Waiting on Wednesday: Dear Creature by Jonathan Case

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

After reading and listening to a lot of paranormal romance YA titles, I’m really ready for a change.  This week’s WOW still has a romancy element to it, but it would still be a change from anything I’ve recently read.


Dear Creature
Jonathan Case

Tor Books
Releases on October 11, 2011 
192 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

Deep beneath the waves, a creature named Grue broods. He no longer wants to eat lusty beachgoers, no matter how their hormones call to him. A chorus of crabs urges him to reconsider. After all, people are delicious! But this monster has changed. Grue found Shakespeare's plays in cola bottles and, through them, a new heart. Now he yearns to join the world above.

When his first attempt ends... poorly, Grue searches for the person who cast the plays into the sea. What he finds is love in the arms of Giulietta—a woman trapped in her own world. When she and Grue meet, Giulietta believes her prayers are answered. But people have gone missing and Giulietta's nephew is the prime suspect. With his past catching up to him, Grue must decide if becoming a new man means ignoring the monster he was.

Rising from a brine of drive-in pulp and gentle poetry, Dear Creature is the love story you never imagined! 

1. It’s a comic book

2. It has a Shakespeare obsessed monster as the protagonist

3. There are talking people-eating crabs

4. It’s the weirdest concept for a romance tale I’ve ever heard

5. Did I mention the Shakespeare obsessed monster?

All I have to say is – yes, please.