Things that drive me crazy in young adult books #2

Say you’re a character in a young adult book (most likely a fantasy, urban or original flavor) who has important information about the heroine (or hero), such as her true origins, supernatural abilities, or enemies sworn to kill her. Please, please, please go ahead and give the heroine this information.

I know this may speed up the plot and reduce the suspense. But, come on, nobody believes you’re keeping this information from the heroine FOR HER OWN GOOD. How is it good for her to not know enemies will start trying to kill her any minute now? She’s going to find out about the super abilities at some point, so why not get started using them now so she can defend herself from those aforementioned enemies? On a related note, if you are one of these heroines, please don’t freak out when someone tells you that you have superpowers and start complaining there’s something “wrong” with you because a) you should concentrate on those enemies I keep mentioning, b) superpowers are awesome, and c) well…superpowers are awesome! Besides, you’ve probably read way too many urban fantasy books by now to be too surprised.

Is it just me? To find out if this drives you crazy, too, try these books:

Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini
When shy Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers she is playing out a version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare 
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

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