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Chameleon Aura

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Zimbabwean poet Billy Chapata provides a thought-provoking take on the universal experiences of love, pain, and what comes next through messages of empowerment. This collection of poetry and prose will justify heartache and inspire the fortitude to survive and prosper. 

Chameleon Aura presents a harmonious blend of experience and advice through a chaptered series of prose a
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Almost all poetry is evocative in one way or another and much of what I have read relates to suffering, loss, hardship; basically negative emotional life events or feelings. There is a lesser amount that focuses on the elation, love, contentedness and positive elements of life; the only one I can think of offhand is Jason Reynolds's For Everyone. Chameleon Aura not only has a pretty awesome title and cover artwork, but it focuses on said negative aspects of life then goes on to provide much-need ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s, poetry
There are a few things I really like here: the entire collection has a lot to say about self-love and acceptance, knowing your worth, knowing what energy you put out. The law of attraction and vibration. Self-reliance. These are all great and I am glad to have read them.


It is SUPER repetitive. I searched the document for certain words (because I'm petty okay) and grow/growing/grown shows up 42 times and darling shows up 30 times and deserve is in the lead at 60. It didn't feel like
Looks like I am coming in with an unpopular opinion with this one, I had seen that most loved the collection. And I tried, hence me finishing it…

Then and there, were pieces that liked, but I feel that most of the work give off the repetitive facade; of the meaning, they are conveying. That is good for that is the theme of the book. But certainly, there are words out there that still can be used.

To the good bits, I liked.

The intensity of respect and appreciation for women, I had read other works
This is a really well put-together collection of poetry revolving around major themes like self-love, self-healing, self-satisfaction, and every important aspect of oneself. The collection has poems of varying length, ranging from strong one-lines to crisp double lines to an entire verse of strong vibes, as well as prose that is honest, raw, and compelling. The balance between the two styles of narration is perfect and almost every line is executed gracefully.

There is a lot of self-love surround
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not been doing particularly well lately, so I really needed some poetry to just connect with and help me sort my head out, so I picked this up and I. Loved. It.

It was wonderful. So many books have to do with romance and letting go and whatever which is FINE and I like that too, HOWEVER.... I just needed some self-love stuff.

I totally got that here. It was just really well written and super empowering to read.

There is a poem called Red Herring, and another called Breaking Old Habits.... B
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"The truth is in the energy, energy is in the truth"

This collection of poems is about love, sele-acceptance, healing and other aspects of yourself.
It is a very encouaging collection. It also varies in length, from short two liners to a lengthy paragraph.
Overall it's a great collection that I think many would love.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, poetry
I really liked this one. It was encouraging, empowering, sort of like chicken noodle soup for the spirit. A reminder that we all contain inner strength and wisdom. I liked the message behind the words, it was an uplifting read.
Rebecca L.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
“Chameleon Aura,” is a collection if free verse by Billy Chapata. The organization of the collection is very creative. The book is divided into sections and each section is named after a vibrant color of the rainbow. Finally, the collection ends with a message of transformation and renewal.

Chapata emphasizes the power of self love and self acceptance. I believe that this is a worthy goal. His work makes me think of butterflies, rainbows, and caterpillars emerging from cocoons. I recommend this
Polo Lonergan
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
There are some gems here. In general but I found myself skimming some poems, though, because they were so similar to others and it got tiring reading the same thing. This would have been better suited to a shorter, more heavily pruned collection since the gems fade into the background.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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If you’re in need of a pick me up, Chameleon Aura is the book for you. Filled to the brim with poetry and prose offering advice on relationships and self love. This book is a mix of personal experiences and advice for others on learning to love and accept yourself and moving away from toxic people. If you’re looking for more depth though, I’m beginning to think that the instapoet trend is not the place to find it.

