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Putting the Fun in Funeral

(Everyday Disasters #1)

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Beck Wyatt has always hated her mother—enough to kill her. As luck would have it, someone beats her to murdering Mommy Dearest and now Beck gets to plan the tackiest funeral the world has ever seen for the worst woman she’s ever known.

But first, Beck has a few minor problems to deal with. First on the list? Avoid getting kidnapped. She also has to convince the police she
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Kindle Edition, 469 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Lucky Foot Press in conjunction with BVC
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Mara
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3 1/2
Forget the title, this book has a dark theme in the background, always there when there's power and misuse.
But yes, it's also fun at times. I will certainly keep reading this series, even if this book has annoyed me at times with its useless "romantic thread" (totally out of character) and the usual heroine's uber snowflake personality. I loved her, but magic without price does always seem to me wishful thinking.
As Dani perfectly wrote:

PtFiF is a solid first book in a new series. It sets u
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Dani
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
When Beck's mother is murdered, she does not bother to conceal her unfettered joy. This is perhaps not the best stance to adopt when the police are quizzing her. Then someone comes after Beck with both physical and magical attacks. Magical, because the family Beck knows nothing about turns out to be sorcerous, as does she.

At the start of the book, we are given to understand that Beck's mother was an evil psychopath. The more we find out about her as the book progresses, the worse she turns out t
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Cynthia
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
I save my 5-star ratings for books that keep me up way past my bedtime and Putting the Fun in Funeral ruined a night's sleep! (FYI, my ebook was sent to me by the author for an honest review). I always enjoy Diana's books and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. She read excerpts from the beginning last year at a convention and it sounded as if it would be a fast, funny read--and it was! Her main character, Beck, hardly has a chance to start celebrating her horrible mother's death when all ...more
Shandare
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I started this book with positive expectations, but the more I read, the less I liked. The main character Beck hates her mother, who was apparently vicious and abusive. And magical. The magic element is mostly irrelevant to the working of the story. Oh, it’s there but any kind of world-building based on it is vague and flaky.
Beck whines through the majority of the story, acting like a special snowflake. I really found I could not make a connection with the character at all. Not to mention the r
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Darcy
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf, e-book, magic, rw, 2019
I really liked this author's Horngate Witches series, so when I saw she had a new one I knew I'd read it, then I read the title and really knew I'd read it. lol

I really liked this one and a big reason is due to Beck, I loved her. Beck hasn't had an easy life, but she is so down to earth and loyal to her friends. The more that we learn about Beck's life the more that I was happy that her mother died and died in a bad way! I'm unsure of what Beck learned about her family in the aftermath. Part of
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Layla
Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
So I finished this book and then read the author's message at the end. I have never been so baffled by the disconnect between my experience of a book and the author's. Ms. Francis apparently thought this was a rollicking fun ride of a read. A laugh a minute.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. I have to disclose spoilers. I'm sorry.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

The heroine is the victim of child torture from the time she could walk at the hands of her mother. Horrifying torture. This torture continues u
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Ada Haynes
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
my first try at this author, and sorry, but it's not going to be ever again. (Though I read in other comments that her other books are better)
There are some very good ideas through the story. I am a big fan of fantasy, and I read chick-lit from time to time, so no issue with the genres. I'd just wish the author had stuck to one main theme, developed it more, instead of going all directions. The story keeps going between an interesting fantasy story, friendship and a very bad attempt at hot roman
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CH Keyes
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book and laughed out loud? Ever talk to the characters, saying things like, "Oh, yeah, I feel you!" or "She deserved getting skewered by that giant stone gargoyle penis"? Love cheesecake and friendship that has your back even more than family? How about some sexy back-and-forth between a couple that you know needs to burn off some of that energy vertically (or horizontally--hey, no judgements and if your back and legs can take it, go for it!). How about some mystery and intr ...more
Mary
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
not my cup of tea

which is odd because I like all her other books, but this one is just too standard an urban fantasy. Snarky heroine with more powers than she’s aware of? Check. Overly protective and dominant male love interest, who fell in love/lust with the h the moment he saw her? Check. Girlfriends ready to dish at any moment, with TMI about their sex lives and the h’s? Check.

