Once Upon a Time we listened to stories just before bed, but soon we got older and moved onto other stories. Soon, the fairy tales were replaced with other, more adult stories. Alison’s Wonderland represents a marriage of the fairy tale world and the adult word.

Editor Alison Tyler has collected new spins on classic stories like the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Sleeping Beauty and the Three Billy Goats Gruff (and many more). Tyler selected stories from Rachel Kramer Bussel, whom I was familiar with, thanks to twitter and Shanna Germain and Andrea Dale. Each author’s take is different, but readers will easily see the fairy tale origins in stories.

From the first story to the last (a whopping 27 stories are in this collection)–one thing is for certain, you’ll find a ‘happy ending’ you’ll like in at least one of the stories collected in Alison’s Wonderland.

Published July 2010, by Harlequin Spice. 408 pages. Available in ebook format and hardcover at Barnes and Noble.

Rating: 7/10:: The stories, for me, were hit and miss. Some stories I enjoyed, but others were not my cup of chai tea latte. The mature content did not offend me, but some of the styles of the authors did not mesh well with others. I received an electronic copy of this book for review, but I did not receive any monetary compensation.