Empty Cup Recognition & Reviews

Recognition for Empty Cup


Shortlisted 2015 Manitoba Book Awards – McNally Robinson’s Best Book for Young People (Older Category) (Hosted by the Manitoba Writers’ Guild)

Selected for Best Book for Kids & Teens magazine, Spring 2015 edition, by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre


Reviews for Empty Cup

“Not an easy story but an important one.
Compelling, powerful and engaging.”
Eric Walters, author of Power Play.

“. . . Sure to prompt reflection and provocative discussions
on important issues.”
Allan Stratton, author of Leslie’s Journal.

Unsolicited reviews:

Hidden Worlds Pub – “I couldn’t put it down…” and “…a novel easily read by a wide market.” ~ Melanie McFarlane, reviewer

Destination Winnipeg blog by MaryLou Driedger. Thank you MaryLou!

Review from Gabriele Goldstone on Goodreads (that for some reason doesn’t show up with the other Goodreads reviews in the above link…)

*** SPOILER ALERT: The Canadian Review of Materials is geared towards librarians and teachers, thus the reviews give away much of the story.***
Canadian Review of Materials. 4 /4 Stars.
Here`s a couple of highlights:
“Costigan presents her readers with unforgettable characters in this first novel.”
“Empty Cup is a wonderful beginning to Costigan’s writing career…”
~Ann Ketcheson, Canadian Review of Materials.


March 2 – 15, 2015 I participated in a Book Blog Tour (hosted by Chapter-by-Chapter). Here are the reviews and promotional posts:


Aphonic Book Reviews  “Sometimes, the hardest books to read, the are ones that need to be read. This lovely book touches on many conversations, and topics, that we as people sometimes tend to avoid in life.” ~ Sarah LeBlanc, reviewer

Lisa T Cresswell – Promotional Blog Post – you can read an interview with main character, Raven, and her friend, Cole, one week prior to the start of the story. Enjoy. 🙂

We Do Write – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Suzanne Costigan

Deal Sharing Aunt – Book Review – 4/5 stars. “…the kind of book that makes you stop and think. What could anyone do to change and help with these problems that some children have to deal with?”   ~Deal Sharing Aunt, reviewer

Addicted Readers – Promotional spotlight. Features an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Empty Cup.

Becca’s Book Affair – Book Review – 4/5 crossbows. “If you haven’t read it yet, get a copy.” and “…the author is descriptive enough that you, the reader, feel a part of the story.” ~ Becca’s Book Affair, reviewer

Classy Cat Books – Author Interview (that’d be with me!)

Spiced Latte Reads – Book Review – 4/5 stars. “Great read, really recommended!”

Simple Wyrdings – Book Review – “…a good book with a lot of surprises.”

Mommabears Book Blog – I answer the question: Was this book inspired by a true story? If not, how did you come to think of it?

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Book Review – 5/5 stars. “…very well written and is sure to leave an impact on all who read it.” ~ Lu Ann Worley, reviewer.

Avid Book Collector – Book Review – 4/5 stars. “…you can’t help but hold on for dear life as you travel this journey…” and “Raven’s story will definitely have a place in my heart for quite some time…” ~ Tamara Bass, reviewer.

WS Momma Readers Nook  – Author Interview (with me again!) Includes preview of Chapter 9 from Empty Cup

FUOnlyKnew – Book Review – 4/5 Stars. Wonderful review by Laura! Thank you!  “…surprised to discover this was the authors debut novel. It’s powerfully written…”  and “The authors writing is tough where it needs to be and delicate too.” ~ Laura Thomas, reviewer

Souls Readers – Book Blast, Chapter 9 excerpt.

Natural Bri – Pursuits of Life –  Book Review – A touching heartfelt review. Thank you! “I was addicted to her story from the first page…” ~ Bri Wignall, reviewer

Bitches n Prose – Author Interview 🙂

Dragon Blog – Book Review – 4/5 stars. “EMPTY CUP doesn’t dance around issues.” ~ Jennifer Streck, reviewer

The Caffeinated Booknerd – Book Review – 4/5 Cups of Coffee. “…able to catch my attention and kept me turning the pages until the very end.” ~ Ashley, reviewer

A Soul Unsung – Book Review – 4.5/5 Stars. “If you are looking for a novel that’s going to leave you floored, break all of your emotions, and then lift you up I would suggest Empty Cup to you. It’s not pretty, it’s damn hard to read, but it’s worth every bit of the time you’ll spend with it.” ~ Susan Haugland, reviewer

A Book Addicts Bookshelves – Interview.

Random Redheaded Ramblings – Book Review. 4/5 Stars.

Writer in Progress – Book Review. (**Spoiler Alert**) – “Books like this really serve a purpose to bring awareness…” and ” You will not be disappointed if you choose to pick up this book!” ~ Ella, reviewer