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WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?


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WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

30 review for #Murdertrending

  1. 5 out of 5

    (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    🏢3.5 Stars for #murdertrending🔪 This was a fast paced, fun read that definitely kept me turning the pages. It has a certain edge of your seat factor to it as you ultimately never know when someone will be killed. In a nutshell the plot centers around Alcatraz 2.0. America has green lighted a prison reality show where being on death row means you are sent to a prison "island" run by the mysterious Postman where his appointed executioners/psychotic killers hunt you down for America's viewing pleasu 🏢3.5 Stars for #murdertrending🔪 This was a fast paced, fun read that definitely kept me turning the pages. It has a certain edge of your seat factor to it as you ultimately never know when someone will be killed. In a nutshell the plot centers around Alcatraz 2.0. America has green lighted a prison reality show where being on death row means you are sent to a prison "island" run by the mysterious Postman where his appointed executioners/psychotic killers hunt you down for America's viewing pleasure. On the beloved app you can bet, comment and create fanfare for your favorite killers! Dee Guerrera awakens on Alcatraz 2.0 and immediately must fight for her life. She knows that she was wrongfully convicted of a heinous crime and wants to prove her innocence before she becomes the apps next victim. On the island she meets a group young, attractive inmates - who else would be starring on this reality show? The group unexpectedly begins looking out for each other despite the fact that they could all be killers. America aptly names them the #DeathRowBreakfastClub and can't stop watching their feed. Ratings are at an all time high but that means that time is running out for them because the more popular a criminal is on the feed, the more the Postman wants them dead. This is not the type of book to go into expecting lots of character development or a well crafted and deeply probed backstory but it was definitely a lot of fun to read. It has a cheesy 80s horror film vibe & I'm not ashamed to admit that I loved that about it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    This book was super strange. I don't know if was meant to be a thriller, but I can tell you that I never felt any creepiness or suspense at all. And yet, there were super graphic grisly murders throughout the book. It reminded me of an episode of Scooby Doo, but with bloody murders. Yeah, like that. The book is all about Alcatraz 2.0 where killers are sent to be killed by serial killers while being filmed and shown on the internet. Everyone is addicted to watching the gore. Our heroine is a teen w This book was super strange. I don't know if was meant to be a thriller, but I can tell you that I never felt any creepiness or suspense at all. And yet, there were super graphic grisly murders throughout the book. It reminded me of an episode of Scooby Doo, but with bloody murders. Yeah, like that. The book is all about Alcatraz 2.0 where killers are sent to be killed by serial killers while being filmed and shown on the internet. Everyone is addicted to watching the gore. Our heroine is a teen who was wrongfully convicted of killing her step-sister. Well, who doesn't want to kill their step-sister? I think that even if she was guilty, they should have let her go. Have you ever HAD a step-sister? They are pure evil. Huh. And, I just learned that step-sisters are slutty too. According to the place where only facts are printed - the internet. This all sounds like a cool, scary premise, but the problem was that every single character was a bad caricature of OTT villains. The serial killers were all some sort of theme, like: Prince Charming who dresses the girl victims up like Cinderella and kills them Gucci Hangman who uses fashionable, Gucci, ties to hang people Robin Hood who talks in ye old language and shoots them with arrows Gassy Al uses poison gas Hannah Ball cooks people and eats them ...etc...etc... A bunch of "characters" who are more ridiculous than scary, and they are even called "The Painiacs". Yes, it's as stupid as jazz. And, jazz-hands. And, the heroine makes a bunch of friends on the island and they are called "The Death Row Breakfast Club" and they are all caricatures too. Plus, the president of the United States is named "The Postman" and he is in charge of this computer show. Nobody has actually seen his face. *sigh* On the plus side, if you read it as a silly parody with the bonus of gross murders, you will like it. But, if you are looking for a new Hunger Games - keep on looking.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm between a 3-3.5 star rating here. We've seen oodles of YA novels published with themes of youth battling each other to the death, which is why I'm amazed at how unique and engaging Gretchen McNeil was able to make #MurderTrending feel. In a sea of similarly plotted novels, does it stand out above the rest? Not necessarily, but it was still a really fun read that I would highly recommend to those YA lovers who need something to bust their reading slump. It was incredibly fast paced and action I'm between a 3-3.5 star rating here. We've seen oodles of YA novels published with themes of youth battling each other to the death, which is why I'm amazed at how unique and engaging Gretchen McNeil was able to make #MurderTrending feel. In a sea of similarly plotted novels, does it stand out above the rest? Not necessarily, but it was still a really fun read that I would highly recommend to those YA lovers who need something to bust their reading slump. It was incredibly fast paced and action packed, the type of book that has you gripped with bated breath while sitting on the edge of your seat. I did find some of the character development lacking and the backstory a little underwhelming, but overall those were minor complaints and didn't take away from the fact that this is an enjoyable read. Readers who are squeamish will want to give this one a wide berth though; it is VERY graphic with explicit descriptions of violence of all kinds. If you enjoy the gory stuff like I do though, I think you'll want to pick this one up for the sheer fact that it's so gripping and the plot really draws you in. Gretchen McNeil once again proves that she's a force to be reckoned with in the world of YA thrillers and will continue to hold a place on my list of auto-buy authors. <3 *I received a copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser

