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Avery is running: from her past, from her friends and family, and from her memories. But she doesn’t have a choice. It was her mother that made the decision to whisk her away from the only home she had ever known. It was her mother’s idea to move to Canada after a terrible tragedy that shook their happy existence. She chose a place where they can be safe and at peace, a ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 26th 2014 by Createspace (first published July 21st 2014)
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Peter
Mar 12, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing
Avery witness a horrific event at her school. Avery felt guilty about arriving late for school that day. In the back of Avery's mind, she thought that just maybe, she could have done something to prevent this tragedy. Avery's mother, decides to whisk her away and move to Kingston, Ontario. Avery avoids all her emails and calls from her friends. The pain and guilt is still to new. In their new city, in a great neighborhood, they find a great house right across from a scenic park. Avery would ...more
Kate Hearn
Jul 24, 2014 Kate Hearn rated it really liked it
Not very often do I get the pleasure of reading a book that makes me yell 'omg, I've totally been there', or makes me want to stalk city parks late at night. This book does both.

Christina Smith has created a fantastically creepy ghost story, with elements of mystery, suspense, history and modern day tragedy. Set primarily in Kingston, Ontario, Avery must help solve a string of murders that happen every five years, while dealing with some pretty heavy survivor's guilt. Oh and thrown in the fact t
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Crystal
I will do the non-spoiler review first, and then my thoughts about the spoiler. I found that it was a good book. It took a while to reveal what had happened to make her and her mom move to another country. I liked that the author tackled a book like this. Very well written with great characters. Very glad I read it.

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Angel
Mar 08, 2015 Angel rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. First of all, I have to mention how much I love this book cover! It grabbed my attention right away. I didn't know what to expect when starting this book, as I have never read any of Christina Smith's work. (That's going to change, though. I plan on looking up other books by her, especially since my interest was piqued by the excerpt for Fated Dreams) However, I was quickly caught up in the story. I enjoyed the step by step journey that Avery took ...more
Nadine
Aug 28, 2014 Nadine rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the author, Christina Smith for letting me have a free copy of this book in exchange for a review

After a tragedy in her hometown Avery moves to Canada with her mom to get away from her old life. She has a bad case of survivor's guilt, she doesn't want to talk to her old friends and shuts down everytime someone asks her about what happened that day.
There's a beautiful Park across the street from her new house where she likes to spend most of her time until she finds out th
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Scott-robert Shenkman
Sep 14, 2014 Scott-robert Shenkman rated it it was amazing
Christina Smith is an amazing writer. The first book I read of hers is “Fated Dreams”, and I have made it a point to grab her books as soon as they come out and put them at the front of my TBR. She tells a story and she doesn’t bog it down with extra details, i.e. spending 3 pages describing what a character is wearing, or 5 pages to describe the kitchen. Her stories are tight, and there are no throwaway parts.

The book begins with some horrific event, but it takes about half the book to figure o
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Katherine
Sep 05, 2014 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Wow. I literally just finished this book and had to set up this review. I've been a fan of Ms. Smith's works for a while now, and I have to say that this novel really plunges you into different emotions. As the other reviewers mentioned, yes, it was creepy, but it was a fantastic ghost story! I won't get into the details of the story, but I really loved how the character development really had you rooting for Avery, Josh, and Austin. It did take me a little while to get immersed into the story, ...more
Lady-erin Mason
Oct 03, 2014 Lady-erin Mason rated it it was amazing
Hahaha! Awesome! I have lived in kingston most of my life and most townies know what skeleton park is even if the newbies don't. I loved the tales of the park and I relived many memories of being in that park. I remember my own ghost sightings there quite fondly if not with a bit of fear. The stories are true, it is an old graveyard and many of the graves are still there, as are the stones. It's all covered with dirt and pretty gardens but every so often stuff does pop up. Such a good story and ...more
Keri
Aug 09, 2015 Keri rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was a YA novel until I started reading, but it was a freebie and the synopsis sounded intriguing. It was pretty good. The writer has skill and the twin storylines of the haunted park and the lead character's recent trauma blended well together. Any teen interested in a decent ghost story and interesting characters would enjoy it, I think.
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Sep 08, 2014 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it really liked it
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I've been a fan of Christina Smith's work for a while now, so I was happy to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Skeleton Park by Christina Smith is a bit of departure from her earlier more fantastical works, although it still has a paranormal element. I like to see authors take risks and try new things, which she did here. The main character is Avery who has had a horrible event happen at the beginning of the book, which causes her to move to Canada to escape from her p
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Ryan Guy
Nov 14, 2014 Ryan Guy rated it really liked it
Skeleton Park was a good Halloween read.

Spooky, but with a lot of emotional depth, especially around the main character (Avery). The story is written in first-person narrative and after reading the first few chapters I was a little annoyed at how often Avery mentioned she had witnessed something awful that she couldn't get over.

However, as I kept reading I realized her obsessive thoughts added depth to Avery. The author was showing how a person who has survived a horrific ordeal can get consumed
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Jaime Lester
May 09, 2015 Jaime Lester rated it liked it
Not too bad of a book. Different than I was expecting. I guessed what the big secret was by the 3rd page, but I still enjoyed how it was revealed. The characters were all really well written, with really unique personalities. I would be more than happy to check out more by this author! Oh, I do like the cover a lot!
Donna Langley
Jun 11, 2016 Donna Langley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good!!!!

I enjoyed this story a lot!! It was so sad at times! I was so shocked about Josh, first Austin then Josh. The skeleton park was really scary and i love Avery and her mom! What a great mom! This book was well written with so much detail,I cannot wait to read more her book
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I grew up in Kingston Ontario, Canada, and after getting married, moved to a small rural town in the country. I live here with my husband Brad, two kids Josh and Megan, and our dog Bailey. Even though our house is peaceful, surrounded by nature and the occasional deer, I'm still a city girl at heart. I miss civilization, and visits with my mother and two sisters.

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