Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan


Empty Cup

Empty Cup
Suzanne Costigan
Published: 3rd November, 2014
Rebelight Publishing Inc
Genre: Contemporary
Age: Young Adult
From: Chapter by Chapter


Mom’s new boyfriend is creepy.

On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Raven finds out he isn’t just creepy, he’s dangerous. He leaves Raven broken and bleeding, but Mom blames her for what happened. She kicks Raven out of the house with nothing but a blanket to protect her from a frigid winter night.




As Raven struggles with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, she seeks solace in her imagination and a teacher who seems to understand her situation. She ultimately discovers that her world won’t change if she relies upon someone else to do it. Real change begins within.

Content Warning: off-page rape; off-page sex; child abuse; drug use;

What I liked: This story deals with so many things that can happen to some people. Its stories like this that remind me how messed up some people can be with how they use and abuse others and frankly it made me angry and a little sick to realize that it’s way more common than I would like to think. This story presents realistic events that could happen, though honestly there is a series of events I don’t recommend any students to do. Seriously, when I realized that was a very big potential for the story I wanted to shake some sense into Raven and tell her to snap out of it.

What I didn’t like: I still don’t understand why Raven ends up with who she does after what’s said in this short novel. Really, I was expecting it to end differently too. I also wish it had been fleshed out more so we got to know more about the characters and that could have made the story more suspenseful for me than it was, especially with more detail. I just wanted to know a lot more than I was given about Raven’s story so I could connect better, see her develop more.

Overall Review: This is a really intense novel that spoke to me in a lot of ways because of its content, especially with what happens at the beginning of the story. I really liked the characters and, for the most part, the way the story ended. Raven’s ending was one that felt right for her and showed how much she’s grown as a character though without certain revelations for us to see how Raven decides a few important things for her it all seemed a bit sudden when it’s revealed at the end. Overall though, this was a good, quick read!

Recommend?: Yeah! This may have been a short read but it was a good and important one.

Goodreads: 4.2/5 Amazon: -/5 Barnes&Noble: 4/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.7/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.6
Idea: 4.1
Story: 3.8
Characters: 3.5

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About the Author

Suzanne Costigan is a child welfare advocate, supporting high risk children in her home, and an active member of the Winnipeg writing community. Empty Cup is her first novel.


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2 responses to “Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan

  1. Pingback: Missed An Empty Cup Review or Interview? Check out these Links | rebelight publishing inc.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Empty Cup. I appreciate you being a host on my blog tour.

    I’ll be around throughout the day to respond to comments. 🙂


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