Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review: Hippocampus by Tom Tancin

The full wraparound cover for Hippocampus (Book One of the Atlantis Revolution).  Illustration by Veronica Jones.

ebook, 189 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012
*The Author gave me a copy of the ebook for a fair and honest review. =]


An Island that Shouldn't Exist...
A Life He Didn't Know...
A Destiny That Can't Be Escaped

There was no turning back. We were going to set into motion a revolution that could either save Atlantis or leave it destroyed in the process.

Sixteen-year-old Trey Atlas' known life is a lie. While he was raised in Miami, Trey was actually born in Atlantis. Sent off the legendary island as a baby for his own safety, Trey is the only living heir to the Atlantean throne. Whether he likes it or not, Trey has to go back to his birthplace and accept his role as the Ruling Prince and lead the revolution to defeat the Knights of the Abyss. Otherwise, thousands of innocent lives and his true family legacy could be lost forever.

My Thoughts/Review:

Spectacular, adventurous and magical is what sums up this awesome book by Tom Tancin. I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book before it comes out in April. Hippocampus really takes you on an adventure that you don't want to leave once the book ends. As you read you learn about Trey Atlas and what happens to him thoughout his journey. You get to learn all about the lost city of Atlantis and all the wonders it has to hold. The one negative about this book was that I wish it was longer. I wanted to learn more about Atlantis and the future that Trey has to face. I really can not wait to read the next book in the series.

In my honest opinion this book reminded me of a combination of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Eragon and that is saying a lot. Hippocampus has practically everything in its pages. It has sword fights, good vs. evil, a prophecy, sorcerers, and a whole new Atlantean language. Hippocampus really was like reading a combination of all my favorite books with just the right elements added in. I really liked how the chapter heads were in Atlantean when Trey was in Atlantis and when Trey was at home they were in English. This book really has great detail that makes the book amazing, which you can tell took a lot of work to accomplish.  

All of the characters throughout Hippocampus are really well thought out and defined as people with very different personalities. I loved all the depth each character brought to this book. One of my favorite characters was Aerian and how she was a sorceress and was the brave one to actually call Trey back to Atlantis. Trey was a great main character even though on the outside he seemed to have no flaws on the inside he was a real person who had feelings and some troubles of his own. Oaren was very brave also especially with everything that he had to go through and I loved in the end that he found his strength. You really feel invested in all of the characters because, whether they are a main character or a background character, they are all well written out and have such feelings and emotions that you can't help not feeling for them.

 Tom Tancin is really an awesome writer who came up with such a great idea for a book. His writing style really fits into this young adult genre and the world that he has created is just fantastic. It is like he has taken many different elements and weaved them together to create an amazing fast paced book. I feel like I want to go visit the island of Atlantis and from all his descriptions it feels like Tom has acutally been there himself. I can't wait to read the next book to go back to Atlantis to visit the beautiful island and see what all the awesome characters are doing. =]

Overall I give this book...

Spectacular, adventurous and magical, a really fun read that I can't wait to dive back into. =]
5 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author:
At 28 years old, Tom Tancin is an accomplished author. Having already written seven books (and self-published three), Tom ventured out to write a young adult fantasy series. A fan of Atlantis, Tom decided to focus the series on the mythical island and then designed Trey Atlas, the sixteen year old protagonist of the series. He spent nearly three years developing, plotting, writing, editing, and promoting the first book, Hippocampus, before it was released on April 3, 2012. The series is currently planned to have four books, one released per year from 2012-2015.

Tom is also a 7th grade science teacher, an avid reader of young adult novels, and a fan of sci-fi/fantasy/adventure movies. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Thanks for Visiting and Happy Reading. =]



  1. Wow what a raving review! The cover art is beautiful.

  2. Thanks for this review! I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds awesome. I love stories about Atlantis, and there's been surprisingly little of that. I will definitely check it out.

  3. This review is amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed Hippocampus so much. Thank you!!