50th Book Review with Giveaway: Not Again by Maria Henriksen

*This has rape (tasteful)
*Only a few stars means just some instances

Christina De Rosa holds a potentially deadly secret that threatens to get out. As an innocent young teenager, Christina survives a terrifying sexual assault that destroys her self-worth and trust. In her daily struggle, Christina searches for ways to keep her torment at bay, so she can function as a “normal” teenager.

Meanwhile, Christina’s spiritual journey leads her down a path causing conflict within, as she’s riddled with guilt and shame. A chance encounter with her longtime, hot crush, Avery Evans, sparks a fire in Christina that she can’t extinguish. As the sweet, loving, knight in shining armor he readily portrays, Avery offers the safety and security that Christina craves. In her quest for internal peace, Christina must make a decision.

Will she give her heart, body and soul to the super popular, Avery Evans? Will Christina’s nightmares become all-consuming or will her discoveries lead her to a renewed way of life?

Find out if true love triumphs in this edgy, faith-based young adult page-tuner, set in the 1980s.

*Not Again is NOT your typical Christian coming of age story. Fierce faith doesn’t come without a fight. Prepare for heartache, self-harm, traumatic events, real romance, and actual scripture in these pages.

My Review

Most of this book focused on the reality teenagers frequently face in their dating relationships. This book can help them to understand the types of situations that can tempt them to break their commitments to wait until marriage before having sex.

I did not like the rape scene but it is a real part of helping women who have experienced this.

I found myself transported back to high school as I read Not Again. It was not an easy or happy time for me but reading this story gave me a chance to release some of these unpleasant remembrances and heal a little. I was impressed with how well the author portrayed the moods and attitudes I remember.

I do not want to reveal too much of Not Again’s plot. There is a great podcast interview, I enjoyed listening to, which reveals more of the author’s writing story. It was fascinating. I look forward to reading her next book, Not Again, The Fallout!

I received a free copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.


Get a copy of Not Again:
* Amazon

More about the Book:
* Trailer (song co-written by the author!) * Podcast interview with Maria

About the Author

Maria T. Henriksen is the author of Not Again, a young adult Christian romance novel. She is working on the sequel, Not Again, The Fallout, to be published in 2021.

She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).

Maria hosts her own blog, Maria’s Ministry, and she manages her own Facebook ministry group consisting of contributors from the writing and Christian communities called Maria’s Muses: Inspirational, Christian & Close-to-the-Heart Readers.

Maria graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s in Communications/Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. Maria has experience in graphic arts, finance, banking, health, fitness, and beauty. She currently works as a substitute teacher of all grades and disciplines.

As a wife for over two decades, Maria considers herself blessed. She and her husband are the proud parents of teenage boy/girl twins. In her spare time, Maria runs, creates graphics, and enjoys reading and family activities. Maria’s greatest desire is for lives to be transformed through her inspirational writings.

You can follow Maria Henriksen here:
* Website * Goodreads * Facebook * Facebook group * Twitter * Instagram * BookBub


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More about Maria:

I was lying in bed one evening when it dawned on me that I couldn’t use songs from the 80s as planned for the book trailer. Then suddenly out of nowhere, a song came to mind. I ran downstairs and recorded it. I sent the recording and lyrics to a local teenager who added the bridge, put it to music and sang it.

  • Link to the Not Again trailer here!

18 Replies to “50th Book Review with Giveaway: Not Again by Maria Henriksen”

  1. Not Again is an outstanding debut novel filled with faith family and friends. It also has teachable moments for today’s teens, even adults would enjoy it

    1. Lori, thank you for your kind words. My hope is that readers will draw closer to God from reading Not Again.

  2. Ruth Ann, you did an amazing job pulling this all together! The layout, graphics, write up, review, links, Rafflecopter – so impressive! Thank you for the wonderful review too! Thank you again for all your hard work in making this blog post beautiful! 😃

    1. Calvin, Not Again is a bridge to start the conversations with the younger generation to see where they stand on hard to discuss topics. Regardless, it’s an entertaining and nostalgic book for the older generations.

  3. It sounds like a really well-thought out story that will help teenagers today! Congratulations on your 50th review!!!
    I’ve bookmarked the podcast to listen later. All the best on this book, Maria!

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