Then there’s the ridiculously-over-the-top relationship between the h and her mother. I had a very hard time believi
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Mary
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you mix a bit of mystery, paranormal, and romance? You find out about “Putting the Fun in Funeral,” of course! Diana Pharaoh Francis has done a masterful job of creating marvelous characters and setting them into a story that keeps you turning the pages.

Beck Wyatt knows she is from a magical family but knows little about how to use her powers. She hated the woman she knew as her mother, and when that woman is murdered in an unusual fashion which she finds remarkably suitable, B
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Kei
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, the title is misleading (and not very original).
This is not a comedy. There is no fun and no funeral.
There's torture, a lot of it. Emotional and physical abuse. And done to children. And to animals.
There's murder, more than one. And a wagon of assholes.

That being said, I did actually like it. I mostly liked that the main character mostly tried to do the right thing, and her insistence on her independence was easy to relate to.

I do think though, that the whole society where women
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Heidi
This was a fun read, I'm sad that it's done and can't wait for the next one. On the other hand, I nearly gave up on the book due to an overly pushy male protagonist that the supposedly independent main character was letting stalk and assault her. I know it's a trope of romantic fantasy to have the dude grab the angry woman and kiss her until she likes it, but I still find it super rapey and yeah, I had a hard time getting past that. But I love everything I've read by Diana Pharaoh Francis, so I ...more
Maggie Mcdonald
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was a little different for this author, in my opinion. At least different from the 2 series I read.

Her world building and plot are absolutely spot on and completely draw me into her world and make me want to keep reading. I read it in 2 days. I really like the premise and can't wait to learn more.
I really liked the description of the spell casting. I've never read anything like it before and really hope there is more.

My only complaint, which may not be a complaint for other readers,
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Daryl Ball
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
What grabbed me with this book was the title and synopsis. It had a lot of great moments in it and the MC Beck was well defined and fun. The supporting characters didn't really get enough time to develop an opinion on them but they were distinct from each other. Once the story gets moving it's easy to lose track of time but although there is a "reveal" regarding who the actual antagonist is, by that point in the story it was pretty easy to predict their identity. That said there were quite a few ...more
Arlene
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Life well lived is the best revenge

CW this book does discuss physical abuse of a child, in the past tense. And a dog is rescued from an abuse situation.

The opening hooked me, the story kept me.

Becka, never Rebecca, runs a successful estate sale company, and does her best to avoid her mother. Then police inform her that Mommy Vilest is dead, and imply she's a suspect. Becka readily agrees she's happy about it, but she has a solid alibi.

But before Becka can plan the trashiest funeral ever held, o
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Sara L.B.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't judge it by its title

I had this book sitting for a while. Finally read through a host of samples etc and decided to stop putting it off. I thought it would be a more light-hearded comedy, maybe a but shallow to keep it short, fast and light-hearted. That wouldn't have been bad, but instead I was very pleasantly surprised with a good length novel and characters and plot I can really sink my teeth into. So refreshing after coming off a bunch of books I finished in 2 hours and promptly forgot
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Airwreckah
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting but a bit too tortured

The world building in character building were engaging and relatively deep. But the levels of torture applied to the poor heroine Seemed grossly disproportionate to it was necessary to make her sympathetic. Trigger warnings for all sorts of stuff rape violence torture etc. and yet relatively not graphic gore. Although the poor hair when is repeatedly put through massive beatings that are magically healed only to be completely demolished again. A bit excessive in
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Deborah Armstrong
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One for the books...

