Agents of Angels

Diamond In The Rough

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
97 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2021
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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.

Lit Amri

In Diamond In The Rough (Agents Of Angels, Book One) by Treena Wynes, 17-year-old Diamond is sent to a rehab facility, Angel’s Haven, thirty minutes outside of Minneapolis after an almost fatal drunk driving incident. Her drinking problem stemmed from her joyless childhood living with an alcoholic mother and a drug addict stepfather. Her rehab stint doesn't even start well - she escapes from the facility and seeks the familiar comfort of alcohol but one of the staff members, Lucas, tracks her down. Just as they are about to return, they come across two boys who are running from their pursuers. It's a weird night indeed but Diamond is about to discover the war between good and evil, her connection to it, and her true identity.

Diamond In The Rough starts with an intriguing chapter; a bookseller receives unexpected customers looking for a specific book. It sets the tone for the contemporary biblical concept and themes for readers. With a fast-paced plot, there is a mix of strange happenings, confusion, horror, suspense, action-packed moments including self-discovery, faith, and camaraderie. The young protagonist, Diamond, is a self-destructive teen disconnected from the world. The rehab stint seems to make her question the way she treats her life but old habits die hard until she meets brothers Marco and Little Johnnie. The antagonist, the Night Adder, is a malicious being with an ambitious agenda of his own. The living become the perpetual price in the conflict between heaven and hell. Treena Wynes's Agents Of Angels series is geared towards YA fans but older readers will definitely enjoy this urban fantasy as well. Overall, it’s a solid start for the series and I look forward to the sequel.