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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,025 ratings  ·  207 reviews
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 Moye I just started the ARC, and yes, there are the same characters though additional ones also.
Kellee Moye I just started the ARC, and yes, there are the same characters though additional ones also.

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Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This was so ridiculously, laughably bad, it was actually good.

How do I even start reviewing this nonsense?
Should I point out logic holes like the one *spoiler?* where murders were being televised with millions of people watching, but our characters can't prove it wasn't them who committed them because show only aired in Russia and not US cable television??? hdkdndhdisjdbd what???
Or that all the intense scenes were less believable than a cheap action movie, where a lead gets into a car crash, tu
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
Pamela  (Here to Read Books and Chew Gum)
#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.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
These books are just so much fun. I didn't love it as much as the first one but it was still a great time. RTC
Lacey ♡☆ Ailene
The first book was just so much better and spaced out. This book just had so much happen so quickly. I really missed the writing that happened in the original.
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
Bookteafull (Danny)
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shit-list, gaybies
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

If I skim more of the novel than I actually read - we've got a problem.

Gretchen McNeil,

I rated the prequel, #MurderTrending, 4.5 Stars. It was fun, innovative, and engaging - it may have had me rolling my eyes from time to time but it was something I honestly could not get enough of. I'm a sucker for Prison+Serial Killer tropes, 80s references, and plays on cliches. That's why #MurderTrending was such a delight for me to read and why I was so stoked to read the sequel.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Disney for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

My thoughts for this are basically identical to my thoughts for book one so feel free to check my review.

This series is definitely creative but it wasn't an all-time favorite. Give this one a try!

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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
Lost in Book Land
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Welcome Back!

Last week I took a bit of a break from posting reviews and doing posts in general. I was really busy with stuff for work and my house (just trying to finish settling in and picking out bookcases and such) that I just wanted to spend the time I was not working reading my current reads and finishing those up! Also, I spent my time trying to start up a few new television shows I have been meaning to watch forever and catching up on my Youtube watch later list which is full of booktuber
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Sadly this book wasn’t as good as the first one. We didn’t get to connect to the characters at all and things were far fetched even for this type of book. The first book had great characters, twists and political questions with various what ifs... this book doesn’t deliver on many accounts sadly!
Phoenix Olivia
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I want to give it three stars but I want to also give it two stars. This one didn't do it for me like the first one did. I thought the first one was amazing and so good. I even put it under my favorite books but this one was a little disappointing. I was expecting more. I was expecting it to be better. But I still liked reading it. That's why I'm sticking with three stars. It just didn't live up to how the first book did. It didn't make me want to keep reading and not sit the book down. I would ...more
Oct 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'm obviously in for book 2 after enjoying #murdertrending!
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookmap2
Yesssssss! Ok so the first one was better, but this was so good.
andrea caro
I gave #MurderTrending 5-stars, but I'm kind of bummed out by this one. RTC.
Katherine Paschal
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, mystery
**Review can be found at

After the debacle that was Alcatraz 2.0, the country is in a total uproar. The president is on trial for potentially having a part in the popular murder show, the identity of the killers is being researched, fans are going wild- and a new television show is seeking contestants to participate in a fake murder show. Becca just wants to mourn the loss of her mom, but something is just not right. When a conspiracy theorist starts stalking
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
Jennifer Girard
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, 3-stars
I had such high expectations for this one. I absolutely loved the first book. I was very excited when I heard about the sequel but it was all too convenient. It was hard to suspend disbelief. Half of the book was dragging and the other half was action packed but ultimately the reveal was disappointing. I loved the parts from the characters in the first book. I wished we knew more about the Paniacs. Why did they do it ? How were they recruited etc.
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
Nov 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm.. So I didn't like the first book (in fact I was very disappointed with the first book), so why did I think the second book would be any better?

Maybe it's just me. Maybe this series just isn't for me. But the concept of this series is so interesting and so modern yet slightly futuristic and dystopian, but the execution of both books just didn't work for me.

I thought maybe switching the POV for Dee and the Breakfast Club to Becca, and the concept that her mother was one of the Painiacs, woul
The Reading Raccoon
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this review copy of #Murderfunding.
I really enjoyed #Murdertrending and was looking forward to reading the sequel but I wasn’t sure where the story would go.
I like the infusion of new characters and the Alcatraz 2.0 storyline. Becca was a very sympathetic character although she took a lot of impulsive risks and her catchphrase of “can not hang” got old. It was good to see Dee, Nyles and Griselda back in action in their respective roles. The storyline of
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hope you're joining us for the #MurderFunding read-a-long because there are some AMAZING prizes. Enter here.


If anyone can take the current US presidency and add a bucket of murder somehow turning it into a palatable story we can all read, it’s Gretchen McNeil.

#MurderTrending was a murderous ride featuring a familiar world and #MurderFunding takes all of this and kicks it up a notch. Set a bit after the end of #MurderTrending, the #CinderellaSurvivor crew take a backseat as a new crew of Pan
Ashley Marie
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hellospookicorn
Omg I loved this as much as the first one!
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my most anticipated books of the year and it didn't disappoint.....they will do anything to reboot this show, I love it. I have so many more questions now though! like all sequels this book also has sequel syndrome, I think the first book had more impact but I still cannot wait to see what becomes of this dysfunctional group of characters that have death in common and not much else...... :)
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
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
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Not as great as the first, but maybe I just had higher expectations for the sequel. 🤔
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I am trying to decide if this book suffers from the second book slump. I don’t know if it’s a trilogy. It leaves itself open for a trilogy, or for a companion series. I loved #Murdertrending so much. It was such a unique story, that this one was constantly asking where to go from here. We see a little bit of the previous characters. As a reader you fell in love with all the deadly characters in book one, so to just see hits and misses of them here was a bit of a let down.

This book introduces new
Paula  Phillips
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
For those who have read Book #1 MurderTrending, you will remember that it finished with our three survivors making it out of Alcatraz 2.0 and escaping the murderous characters as it will be revealed that Alcatraz 2.0 was, in fact, a live-feed killing game orchestrated by the Postman and his daughter. Now with the Postman dead and the main killers, the three remaining survivors are trying to move on with their lives but it's not easy especially since the company Merchant and Bronson are insisting ...more
I so badly wanted to like this book...

I really felt no chemistry between Becca, and there was in no way a progression from them hating each other to supposedly being "in love" - one chapter it was just suddenly Becca and Steph staring deeply into each others eyes.

To be honest I got really pissed off with this book. I felt like, compared to #Murdertrending nothing really happened, at least not until about 2/3rds in, and even then it only lasted 10 pages or so then it was basically hyping up nothi
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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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