#Murderfunding (MurderTrending, #2)
WELCOME TO WHO WANTS TO BE A PANIAC?, the latest reality TV show on the hunt for the next big-hit serial killer. But don’t worry—no one is actually going to murder anyone, as real as the fake gore and pretend murder may appear . . . uh, right?Seventeen-year-old Becca Martinello is about to find out. When her perfectly normal soccer mom dies in a car crash, a strange girl named Stef appears to let Becca know that her deceased mom was none other than one of Alcatraz 2.0’s most popular serial killers—Molly Mauler. Soon, Becca ends up on Who Wants to Be a Painiac? to learn the truth about her mom’s connection to Molly Mauler, but things turn sinister when people are murdered IRL. Will Becca uncover dark secrets and make it out of the deadly reality show alive? Or will she get cut?

#Murderfunding (MurderTrending, #2) Details

Title#Murderfunding (MurderTrending, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherFreeform
ISBN-139781368026277
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

#Murderfunding (MurderTrending, #2) Review

  • Sukh Singh
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously though... How am I suppose to wait for a whole effing year.... I need it like RN. July 2019 Come Soon
  • Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I need this book like yesterday!! I don’t think I can wait a whole year to read this! #murderwhat #wtf #crowsarealwayswatching
  • Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
    January 1, 1970
    #Murderfunding - Serves 11. Mix two parts GLOW with one part Suicide Squad.2. Add a splash of The Hunger Games. Stir well to combine. 3. Simmer at low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens, and character and world building have evaporated completely. Best served with a sprinkle of glitter, to mask the bland taste.
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  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm obviously in for book 2 after enjoying #murdertrending!
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil wastes no time in getting down to business. It's a fast-paced follow up to last year's #MurderTrending. Just like it's predecessor, this makes great use of feeling up to the minute with its use of language, social media, and depressingly even a bit of the politics. It's easy to quickly tear through this story because it's just so compulsively readable. If only I had a nice tub of popcorn to go wit I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil wastes no time in getting down to business. It's a fast-paced follow up to last year's #MurderTrending. Just like it's predecessor, this makes great use of feeling up to the minute with its use of language, social media, and depressingly even a bit of the politics. It's easy to quickly tear through this story because it's just so compulsively readable. If only I had a nice tub of popcorn to go with it.
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  • andrea caro
    January 1, 1970
    I gave #MurderTrending 5-stars, but I'm kind of bummed out by this one. RTC.
  • Clare dooley
    January 1, 1970
    I hope this novel explains what the families of the previous inhabitants of Alcatraz 2.0 families have to say about their kettle balls and mako sharks owe to the innocent ~ grins ~ aaaaannnddd actiooooon #clarebdeviolent
  • Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    Just started reading the digital ARC of #MurderFunding through #NetGalley ! I am excited to experience the wild ride that Gretchen McNeil promises her audience in this - the second book of her YA series. (I ALREADY have butterflies!)
  • Dawn Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. My students are going to devour this! It’s a very fitting sequel to the first book and is very current and socially relevant. I enjoyed the the statements about social media, society, our fragile hold on morality, and our political climate more in the first one because of the subtly mixed with good old fashioned horror....this one was a little too obvious and in your face for me this time (even if they made me chuckle). My students I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. My students are going to devour this! It’s a very fitting sequel to the first book and is very current and socially relevant. I enjoyed the the statements about social media, society, our fragile hold on morality, and our political climate more in the first one because of the subtly mixed with good old fashioned horror....this one was a little too obvious and in your face for me this time (even if they made me chuckle). My students won’t mind one bit though. 4 stars for me but I bet it’s going to be 5 stars from my student readers!