    Blog / Twitter You know what? This was fun! Empty your brain, don't expect some super literary journey, view it like this: And you'll be all good. The premise is this: America elected a President that used to be a reality TV star (hold up, no, this isn't nonfiction, peeps) and he green-lights a reality TV where young people who have been accused of capital crimes go to Alcatraz 2.0 (yes, the island surrounded by sharks and stuff) where they get semi-run-down apartments and jobs and debit cards whil Blog / Twitter You know what? This was fun! Empty your brain, don't expect some super literary journey, view it like this: And you'll be all good. The premise is this: America elected a President that used to be a reality TV star (hold up, no, this isn't nonfiction, peeps) and he green-lights a reality TV where young people who have been accused of capital crimes go to Alcatraz 2.0 (yes, the island surrounded by sharks and stuff) where they get semi-run-down apartments and jobs and debit cards while they wait for professionally-hired serial killers to murder them. The serial killers have names like Molly Mauler, Cecil B. DeViolent, DIYnona, and Gucci Hangman. Fans of the show have a social media site similar to Twitter where they post and vote and hashtag everything. Each of the killers has a "theme." Death by gas, mauled by animals, tortured by coffee shop tools. It's all so silly and ridiculous. The "man behind the curtain" and side story with the main character, Dee, who was kidnapped at 12 for a week or so, is so over the top, you just have to let it go and accept the insanity. If you CAN, and not turn into serious, Sad Batman About it... you'll probably enjoy this. Probably closer to a 3.5 stars, but hey, I plowed through it, so... being lenient. Oh, I am not classifying this as Young Adult because it is quite violent and there are tons of F-bombs. Probably okay for 16, 17 year olds, but not for young teens. Just my view. There is no sex and it IS written in a way that would indicate a younger audience; however, it feels more like horror than your average YA. I would rate it "R," if it was me. In case you are curious. *shrug*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    1 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/12/... I hate giving out 1-stars, and if you’ve followed me for a while, you may have already noticed you don’t see that rating here very often. That’s because even if I didn’t like a book overall, there’s usually still something I enjoyed about it. With #MurderTrending though, I think I’d be hard-pressed to find anything too positive to say about this hot mess. It simply did not work for me—on any level. But first, here’s the boo 1 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/12/... I hate giving out 1-stars, and if you’ve followed me for a while, you may have already noticed you don’t see that rating here very often. That’s because even if I didn’t like a book overall, there’s usually still something I enjoyed about it. With #MurderTrending though, I think I’d be hard-pressed to find anything too positive to say about this hot mess. It simply did not work for me—on any level. But first, here’s the book’s premise for some context of everything I’m going to discuss: It is the near future, and the President of the United States is a former reality TV star who thought it would be a great idea to outsource the justice and penal systems to a psychopath television producer known only by his internet handle, The Postman. Court trials have become a farce where anyone who is merely suspected of murder is pronounced guilty and sent to a prison island near San Francisco, dubbed Alcatraz 2.0, where every inch and corner is surveilled by cameras mounted on robotic birds. This live footage is streamed 24/7 to millions of viewers around the world tuning in to see the prisoners executed in the most brutal ways by federally sanctioned killers with names like Gucci Hangman and Molly Mauler, whose cheesy names and shticks are an attempt to drive up their popularity on social media. The book follows Dee Guerrera, a teenager who was sent to Alcatraz 2.0 after being wrongfully convicted of murdering her stepsister. She becomes the next victim of Prince Slycer, one of the island’s executioners whose gimmick involves dressing up his executionees as princesses from Disney movies, immediately earning Dee the nickname #CinderellaSurvivor when she manages to escape his clutches. Determined to find her stepsister’s true killer, Dee teams up with other teens on the island in order to expose the reality of Alcatraz 2.0 and bring down The Postman. Oh boy, where do I start? As an avid reader of sci-fi and fantasy I consider myself to be pretty good at suspending my disbelief. But this book was beyond ridiculous. If it weren’t for the over-the-top gore and violence, I would have thought this was written for six-year-olds on account of how juvenile and ludicrous it sounds. Even leaving aside the more nonsensical elements, in today’s world where you pretty much can’t show anything on the television without getting someone up in arms over it, the idea of a 24-hour snuff show garnering wide acclaim and approval from the public isn’t just eye-roll inducing, it makes me want to bash my head against a wall. And then there were the characters. Had they been written well, perhaps I could have put aside my incredulity of the premise. Unfortunately, at no point in the novel did Dee actually feel like a real person to me. She seemed detached and strangely unconcerned with her circumstances from the moment she arrived on Alcatraz 2.0. Sure, there might have been a brief flash of “Oh crap, I am screwed”, but this was quickly replaced by her utter conviction that she will find her stepsister’s killer—even though she has absolutely no resources on the island, zero places to start, and every reason to believe she’ll be up next on the literal chopping block. Yet there was no fear or sadness. No hopelessness or despair. This isn’t badass. This is bad characterization. But maybe, just maybe, these characters were actually meant to be caricatures? After all, there was a character whose one memorable trait was his penchant to quote action movies from the 80s and 90s, and even as his friends were dying slow torturous deaths, he was busy channeling Rambo during the rescue mission. I mean, something this fucking goofy has got to be a joke…right? In fact, this entire novel was so absurd and extreme with its irreverence when it comes to violence and death, I was half convinced it was supposed to be ironic. But try as I did to see this novel as satire—a playful mockery on social media and the American obsession with Reality TV, perhaps—it was probably giving it too much credit. If this was meant to be satirical, then the author lacked the delicate expertise to pull it off properly. There was a desperation in the way her narrative attempted to justify the premise (with very flimsy logic) or to endear readers to the characters (by giving them very annoying quirks), and while sometimes exaggeration can be used as an effective device, in this case it was a complete disaster. There were so many other problems with this novel, not least the fact the story gets even more unrealistic and ridiculous towards the end (believe it or not). Suffice to say, I think I’ve covered all the major disappointments so I’m just going to wrap this up by saying I probably won’t be picking up anything else by the author. I’ve heard that being this insanely over-the-top is part and parcel of her style, and clearly I am not the intended audience.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Bad enough she’d lost her sister, then been wrongly convicted of the murder; now she was going to be humiliated, forced to prance around the island in these stupid clothes while millions of people gawked and laughed and placed bets on how many days she’d survive until her blood was spilled in the name of entertainment. This is one of those books that is just pure fun. The concept is neat mixing murder with reality tv in a near-future where death row means being sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where a psyc Bad enough she’d lost her sister, then been wrongly convicted of the murder; now she was going to be humiliated, forced to prance around the island in these stupid clothes while millions of people gawked and laughed and placed bets on how many days she’d survive until her blood was spilled in the name of entertainment. This is one of those books that is just pure fun. The concept is neat mixing murder with reality tv in a near-future where death row means being sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where a psychotic killer will hunt you down and end your life - all while being live-streamed for the entire world’s viewing pleasure. And if they’d like, there will be replays available and forums where you can discuss your favorite murders or murderers. Interesting, right? Dee Guerrera wakes up on Alcatraz 2.0 after her hearing. Three weeks ago, she would’ve never seen herself here. It actually makes no sense because she didn’t kill her step-sister regardless of what the jury said. Will Dee be killed off before she can prove she didn’t actually commit the crime? If you think this sounds thrilling and fast-paced, you’re right. It could’ve been better if there was more development to the characters. I was more in the need of a palate cleanser read, so I didn’t mind it. I was in this for the murdery fun. I didn’t care about the lack of believability or the predictable moments. I still liked the journey of figuring out whodunnit regardless of how obvious it was. I did love that Dee was constantly given Disney princess outfits. It made for some fun references throughout the action and gore. Now that I’m seeing there is a sequel, I am curious where it will go. More horror is always welcome. Since I enjoyed this and Ten, I’ll have to read more McNeil.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    3.5 stars In a world where The Purge and The Hunger Games collide— #MURDERTRENDING shows us a society crippled by reality television and instant social media validation. Seriously folks, this book is a lot of fun and all too real for me. Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted for the murder of her step-sister Monica and sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for punishment. Alcatraz 2.0 is a man-made prison island off the coast of San Francisco where the worst convicts imaginable are sent to live out their days i 3.5 stars In a world where The Purge and The Hunger Games collide— #MURDERTRENDING shows us a society crippled by reality television and instant social media validation. Seriously folks, this book is a lot of fun and all too real for me. Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted for the murder of her step-sister Monica and sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for punishment. Alcatraz 2.0 is a man-made prison island off the coast of San Francisco where the worst convicts imaginable are sent to live out their days in fear. They must work, they are provided housing, and they are able to maintain their lives accordingly. However, the prison is run by The Postman—businessman and reality television producer who enlists the help of a rolodex of infamous serial killers to provide excruciating executions of the convicts; all captured on the The Postman app that viewers can tune into. Dee awakens on Alcatraz 2.0 and immediately realizes that she's fallen victim to the show and must fight in order to survive. She knows that she was wrongfully convicted and wants to prove her innocence before it's too late. She meets a group of other young, attractive people in Alcatraz 2.0 and starts an alliance with them. #DeathRowBreakfastClub Time is running out for the newly established group, because as everybody knows—nobody gets out of Alcatraz 2.0 alive. Gretchen McNeil, I truly love the sick and twisted world you provided in #MURDERTRENDING . I really didn't think this book would be as fun as you made it for us. The pacing of #MURDERTRENDING is fast, action-packed, and edge-of-your-seat thrilling. The story starts off with a bang, but it doesn't stop from there so I urge you to plan the day accordingly (seriously, this book is unputdownable!). I had a few critiques about the story, which is why I couldn't give #MURDERTRENDING a higher rating. I felt that the backstory was a little weak and unbelievable. The foundation to the overall arc of the story was a little flat and could've been handled in more detail. I can't comment more about that without ruining the story for you, so after you read #MURDERTRENDING , talk to me! I also felt that there were serious plot holes and continuity issues that were made to keep the story going at it's fast-paced level. I wanted more story foundation, rather than continuous action—I actually rolled my eyes several times at how the situation was randomly handled and that definitely affected my rating. Maybe if the backstory was handled more and the secondary characters had a POV, the development of the story could have been more persuasive for me. Even though I had some critiques about the story, #MURDERTRENDING was fabulous in the most disgusting way possible! It's very, very, very graphic at times so if you can't stomach gruesome violence, maybe give this one a pass! My boyfriend thinks I'm totally messed up in the head for enjoying this book, but what can I say?! I urge you to pick this story up if you're interested in a YA story with an original spin on a dystopian society. P.S.: Don't think I didn't notice all the Rupaul's Drag Race references! Love, love, loved that! Thank you Netgalley for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. #MURDERTRENDING will be released August 7, 2018.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    Set in the near future, eighteen year old Dee has been convicted of murdering her stepsister, and is sentenced to a new type of prison, known as Alcatraz 2.0, run by a mysterious figure known as The Postman. Located on an island, Alcatraz 2.0 is always under surveillance, and the public can tune in at any time to watch the live feeds of the prisoners. What makes this prison different is the fact that there are killers on the island, who, allowed by the government, torture and kill the convicted Set in the near future, eighteen year old Dee has been convicted of murdering her stepsister, and is sentenced to a new type of prison, known as Alcatraz 2.0, run by a mysterious figure known as The Postman. Located on an island, Alcatraz 2.0 is always under surveillance, and the public can tune in at any time to watch the live feeds of the prisoners. What makes this prison different is the fact that there are killers on the island, who, allowed by the government, torture and kill the convicted felons that end up there. The audience can watch the murders and place bets on who they think the killer will be for each inmate. Dee swears she's innocent, and refuses to become one of the island's next victims. She forms a group of friends, nicknamed by the public the Death Row Breakfast Club, and together they try their best to stay alive day by day. Dee is determined to find a way off of the island to prove her innocence, but in doing so, has placed herself right in the The Postman's line of sight. As soon as I read the blurb for #MurderTrending, I knew I had to read it! I am a huge fan of books that incorporate social media into the plot, given how prevalent social media is for most people these days. Reading the book was an interesting experience, because while we know from the beginning that Dee says she's innocent, you can't help but rooting for not just her, but her entire posse of friends, even knowing that they've all been sentenced to the island because they are convicted killers (regardless of whether or not they say they are innocent).  Another element to the book that I loved was the mysterious character, known as The Postman - a former reality TV producer, who no-one knows the identity of, but who runs the island. There are a few chapters that are told from The Postman's point of view, which made him even more intriguing.  If you are a fan of books like The Hunger Games and 1984, movies like The Purge and Untraceable, and shows like Big Brother, I think you'll be a fan of this book. There are elements of survival, voyeurism, social media, dystopia, and corrupt governments and legal systems, and I think some of these things are really relevant to today's society, just on a smaller scale.  All in all, this was a perfect YA thriller for me, and exactly what I needed to read at the moment. Because it's YA, it was quick and easy to get through, but didn't skimp on the gore or reveals. I also loved the ending of the book - it did a great job wrapping up this story so the reader doesn't feel like they got ripped off, while leaving it open just enough to leave room for a sequel (which comes out next year!). I'd like to thank Freeform for my copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. 

