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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 n
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Freeform
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Kellee I just started the ARC, and yes, there are the same characters though additional ones also.
Kellee I just started the ARC, and yes, there are the same characters though additional ones also.

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Sukh Singh
Aug 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
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
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✨
#Murderfunding - Serves 1

1. 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.
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
I'm obviously in for book 2 after enjoying #murdertrending!
Lauren Stoolfire
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
andrea caro
I gave #MurderTrending 5-stars, but I'm kind of bummed out by this one. RTC.
Clare dooley
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2019 added it
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!)

Gretchen McNeil does it again! In her latest book, #MurderFunding, she seamlessly picks up where the first book in this series, #MurderTrending, left off. Readers will not be disappointed in her execution (pu
Dawn Taylor
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Wright
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the previous book, #Murdertrending
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
Unseen Library
Jul 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
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
Olivia Farr
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabc-reviews
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#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'
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
What an enormous disappointment. What a bland but aggravating follow-up. I was bored by page thirty, rolling my eyes by page forty, and seriously considered DNF'ing by page sixty. I misunderstood what the sequel was going to be about in a very fundamental way, as well. I knew it was going to be from the POV of Molly Mauler's kid, but thought it'd all be set up and executed (pun unintended) differently. I was bored or annoyed by every person in this book, but thought it clever that the original s ...more
Nannette Demmler
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Lisa Mandina
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
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
**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
Brenda Love
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
#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 ...more
Kelly Hager
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
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Erica Ajayi
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#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 ...more
Katherine Jarzombek
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-and-childrens, arc
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 ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
#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 ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok

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.
Mandy Peterson
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Sara Kiplinger
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
#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.
Mrs. Porter
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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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Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, also with Balzer + Bray, hit shelve ...more

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