Young Adult - Adventure
280 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2016
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Author Biography

Jonathan Kuiper is a proud native of New England. Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire, Frankie studied at Stonehill College. He is currently teaching and living in Italy. When Jonathan isn’t in the classroom motivating students, he is busy writing the next book in the Luza series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Riley is Book Two in The Fox and the Girl series by Frankie Yandow, a moving and entertaining adventure novel for young readers. The three friends - Luza, the Arctic fox, Keira, the fourteen-year-old princess, and their new friend, Riley - must escape from the cruel hunter Bilal and his cronies, and now they must find refuge with the faeries and work faster to fulfill the prophecy before their enemy, Bilal, catches up with them. It is interesting to watch these young characters work together towards freedom, using everything they can find, and at each step being met by a lot of challenges. Luza is still suffering from a poisonous bite from Bilal’s dog, which slows down their progress. Riley has secrets that seem more powerful than he can bear. Luza, the fox, might know more about Keira’s fate than she is letting on, and this doesn’t come across as comforting; if anything, it could be a grim premonition.

Frankie Yandow’s book is a beautiful tale for young readers, a work that showcases the values of friendship and teamwork in a brilliant manner. So, besides entertaining readers, it will help them to understand that it is always advantageous and rewarding to work as a team. In spite of the difficulties and challenges that the young friends encounter, their different personalities, gifts, and backgrounds, they always find hope by covering each other’s back, and the author does a brilliant job when it comes to character development. The setting is magical and the author employs great tools to show the eternal conflict between good and evil. Keira’s encounter with her father is offered to readers as a powerful turning point that ushers her into a coming-of-age moment when she realizes that she should be responsible for her fate, and this could be a very huge lesson for many young readers. I loved the fast-paced plot and the sense of mystery that permeates the story.

Jack Magnus

Riley: The Fox and the Girl, Book 2 is a contemporary adventure fantasy novel written by Frankie Yandow. Lane was busy trying to survive the attack his old enemy, Bilal, was waging upon him and his allies, but his mind was fixed on his daughter's well-being. Keira, Luza, the Arctic fox, and Riley needed all the time he could give them to get away. The Park Ranger had hoped that he would have been able to keep Keira ignorant of her destiny and the fact of his being her father, not her uncle as she always believed, until he felt she was ready for the burden of knowledge waiting for her. Keira had been astonished to see Lane turn into an eight-foot-tall black bear, but even more startling was the news that he was her father. There was so much they had to talk about, but that would have to wait for later. Lane's first priority was disabling Bilal, the agent of Sohon, and buying time. He'd have to hope that his daughter and her companions would survive the night.

Frankie Yandow's contemporary adventure fantasy, Riley: The Fox and the Girl, Book 2, continues the action of the first book in the series, Luza. While there's marginally enough background for readers to read this as a standalone novel, I strongly recommend reading the books in order. There's just too much to this marvelous series to sacrifice missing anything about the characters or the story. At one point, Keira thinks about the fact that she should be at home studying, that she's really a student at this point in her life, and her somewhat rueful analysis of the drastic changes that have occurred overnight highlight how this teen is proving to be resilient, capable and well worthy of the legacy she knows little about. Her coming of age is a splendid, if trying one, indeed. I had a marvelous time reading this novel. Luza, the first book in the series, was a fabulous read, and Riley continues the story so very well. Riley: The Fox and the Girl, Book 2 is most highly recommended.

Faridah Nassozi

Riley, the second book in The Fox and the Girl series, picks up exactly where book 1 left off. Keira's life had completely turned inside out. In one evening, she discovered that her beloved uncle Lane was actually her father, who could turn into a big black bear and was also the rightful King of the Forest. Now she was on the run for her life while her father, with the aid of his loyal allies and friends, battled Bilal and his associates. Keira had so many questions. Nothing made sense for the teenager but, as assured by her travelling companions, now was not the time to get the answers she needed. First, the group needed to find the passage to the sacred garden of the faeries and hopefully be permitted entrance. Moreover, this is just the beginning; Luza and Riley are both keeping big secrets from her. The trio still has a long way to go to fulfil their roles and with the enemy not resting, the fate of the prophecy hangs in the balance.

Riley (The Fox and the Girl Book 2) by Frankie Yandow is a worthy continuation of this amazing YA fantasy series. I was very eager to see how this next part of the story would play out and once again Frankie Yandow did not disappoint. In book 2, the story gets even more intense and more captivating as more memorable characters and remarkable settings are introduced into the plot. Every new chapter added more depth to the mystery of the prophecy and I was as eager as Keira to get some answers. The Fox and the Girl series is not the type of story that you read and put out of your mind; this memorable adventure crafted by Frankie Yandow stays with you for a very long time.