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Oh man, I loved this book, but I knew I would. Gretchen’s words are always a favorite and she writes murdery goodness like no one else. I loved Dee. She’s smart and somehow levelheaded and much more of a bad ass than I would have been. The Death Row Breakfast Club is just as awesome. I loved Ethan’s movie quotes and Gris’s sarcasm, and Nyles had me at being British. Plot wise it’s quite unique, yet also a bit of a commentary on current events. It was fast paced from the beginning and doesn’t let Oh man, I loved this book, but I knew I would. Gretchen’s words are always a favorite and she writes murdery goodness like no one else. I loved Dee. She’s smart and somehow levelheaded and much more of a bad ass than I would have been. The Death Row Breakfast Club is just as awesome. I loved Ethan’s movie quotes and Gris’s sarcasm, and Nyles had me at being British. Plot wise it’s quite unique, yet also a bit of a commentary on current events. It was fast paced from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the end. I know this is fairly vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Overall, it was a quick read with characters I was rooting for right from the start. The ending was satisfying and I’m wondering if there will be more. Regardless, I’m 100000% here for Gretchen’s words. **Huge thanks to Freeform for providing the arc free of charge**

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen Power

    This book was amazing! There were so many twists and turns in the plot that I was riveted the whole way through. I'm obsessed with things prison-related, San Francisco-related, and twisted reality TV show concepts, so this book was just my cup of tea! I couldn't put it down (both because I was participating in a reading marathon and because it was just so good!). Full review to come soon. Thanks to NetGalley and Freeform for giving me a digital ARC of this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    This was so much more fun than I thought it would be. This is my introduction to Gretchen's writing and I'm very happy. I have several more of her books, so I'll be checking those out sooner than later I hope. Another perfect October read, this is by no means scary but it's violent, has a high death count and is VERY fast paced. RTC

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera comes to in a warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of The Postman app, which allows citizens to stream the executions of convicts from Alcatraz 2.0, a suburbanized prison island. It's one thing knowing that the worst of the worst are facing justice at the hands of legalized serial killers, but Dee isn't going to pay the ultimate price for a crime she didn’t commit. Will Dee I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera comes to in a warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of The Postman app, which allows citizens to stream the executions of convicts from Alcatraz 2.0, a suburbanized prison island. It's one thing knowing that the worst of the worst are facing justice at the hands of legalized serial killers, but Dee isn't going to pay the ultimate price for a crime she didn’t commit. Will Dee survive long enough to prove her innocence? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners pick her off? #Murdertrending is my first novel by Gretchen McNeil, but I liked it well enough with some minor snags. My favorite aspect of this story is that I felt like I should have been eating a big bag of movie theater popcorn while I was reading this action packed near future thriller. It's a fun and fast paced ride that feels like it meant for the big screen. I also particularly liked that it feels so current with the language, the app, and the social media usage. Plus, I have to admit that the dash of politics (and overall future world) we get don't come across as all that far fetched at the moment actually. The only place where it really stumbled for me was the character development - it's a bit lacking and everyone is little too flat for my taste - and that pacing is a bit choppy from chapter to chapter. Overall, #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil is an over the top, bloody, and darkly hilarious YA mystery thriller. If you like The Running Man, Scream Queens, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, and bloodshed with a side of Disney princess references, then you may want to try McNeil's newest release. I think I'll have to read for more her work in the future such as Ten and Relic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clemlucian (&#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;the brooding reader)

