Author: Stephanie Fowers
Publisher: Triad Media and Entertainment
Release Date: January 25, 2012
All war. No love. Madeleine’s been hurt too many times in the dating scene to let Byron beat her in some huge prank war. They’ve had their deserters, their POWs, their casualties, but no one can risk losing the battle of the sexes.
Except now something strange is happening at the college…and it’s not just the students. Buried deep beneath the pranks is real danger, and the only other person who suspects is Byron. Should Mad join sides with him or does that mean forfeiting her heart to the enemy?
I picked up this book because I previously read and loved Rules of Engagement by Stephanie Fowers. As I first started to read Prank Wars, the main character, Madeleine, seemed pretty cynical to me and the plot seemed like it would be very similar to Rules of Engagement. However, I quickly found that there was more to Madeleine than first met the eye and I came to like her. Also, as the book went on I found I was wonderfully wrong about the plot. While it does have similarities to Rules of Engagement, it definitely has a plot of its own. In fact it felt like the plot went much deeper in some ways. The nostalgia for my college days wasn’t as strong with this book since there wasn’t as much BYU culture in it, but I also think that makes the book more accessible to a broader audience.
The mysteries in this book occupied my mind even when I was doing other things (like eating breakfast). After I finished reading the book and all was revealed, I wanted to go back and reread the book with the “new eyes” I now have. I won’t reread it immediately, but I do look forward to reading it again in the future.