait ! And I want to see the series of Delirium too, do you love the cast ? :)

    1. :)
      Yeah, she's absolutely amazing! I've met her in Oakland at one of her signings. :p
      Haha indeed I am! (; No, your English is fine!
      I kind of understand parts of that piece of French, LOL. Thanks. <3
      Yeah, I saw the Mortal Instruments trailer! Oh my god, I can't help but watch it over and over and over again! It's AWESOME.
      The Delirium cast is pretty cool too. (:

  3. Yes :D
    Hihi ^^ Oh thanks <3
    We are agree, it's just perfect ! I can't wait october :'(
    Tu sais quoi ? I have 'Delirium Stories' since yesterday so today I read it ! :D

  4. Haha you're welcome!
    Yay! October? The Mortal Instruments is coming out in August~
    Omg great!

  5. Oh, awwwww. D: Well, I still can't wait!

  6. Me too :o
    I want to see The Host !!!!

  7. Same here! Haven't read the book yet.

  8. Do you have a link for Alex short story? I've been dying to read it :)

    1. Nope, sorry! :c It's only in the preordered editions of Requiem!

  9. I really enjoyed this book. It is definitely the characters that make the story. Lena did do some crazy evolving when it came to her thoughts about love and the society. At the beginning, I admit I wanted to reach in and slap her and tell her to wake up. Great review!

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