    "It was dangerous to appeal to the most vulgar instincts of humanity, to normalize something as horrific as state-sponsored serial killers. But that's what you got when a former reality star was elected president." Rating: 3/5 stars SYNOPSIS: A wrongly accused teenage girl founds herself in Alcatraz 2.0, in which the worst murderers await for their ultimate death by state-sponsored serial killers on tv for everyone to see. Dee finds herself fighting for her version of the story to be heard, only t "It was dangerous to appeal to the most vulgar instincts of humanity, to normalize something as horrific as state-sponsored serial killers. But that's what you got when a former reality star was elected president." Rating: 3/5 stars SYNOPSIS: A wrongly accused teenage girl founds herself in Alcatraz 2.0, in which the worst murderers await for their ultimate death by state-sponsored serial killers on tv for everyone to see. Dee finds herself fighting for her version of the story to be heard, only to discover a bigger conspiracy behind Alcatraz 2.0 and its creator, the Postman. REVIEW: While I enjoyed Murdertrending and the message behind it, I thought it suffered from fake advertisement, comparing this book to the like of Hunger Games and other battle royale/ dystopian type of books. So be aware before adding this to your TBR, this isn't a book about people killing each other, but rather about people being hunted down by serial killers. So my rating is partly related to this false advertisement, I'm not gonna lie, I was disappointed to learn that people won't kill each other. But the book was mostly fine, the intrigue was compelling, the characters had distinct personalities, and the writing style was strong. However, the overall plot isn't all that strong, I found it ridiculous to believe that a country will hire serial killers to kill lesser criminals when they should be killing off the serial killers they hire? I mean, the serial killers are obviously the biggest threat to the community and yet they're the one who can come and go as they wish? That part seemed unrealistic to me, especially once you start to realize how much of a psycho some of those killers are. The Silence of the Lambs type of psycho. I counted over 9 info dumps, and I'm sure I missed some. Those info dumps are usually, one or two Ebook pages long, and it honestly felt like I was reading some history course for class. I think this book also lacked of Alcatraz mentions, I mean, if you're gonna call a prison Alcatraz 2.0, I'd hope there'd be subtle references to the original prison or jail-break, and I was so disappointed in that regard because I also picked this book up for the name of the prison. The characters had all distinct personalities but it also felt like they were caricatures of themselves, taking the archetypes of the Breakfast Club -the characters are named the Breakfast Club in the book by the fans of the show- with the jock, the princess, the nerd... I also noticed some choices and reactions that were out of character or overproportioned, in the most dramatic way. However, this is still an enjoying ride, with decent tension and foreshadowing and with a compelling concept so if you're looking for a quick murder story to calm your own murderous thoughts, this will do the trick.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Leave it to McNeil to deliver something as exciting as it is frightening. With her unique take on murder mysteries and exploring the unknown and most of the time, horrifying, I can always count on her for an action packed and somewhat bizarre read. Set in a very much realistic time and place, #murdertrending was something that you could see happening today in a world full of social media and reality TV, which is also what made this such an interesting and hard to put down read. With twists and tu Leave it to McNeil to deliver something as exciting as it is frightening. With her unique take on murder mysteries and exploring the unknown and most of the time, horrifying, I can always count on her for an action packed and somewhat bizarre read. Set in a very much realistic time and place, #murdertrending was something that you could see happening today in a world full of social media and reality TV, which is also what made this such an interesting and hard to put down read. With twists and turns and danger literally around every corner, this was something fun and thrilling and completely different and I couldn't get enough of it. Fans and new fans alike, old and young, will all be able to get lost in this one and enjoy it up until the very last page. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  15. 4 out of 5

    andrea caro

    I want to start this review by saying this: this book is probably not, realistically, a five-star read. But honestly? I had the best time reading it and anything critical I could say about it, for me, gets completely overshadowed by how much fun I had during this reading experience. Meet Dee Guerrera, a 17-year old girl plucked out of society after an ultra-speedy trial declared her her step-sister's murderer and thrown onto Alcatraz 2.0, an island full of convicted murderers getting just dessert I want to start this review by saying this: this book is probably not, realistically, a five-star read. But honestly? I had the best time reading it and anything critical I could say about it, for me, gets completely overshadowed by how much fun I had during this reading experience. Meet Dee Guerrera, a 17-year old girl plucked out of society after an ultra-speedy trial declared her her step-sister's murderer and thrown onto Alcatraz 2.0, an island full of convicted murderers getting just desserts via a handful of government-contracted killers. The clincher - everything is broadcasted via an extremely popular app called The Postman, named for a mysterious man in charge running the whole show. The thing is - Dee is innocent. First of all, I wanna talk about the killers. There are several killers hunting down convicts and they each have their own unique theme. There's Gucci Hangman, Cecil B. DeViolent, Hannah Ball, Molly Mauler, DIYNona, The Hardy Girls, Barbaric Barista, Robin's Hood, Prince Slycer, and Gassy Al. Each have their one personal M.O. (For example - Cecil remakes scenes from films, DIYNona can turn you into a human candle, etc.) I LOVED THIS ASPECT OF THE BOOK. A minor grievance is that I wanted to see more and more kills with each of these characters, but there's at least a little glimpse of each. (FYI - they also do something similar with a convict. For example, Dee gets a wardrobe full of princess clothes, there's another girl that gets 'bad girl' clothes. The convicts are being made to fill certain roles, too.) The island that these convicts live on is weird, set up with a little bodega, an ice cream shop, a library, and so forth and each of the convicts have jobs in order to get any amount of money to feed themselves. I LOVED this aspect too and again, I wanted more. It was definitely akin to a reality show I've seen before where people wander around an island until they're voted off. Only getting voted off on this island means you die. Anyway, stuff starts to go awry. When Dee is plopped into the maze, she's meant to be a victim of Prince Slycer, and is dressed up in Disney princess garb. Deciding she's not going to run away from inevitable death, she takes a mirror off the wall and bashes Prince Slycer's head in. There's a target on her back from then on - the mysterious Postman doesn't love that Dee, aka #CinderellaSurvivor has taken out one of his own. Pretty soon, friends start disappearing. And Dee sees evidence that one of the Postman's killers was responsible for her sister's death and begins to realize that maybe her sham trial was about more than populating the island for pretty people to up the ratings, it might have to do with something from her past. I dunno, this just reminds me of a really campy horror movie and I loved it. For that matter, I think this would make a GREAT movie. It's not for everyone and can scant toward cheesy, but I love cheesy. READ THIS BOOK.