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  • Sarah Wright
    January 1, 1970
    3/5 stars — a premise that strained credulity despite a few redeeming features#Murderfunding is, like the previous book in the series, a B-movie-esque celebration of campy horror. However, the kind of quirky premise that made #Murdertrending unique and interesting was stretched to its limits in the sequel. Bluntly, it wasn't believable and didn't work for me.This gets three stars from me because a) it might appeal to readers who really loved the style/premise of the first book and those who enjo 3/5 stars — a premise that strained credulity despite a few redeeming features#Murderfunding is, like the previous book in the series, a B-movie-esque celebration of campy horror. However, the kind of quirky premise that made #Murdertrending unique and interesting was stretched to its limits in the sequel. Bluntly, it wasn't believable and didn't work for me.This gets three stars from me because a) it might appeal to readers who really loved the style/premise of the first book and those who enjoy a B-movie atmosphere, and b) the redeeming features mentioned above. Redeeming feature 1: the author's willingness to double down on the real-life United States' current problem with Russian interference in politics. Actually, I thought this went a bit too far; (view spoiler)[the idea of an American businessman demoing a live-action murder show as a way to sell it to Russia as "the newest state-sponsored program of capital punishment" again seemed too far-fetched (hide spoiler)] Redeeming feature 2: the number of queer characters. The main character has two moms, she herself pursues a relationship with a girl throughout the book, and one of their fellow contestants is gay. (view spoiler)[This series very much buries its gays, often literally; only two of the queer characters survive the book. I don't take issue with this because of the overall death rate of named characters applies to straight ones as well. (hide spoiler)]My issues with the story outnumbered the parts I enjoyed, however. The attempt to invoke teen slang was outdated and clumsy, including characters unironically saying "For reals?" and "YOLO." The gay (male) character was portrayed as very effeminate and stereotypical, which, if I recall correctly, held true for the "Gucci Hangman" in the previous book as well. (view spoiler)[His death also felt empty and unnecessary. (hide spoiler)] Most of all, I hated how the main character kept getting distracted by her attraction to her love interest, including mentally commenting on her "hotness" on the day of the MC's mother's funeral and later while they were actively trying to avoid getting killed. The romance between Becca and Stef wasn't believable; they knew each other five days and were actively antagonistic toward each other for the first two or three. This book didn't work for me, but I hope it will appeal more to fans of slash-and-hack horror. If you really loved #Murdertrending or any of the author's other books, I suggest giving this a shot. Otherwise, I don't recommend it.** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Unseen Library
    January 1, 1970
    For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday, I check out an upcoming thriller that is probably going to be one of the most entertaining and bloody young adult books of 2019, #MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil.#MurderFunding is the sequel to last year’s crazy young adult hit, #MurderTrending, which featured a pretty awesome and over-the-top plot. #MurderTrending followed a Breakfast Club styled group of teens fighting for survival on a reality television show broadcasting their state-sanctioned execution For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday, I check out an upcoming thriller that is probably going to be one of the most entertaining and bloody young adult books of 2019, #MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil.#MurderFunding is the sequel to last year’s crazy young adult hit, #MurderTrending, which featured a pretty awesome and over-the-top plot. #MurderTrending followed a Breakfast Club styled group of teens fighting for survival on a reality television show broadcasting their state-sanctioned executions by a gallery of eccentric killers. #MurderTrending was an exciting action-packed novel that was really enjoyable and featured quite a distinctive and addictive story. This sequel is set to be released in just a few weeks and I am loving some of the details that have already been released. Not only is #MurderFunding keeping the cool cover design that was first utilised in #MurderTrending but the plot synopsis also sounds incredibly intriguing.Based on the plot synopsis, I think #MurderFunding is going to be an excellent sequel to the first book. Not only has McNeil come up with another dark television show to focus the story on but it looks like she has chosen an interesting way to tie this book into #MurderTrending, by focusing on the daughter of one of the original book’s villains. I am also assuming, from the name of the book, that the author will continue to examine the dark side of social media in this book. Having the story punctuated by social media posts analysing and revelling in the carnage of the reality television show was a memorable part of the first book, and I really hope that McNeil continues to utilise it in #MurderFunding.I had a lot of fun reading the first book in this series and I have no doubt that the sequel will be just as entertaining and over-the-top as the #MurderTrending. It sounds like McNeil has come up with a cool new story for #MurderFunding, and I look forward to seeing how she parodies our fascination with reality television once again. For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at:https://unseenlibrary.com/