“some will be intimidated by
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me an early copy of this phenomenal book.
THIS BOOK, you guys! It was awesome! Filled with love and pain and healing and loving again. I swear, I bookmarked every single page!
I find that in every poetry book I've read, words do really have power, they can change us, they can make us understand things better, they make us think differently, they can heal us, they can make us stronger. In every collection of poetry I've read so far, I only re
Nathaniel Darkish
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This wasn't for me. There are some great images and lines scattered throughout the collection, and generally the messages are very positive and encouraging, but much of the poetry fell into a trap that is a pet peeve of mine in much of modern poetry: it told me, plainly, what message I should get from the poem. Usually as the last line. So many of the poems ended with things along the lines of (these aren't specific examples), "Believe in yourself," or "Just keep going," or the like. That sucks ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I just flew through this entire collection in a few short hours. I have such mixed feelings right now, and I’ll probably need a lot of time to reflect on the poems. The poems in the first two chapters had me so moved, I was almost in tears. Each and every one of them spoke to me in a way that has never happened before with poetry. There was such a lightness, filled with hope and love, surrounding every poem. But towards the end of the collection, the poems became very repetitive and held almo ...more
Kirsten Tattersall
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“feel whatever you feel, whenever you feel, with no guilt.”

I loved this collection far more than I thought I would. These are poems that are meant to be felt, and felt deeply. They are full of honesty, self-love, and healing. I’d call this a required reading for anyone who has ever dealt with self-doubt or negative relationships of any kind.

As a side note, I love how much he uses “darling” in his poetry. It’s a word I
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
UPDATE: I did, indeed, write a blog post. It's here! I felt very vulnerable writing it, so I hope you all enjoy it.


I have a lot of thoughts on this - I think I'll be writing a blog post. Stay tuned for that.

(Thanks to Netgalley and Billy Chapata for the ARC.)

Jeremy Mifsud
3/5 stars: I liked it

I’m going to approach this review from the perspective of the book’s value. I liked it. It’s uplifting and promotes self-love and awareness in a creative way. I wouldn’t necessarily call it poetry, but it doesn’t take away from the writing.

One thing I appreciate in Chapata’s book is that it is honest. It reflects his personal experiences and his growth throughout a multitude of relationships. The book is inundated with clichés about when you should let people go, but I found
Hira Chaudhary
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

That might be one of my new favorite collections of poetry EVER.

It was so wonderfully and beautifully written, and I fell in love with every page. I loved all the poems and I loved how magical and delightful each and every one was. I loved the positive messages and the journey to healing and basically everything about that gorgeous collection <3
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars.
I did like a few of the writings/poems in this book, but the rest felt a bit repetitive.
The topics mentioned are self-love, self-acceptance, particularly dealing with the past, and knowing how to move forward,
The writing was nice, and easy to read.

Book obtained through NetGalley
Dee M-Charles
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read.... Beautiful love letters/poems to oneself to align with the different experiences we encounter on this life journey. I always appreciate Billy's writing, he's such a lover.
Abigail Kohl
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was a beautiful collection of poems about self love. It was like reading soft words of a dear friend, one who wants nothing but growth and love for me.
KayCee K
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata is a great read! I enjoyed Chapata's poetry style and the message about self-love and growth. There were a few poems that I enjoyed so much that I wrote them down. Like, "You've got magic in your bones, and gold in your soul."Chapata's skill of twisting words into meanings is a treat. With that said, I did feel at times it did repeat it's self but not enough to bug me. I can't wait to read another collection of poetry.
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Keirstin Smith (CloudOfThoughts)
Chameleon Aura by author Billy Chapata is a raw poetry book meant for all adults to read!
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of Chameleon Aura in exchange for an honest review.
Dora Okeyo
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt words? I am talking about being consumed by the words not just reading or skimming through but feeling every word, rolling it off your tongue, having goosebumps, nodding your head and going "amen! to that" as you partake of them?
This collection is personal and I do not know the author's intent but I could only say "I hear you, I feel you," as I read most of the poems and my two-cents is that it's in line with the ever changing metamorphosis of a chameleon.
Thank you Netgalley
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Billy Chapata is a Zimbabwean writer, author, and creative based in Atlanta, Georgia. Billy's work aims to touch on the concepts of love, healing, connections, and growth, through poetry, storytelling, and narrative. Writing came into his life as a means of sustenance, self-love, and empowerment: Billy writes to heal, he writes to grow, he writes to survive. His poetically infused words, memorable ...more
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