Book Review: Annabel by Lauren Oliver

Synopsis: Lena’s mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena’s past. Until now. 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

Plot: This story leaves off too soon – merely telling of Annabel meeting her future husband and her later escaping from the crypts. We know a bit about the time between from Lena’s perspective, but we’re still left wondering how she became a leader of the resistance… and that was exactly what I was hoping to find out from this novella.

Quote: Love obeys no laws other than its own.

Verdict: I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to learn more about Annabel. This woman was a loving mother who the cure didn’t work on, but we didn’t get to find out why she was so special, what made her the way she was and how she became the woman Lena meets later on.

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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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