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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
In Agents of Angels: Diamond in the Rough by Treena Wynes, we meet a teen named Diamond as she’s being hauled into an ambulance on a gurney. She has just been saved from a car accident by, of all things, a pair of wings having sprouted from her back and shielded her. At first, she thinks it’s a dream, but later she discovers the wings are real though she has no idea how to reactivate them. The “kickass” star of the novel, Diamond is the hard-drinking daughter of a harder-drinking mom and stepdad. Her long gone real dad was an angel, making Diamond a half-angel, which she learns as her life falls farther and farther apart. According to a book of prophecies, a war for world domination is coming between the Angels and the Vipers, and Diamond, with a crew of good guys, finds herself in the middle of the opening skirmish.
Diamond is a fabulously drawn character, my favorite part of the book. She’s depraved, cynical, trusting nothing and nobody, driven only to find her next drink. She has nothing, thus fears nothing. She’s a cross between an alcoholic Superwoman and Little Orphan Annie, and “kickass” ain’t the half of it. The first part of the story is finding out what the heck is going on; the second part, fighting to save the world from the vicious, dictatorial, sadistic, blood-thirsty Night Adder and his hoodie-wearing henchmen who hang out in a Minneapolis dive, the Snake Pit. They hunt and kill half-angels like Diamond. Diamond’s crew are gathered in a rehab facility, and Diamond wants nothing more than another drink. A lot more is at stake, however, and she must learn how to use those wings not only to protect her friends but all of humanity. Will she succeed, and if so, how? That is the question. Morbid and scary as it is, Agents of Angels: Diamond in the Rough by Treena Wynes has a brilliant comic underbelly that will keep you both smiling and cringing page after page.