  16. 5 out of 5

    may ☆彡

    Wow. It’s not so much that I’m confused, it’s just a lot to take in. Okay, so here we go. #murdertrending is an amazing book. I absolutely loved it!! So many plot twists that I never realized were coming (and I’m normally really good at figuring out the mystery before the main character does)! I feel like the end of this book hit me all at once and I was just sitting dumbfounded for over 2 days, trying to comprehend what had just happened. This is a shockingly good, well-written story that kept m Wow. It’s not so much that I’m confused, it’s just a lot to take in. Okay, so here we go. #murdertrending is an amazing book. I absolutely loved it!! So many plot twists that I never realized were coming (and I’m normally really good at figuring out the mystery before the main character does)! I feel like the end of this book hit me all at once and I was just sitting dumbfounded for over 2 days, trying to comprehend what had just happened. This is a shockingly good, well-written story that kept me on my toes the whole time. I don’t normally read horror-y books (because I’m not really that kind of person) but as soon as I read one page in the bookstore I was immediately hooked and couldn’t put it down. It was so fast-paced and interesting and all of the characters had depth and mystery to them. I have to admit, Alcatraz 2.0 and that whole media world that was created in the story definitely freaked me out. I would never want to live in that kind of horrifying place. But what was the scariest to me was mostly the fact that the Postman app and watching people die in terrifying ways was a normal thing to do. And people that are a lot like the Postman exist in our world today. But I digress. #murdertrending is a really great read that just keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved the #DeathRowBreakfastClub and the dark and mysterious plot. Definitely recommend!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica *The Lovely Books*

    HOLY HELL! This was f’n amazing. The Hunger Games meets The Purge meets The Breakfast Club. Yesssss! I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up this book. (Thank you Cassie for sending me the galley!) the book hooked me from the very first page. In the very near future, crime is handled much differently than it’s handled now. For one, you get sent to a prison island known as Alcatraz 2.0. Two, you’ve pretty much dead as soon as you set foot there. Dee has been sentenced to the HOLY HELL! This was f’n amazing. The Hunger Games meets The Purge meets The Breakfast Club. Yesssss! I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up this book. (Thank you Cassie for sending me the galley!) the book hooked me from the very first page. In the very near future, crime is handled much differently than it’s handled now. For one, you get sent to a prison island known as Alcatraz 2.0. Two, you’ve pretty much dead as soon as you set foot there. Dee has been sentenced to the island of doom for murdering her step-sister. She’s now in a reality tv show shown to the masses of the world. There’s an app called The Postman where people can subscribe to their favorite serial killers and chat with everyone else about who deserves to die, etc. But Dee will not go down without a fight—especially for something she didn’t do. We’re introduced to so many quirky and amazing characters. In fact, their known as Death Row Breakfast Club. The scenes were absolutely perfect! With some of them being a little too gory for my tastes but hard to look away from all the same. As much as I loved this, there are some questions I still have about the entirety of the book. So I’m hoping we get a companion novel or something. With the way the book ended... Overall, this was fun, it was thrilling, and I seriously read it in one sitting. It was that good! If you’re looking for something fast-paced and a good set of characters, I can’t recommend this one enough! *Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bookteafull (Danny)

    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars How to summarize this book in one sentence: The Purge meets Deadman Wonderland meets Saw meets the The Breakfast Club. Despite reading and watching similar storylines in various forms on media (i.e. Btooom, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, and all the ones previously mentioned), McNeil still manages to engage the reader with this gruesomely fun read. The fact that I had such a hard time putting this novel down is why it's deserving of such a high rating. I'm a sucker fo Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars How to summarize this book in one sentence: The Purge meets Deadman Wonderland meets Saw meets the The Breakfast Club. Despite reading and watching similar storylines in various forms on media (i.e. Btooom, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, and all the ones previously mentioned), McNeil still manages to engage the reader with this gruesomely fun read. The fact that I had such a hard time putting this novel down is why it's deserving of such a high rating. I'm a sucker for themes revolving around prisons, convicts, and jigsaw kill schemes; I'm not quite sure what that says about me - but McNeil is a author after my heart after using all the horror tropes I approve of. She's become an #automaticbuy for sure. #Murdertrending was refreshing, creepy, and suspenseful in just enough ways to have me on the edge of my seat (which doesn't happen to me often tbh). I do wish we could have seen more interactions with inmates outside of the #DeathRowBreakfastClub and had a more elongated ending, as it felt rushed compared to the rest of the novel. I also think scenes with the serial killers could have been amped up a bit to make the situation more challenging as they were kind of easy to circumnavigate toward the end. I don't know if you caught on, but all my criticisms have to deal with wanting more from the novel because it was already that addicting. I highly recommend this book to people in need of a fast-paced, action-packed, and tension-filled read. People who are squeamish about gory scenes should probably hold off on reading this though, just fyi. Thank you, NetGalley for providing me with an ebook version of this story. Yet another awesome read urging me forth to purchase the actual physical copy. #ReaderStruggles

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid

    “I have diplomatic immunity?” … “BAM!” Ethan pretended to fire the gun. “It’s just been revoked … I’ve been waiting months for someone to try and kill you so I could use that line.” I can’t quite comprehend what I read. I like the general premise of this book, but the scenarios and explanations for how everything occurs is absolutely absurd. Typically, I don’t have many issues with stories that have far-fetched worlds (this is fiction, after all), but I have tremendous issues with this partic “I have diplomatic immunity?” … “BAM!” Ethan pretended to fire the gun. “It’s just been revoked … I’ve been waiting months for someone to try and kill you so I could use that line.” I can’t quite comprehend what I read. I like the general premise of this book, but the scenarios and explanations for how everything occurs is absolutely absurd. Typically, I don’t have many issues with stories that have far-fetched worlds (this is fiction, after all), but I have tremendous issues with this particular setting. I refuse to believe that the government would sanction such a grotesque solution to capital punishment, and that they would choose to broadcast this to the outside world. How has the fan base for this morbid show escalated to the millions? We reside in a world where thousands upon thousand of people commit crimes, and yet the vast majority of people disprove of violent treatment towards any felon, regardless of their crimes. Am I expected to believe that the same population who considers hate speech to be a cruel and unjust transgression, will welcome the idea of executing criminals through horrific methods? Furthermore, the human race relishes this concept so much, that they develop a social media addiction to this show? Pardon me, as I roll my eyes. I am not denying the fact that a wide percentage of our population is more infatuated with social media than is necessary, but I find it awfully implausible that we would ever stoop this low. Even if I could stomach the concept, the characters are another issue altogether. To describe them in a single word: fake. I never once felt that these characters were genuine human beings. The decisions they all make, in addition to the cheesy, dramatic, and forced dialogue are written purely to create drama and needlessly violent scenarios. Personally, if I was in these characters’ predicaments, I would be frightened out of my wits, not worrying about crushes and which wardrobe option suits me best. Perhaps I won’t be murdered if I don the pale yellow dress today. Call me crazy, but I think an ounce of fear in the hearts of these characters would’ve helped me relate to them on some meager level. Hyperboles should be used in moderation. In all earnestness, is this novel supposed to be taken seriously or is it a parody? I honestly don’t have a clue as to what the tone of this novel is implied to be. This story reminds me of Scary Movie and other Hollywood satires, that poke fun at the tacky, high-school horror movie genre. Again, the actions and dialogue of the protagonist, Dee, along with the other members of the Death Row Breakfast Club felt so outlandish, that the only clarification I can conjure is that it must be a parody of sorts. Not to mention, their homage to the original Breakfast Club characters seemed too out of proportion to be sincere. The mystery element also isn’t too enticing, since it’s fairly clear what’s happening from the start. I wanted to enjoy this one. Truly, I did. I dived into it with an open mind, but I couldn’t swallow the lack of realism in the world and plot, and the characters weren’t able to redeem it. The one element I did enjoy (assuming the story is in fact, satirical) is how the side character, Ethan randomly recites famous quotes from movies, despite the dire situation the characters are in. They made me chuckle more than once, and I appreciated the lightheartedness they brought to the story. I’ve never been a fan of over-the-top horrors such as this, so it isn’t too shocking that this one is no exception. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    #murdertrending was a bit good. I expected more from the novel and I didn't get it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaila