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    See my full review here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...#Murderfunding is an engaging and fast-paced sequel to #murdertrending. Alcatraz 2.0 has been shut down and #CinderellaSurvivor (Dee) and her friends are in hiding. The fans of The Postman are trying to find them- and not for anything good. Although we get some of Dee's perspectives in this book, we mostly follow Becca.Becca is an almost-eighteen-year-old whose stay-at-home mother has recently died in a car accident. As her mother' See my full review here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...#Murderfunding is an engaging and fast-paced sequel to #murdertrending. Alcatraz 2.0 has been shut down and #CinderellaSurvivor (Dee) and her friends are in hiding. The fans of The Postman are trying to find them- and not for anything good. Although we get some of Dee's perspectives in this book, we mostly follow Becca.Becca is an almost-eighteen-year-old whose stay-at-home mother has recently died in a car accident. As her mother's funeral, she notices someone with a camera. Later, the girl, Stef, confronts her to say that she is pretty certain that her mother was Molly Mauler, one of the Painiacs from Alcatraz 2.0. Determined to prove her wrong, Becca agrees to go with her to the set of a new reality show, WHO WANTS TO BE A PAINIAC? which is auditioning contestants to participate in a non-lethal (advertised as fake murders) competition to be crowned the next Painiac.As they audition for the show, Becca is trying to find evidence that her mother was (or rather, hopefully was not) Molly Mauler. However, the show turns out to be way more deadly than advertised and the teens are in for a lot of unexpected twists and turns.What I loved: This book continues the same page-turning and engrossing writing style that makes it difficult to put down. While the first one felt creative although the big twists were a little predictable, this one kept me guessing until the very end. There is a lot of creativity in the plot of the book, and it's really something entirely unique. Fans of the first will love this sequel, which is different but equally as enthralling.Final verdict: Unique, engrossing, and thrilling, this sequel is a perfect compliment to the first book. Highly recommend for anyone looking for something different and new. Starting with the first book is helpful to understanding this one, so I would recommend reading them in order.
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  • Nannette Demmler
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Disney Book Group via NetGalley for an honest review.I enjoyed this sequel as much as the first one. It was quite the thrill ride with lots of ups and downs and some twists that I was not expecting. The social commentary on reality shows and murder is still there, but it wrapped up some questions that I had from the first book very nicely.This book is mostly told through Becca’s point of view, with a few scattered throughout the story from Dee. I liked Becca, she was also a survi ARC provided by Disney Book Group via NetGalley for an honest review.I enjoyed this sequel as much as the first one. It was quite the thrill ride with lots of ups and downs and some twists that I was not expecting. The social commentary on reality shows and murder is still there, but it wrapped up some questions that I had from the first book very nicely.This book is mostly told through Becca’s point of view, with a few scattered throughout the story from Dee. I liked Becca, she was also a survivor and had a good head on her shoulders when things got tough. She was also a bit crazy for following a stranger to audition for a show about murder, but I got where she was coming from. It was interesting to see her perspective of the show and whether or not her mom was one of the executioners. I would have perhaps liked a bit more of an explanation of why this supposedly normal mom like person would have turned into a serial killer, but the duel nature of her personality was interesting. Becca’s other mom was also an interesting character, and I would have liked to have seen more of her.Stef was also a great character, it would have been interesting to see some of the story from her point of view. She was pretty closed off and didn’t give a whole lot away, but I felt for her and her need to find out who the real Molly Mauler was to help her have some closure. She was pretty fearless and bad ass. The