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My Mechanical Romance Book Tour and Review

When it comes to writing reviews, I love to get creative by changing the typical review format into something that patterns the dominant theme/s of the book. In this case, since My Mechanical Romance is a STEM-centered novel, you'll find my review styled and written in a mathemical proof format. Enjoy!


Problem: Using induction, prove that My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth, aka Olivie Blake, is an outstanding 5-star read.

Proof: Let (x) be the statement: "My Mechanical Romance is a 5-star read."

First, we must show that our base case, (x), is true.

It is observed that (x) contains one of the recently beloved fictional tropes in media: slow-burn, academic rivals to lovers. Follmuth has exceptionally used the formula of Tension (T) in building up the dynamic between her two main lead characters.

Moreover, the use of variable factors such as family pressure, college planning, and struggles of POC women in STEM, are prominent throughout the narrative of (x). Such factors are further influenced by comedy and romantic fluff that readers might rate our base case, (x), with a positive integer of five.

Thus, with the aforementioned points, it is concluded that (x) holds true.


All thanks to Turn the Page Tours and Holiday House Books for having me as one of their book tour hosts and for the complimentary review copy!

My Mechanical Romance hits bookstores on May 31st! Place your pre-orders on the links provided below, or join our giveaway to win 1 (one) copy of this book!

For more blog tour spots on My Mechanical Romance, check out the reviews of my fellow book-bloggers in this link.



TITLE: My Mechanical Romance

AUTHOR: Alexene Farol Fullmuth

PUBLISHER: Holiday House RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2022

GENRES: YA Contemporary, YA Rom-Com BUY LINKS:

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Nerds are so hot. Especially battle robot building nerds.

Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn't seem to like her either.

Enter Mateo Luna, captain of the club, who recognizes Bel as a potential asset—until they start butting heads. Bel doesn’t care about Nationals, while Teo cares too much. But as the nights of after-school work grow longer and longer, Bel and Teo realize they've built more than just a combat-ready robot for the championship: they’ve made space for each other and themselves.

This sharply funny, academic rivals to lovers romance explores both the challenges girls of color face in STEM and the vulnerability of first love with unfailing wit and honesty.



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Alexene Farol Follmuth, also known under the pen name Olivie Blake, is a lover and writer of stories, many of which involve the fantastic, the paranormal, or the supernatural, but not always. More often, her works revolve around the collective experience, what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love.

Alexene tripped and fell into writing after abandoning her long-premeditated track for Optimum Life Achievement while attending law school, and now focuses primarily on the craft and occasional headache of creating fiction. As Olivie, she has been published as the featured fiction contributor for Witch Way Magazine, as well as the writer for the graphic series Clara and the Devil and a variety of other books. The revised hardcover edition of her cult favorite The Atlas Six releases March 2022 from Tor Books. As Alexene, her debut YA novel, My Mechanical Romance, is coming May 2022 from Holiday House.

Alexene lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull. She can be loosely defined as the sort of person who picked up sparring as a means to improve writing fight scenes. To connect with Alexene online, visit her website or find her on Instagram @afarolfollmuth

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