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Phoenix Overture

(Newsoul #0.5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  917 ratings  ·  122 reviews
In the wilds around the Community where Sam and his family have taken shelter, life is dangerous. Dragons, trolls, centaurs, and other monsters fill the world. The word comes from the council that everyone must leave and journey to rescue their leader, Janan, who has been abducted by a mysterious new enemy in the north. Faced with overwhelming threats that bring death and ...more
ebook, 138 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jodi Meadows
Jun 27, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Ta da!
I’ve gotten a lot of requests for a story from Sam’s point of view, and it seems the fine people at HarperCollins have heard your cries, as well. Now (well, in September) you can have a Sam story on your ereader!

Technically, PHOENIX OVERTURE is a prequel. It happens lifetimes before INCARNATE. But, as some of you have figured out, there’s a lot about the world that Ana’s trying to learn all through INCARNATE and ASUNDER — and the distant past is one of those mysteries.

Which means if you’re
Kathleen Peacock
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WARNING: This review contains massive spoilers for ASUNDER.

One of the nice things about having writer friends is that you sometimes get to read their books early. When I read Asunder, I was rocked by (view spoiler). The scene where Ana sees (view spoiler) is one of the most haunting images I have come across in any book, fantasy or ot
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had a great time reading this novella! Seeing Sam at his awkwardest was something that I’d have never guessed but I adored the way he cared for his brother as well as his best friend. It’s wonderful to see him and Stef help one another out at times when they had to face life-threatening situations. I had never liked Meuric and Li, and this novella confirmed their hideous nature. Janan was a formidable man and here, we got to see why no one dared to challenge and oppose him. If you’re like me, ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5

I read and loved Incarnate but when I tried reading Asunder, I couldn’t get into the book. After reading this novella though, I believe I am finally ready to pick up Asunder.

Jodi creates this wonderful world that is so enchanting and so original but in spite of that I cannot overlook how much Sam annoys me.

I don’t dislike him, not at all; I just cannot seem to like him either. I did love him while reading Incarnate but this novella just makes him seem pathetic. I can understand
shady boots
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Honestly, this novella only raised new questions instead of answer ones I already had. I have tons of questions, but my biggest would be (view spoiler) Gaaah, I is confused. Hopefully these questions get answered in Infinite. ...more
Valerie Cole
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clan-macleod
Fan-freaking-tastic. PHOENIX OVERTURE will give INCARNATE series fans a nice appetizer to hold them until INFINITE.
Mary H
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is a prequel, Phoenix Overture fits nicely with the mystery from Asunder. This was a great novella sharing Sam's life from Before, even if it broke my heart.

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I'm going to go ahead and warn you right now. Ana is not in this novella. At all. No awesome Samana kissing scenes. Total bummer, I know. Now get over it. Those two crazy kids make out enough in Incarnate. And Asunder. And Infinite, apparently. Phoenix Overture is Sam's story so give our boy a chance. Not only do
Ashley Amendolaro
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sam's origin story!! loved every word of it! Fayden, Stef, Whit, Orrin, the music hall, the Center, the trek north, centaurs, DRAGONS!, Janan, Meuric. I love when an interstitial novella gives me everything I want. The brother relationship between Sam and Fayden, agh my heart! Lovely writing by Jodi Meadows, really really can't wait for Infinite now!

I definitely recommend waiting until you've read Incarnate and Asunder before downloading Phoenix Overture as it tells part of the story that comes
Michelle Wrona

I'm really, really surprised with the outcome of this one. Jodi Meadows is one of my absolute favourite authors and has written one of my favourite fantasy-dystopia trilogies, Newsoul, but reading this novella just brought my happiness to the drain.

In the first two books of Newsoul (haven't read the third yet) I loved Sam, and finding out that he has a novella in his perspective just made me squeal. I was ready for his hottie-ness. *winks*

This is the longest novella that I've ever heard
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This would have been much better if we'd gotten what happened after they went into the tower, and the experience of their first life. Since it was told in first person, that made it nearly impossible to get that side of the story. Unfortunate.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This cover is absolutely stunning; I'm absolutely speechless!
Natália Lopes
“There was music in me, but in this post-Cataclysm world, that didn't matter very much.”

I always like reading novellas, because they always bring something that adds to the world, the characters or the main plot and this one wasn't different. Actually, some things that happen here were really important to my understanding of some things that happened in book 2 of the main trilogy.

In this story, we meet the 'original' Sam, the one from before Heart. We know more of his backstory, ho
Ashley Owens
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Meh all around. I probably should have read this when I was actually in the middle of the series like 4 years ago.
Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm)
So sad and a devastating ending, but I now need to read the series for more. Lol Even though this is a prequel I really wish I had read this after the series. It will definitely color the other books with a dynamic not seen originally.
Rachel Patrick
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it


I'm going to start this off by saying that reviewing novellas is hard. (In fact, putting a rating was HARD. I'm not even sure if that's how I'd rate it, even though I really disliked nothing about this. It's just hard to say how I thought about it!) It's not easy to say whether I loved or liked it because of the length, and it's just not super easy (not that novels are) to put into words. So, I shall try my best. And I'll try to keep things somewha
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas, 5-stars
Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

Actual Rating 4.5

If you have NOT read Incarnate & Asunder, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

It's nice getting a look at the brilliant mind of Dossam, being able to see his love and passion for music first hand. It's also interesting getting a look at his family, his loving and caring mother, his abusive and drunk father and his older brother, Fayden, who is an interesting character (plu
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
As opposed to Incarnate and Asunder which are told in Ana’s voice, Phoenix Overture is Dossam’s story. Thousands of years before he meets Ana. And before reincarnation is even an issue.

