Dangerous Play by Emma Kress

Are you as big on cover design as I am? As SOON as I saw the cover for this title, I KNEW I had to read it, so I am beyond thrilled to be hosting a spot on the DANGEROUS PLAY by Emma Kress Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About the Book:

Title: DANGEROUS PLAY

Author: Emma Kress

Pub. Date: August 3, 2021

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org


A fierce team of girls takes back the night in this propulsive, electrifying, and high-stakes YA debut from Emma Kress

Zoe Alamandar has one goal: win the State Field Hockey Championships and earn a scholarship that will get her the hell out of Central New York. She and her co-captain Ava Cervantes have assembled a fierce team of dedicated girls who will work hard and play by the rules.

But after Zoe is sexually assaulted at a party, she finds a new goal: make sure no girl feels unsafe again. Zoe and her teammates decide to stop playing by the rules and take justice into their own hands. Soon, their suburban town has a team of superheroes meting out punishments, but one night of vigilantism may cost Zoe her team, the championship, her scholarship, and her future.

Perfect for fans who loved the female friendships of Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie and the bite of Courtney Summer’s Sadie. 

Praise for DANGEROUS PLAY

“A contemporary feminist debut. . . . A timely and absorbing character study of a sexual assault survivor.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Kress renders Zoe’s trauma unflinchingly and compassionately, making this a worthwhile look at sexism and the healing power of speaking out—as well as a passionate love letter to an underappreciated sport.” —Publishers Weekly

Kress’s fierce characters show that, together, girls can be something bigger. Their story shows how loyalty, dedication, and an occasional bent rule can make the world a better place.” —Adrienne Kisner, author of Six Angry Girls and Dear Rachel Maddow

“Vibrant, daring, and deep, Dangerous Play is both a thrilling ride and a profound exploration of female friendship, rape culture, and the difficulty of doing the right thing in a world built on wrongs. An unflinching and empowering debut.” —Corey Ann Haydu, author of

Ever Cursed

“I want to put this book in the hands of every teenager I know. For anyone – especially any girl – who needs to find the power that comes from speaking up and speaking out, this gorgeous debut is a game-changer.” —Rachel Person, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs


I am typically NOT a synopsis reader, and I enjoyed this book, but it is one I feel would be a trigger warning kinda book for many — assault and rape — but also what comes after, and how the girls go on after. What stuck out most to me about this book was that the girls were fiercely loyal to one another, even if their practices in vigilante revenge wouldn’t be the best way to handle their problems in most cases IRL. While the topic may be a bit heavy at times, we get such well written teenage characters who work together, who support one another and so accurately represents what being a part of a team can be, especially in this age group.

Kress’ writing style was easy to read and enjoyable, her characters felt empowering and relatable, something we need more of especially in female voices. I have read quite a few sports based contemporary titles lately and they are just bringing such a needed subgenre to YA today.

Zoe was a fantastic MC, and I loved how much we got to know her in each aspect of her life, from her friends and team, to the pressure she faces as a student athlete, and as a daughter. So many layers built into this story, that made the overall theme of friendship and consent so much more emotional and real. I loved that by getting to know Zoe so well, we really learned along with her WHO she was.

About Emma Kress: 

Emma Kress is a graduate of Vassar College, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. An educator of over 20 years, Emma was a finalist for New York State Teacher of the Year in 2014. Before teaching, Emma worked in social services helping survivors of sexual assault. Now, she lives with her family in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of DANGEROUS PLAY, US ONLY.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/3/2021YABooksCentralInterview
8/4/2021Rajiv’s ReviewsReview
8/5/2021Everyone’s LibrarianReview
8/6/2021@Curlygrannylovestoread Review
8/7/2021celiamcmahonreadsReview

Week Two:

8/8/2021booksaremagictoo Review
8/9/2021Books and Zebras @jypsylynn Review
8/10/2021onemusedReview
8/11/2021Nonbinary Knight ReadsReview
8/12/2021Eli to the nthReview

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