Seriously, this is the best example of "Why it makes perfect sense for me to hate my mother" fiction ever written!!
Lord, I hope there is more of this coming down the pipe, cuz I had WAY too much fun reading it, and her text message "to whom it may concern" may go up on my Facebook page!
So.
Congratulations Diana Pharaoh Francis, you have a weirdly inventive mind, and I look forward to seeing what else you'll come up with....though it's likely gonna be tough to top impaling a wo
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Lorraine Caprio
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put the book down. It was a quick read for me because I wanted to know what happened next. The story was funny, sexy, engaging with characters that I rooted for and became invested in, so much that I can't wait for the next book. I loved the chemistry between the characters as well as the love that Beck, Lorraine, Stacey and Jen had for each other. Damon and Beck were great. Loved Ajax. And interested to learn more about Mason and Ben. Really can't wait for the next installment. ...more
Kristi Gladden
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Balls to the wall” fun....

This is an amazingly fun book with an original story-line that kept me up way to late last night....Beck is a hilarious, generous, and loyal heroine, and I loved every minute of this book. I can’t wait for the next one, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of her before reading this book. I will be snatching the rest of her series as soon as I have finished this review....
Adrianne
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the humor in this paranormal romance. It took me a while to warm up to the heroine, Beck, who's coming to terms with a lifetime of abuse when Damon, the love interest, shows up and tells her that everything she was told as a child was a lie. Needless to say, Beck has a lot of trouble learning to trust. I love that Damon was warm and caring, rather than a controlling "alpha male." And I love that Beck stands up for herself, in spite of numerous handicaps. ...more
Angela
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are soft hearted and prone to giving up ...

This is not the book for you.

If you like your leads kick ass, feisty, and strong willed, you have to give this book a try. I teared up a few times while reading this book. My heart HURT.

That being said, caring about a fictional character means the writer did an amazing job and you should read it for yourself to see if I’m right or wrong.
Sharon Parsons
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Totally loved this book, it has a snarky female lead and a great group of friends. Beck is snarky, strong, smart and caring with a vulnerable side...she's lived through hell most of her life and now she's free...or so she thinks, her world changes in a heart beat and then a man toys to kidnap her and then there's kissing. There's magic, a who Dunnet, sizzling romance, snarky banter and non stop action...I could put it down till I finished it and I want to know when is there going to be book 2! ...more
Kathleen
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a good start to a promising urban fantasy series but not quite as wacky as the title and blurb hint. There are some really bad things hinted at and it's hard to laugh a lot after that, but there are a good cast of characters, an interesting world, and lots of directions for the story to take without leaving you with a cliffhanger. I'm "in" for the next book. ...more
Nicole Luiken
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the author's blend of action-packed urban fantasy with a smoking hot romance. I really liked the main character: tenacious, bullheaded, compassionate and afraid to trust. An interesting magical world with almost mafia-like magical families.

Quibble: most of the chapters were quite short but a few were very LOOOOONNNG
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Melindeeloo
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I liked this book but the fun is pretty much at the start - the reasons that 'mom' deserved an irreverent funeral is not fun. I did like the main character, but she is one of those who refuses to take precautions when powerful people are after her, and spends a good amount of time healing from serious injuries. ...more
Penny
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Too much romance scenes for my taste (at least when it comes to UF)
... Beck is annoying at times. The plot doesn't always flow smoothly and sometimes falls flat. The characters sometime felts a little one dimension. All in all not bad, but I read a few books written by this author and expected a little more from her, but maybe it's just me...
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Krow
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Love Love it!!!

Completely outside of what i would normally choose to read, but I'm so glad i took the time to do so! The characters were fantastically written, and i especially liked Ajax. The plot stated our very strong from the beginning and kept me desperate to know what came next.
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Wendy Bocock
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Shannon
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Normally I love this author's work, but this felt super messy and amateurish. Poorly edited and all-over-the-place with the story - like a first time, poorly plotted novel. Super disappointing because there are a lot of elements that I think could have resulted in a great story, but this is mediocre at best. ...more
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