I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this novella, as I absolutely enjoyed the first couple of books in the Incarnate series. And I’ll be even more excited when Infinite comes out in January, 2014.

I really loved and enjoyed Incarnate and Asunder, the first two books in the trilogy. And Dossam is a fantastic
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-books
Phoenix Overture is a e-novella of the Newsoul Trilogy by Jodie Meadows it is one of my favorite books trilogy and Jodi Meadows is one of my top favorite authors I just love and adore her she is just pure brilliant! I really loved and enjoyed Phoenix Overture we learn how all the reincarnated souls in Range first started to reincarnate and how they first lived there first lives in the community and we learn everything in Dossam pov we also learn about his first true family from his first life an ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


I don’t usually read novellas, but I jumped on PHOENIX OVERTURE for a couple of reasons. One: the Newsoul trilogy is one of my all-time favorites, and I’m impatiently waiting for the release of the last book, INFINITE. Two: I love Jodi Meadows’s writing. Three: I wanted a peek into Sam’s head.

PHOENIX OVERTURE is Sam’s story, when he lived in a world where there was true death, and it lurked behind every corner. If you remember some of the
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella
So, when I found out that Jodi would be writing a novella to go along with this series, I squeed. When I saw it was from Dossam's POV, I jumped around for joy! I just love Sam. I didn't even care what it was about so long as I could see things from his POV.

And this was not disappointing in the least. I think the most interesting thing about this novella is it's from Sam's POV as a young boy of 15. I was not expecting that in the least. The novella read a bit like a middle grade read because he w
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin this review by warning you all that I'm supremely biased when it comes to the Newsoul series, as you can tell from my reviews of Incarnate and Asunder. It's phenomenally written, incredibly inventive, and Jodi Meadows has created a boy that I absolutely adore named Sam. It is so not a surprise then that I adored Phoenix Overture, in spite of the fact that it's (1) short and (2) set in Sam's life before he met Ana.

In my notes, I simply wrote, "GOD, I ADORE SAM." It's basically the e
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Okay, in all seriousness - that is definitely an adequate summary of this novella (of the whole series, quite frankly), but it's all magic and beautiful in it's own way, even with the Bad Things.

Phoenix Overture is an excellent and integral addition to the Newsoul series. In it we learn all about Sam's difficult first life. We learn how he discovers music, and about his family and their journey - both in their relationships to one another and to their new home and their new way
Step Into Fiction
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jessica
It's nice getting a look at the brilliant mind of Dossam, being able to see his love and passion for music first hand. It's also interesting getting a look at his family, his loving and caring mother, his abusive and drunk father and his older brother, Fayden, who is an interesting character (plus, I'm kind of in love with his name). He's not much of a brother until that changes the day Dossam meets his best friend, Stef. Insert squeal here. Finding out how these two become friends was just exci ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-ebook
Review Originally Posted at The Society's Bookshelf

I was a big fan of Sam in the Newsoul books, so I was pretty excited that there was a novella chock full of Sam goodness. Phoenix Overture is only the second novella I’ve read. I’m not really that big of a fan of them. It seems just as the going gets good, it’s over! It makes me frustrated and ragey, but at the same time it’s like getting bonus glimpses into a world of love filled with characters I adore. Which makes me hard to stay frustrated a
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Phoenix Overture is a look at the past, the very early past of the world we met in Incarnate, and we get to meet our dear Dossam in his first live, when he first discovers his love for music, when he first gets his nickname Sam... all before he started reincarnating for the next five thousand years, give or take!

As Jodi Meadows herself said, despite being a prequel it's better if you read Phoenix Overture right after you're done with Asunder, cause it gives answers to a lot of questions that are
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, when I started this I realized I didn't remember much of the events of Asunder. Bad memory is not a new thing for me so I went ahead and read this anyway - and even without it, I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Phoenix Overture tells the story of Dossam before the whole populace of Heart (that is how it is spelled, right?) migrated there. He was a wimpy 15 year old boy who loved music but didn't have a place in a world of warriors and fighters. His father blames him, his brother doesn't unde ...more
This was a good novella, and I was surprised to find that it really changed my outlook on Sam. In the first two books of the series, I was viewing him as this wise, steady musical genius who had a fierce love for Ana and was kind of her solid rock through a lot of what's been going on.

In this novella, which takes place before the reincarnations begin, Sam is a young child, hated by his father and grieving over the loss of his mother. In their survival-first society, there's no room for a dreamy
Paul Decker
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect with this novella. I was kind of hoping for a bunch of stories from Sam's perspective of him living and dying as different bodies in different lives. That's not what this story is. It is the story of how everything came to be the way it is.

The Cataclysm happened two generations ago and there are not many humans alive. They struggle to survive in a strange new world.

The Sam everyone loves from Incarnate and Asunder is present, just beginning his love of music. Stef
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this sort of prequel novella, we get a chance to see how things were before Janan had did what he did. I loved getting to see Sam in the beginning of his life, how he is and always was the Sam we love in these books and we get to see some familiar faces as well, just in whatever sex form they originally started out as. I really enjoyed this mini insight to the world. I originally wasn't going to read this because I really want to start book three, but I'm beyond glad I did.

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