light romance between her and Becca was sweet, and I loved that it went back and forth for both of them in that they couldn’t decide on their real feeling for each other.The plot of this story was more of a mystery/thriller than the first book. There were still some graphically gruesome murders, but not as many as the first book. Some of the questions from the first book were answered in this one, but there were still many left unanswered. But I am ok with that. There are also some plot holes, like really the FBI couldn’t figure out who the Postman was??? and some other things that just didn’t add up. But still as a light read it was very satisfying. Like in the first book, I was often amused by pop culture references in the names of the people commenting on the forums. These comments are sprinkled throughout both books and were sometimes interesting commentary on what was going on.If you enjoyed the first book, then this one won’t be disappointing. There are rumors that there might be a third book, I’m sort of looking for a prequel, or one that explains the origins of some of the serial killers. But what ever the third book is about I will certainly be picking it up.https://elnadesbookchat.com
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  • Lisa Mandina
    January 1, 1970
    We got all the same crazy with the painiacs and even with the Postman being gone, he still seems to have someone working things. Obviously no one is going to be okay with them actually doing the whole murdering thing again, and the president of the United States is in trouble for being in conjunction with the original reality tv show. But there is also talk of the president having been treasonous and working with the Russians as well. The game show that isn't supposed to be real murder, just try We got all the same crazy with the painiacs and even with the Postman being gone, he still seems to have someone working things. Obviously no one is going to be okay with them actually doing the whole murdering thing again, and the president of the United States is in trouble for being in conjunction with the original reality tv show. But there is also talk of the president having been treasonous and working with the Russians as well. The game show that isn't supposed to be real murder, just tryouts to be like the paniacs. However, the actual auditions are a little weird, and end up with those who are chosen being taken away to find out what is really going on with the show. Becca's character has a lot to learn, but in the end, she is able to grow and figure out how things happened, and what she should probably try to do to make things right. In the end, we are left with a thought of hers that maybe she hasn't quite learned all the lesson she should. I feel like this is the final book, but who knows with her final thoughts.What I loved about this story is how it really can be a snapshot of current events, but does it without being so in your face as other stories might be. It takes a good look at how online communities work, how reality tv isn't really reality, and also some realistic seeming behavior in relationships. I also loved that I didn't see the twist of who the Postman's son really would be, even with all the guessing and clues I had throughout. This author knows how to keep you on your toes, yet thinking all the way through on what she's giving you in details.
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    **Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**This book is the second book of the #MurderTrending series. To be frank with you, I did not read the prequel to this book because I was not aware that this was part of a series, as the premise of the book did not give any indication of this fact. Luckily the majority of the series was told in a new character perspective and the returning characters from the previous books only had a chapter every now **Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**This book is the second book of the #MurderTrending series. To be frank with you, I did not read the prequel to this book because I was not aware that this was part of a series, as the premise of the book did not give any indication of this fact. Luckily the majority of the series was told in a new character perspective and the returning characters from the previous books only had a chapter every now and then. Granted, I most definitely would have enjoyed this book more if I had read the prequel, but reading this book alone was able to allow me to grasp the overall theme the series has and let me tell you this, it's definitely not something I'm interested in. The gruesome deaths, while not written in explicit details, still managed to be a brutal read. The characters also didn't seem to be anything special, though I did find the development between Becca and Stef pretty interesting, but that gets cut short not long after taking off. I clearly didn't approach this book in the best way and readers who have read the prequel will most likely enjoy this sequel, as I was unable to enjoy it to its full extent. Overall, this story carries a unique mystery, but at the same time, its got a touch of The Hunger Games for violence.