    1.5/5 stars I never rate books one star. I feel like I’m really easy to please with books, but I really couldn’t help but hate this one to my very core. In the simplest of terms, this book makes me really mad. I’m not even sure I want to write a full review about it yet because I don’t think I can find many redeeming qualities and to be perfectly honest, I don’t want to spend more time thinking about this book than I have to. Any element that you mention, be it characters, romance or plot, I had 1.5/5 stars I never rate books one star. I feel like I’m really easy to please with books, but I really couldn’t help but hate this one to my very core. In the simplest of terms, this book makes me really mad. I’m not even sure I want to write a full review about it yet because I don’t think I can find many redeeming qualities and to be perfectly honest, I don’t want to spend more time thinking about this book than I have to. Any element that you mention, be it characters, romance or plot, I had a problem with it in this book. I think what made it worse was the fact that I was so super excited to read this because the concept sounded so grippy and thrilling. Let’s get one thing straight, this was neither gripping nor thrilling. I am very disappointed. In a world where everything is filmed and capitalised, someone came out with the wonderful idea of making prison a reality tv show. Now everyone watches live streamed murders, can subscribe for behind the scenes of each prisoner and enjoy updates by the hour. Alcatraz 2.0 has completely taken the world my storm and everyone is glued to their phones to see who is going to get murdered next and how. Eighteen-year old Dee has been wrongfully accused of murdering her step-sister and has been sentenced to spend her time at Alcatraz 2.0. She has two choices, either she can just sit down and let herself be the next victim or she can try her hardest to survive and prove her innocence. This is honestly the most disappointing book I’ve ever read, on so many levels. For one, I absolutely love crime podcasts, unsolved mysteries and prison documentaries. So, I know a little bit about the notorious Alcatraz. When I heard the synopsis of this book with Alcatraz 2.0 I was so excited. I actually loved the synopsis and was expecting a gritty, thrilling novel. What I actually got was the cheesiest, most ridiculous book that I’ve read in a long while. I was so unbelievably let down by this book, I’m actually feeling myself get worked up just writing about it now. I’m also super disappointed because this book was being promoted so much, especially on YouTube, so I was expecting something great. Generally I am so easy to please with books, but this one couldn’t even reach those low levels. I guess a warning flag should have been the ‘prison’. I write prison like that because it wasn’t a prison at all. It was a cute little town with an ice cream shop and little houses for each prisoner to sleep in. Vomit. Are you absolutely kidding me?? This must be a joke. I can’t believe it used the name Alcatraz 2.0, which is one of the most extreme prisons to have been in existence. This book just stamped its feet all over the idea of a gritty, dark novel. This is like asking for black and getting a unicorn that has shat flowery rainbows all over your expectations. I really can’t be bothered talking about everything I hated in this book. Even if I wanted to, I don’t know if I physically could because there was very little, if anything, that I found redeemable about the novel. One thing that is particularly infuriating to me is the romance. First off, how ridiculous is the idea of a romance in this story. This was marketed as a thrilling read, but in reality, the main character is more concerned about a cute boy than not dying (not that I would’ve minded very much if she had gotten herself cute). It was the cheesiest, most insta-love romance that just wasn’t necessary. I really don’t know what to focus on because I’m really upset about everything in the book. As an umbrella explanation, the construction of this book was horrible. There was no development, EVERY character was a two-dimensional stereotype and the book was no where near as original as it pretends to be. A book with this kind of story requires a very developed world and prison, interesting characters and a unique story line, which were all lacking in the extreme. Okay, I need to stop. I’m getting seriously angry just typing this. Like my mother told me, if you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything (guess I’ve failed that already, oops)

  22. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    Death Row Breakfast Club. Beautifully accurate tagline. This book reminded me of the cheesy horror movies of the 80's that I adore! It was campy, relatable, slightly dramatic, and a bit ridiculous....this made for a winning combination in my mind! I thought it was cool how she created the storyline around our real world obsession with reality TV, and even made the president a former reality TV star. I hear there will be a sequel and I'm on board to catch up with these characters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Elizabeth Smith #MurderTrending is set in the very near future where reality television has been taken to a whole new level. The Postman is an anonymous television mogul who developed the idea for Alcatraz 2.0, an island in the San Francisco Bay, and the Postman App. People convicted of the most heinous crimes are sent to the prison island, Alcatraz 2.0 and then hunted down by government sanctioned serial killers. All of which is recorded on video a Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Elizabeth Smith #MurderTrending is set in the very near future where reality television has been taken to a whole new level. The Postman is an anonymous television mogul who developed the idea for Alcatraz 2.0, an island in the San Francisco Bay, and the Postman App. People convicted of the most heinous crimes are sent to the prison island, Alcatraz 2.0 and then hunted down by government sanctioned serial killers. All of which is recorded on video and available for the public through the Postman App. This new “show” has become so popular that almost everyone in the country has a favourite serial killer that they follow and know everything about The story begins with the main character, Dee Guerrera, as she wakes up on Alcatraz 2.0. She is dressed as a princess and immediately has to fight for her life because the executioner, Prince Slycer, is slated to kill her while America watches. But things don’t go as planned and Dee meets up with a group of fellow inmates that become known as the Death Row Breakfast Club. The story follows them as they all try to survive on the island they were meant to die on. As they get to know each other better, they start to realise that things might be even more sinister and strange because none of them actually committed the crimes they were convicted of. We see the story unfold on Alcatraz 2.0, but between chapters we also get glimpses of the forums where fans are discussing what they watch on the app. Some are brutal, disappointed when the deaths don’t go as planned and others are hinting at a conspiracy theory. This makes the story such a unique experience as we get to see the perspective from inside the prison as well as a glimpse of what is happening outside. Throughout we get Dee’s flashbacks from when she was 11 years old and kidnapped as well. She was held captive for a period of time and has a lot of unresolved feelings from that time. So with all of this going on, you can imagine the number of twists and turns this story takes. This book was such an interesting concept as it really highlights the excessiveness that we’ve come to expect from reality television as well as the way we interact online. It’s a near future that doesn’t really seem that far off. And some of the scenes even seem a bit over the top while still maintaining an excellent storyline. Though it’s twisty and super interesting, it is also has some gore. Each time a murder takes place on the island it is described on the page and the characters are forced to watch it repeatedly on the TV screens throughout the island. So if you’re squeamish, know going in there may be scenes you need to skim. Overall, this was a super interesting look at society and where we’re headed and I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book! One of my cinematic weaknesses is Arnold Schwarzenegger movies from the 1980s. The best way to give me a great day is a glass of champagne and a marathon of movies like “The Terminator”, “Predator”, and “Commando” (and maybe toss in “Kindergarten Cop” just to lighten things up a bit). But if I had to pick the one that I like the most just based on cheese factor, it’s going to be (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book! One of my cinematic weaknesses is Arnold Schwarzenegger movies from the 1980s. The best way to give me a great day is a glass of champagne and a marathon of movies like “The Terminator”, “Predator”, and “Commando” (and maybe toss in “Kindergarten Cop” just to lighten things up a bit). But if I had to pick the one that I like the most just based on cheese factor, it’s going to be “The Running Man”. For the uninitiated, the plot is that Arnold is a fugitive who gets roped into a reality show in which convicts are hunted down and killed by flamboyant ‘stalkers’, all in the name of entertainment. Richard “Family Feud” Dawson plays the nefarious TV show host Killian, and Minnesota’s own former Governor Jesse Ventura plays retired stalker turned Aerobics Coach Captain Freedom. “#Murdertrending” wants to be “The Running Man” with sprinkles of “The Breakfast Club” thrown in, and while it had the ambition to combine the two, it falls a little short. But first I will start with the good. Given that I am a huge sucker for these deadly dystopian stories involving death as entertainment, “#Murdertrending” was going to always have the advantage right out of the gate. Honestly, if you have a story where people are being killed on a reality show and it stands in as a critique of society, I am going to be here for it. And McNeil has created a world that feels familiar enough so the reader can relate to it, but removed enough that it can definitely be considered future dystopia. Dee Guerrera is thrust into Alcatraz 2.0 at the beginning of the book, and it’s the perfect way to slowly reveal the world building in an organic way. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the social media bookends to each chapter, with viewers and ‘fans’ of the show chatting on message boards and Twitter-like sites. It was a good way to show how the world reacts to and perceives the show they are watching, and also shows how their perceptions start to change as Dee and her allies on Alcatraz 2.0 try to survive the island. The tech on the island was fun too, with cameras and drones being used in creepy and interesting ways. The stakes did feel fairly high, as McNeil did a good job of showing consequences and how deadly they could be if you made a wrong move on the island. In terms of plot and world building, “#Murdertrending” was an addictive and fun book. But when it comes to the characters in this book, aka the Death Row Breakfast Club, I was left a bit underwhelmed overall. Dee was fine for the most part, but a lot of the time (given that it’s first person) she slips into the ‘I’m snarky and sarcastic, isn’t that cool?’ attitude that we see far too often in YA thrillers and horror. I wasn’t all that invested in her story, be it surviving the island or clearing her name in the murder of her stepsister, and while I liked how she interacted with some of her fellow prisoners (specifically Nyles, a British teen who is geeky as heck) I wasn’t worried about her well being. I also felt that some of her backstory involving a kidnapping didn’t quite mesh well with other parts of her character, and I wish that it had been integrated a bit better. The group mostly fit a bunch of familiar tropes: the jock, the bad girl, the nerdy boy, the weirdo, etc, and none of them felt like they were much more beyond their tropes. If I was pressed to pick a favorite character, I’d probably go for Griselda, the snarky and mean bad girl who is clearly the Bender of this Breakfast Club. But even that was more because I LOVE that character trope of ‘damaged bad boy/girl who is actually hurting’ and less because of who she was as a full person. Even when a big reveal came near the end of the book, while I didn’t necessarily see it coming I didn’t really have an “OH MY GOSH WHAT?!” moment from it either. And oh man, the ending. I hate endings like this one. I won’t spoil it, but just know that it was frustrating to get to the last page and have that tossed out there. “#Murdertrending” had a lot of positives going for it and a couple negatives as well, but I did find it to be an entertaining read that kept me going. If you aren’t so worried about characterization and are just here for straight up thrills, it’s a good book to end the summer with!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mellea

