Phoenix Overture: An Incarnate Novella [NOOK Book]

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This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows's Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.

Phoenix Overture offers existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the intriguing history ...

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Phoenix Overture: An Incarnate Novella

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Overview

This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows's Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.

Phoenix Overture offers existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the intriguing history of Heart, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the romantic, captivating fantasy of the Incarnate series.

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 destruction, Sam and the others reach the northern Range and, reunited with Janan, are given an unimaginable opportunity. Although it would give them the privilege to live and learn and love without fear, the choice is not without its own dire consequences. And lives—though not theirs—are sure to be lost. Just how much are they willing to give up to save themselves?

HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062315588
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: HarperTeen Impulse
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 136,299
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 1,017 KB

Meet the Author

Jodi Meadows

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    So¿secretly Sam is my book boyfriend¿and When I finished Asunder

    So…secretly Sam is my book boyfriend…and When I finished Asunder I thought I was going to die without more Sam in my life….




    Just when I thought it was over…I GET A WHOLE BOOK (well novella) on Sam…It is the PERFECT hold over until Book 3 and It's AMAZING!!!! If you want more insight on just who SAM is…read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    I don¿t usually read novellas, but I jumped on PHOENIX OVERTURE

    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 revelations of ASUNDER, the novella fills in the gaps of how the citizens of Range came to be reincarnated lifetime after lifetime. If it’s been a while since you’ve read INCARNATE or ASUNDER, don’t worry — you won’t be lost. It’s been a while since I read them, but details came back to me as I read this novella. There are quite a few familiar names, from Stef to Cris, from Li to Meuric. There are dragons and centaurs, too.




    At first, Sam’s story is pretty sad. His father hates him, his brother doesn’t like him, and his mother, the only person who understood him, is dead. The only good thing in life Sam has is music, but it’s dangerous to sneak into the old city to play the only piano left. The Sam in this novella is reminiscent of the Sam we know in the Newsoul series. I feel like the life he had before being reincarnated explains some of why he helps Ana in the series, even if he doesn’t remember that life.




    Overall, I enjoyed PHOENIX OVERTURE. It’s the perfect story to tide you over if, like me, you are desperately waiting for INFINITE.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    I think the best part of Phoenix Overture really is the added de

    I think the best part of Phoenix Overture really is the added depth to Sam's character. Sam has, to put it lightly, serious daddy issues. Also some mommy issues, but we'll call it 84-16 dad-to-mom issue ratio. He has a lot of baggage. Sam is so open, so kind, so loving in Incarnate and Asunder. To see what he overcame to become that way is really inspiring. It's so weird because he's a timid boy and not the musical virtuoso in Phoenix, but we get to witness his evolution into a more confident man. Plus, we get to see lots of adorable scenes with his big brother Fayden (dibsity dibs!) and the moment he becomes friends with Stef.

    The other great part of Phoenix Overture really is the origin story. Janan being a macho and mucho pain in the butt? Check. Other characters from Incarnate and Asunder being directly involved in the events that caused the tilogy? Check. The creation of the epic Sam-vs-the-dragons battle across the millenia? CHECK.

    While this novella doesn't showcase the amazing Jodi Meadows patent romance, it does show off Jodi's awesome epic fantasy-writing skills. There's adventure and danger and so. many. feels. I sobbed openly during the last two and a half chapters and yelled at my tablet for the last one. So...yeah. Prepare to have your heart ripped out and drooled on by an acid-spitting dragon. You know what? Worth it. I am now more excited for Infinite than ever!

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

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    So, when I found out that Jodi would be writing a novella to go

    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 was younger in this story, but it was not at all boring. I loved Sam's voice.




    The story shows us his relationship with his mother, father and brother and how it affected him. How he was always a bit of an outcast because of his love of music. And the story demonstrates how the music shaped him and was always part of his life from the very beginning, even before we were introduced to him.




    It's a story of courage and remorse. A story of looking inside and finding out who you are and using that to make yourself happy, and to make the people around you understand who you are. It's sad and heart wrenching at times, giving us a key look into Sam's quiet and reserved nature (born of mistrust and fear).




    The book also introduces us to Stef as his young friend. It's interesting to see how they met and how their friendship was borne and solidified.




    It's so hard to review a novella because you don't want to spoil anything for the reader who has not read the books as of yet. I will say that this novella could certainly be read prior to starting the series, as it might give more insight into who Dossan truly is. It also introduces us to the world of Heart at it's beginnings. Any way you choose to read it, you won't be disappointed in Meadow's writing and prose.




    This just made me that much more excited for Infinite!

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    I'm going to start this off by saying that reviewing novellas is

    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 somewhat vague so as not to spoil anything.




    Also, did you know that Jodi's original title for Phoenix Overture was Bad Things Happen (To Sam)? Because that initial title is actually quite accurate.




    In case you didn't know, Phoenix Overture is a novella that goes with the fabulous Newsoul trilogy by Jodi Meadows, and is suggested to be read after the second book, Asunder. I've heard that there are a few things from the first two books that can be recognized in the novella, and there are some familiar characters. I read this novella about seven months after reading Asunder, so my memory was a little spotty, but it was still totally readable. However, if you want to read Phoenix Overture and recognize all the little references, I'd recommend at least scanning the other books to refresh your memory, because I didn't see some of the references (though some things felt familiar, and that doesn't alter how I feel about the novella).




    As for the novella itself, it's a nice (or not-so-nice, really) look into Sam pre-everything. It's Sam before souls were reincarnated, and it shows what his life was like and how reincarnation basically started. And oh, my Sam. My poor, poor Sam. I love Sam (or Dossam), and his life was filled with so many troubles, from an abusive father to lots of loss. I just wanted to reach through my Kindle and hug the poor guy; he didn't deserve so many things that came his way.




    Fortunately, the whole novella wasn't all My-Poor-Baby-Sam. Things did look up...for a while, at least. He had two people that were there for him, one of whom was Stef. (Hmm, I think that name sounds familiar...) I enjoyed their friendship and how they were there for each other, and to see that it has lasted so long. (Forgive me if Stef is not who I think he is; like I said, my memory is spotty!)




    One thing I really liked about Phoenix Overture was that it was different from Incarnate and Asunder. The world is different, the voice is different, and it separates itself (in a good way) from the trilogy. The writing and Sam's thoughts--I loved his love for music, which has been there for years--were great, and I appreciated how Meadows could be...is eclectic the word? I just liked how she was able to write two different things (or POVs) without having them sound like the same one.




    In the end, Phoenix Overture is a nice insight into my boyfriend Sam and how the world of the Newsoul trilogy came to be. Really, I think I could've read the novella as a full-length novel, with more on Sam and what happened after the end of the book, and more on the mechanics, so to speak, of how the whole reincarnation really happened and came to be. (Which may have been mentioned in the previous books, but I don't remember.) If Jodi Meadows decides to write more about Sam, I wouldn't mind reading it. (I would totally read it.) In the meantime...can I have Infinite now?

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    Sam. Oh, Sam. Come here so I can give you all the hugs. Serious

    Sam. Oh, Sam. Come here so I can give you all the hugs.

    Seriously. If you can read Phoenix Overture and not be compelled to hug Sam...you're not human. I LOVED this little glimpse into the past. I hated how short it was - but I knew that going into it.

    PHOENIX OVERTURE takes place lifetimes before Ana, taking us through the young lives of Sam, Stef, and others. I really couldn't put this down.

    I could easily read book after book in Sam's POV over all of his lifetimes.

    And dragons! Those darn dragons! *shakes fist*

    Basically my review is...read this. Read it NOW.

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