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  • Brenda Love
    January 1, 1970
    #MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil is the followup to #MurderTrending. When I first received the ARC for this book, I had not read #MurderTrending. I began the second book, but quickly realized that I needed to read the first book to fully enjoy the second. I found the first book on Hoopla through my local public library. I'm glad I read the first book before continuing with the second. I could have figured out most of the connections without reading book one, but I would have missed out on many #MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil is the followup to #MurderTrending. When I first received the ARC for this book, I had not read #MurderTrending. I began the second book, but quickly realized that I needed to read the first book to fully enjoy the second. I found the first book on Hoopla through my local public library. I'm glad I read the first book before continuing with the second. I could have figured out most of the connections without reading book one, but I would have missed out on many of the story lines. I was really surprised I enjoyed this book (and the 1st) as much as I did. I normally do not like books that describe death, however the author does a great job giving enough detail without adding too many details. The mystery plot and trying to guess where the story was heading kept me reading quickly. This book was a roller-coaster thrill ride, while not very realistic is still a fun ride. I can see that teen readers will relate to the different characters. I do wish the ending was just a bit different. I was sad to see the choice the author made at the end. Overall, enjoyable read. Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for a review.
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    This is basically two books. The first two-thirds deal with Becca trying to learn whether or not her mom was Molly Mauler (by trying to enter that show which---and this is not at all a spoiler; it's common sense---turns out to be a really, REALLY bad idea) and a few chapters of Dee, Nyles and Griselda trying to find out who The Postman was and the final third is...well, that show being a really, REALLY bad idea.The first two-thirds are obviously slower than the ending, but that doesn't mean it's This is basically two books. The first two-thirds deal with Becca trying to learn whether or not her mom was Molly Mauler (by trying to enter that show which---and this is not at all a spoiler; it's common sense---turns out to be a really, REALLY bad idea) and a few chapters of Dee, Nyles and Griselda trying to find out who The Postman was and the final third is...well, that show being a really, REALLY bad idea.The first two-thirds are obviously slower than the ending, but that doesn't mean it's boring. I'm not sure Gretchen McNeil is ever anything short of riveting.As a warning, this is not for the faint of heart or the easily nauseated. (Much like #murdertrending or her other books.) I wish there had been more of Dee, Nyles and Griselda, but I loved Becca and the new people, too. This series really needs to be made into a movie. I would for sure see it on opening day.Recommended.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the first book was pretty fun if you didn't want to think about it too hard. Sure, there are better mysteries and there are better murder books and there are better nightmare-reality-TV books, but it was still fun. This one was just not.Issue 1: We followed two groups of people. Our time was not split evenly, and Dee's story wasn't especially interesting or, honestly, necessary.Issue 2: The crowdfunded murder TV show took up very little of the book, comparatively, and we didn't really I thought the first book was pretty fun if you didn't want to think about it too hard. Sure, there are better mysteries and there are better murder books and there are better nightmare-reality-TV books, but it was still fun. This one was just not.Issue 1: We followed two groups of people. Our time was not split evenly, and Dee's story wasn't especially interesting or, honestly, necessary.Issue 2: The crowdfunded murder TV show took up very little of the book, comparatively, and we didn't really get to know the characters that well before they started dying. This doesn't matter for the first few that died, but (view spoiler)[ when Lars sacrifices himself to save Becca (hide spoiler)] I just did not care.Issue 3: The conspiracy theory was not entertaining enough to take up as much of the book as it did.
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  • Lydia
    January 1, 1970
    About halfway through this book I realized it was a sequel... That might explain some of my confusion at the beginning of the book when I was thrown into a whole new world of Paniacs and Fed-Xers. Luckily, I was still able to enjoy the book, as I quickly gathered knowledge on the setting and characters. The story and characters were a bit overdone at some points in the novel, but I believe that is what the author was aiming for. Some of the characters' relationships were also a little dramatic, About halfway through this book I realized it was a sequel... That might explain some of my confusion at the beginning of the book when I was thrown into a whole new world of Paniacs and Fed-Xers. Luckily, I was still able to enjoy the book, as I quickly gathered knowledge on the setting and characters. The story and characters were a bit overdone at some points in the novel, but I believe that is what the author was aiming for. Some of the characters' relationships were also a little dramatic, and all of these factors made the book less enjoyable for me. However, I understand that some people enjoy that style of writing, so I would not suggest changing this book in any way. I feel obligated to read the first book in the series (and I probably will), but this book was not good enough to make me want to read it.