    3.5 Stars - This book started out as a really fun, campy, enjoyable read. The concept was violent and over the top in a comedic B-movie teen slasher meets the Purge kind of way. The painiacs were creative with their unique killing personas, and I liked the gang of misfits walking around trying to avoid their inevitable demise while constantly making inappropriately timed movie quote and pop culture references. I found the MC, Dee, a little boring, but the supporting characters made up for it. Un 3.5 Stars - This book started out as a really fun, campy, enjoyable read. The concept was violent and over the top in a comedic B-movie teen slasher meets the Purge kind of way. The painiacs were creative with their unique killing personas, and I liked the gang of misfits walking around trying to avoid their inevitable demise while constantly making inappropriately timed movie quote and pop culture references. I found the MC, Dee, a little boring, but the supporting characters made up for it. Unfortunately, the last 30% or so took it a little too far for me, which caused me to lower my rating. (view spoiler)[ I don't think Dee was strong enough to carry the plot on her own. Once the interesting characters started dying off and separating from her, she was left alone just picking off the painiacs like she's some kind of highly trained assassin. She's not. Just an average teenage girl. That's where it went too far for me... too unbelievable, and eye-roll inducing. It became very repetitive with the elaborate descriptions of kill rooms and costumes, and I found myself skimming.) (hide spoiler)] Also, I would have liked more back-story on the world politics and how the Postman came to power over the criminal system with the social media aspect. That's the part that initially intrigued me the most about this book. (view spoiler)[ And more details about Dee's abduction. (hide spoiler)] Overall, not a bad read, but it definitely started better than it ended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    "Well, she knew one thing for sure: one of The Postman's psychos was about to shed her blood. Who would it be? Would she end up as the main ingredient in one of Hannah Ball's cannibalistic casseroles? Or starting in a Cecil B. DeViolent splatterporn re-creation of Gone with the Wind? Was Gucci Handman at that very moment constructing a designer noose for her neck, expertly crafted to match her complexion and outfit and the latest trends from New York Fashion Week while it slowly strangled the lif "Well, she knew one thing for sure: one of The Postman's psychos was about to shed her blood. Who would it be? Would she end up as the main ingredient in one of Hannah Ball's cannibalistic casseroles? Or starting in a Cecil B. DeViolent splatterporn re-creation of Gone with the Wind? Was Gucci Handman at that very moment constructing a designer noose for her neck, expertly crafted to match her complexion and outfit and the latest trends from New York Fashion Week while it slowly strangled the life out of her? Or was Molly Mauler about to flood the room with water and piranhas and make her choose death by suffocation or mastication?" I am currently skipping down my street screaming "I love it, I love it, I love it" at the top of my lungs. Was #Murdertrending perfect? YES Objectively, perhaps not, but it was full of murdery fun! #Murdertrending may sound a tad ridiculous, modern day prison (Alcatraz 2.0) which televises live executions of murderers for the enjoyment of MILLIONS. Sounds crazy... right? But quite honestly, everything is possible these days, and #Murdertrending acknowledges this fact while blowing it out of proportion. It is a dark commentary on our current state of affairs, yet one I thoroughly enjoyed. ACTION FROM BEGINNING TO GORY END! I did however believe that #Murdertrending was a little too fast paced. The entirety of the novel spans about 3-4 days from Dee's arrival at Alcatraz 2.0; a little more build up in every asset could have taken #Murdertrending to the next level. Nevertheless I did enjoy the constant action, extravagant murder scenes, and quirky set of characters. Main character, Dee, is by far the most developed of the #DeathRowBreakfastClub team. She has a traumatic, dark, and twisty, backstory. She loved her step sister, didn't kill her, and was framed. She wants to find out the real murderer, but how can she when she is stuck on an island with no connection to the outside world? The rest of the crew, while quirky and fun to read did not enjoy much character development #MurdertrendingShortfalls There is the jock who enjoys acting out lines and scenes from his favorite action movies (even though we don't know why or how this started), the hot girl who is kind of a bitch but not a total bitch (who is also a hacker, who might have murdered her best friend and boyfriend in cold blood), the British guy who was on his way to becoming a doctor when tragedy struck his door (death of his parents, yet doesn't seem that broken up about it), and finally the genius, almost Sherlock like, girl next door who might just have the answers Dee needs to stay alive. I enjoyed the characters, and their banter, immensely, but I do admit they barely had a background story and you basically just had to take them at face value. Just be ready to suspend your disbelief with this one. At some points it was hard for me to believe that Dee could even stay alive that long in the island as death was lurking behind every corner, literally! And yet, she is the heroine of our story, so per the rules she needs to conquer her demons and kick ass while wearing glass slippers #CinderellaSurvivor Finally while the ending is open to the possibility of a sequel, I am not sure how it could continue the tale. All of Dee's ghosts have been dealt with, so I would be curious to see how McNeil could pull off a sequel. I don't think it needs it honestly, but I will still read it if ever comes to fruition. I would recommend #Murdertrending to anybody who needs a boost of something fun, kind of dark, and just oh so easy to get through. I could totally see this book turning into a movie, and that would be a ticket I would totally buy. Now excuse me while I go hunt down other Gretchen McNeil books...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diabolica

