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Posted April 13, 2011
Kaylee feels neglected by her scientist father, who holes himself away in his basement laboratory constantly. So one day, to get her revenge, she sneaks into his lab and drinks the concoctions she finds there. Much to her amazement, her skin turns colors. Feeling like no other options are left to her, she runs away and joins a carnival.
"Chameleon's Colors" is the second short story I've read in Aubrie Dionne's "Carnival of Illusions" and I've loved reading about the characters that populate this carnival. One of the passages I really liked was, "Her life was a charade of meaningless hoops to jump through; a fantasy show of pretend that threatened to engulf her spirit whole." Having been a college student, there have been times in my life when I've felt that way.
I enjoy reading Dionne's stories, because they are an inspirational blend of tragedy and redemption. She gives her characters strong motivations and adds in charming details, like how the characters gather to eat leftover carnie food. The only thing I thought was a bit awkward - a very minor detail - was that the cat's name is Phoenix. It's a cool name, but since the mythical phoenix is a bird, it became momentarily distracting to me. Nevertheless, "Chameleon's Colors" is a fantastic story about the importance of staying true to yourself. I highly recommend it.
Posted July 5, 2010
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Carnival of Illusions is a collection of short books that encompass themes of rejection, betrayal, truth, forgiveness, acceptance, and independence, among others.
Chameleon's Colors is about how far someone will go to gain acceptance and attention. It's about dealing with consequences, finding a place to fit in and self acceptance. It's also about forgiveness and trust.
Like the others in the series, the backdrop is vivid, filled with colorful characters and a very convincing nemesis. There is also humor in an unexpected place. This story is a little more fantasy, but the reader believe, and it's beautifully done.
Don't mistake this as a quick and shallow read. It definitely is not-subtle themes abound in this story, as well as the others in the series. The author deftly weaves them into ever scene, giving the reader an enjoyable read as well as topics for discussion. Great for YA readers as well as adults.
Posted May 3, 2010
Chameleon's Colors is the story of a girl named Kaylee who is able to change the color of her skin, and uses this to her advantage as a dazzling performer. However, as magical as her life seems, she's still haunted by elements of her past.
Author Aubrie Dionne crafted this story beautifully. I cared about Kaylee instantly and cheered her on throughout her exploration. Though it's a short story, the author created such a vivid world that I felt like I knew the characters as well as if they were in a novel. A fun, fantastic read -- definitely recommended.