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  • Erica Ajayi
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this sequel to #Murdertrending almost as much as the original. What I like about these books is that the storyline is unique. Much like with Dee in the first book, Becca is a likable character that you want to root for. At certain points I found the book very hard to put down. There was not much down time and the story moved swiftly. I also enjoyed how the book had two separate stories happening at the same time, but brought them together towards the end. This book was a fun read that I enjoyed this sequel to #Murdertrending almost as much as the original. What I like about these books is that the storyline is unique. Much like with Dee in the first book, Becca is a likable character that you want to root for. At certain points I found the book very hard to put down. There was not much down time and the story moved swiftly. I also enjoyed how the book had two separate stories happening at the same time, but brought them together towards the end. This book was a fun read that kept me entertained throughout. Thank you to Disney Book Group and Netgalley for an electronic copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    #MurderFunding is an exciting roller coaster ride from beginning to end. After finishing #MurderTrending, the sequel could not come quickly enough. The day I saw the galley was available, I hid in the bathroom at work to queue it up to be waiting on my Kindle as soon as I got home. I am not a fast reader, but I devoured this book in less than three days (practically a record for me)!! Just like the first, #MurderFunding is delightfully campy in all the best ways. It pokes fun at its own use of t #MurderFunding is an exciting roller coaster ride from beginning to end. After finishing #MurderTrending, the sequel could not come quickly enough. The day I saw the galley was available, I hid in the bathroom at work to queue it up to be waiting on my Kindle as soon as I got home. I am not a fast reader, but I devoured this book in less than three days (practically a record for me)!! Just like the first, #MurderFunding is delightfully campy in all the best ways. It pokes fun at its own use of tropes without becoming overdone. And yet, the characters emotions throughout aren't mocked or lost in the humor. McNeil's writing is clever and filled with heart. A true delight to read.
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  • Katherine Jarzombek
    January 1, 1970
    The sequel to 2018’s #Murdertrending answers lingering questions and presents a slate of new ones as new characters come into play. The lead characters from the first novel return to continue their effort to understand the whos and hows of Alcatraz 2.0, but they are a B-plot in comparison to the fresh faces. The dual perspective flips between Dee and this novel’s primary MC, Becca. Like the first novel, #Murderfunding includes violence and coarse language. While the violence is not described in The sequel to 2018’s #Murdertrending answers lingering questions and presents a slate of new ones as new characters come into play. The lead characters from the first novel return to continue their effort to understand the whos and hows of Alcatraz 2.0, but they are a B-plot in comparison to the fresh faces. The dual perspective flips between Dee and this novel’s primary MC, Becca. Like the first novel, #Murderfunding includes violence and coarse language. While the violence is not described in intense detail, it is often gruesome and brutal despite the wide brush. The story concludes with a tone that doesn’t quite match the rest of the novel, but (view spoiler)[ questions are tidily answered and justice appears served. (hide spoiler)]This novel is an option between hi-lo and the standard YA novel. Reluctant readers looking to move to longer novels might have match with this series as the plot regularly drives breathlessly forward after chapters of slow burns. The clear references to the current state of US politics have a flair that politically-inclined teens may enjoy. The use of social media excerpts and news articles gives the novel an immersive touch. Ideally, the novel will have another round of editing before it reaches print: readers may struggle with instance of confusing sentence structure and unclear word choices. There is one FF romance on the page, though it is touched by the novel’s violence. (Another FF romance is off the page and also affected by violence.) One new, developed character is Latinx; however, the remaining fleshed-out characters appear to be white.The novel will likely not be popular for many years, but its half-life hardly excludes this novel from consideration for purchase. Libraries where the first novel had readers may want to purchase the sequel to have on hand. Libraries that have not yet purchased the first novel or that have seen comparatively low circs on the title may want to present this title to your TAB/book club to see if they are interested in the series/sequel.