    The book was just as and even better than I thought it would be. Just like the summary reads, Dee has been framed for murder, landing her a spot at Alcatraz 2.0. And that's all the background you need, otherwise you might as well skip the first 30 pages. The introduction reminded me so much of the Furnace just given how similar they start, but from there the books differ like cats and dogs. Mostly because #MurderTrending has more ties to capitalism. Hell, I'm glad no one has decided to capitaliz The book was just as and even better than I thought it would be. Just like the summary reads, Dee has been framed for murder, landing her a spot at Alcatraz 2.0. And that's all the background you need, otherwise you might as well skip the first 30 pages. The introduction reminded me so much of the Furnace just given how similar they start, but from there the books differ like cats and dogs. Mostly because #MurderTrending has more ties to capitalism. Hell, I'm glad no one has decided to capitalize on a capital punishment app. And instead are working to get rid of capital punishment. Quite frankly I didn't expect the degree violence that was present in this novel. There was a lot more gore than I thought. But who am I to stray for a little gore. Nope that just made me more interested. Being based of The Breakfast Club, the characters likely already had a stencil for the personalities. Either way, I liked the different characters, they were a blast. And Dee fit the part of Claire pretty well. Hands down a good standalone. A full story, with a full conclusion. A bit of gore/violence, and a splash of sarcasm. And we can't forget a good sprinkling of psychotic killers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (FearYourEx)

    I received an e-galley from the publisher via Netgalley. The views expressed in my review are my own. #MurderTrending is absolutely full of potential. The concept is absolutely amazing. Everything just needs a bit of fine tuning. The logistics of Alcatraz 2.0 were a bit unbelievable for me and I think that brought down the rating of this book the most for me. This book starts out right away full of action and it stays like that pretty much the whole book. Maybe a chapter here or there is a tad bit I received an e-galley from the publisher via Netgalley. The views expressed in my review are my own. #MurderTrending is absolutely full of potential. The concept is absolutely amazing. Everything just needs a bit of fine tuning. The logistics of Alcatraz 2.0 were a bit unbelievable for me and I think that brought down the rating of this book the most for me. This book starts out right away full of action and it stays like that pretty much the whole book. Maybe a chapter here or there is a tad bit slow, but we needed some character development of course. Dee was a nice, strong character but her personality fell a bit flat for me. The rest of her friends in Alcatraz 2.0 all had plenty of potential but needed a bit more development as well. The different "painiacs" in the book were the most interesting to me and I wish we learned a bit more about them since they seemed to have the most unique and thought out stories out together and weren't used to their full potential in my opinion. Other than that the story was still entertaining and action packed even if it was very predictable. I would potentially recommend this book to friends as a fun and quick read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    **Thanks so much to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC via Netgalley! It did not change my opinion of the book at all!** WARNING: THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF GORE IN THIS NOVEL. Like, it's actually YA horror and not the fake kind?? So, it brings the gore and the gory descriptions. There is, um, also a lot of murder. If you didn't catch that already. I think I have to be one of the most contradictory person when it comes to horror things. I refuse to watch horror movies because I can't deal. My para **Thanks so much to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC via Netgalley! It did not change my opinion of the book at all!** WARNING: THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF GORE IN THIS NOVEL. Like, it's actually YA horror and not the fake kind?? So, it brings the gore and the gory descriptions. There is, um, also a lot of murder. If you didn't catch that already. I think I have to be one of the most contradictory person when it comes to horror things. I refuse to watch horror movies because I can't deal. My paranoia for scary stuff is already at an ultimate high, and seeing things with actual jump scares? Yeah, no thanks. However, give me a horror book? And I might be down. And for this book? I was really down. If I had to describe this book, I would call it The Purge meets Scream Queens with a dash of Disney Princesses? If that even makes any sense? But honestly, that's the only way to even describe it. This story brings in a wonderful message of just how much we are sensationalizing violence and gore in this country in kind of a cool and unique way that just happened to feature my beloved Disney ladies. This story tackles our obsession with violence and the sensationalism that comes with it. It also had some interesting notes on what is happening in America right now especially regarding the presidency. It was certainly an interesting look, and to tell the truth, the story got a little scarier page by page because I could honestly see this becoming a thing in our future which each passing day. Which made this a bit of a scary read, tbh. I thought everything about the premise was really interesting. I thought the villains were unique and so morbidly intriguing. There were just so much creativity between each one. Basically there was so much creativity just jam-packed into each and every thing in this book. I can't even begin to describe everything, but McNeil managed to think of a lot and bring a new game to horror. Also, the writing was pretty good. As always, I could have done without the gory descriptions - which I did quite often - but I know they are a key point in the horror genre. Besides that, McNeil did a wonderful job with creating suspense, intrigue, and more. As I said, there was a ton of creativity and some humor which was super fun. I could have done without some things and the past moments I wasn't a fan of even though they were a bit crucial to the story. There were some good plot twists in the story as well and I didn't fully get everything that was happening. The characters were okay. I think that's a lot where the 4 crowns come in instead of the 5. I liked them. I thought Dee and the sidekicks were good...but they weren't great. I mean, I never really connected with any of them. They were a lot of just being there and being okay. I rooted for them, but I mean, I was never invested in them. They definitely quite a bit flat despite being likeable. And Gris totally felt like way too much of a cliche at parts for me. But again, I rooted for them and liked them. Um, also, THERE WERE SO MANY MENTIONS OF DISNEY PRINCESSES. Like, this is a horror book from Disney publishing, but I never expected all the Disney Princess horror. One of the killers dresses his victims up as Disney Princesses and him their prince, and our MC gets stuck as the "princess" character on Murder Island. GUYS AND GALS, I JUST CAN'T. SO AMAZING. Can they be in every horror novel????? Overall, this was such an interesting, quirky read that was YA horror done right. If you are not a fan of gore or horror, this book is not for you, but as a person that usually hates it, I did very well with it - enough for a four crown rating! It definitely was so intriguing and unique and I was in SO deep with it. It takes a hard look at the way our culture is going with violence, but it does so in the most interesting way. Plus, Disney Princesses. DISNEY PRINCESSES IN HORROR. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    This was a fun, fast read that genuinely made me laugh a number of times. And I loved how it skewered a certain reality "star" turned president.

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