Self-righteous, self-important MCs
I’m looking at you, Mare Barrow! Okay, I’ve never liked this type of characters, but after reading Glass Sword, I absolutely can’t stand this type of characters. Like, I am liable to beat my book with a spiked baseball bat in hopes that the character will feel it. Just no. Stop. I am a giant ball of rage when it comes to these characters.
Characters that constantly whine about how much their life sucks, how much they’ve sacrificed, how nobody’s ever loved them blah, blah, blah. We get it, your life sucks. This whole book is about how your life sucks. Now shut up already.
Missing glossaries, maps and other annexes
I read a lot of high fantasy. And I mean a lot. And if you’ve read high fantasy, you know that often the names are weird, the worlds are confusing and sometimes, there are even made up languages. Now, those are all awesome. I love complicated fantasy worlds and I love the added layer of complexity and authenticity that a made up language brings to it. But do NOT start putting phrases or words in your made up language unless you also give me a translation. I cannot begin to describe how infuriating it is when that happens. Also, maps are incredibly helpful. Because otherwise I have no context for your world and you can tell me that kingdom X is south of kingdom Y and that kingdom Y is north-east of kingdom Z, but unless I see it on a map, it’ll be confusing and frustrating.
Series that are unnecessarily dragged out
I love reading series. But a lot of the times, they’re just so dragged out. Especially with YA. Don’t get me wrong, I will happily read a 10 book series, if the story is interesting. If I can see that each book was necessary to the story and not just a dragged out exposition for the next book (this mostly happens with the second book in trilogies).It really pisses me off when that happens and it may determine me to just drop the series altogether.