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  • Mason
    January 1, 1970
    #Murderfunding is the sequel to #Murdertrending. #Murderfunding is about a seventeen-year-old girl Becca Martinello. Becca's mother is killed in a car crash, something that is not extremely unusual. But Becca finds out that her mom was actually Molly Mauler, a killer at Alcatraz 2.0. Becca ends up on Who Wants to be a Paniac? and learns more about her mom. I liked this book, but it was not as good as the first one. I would not reccomend reading this book, unless you have read the first and reall #Murderfunding is the sequel to #Murdertrending. #Murderfunding is about a seventeen-year-old girl Becca Martinello. Becca's mother is killed in a car crash, something that is not extremely unusual. But Becca finds out that her mom was actually Molly Mauler, a killer at Alcatraz 2.0. Becca ends up on Who Wants to be a Paniac? and learns more about her mom. I liked this book, but it was not as good as the first one. I would not reccomend reading this book, unless you have read the first and really liked it.
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  • mary
    January 1, 1970
    I had to read #murdertrending before reading #murderfunding so it took me a while to get to reading this one. Honestly, I questioned how this could be a sequel to #murdertrending other than the inclusion of characters from that book as minor characters in this book. The book moved so SLOW until almost midway through and then it moved at lightening speed and I saw how it could be the sequel. I felt like the characters were stereotypical and not well developed. Plot twists also didn’t give me the I had to read #murdertrending before reading #murderfunding so it took me a while to get to reading this one. Honestly, I questioned how this could be a sequel to #murdertrending other than the inclusion of characters from that book as minor characters in this book. The book moved so SLOW until almost midway through and then it moved at lightening speed and I saw how it could be the sequel. I felt like the characters were stereotypical and not well developed. Plot twists also didn’t give me the “holy cow” factor. It’s an ok book, it just took way too long to become a page turner.
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  • -Cat-
    January 1, 1970
    It's... It's pretty much the slightly blander version of Danganronpa. Danganronpa has amazing characters, an incredible plot twist.This is alright.I highly recommend watching/reading/playing Danganronpa before this. It is much more entertaining.I feel like this was highly inspired by Danganronpa, but failed to grasp the energy and horrific nature of the games. Sure, it has tons of gore, but it is quite clishe.Over all this book isn't bad. Just... predictable.
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  • Mandy Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    Take everything you loved about #MurderTrending and multiply it by five. Then you have #MurderFunding: an over-the-top campy tale of teenagers surviving post-Alcatraz containing plenty of roll-your-eyes groan moments, genuinely interesting characters, and a plot so ridiculously realistic you can't help but discuss. If you read and enjoyed the first book, you owe it to yourself to meet its more eccentric younger sibling.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    #Murdertrending, the first book in this series, was a new and surprising take on the reality tv/24 hour shock news cycle. This follow up to that novel continues in the same vein but stretches belief perhaps a bit too far. We see the after effects of Alcatraz 2.0, with new characters and a version of the serial killer spectacle. McNeil reaches a bit too far in this one and the gimmick grows stale.
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  • Sara Kiplinger
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good follow up to #murdertrending. I did feel like the first half was a bit slow compared to the action throughout the first book; but, once it picked up, it was good. There were some interesting twists and turns, only one or two of which I kind of saw coming. I was able to get some of my students to read the first title this past school year and I look forward to steering some in this direction again this year. This is a good mix of creepy and gory, but not too gory.
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  • Mrs. Porter
    January 1, 1970
    Received a NetGalley preview. Short review due to no spoilers. :)Gretchen McNeil is so deliciously inventive in crafting her stories. #Murderfunding is as mind-bendingly horrific as its predecessor. Intrigue, creative executions, and startling twists transpire at a pace that will prevent you from putting this book down.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Nice follow-up to #MurderTrending, allowing for a slightly different take while still giving readers the Paniacs and Postmanmania the previous book gave. In an e-version some of the social media posts didn't show up as well as they probably do in print, but it was still readable. I mention that because it is never clear who is behind the posts and that might lead to a third book. Nothing more because. well, that would be a spoiler.eARC provided by publisher.
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